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Motion on the Free Nazanin Campaign

At our CLP meeting last night the following motion, as proposed by Patrick Jenkins, was unanimously passed:

“Kenilworth and Southam CLP Notes that:
• Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, a 37 year old British-Iranian charity worker has been detained by Iranian state officials for a period of over 500 days without her family being able to even know the charges she faces. The State media has accused Nazanin of attempting to overthrow the Islamic Republic and has been subject to a secret trial behind closed doors. She has been sentenced to 5 years in jail. Nazanin appears to be a victim of a politically motivated arrest in Iran involving the subject of her dual nationality as opposed to any crime she has committed. Zaghari-Ratcliffe was arrested during a trip to Iran with her daughter, Gabriella, to visit family members. Gabriella, who is now three, is living with her grandparents in Iran and is allowed to see her mother twice a week.
• Her husband, Richard Ratcliffe, along with the Free Nazanin Group and Amnesty International have been tirelessly campaigning for her release since her being detained.
• Notable Labour Party figures, such as Tulip Siddiq, who is Nazanin’s local MP have also been vocal on this issue.
• In correspondence in July from the Consular official in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, Bally Singh (our last parliamentary candidate) received the following “Both the Prime Minister and the Foreign Secretary have raised the case with their Iranian counterparts. The Minister for the Middle East, Alistair Burt MP, met Mrs Zaghari-Ratcliffe’s Family on the 4th of July to discuss her case and will continue to raise our concerns with the Iranian Government.”
• Nazanin has relatives within our constituency who live in the village of Napton.
With all this in mind Kenilworth and Southam CLP resolves to the Free Nazanin Campaign, the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and the Labour NEC the following:
“This CLP expresses deep sympathy for Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe and all her friends and family who have been affected by her over 500 days incarceration by Iranian authorities.
We call on the Government and in particular the Foreign and Commonwealth Office to do more than simply express concern. For someone who appears to have committed no known crime and with particular poor treatment while being in prison, more must be done.
We therefore also call for Nazanin’s immediate release.
Should the Free Nazanin Campaign require any help or assistance, be that through solidarity and symbolism or by more substantive action, this CLP will endeavour to be of help.”

 

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Motion on the Chakrabarti Report

At our CLP meeting last night the following motion, as proposed by David Epstein, was unanimously passed:

“Kenilworth and Southam CLP calls for the rapid implementation of the Chakrabarti recommendations, proposed by Shami Chakrabarti in April 2016.

The motion is being sent to:

Labour Party Head of Disputes – Sam Matthews

Chair of the Labour Party NEC – Andy Kerr

Labour Party General Secretary – Iain McNicol”

NEC Nominations

At our CLP meeting last night members of the CLP decided to nominate the following individuals for the National Executive Committee:

Patrick Jenkins – Kenilworth and Southam CLP – L1442909

Ysmine Dar – Gorton CLP – L1173052

Rachel Garnham – Mid-Bedfordshire CLP – A777413

Stoneleigh and Cubbington By-Election

Cubbington and Stoneleigh by-election results correction:

CON 52.6% (+4%)

LAB 32.6% (+13.9)

LDEM 11.8% (+11.8%)

GRN 3% (-10%)

No Ind (-19.6%) as prev.

Again though a fantastic achievement for Josh and the team to be increasing our vote share by 13.9% while the Tories only increased by 4%. We’re clearly gaining on them and we go now more determined to take seats for Labour and look to the interests of ordinary working people.

After the results Josh also had this to say:

“A big thank you to all electors in Baginton, Cubbington and the other villages who backed me and Labour on Thursday. Thanks for your support. This by-election has established the party as the clear opposition to the Conservatives in the ward. Please feel free to continue to raise local issues with me and the party and we will do our best to help.”

Stoneleigh and Cubbington by-election

Well ya can’t win em all – but an increase in vote share by 15% is a fantastic achievement for Josh and the team!

Stoneleigh & Cubbington (Warwick):

CON: 52.6% (+13.0)
LAB: 32.6% (+15.1)
LDEM: 11.8% (+11.8)
GRN: 3.0% (-10.3)

No Ind (-29.6) as prev.

Conference 2017

The below is a report from our delegate to Conference 2017, Patrick Jenkins

Firstly, I wanted to say a massive thank you to the CLP members for selecting me to represent you at Conference – it was a wonderful experience!

Friday 22nd September
• Bumped into Jeremy Corbyn on the sea front – he was lovely!
Saturday 22nd September
• The World Transformed panel event – The Corbyn Effect: Two Years On
• The World Transformed panel event – Whose Job is it anyway? Radical Childcare – included Tracy Brabin, Shadow Minister for Early Years – was open to visiting the CLP to talk about Children’s Centre Cuts as many of you will know I’m very passionate about this.

Sunday 23rd September
• Priorities Ballot – I voted for the issues of the NHS, Social Care, Housing and Access to Education
• Results of Priorities Ballot –
CLP’s – NHS, Housing, Social Care and Rail
Affiliates – Grenfell Tower, Public Sector Pay, Workers Rights and Growth and Investment
• I voted for a reference back on the timetabling for Monday – A delegate had called for it as a mayor (most likely Sadiq Kahn – he was right) was timetabled to speak. I voted for this on the basis that I was very happy for Sadiq to speak (he was very good when he did) but felt other regions should be represented too. It didn’t pass.
• Speech from Dianne Abbott – Made some excellent points on Grenfell, Orgreave and policing, migrants and refugees.
• Exhibitions – managed to speak to a number of stall holders including Guide Dogs who have a site nearby, Electoral Reform, Class and the FBU.
• Regional reception

Monday 24th September
• Reference Back on the NPF report on International Policy calling for a second EU referendum – I voted against this.
• Speech from Emily Thornberry – incredible takedown of Conservative Foreign Policy, great points on selling of arms and Conservative infighting over Brexit.
• Meet the Shadow Cabinet Fringe – Met Cat Smith, Shadow Minister for Youth – again brought up issue of Children’s Centre cuts in Warwickshire
• Reference Back on Economy, Business and Trade Report calling for cuts to Social Care to be reversed – I voted for this, it passed
• John McDonnel Speech – Cracking speech, welcome reverse of PFI!
• Vote – International Policy Report –I voted for – passed
• Alex Rowley Speech – Made some very good points about how Labour moving to the left has reinvigorated the party in Scotland
• Votes – Economy Report, Work and Pensions Report, Composite on Growth and Prosperity, Public Sector Pay and Workers Rights – I voted for all – they all passed.
• Policy Seminar on the Economy – delegates made good points on autonomy, UBI and Brexit among other things. I unfortunately didn’t get to speak and was planning to bring up Green Investment but thankfully it was brought up by another delegate. All submissions go to the NPF which can also be made online.

Tuesday 25th September
• Hardest day of them all – lots of votes, we were very behind due to a lady sadly collapsing on stage and the below card vote taking a while. Thankfully the lady was all right.
• Card Vote on CAC report as Delegate had called reference back on page 18 which related to motions which had been deemed not to be an emergency or contemporary motion by the CAC. I voted for this on the basis that policy doesn’t necessarily have to be contemporary – eg one on A&E from Dorset South CLP.
• Results on card vote – the CAC report was passed due on large part to the Unions
• Financial Report – Very welcome news that the party is no longer in debt due in large part to donations from members
• National Constitutional Committee Ballot – I voted for Emina Ibrahim and Anna Dyer, they won by a very large margin
• Angela Rayner Speech – reverse cuts to Sure Start – Great news for Warwickshire!
• Reference Back on Education Report as delegate had called for all academies to be brought back into local government control – I voted for this, it passed.
• Votes from the morning session and the debate on Health Care was moved to the afternoon session because we were so far behind
• Lunchtime – got to make my speech on Children’s Centres in the Youth Zone as I wasn’t picked during the Early Years and Education debate
• Naomi Klein – Linked our party progress with the international picture
• Reference Back on the Health Report with a delegate calling for there to be no private profits in the NHS as opposed to no “excess” private profits in the NHS – I voted for this, it passed
• Votes – Emergency Motions on Bombardier and Assaults on Emergency Service Workers – I voted for, both passed
Reports on Education and Health – I voted for, both passed
The NEC report – I voted for, passed
NEC Constitutional Amendments – these were the watered down McDonnell amendment, the makeup of the NEC and one on tackling prejudice and discrimination which I think particularly addressed the concerns some had about Antisemitism. I voted for all of these, they all passed
CLP Constitutional Amendments – 8 of which were remitted by those who were timetabled to move and second them. This was due in part to the fact that the NEC had called for this in light of the new party democracy review. One however was moved, this one called for the removal of the word “contemporary” from the rulebook in relation to motions at conference. Again, the NEC recommended voting against it. I voted for this but it did not pass.
Contemporary motions on the NHS, Social Care, Housing, Grenfell Tower, and Rail. I voted for all of these, all passed including the Grenfell one unanimously.
Wednesday 26th September
• Policy Seminar on Housing, Local Government, and Transport – Good points from delegates particularly on unitary authorities
• Welcome from West Midlands Delegates to leaders
• Leaders Speech – highlight was of course housing and rent controls

Negatives
1. Paperwork – think of the trees!
2. Only having one delegate meant having to prioritise – we are entitled to send up to 3
3. Wasn’t able to speak on the floor – perhaps we need a balloting system so that people from every region can speak?
Positives
1. Ability to have an impact on policy
2. Got a bit of recognition for our CLP campaign on Children’s Centres
3. Meeting famous faces/positive atmosphere!

Apologies for all the jargon and acronyms, if anyone needs any of it explaining or has any questions as to why I voted a certain way etc then don’t hesitate to contact me!
Patrick Jenkins – Conference Delegate
p.jenkins123@hotmail.co.uk

Women’s Conference 2017

Below is a report from our delegate to Women’s Conference, Bernadette Jenkins

FIRSTLY I WANT TO THANK THE CLP FOR GIVING ME THE OPPORTUNITY TO ATTEND THE WOMEN’S CONFERENCE.
THE HIGHLIGHT OF THE WEEKEND HAD TO BE A CHANCE ENCOUNTER WITH JEREMY CORBYN, WHEN PATRICK AND I HAD THE OPPORTUNITY TO HAVE A QUICK CHAT & PHOTO WITH HIM.
SATURDAY MORNING I WENT TO THE OPENING SPEECHES OF WOMEN’S CONFERENCE WHICH WERE LED BY DAWN BUTLER, SHADOW SECRETARY OF STATE FOR WOMEN & EQUALITIES. SHE WAS THE FIRST BLACK, WORKING CLASS WOMAN TO BECOME A MINISTER IN THE HOUSE OF COMMONS. IN HER NEW ROLE, SHE WANTED TO TACKLE ALL INJUSTICES, SAYING THAT SINCE 2010 LIFE EXPECTANCY AMONGST WOMEN HAD WORSENED UNDER THIS GOVERNMENT. 86% OF GOVERNMENT CUTS HAVE FALLEN ON WOMEN. SHE TALKED ABOUT WHEN THERE IS A LABOUR GOVERNMENT SHE WOULD ENCOURAGE WOMEN TO JOIN A UNION AS SHE HAD AND EMPOWER WOMEN TO ACHIEVE THEIR AMBITION. THE NEXT LABOUR GOVERNMENT WILL FUND FREE SANITARY PRODUCTS FOR SECONDARY SCHOOLS, FOODBANKS AND HOMELESS SHELTERS. SHE WILL WORK WITH MONICA LENNON, SCOTTISH MSP, WHO HAS TABLED A BILL ON PERIOD POVERTY. PAID FOR BY SCRAPPING GRAMMAR AND FREE SCHOOLS.
DAWN INTRODUCED THE NEXT SPEAKER, SAIMA ASHRAF, WHO WAS A FRENCH IMMIGRANT TO THIS COUNTRY, SHE TALKED ABOUT HER STRUGGLES SETTLING HERE AND WHO MANAGED TO BECOME THE DEPUTY LEADER OF DAGENHAM COUNCIL, SHE PAID TRIBUTE TO MARGARET HODGE FOR HER MENTORING AND SUPPORT SINCE 2010.
SHE ALSO TALKED ABOUT GENDER PAY GAP, THE 100TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE SUFFRAGETTES MOVEMENT NEXT YEAR AND THAT THEIR COUNCIL IS THE FIRST TO HAVE AN EQUALITY CHARTER.
JEREMY CORBYN WAS NEXT TO SPEAK AND HE GOT A STANDING OVATION WALKING INTO THE CONFERENCE HALL. HE STARTED BY SAYING THAT THE LABOUR PARTY WAS NOW MADE UP OF 45% WOMEN AND THAT THE SHADOW CABINET WAS MOST DIVERSE EVER. HE SAID THE LABOUR PARTY IS THE PARTY OF WOMEN’S EQUALITY, NO MATTER WHO ELSE MIGHT TRY TO CLAIM THAT MANTLE,” HE SAID. “I ACKNOWLEDGE THAT THE TORIES HAVE A WOMAN LEADER, BUT THEIR POLICIES HAVE ACTUALLY HURT WOMEN A LOT.” HE HIT OUT AT THE ABUSE TARGETED AT WOMEN LABOUR MPS INCLUDING LUCIANA BERGER AND THE SHADOW HOME SECRETARY, DIANE ABBOTT.
“THE UNBELIEVABLE AND DISGUSTING AND DISGRACEFUL LEVELS OF ABUSE HAVE GOT TO STOP.”
HE THANKED KESIA DUGDALE FOR HER WORK AS LEADER OF THE SCOTTISH LABOUR PARTY, STELLA CREASY FOR HER WORK IN NORTHERN IRELAND AS SHE HAD PUT FORWARD A PROPOSAL WHICH WOULD GIVE WOMEN FROM NORTHERN IRELAND FREE ACCESS TO ABORTIONS ON THE NHS IF THEY TRAVEL TO ENGLAND, WHICH WAS PASSED BY ALL SIDES OF THE HOUSE OF COMMONS. EMILY THORNBERRY FOR HIGHLIGHTING THE SAUDI GOVERNMENT AND THEIR TREATMENT OF WOMEN. HE ALSO TALKED ABOUT WASPI WOMEN AND THE UNFAIR PAY CAP. WANTING TO EXPAND SURE START CENTRES, REVERSING CUTS AND HELPING REFUGEES IN THIS COUNTRY.
HE ALSO TALKED ABOUT THE GREAT WORK BEING DONE WITH THE JO COX LEADERSHIP PROJECT. THIS BRAND NEW TRAINING AND MENTORING PROGRAMME WILL, OVER THE NEXT FIVE YEARS, TRAIN HUNDREDS OF WOMEN TO BE FUTURE LEADERS.
NEXT TO SPEAK WAS EMILY THORNBERRY, WHO SAID 119 WOMEN LABOUR MPS WERE ELECTED IN JUNE THIS YEAR. SHE MENTIONED THE AMOUNT OF ABUSE ON SOCIAL MEDIA THAT WOMEN MPS HAD TO ENDURE. SHE PAID TRIBUTE TO STELLA CREASY FOR HER WORK WITH PAY DAY LOANS AND ANGELA RAYNER WITH REGARD TO EDUCATION. SHE ALSO MENTIONED THE WASPI WOMEN AND THEIR STRUGGLE TO GET PENSIONS THEY DESERVED. IF LABOUR CAME TO POWER THEY WOULD HAVE A CABINET MINISTER FOR OLDER PEOPLE. I HAD A CHANCE THEN TO VOTE ON THE WOMEN’S CONFERENCE ARRANGEMENT COMMITTEE AND IN THE AFTERNOON IT WAS ANNOUNCED THAT TERESA CLARK AND JEAN CROCKER WERE SELECTED.
WE LISTENED TO DIFFERENT SPEECHES FROM VARIOUS CLP’S ACROSS THE COUNTRY ON VARYING TOPICS, INCLUDING SOCIAL CARE, NHS, BREXIT AND MENTAL HEALTH WHICH I FOUND MOST INTERESTING AS I WORK WITHIN THAT SECTOR AND THE STRUGGLES WOMEN IN PARTICULAR ARE HAVING WITH THEIR MENTAL HEALTH.
IN THE AFTERNOON I WENT TO A BREAKOUT SESSION ON RACE, FAITH AND WOMEN WHERE SPEAKERS INCLUDED SUSAN MATTHEWS FROM CHRISTIANS ON THE LEFT, MARSHA DA CORVA BATTERSEA MP, NINA GILL MEP, SHABANA MAHMOOD,MP, AND SARAH SACKMAN, PUBLIC & ENVIRONMENTAL LAWYER. THIS AT TIMES WAS QUITE HEATED ESPECIALLY WITH REGARD TO ANTI-SEMITISM, BUT ON THE WHOLE WAS A GOOD DEBATE.
PATRICK AND I ATTENDED THE JEREMY CORBYN RALLY IN THE EVENING WHERE OTHER SPEAKERS INCLUDED JOHN MCDONNELL, MARTHA OSAMOR WHO GAVE A GREAT SPEECH ABOUT HER LONG FRIENDSHIP WITH JEREMY CORBYN AND AGAIN ABOUT THE HELP HE GAVE HER WHEN SHE CAME TO THIS COUNTRY AS AN IMMIGRANT WITH HER FAMILY. HER DAUGHTER MP KATE OSAMOR WAS IN ATTENDANCE TO SUPPORT HER.
THE WOMEN’S CONFERENCE WAS GREAT AND WAS MORE ENJOYABLE HAVING PATRICK THERE FOR OUR FIRST CONFERENCE TOGETHER.