We usually meet on the first Monday of the month and alternate between Kenilworth and Southam, the two largest towns of the Constituency.
Minutes 25 July 2017 – Red Horse Branch held at Lighthorne Village Hall
Present: Carol, George, Maggie, Tony, Ei, Carol C, Debbie, John, Bernard, Denise, Hazel, Ron and one other (name not recorded).
Apologies: LH, Emma, Sarah, Leonard, Ian and Harriet.
For information: Temp Chair Ros, Vice Chair John, Treasurer Peter, Rep for CLP. Maggie, Secretary Debbie
1 Minutes of last meeting were read and agreed.
2 Matters arising – John was thanked for creating letterhead and posters. Requests for copies please email John directly.
3 Street stall in Wellesbourne – Purpose to advertise Labour Party and gain signatures for wellesbourne allotment campaign. Ei Tony and Roz manned stall for approx 45 minutes before rained off. Ei reported most people polite.
4. Allotment campaign: For further info contact SOWA.org<http://SOWA.org>. Bernard suggested contacting Jeremy Corbyn to gain his support. This was agreed. ACTION: Bernard to write letter.
5. Members responsible for booking Venues for future meetings: Lighthorne – Maggie, Kineton – Sarah, Wellesbourne – Denise, Gaydon – John
6. Treasurers report
Items for Discussion:
7. How to attract young people to meetings: Issues which were thought relevant; Student loans and position of party to cancelling debt, Post Brexit travel and study in Europe, Environmental issues. ACTION: Roz agreed to invite Patrick to next meeting.
8. Local issues which are causing concern: Closure of public footpaths in Wellesbourne and Gaydon. ACTION: Carol and John to investigate.
Ei and Tony had leafletted Gaydon and Lighthorne Heath before meeting and issues raised by people were New Town and traffic on B4100. ACTION: Ei to ring Stratford Council for info. She also agreed to try and find a venue in Lighthorne Heath.
9. The meeting agreed that occasional speakers would be a good idea. Speaker coordinator – Hazel
10. Further items for discussion: The Repeal Act, The Unite discussion paper on how to regain the working class vote again. A lively debate ensured.
11. AOB: It was agreed that the next meeting would be a general one and the September meeting would be in Wellesbourne to celebrate the historical connection of Joseph Arch and the allotments.
The meeting closed at 9.40 pm approximately
Date of next meeting 22 August 2017 8pm
Lighthorne Heath no venue could be found so it will be in Kineton Village Hall pm.
Minutes 3 July 2017 – CLP meeting held at Waverley Day Centre, Waverley Road, Kenilworth CV8 1JL
To be approved at our September meeting
Minutes 12 June 2017 – CLP meeting held at Graham Adams Centre (Oak Room),
St James’s Road, Southam CV47 0LY
Present: Steve Snart (Chair), Nick Hoten (Secretary), M Atkins, D Booth, N
Charles (supporter), G Clarke, A Dealtry, R Grant, C Green, D Hazeldine, I
Henderson, B Jenkins, P Jenkins, N Leggett, P Luker, C Mackinder, M Norgate, M
Panton, F Parisi, C Sanderson, D Smith, J Snart, B&G Thomas, E Thornley, O
Wintle, G Whymark, H Wilson (28)
1 Apologies were received from S Burt, J Eastaugh, D Epstein, D French, B
Goredema-Braid, L&M McMahon, G Parisi, A Railton, D&C Skinner, J Soni, M
Stock and A & R Taylor (15)
2 Minutes of the CLP meeting held on 3 April 2017 – Passed
3 Matters arising
NH said that our Unite speaker Neil Salter would now visit us on 3 July
4 Executive Committee minutes 27 April 2017. These were summarised by SS.
Copies available on request
5 Chairman’s Report
SS congratulated the many members who had taken part in the two elections
campaigns. In response to requests for help from our friends in Warwick and
Leamington, Rugby and Coventry constituencies some members had also
canvassed for their candidates. Bally’s vote was higher than 2015 and left the Lib
Dems a long way behind.
6 Secretary’s Report
(1) Membership numbers. We now have 650 members and 251 supporters. 50
members have joined since the last meeting and 20 have resigned or allowed
their membership to lapse
(2) NH reported that he had attended two meetings of the Warwick District
Group of Labour councillors and two of the Warwick and Leamington CLP
7 Social Media Report – written report from PJ:
Firstly, I’d say very well done to Bally on decreasing the Tory majority and also congratulations to Matt Western in Warwick and Leamington. Social Media without a doubt had a positive effect in my opinion, particularly and predictably among the young vote.
Twitter Account: @LabourKandS – since my last report we have increased our amount of followers from 136 to 293!
Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/KenilworthSouthamLabour/ – we have increased out amount of “likes” from 104 to 158 with some posts reaching between 2 and 3 thousand people!
Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/340560236342090 – the group membership currently stands at 55 up from 48!
Website: https://kenilworthsouthamlabour.wordpress.com/ – I’ve made a number of posts on the site announcing important information such as Bally’s candidature and the results of the election as well as CLP agendas and minutes and this format seems to be going well.
Finally, as always please like, share and follow each of our sites as much as you can!!!
8 Treasurer’s Report
9 Campaigns Report
i RS thanked the many volunteers who campaigned for both elections. Street
stalls in Southam and Kenilworth were generally well received. For the general
election we delivered so many leaflets that Bally had to order a new batch.
ii In the general election Bally produced a second batch of leaflets with a more
aggressive style which was not so well received.
For the future, she would like to establish a database of streets and voting
patterns using Campaign Coordinator, for the benefit of HQ and the CLP. There
was some interest amongst members in taking the role of database coordinator.
Nick would be asked to circulate a letter to all members.
iii As the next election could be months away, she suggested that we plan to help
Matt Western hold on to his newly won seat. Maybe as many as 60% of
volunteers could canvas in Warwick and Leamington.
iv Comments from members: one, in a rural area, reported seeing Labour
posters and leaflets for the first time. Another was told by a passer-by at a street
stall ‘We only see you at election time!’
10 Review of county council elections
A We lost, but the campaigning helped produce a better result at the general
B It is beneficial to attend the count. As bags of voting slips are brought in from
the polling stations and counted, we can measure the support we have in
different wards (this is of limited help as postal votes are not included)
C RG was disappointed with her result in the election. Despite a lot of hard work,
she was up against a sitting councillor who was well known and liked, so
Southam was not a proper ‘Category 2’ seat.
D There is scope for Labour to be more involved with spreading news and views
of what’s going on in the CLP’s towns
11 Labour candidate in the Cubbington and Bubbenhall by-election
NH revealed that Josh Payne has expressed an interest in applying. However, he
was not present at the meeting and had not sent his apologies. As no one else
Kenilworth and Southam CLP
Minutes 12 June 2017
was known to be interested, the meeting decided unanimously to delegate the
final decision to the Executive Committee at its next meeting.
It has been agreed with the Warwick District Party (chair, Ian Henderson) that
we would not call for the election until July, so the poll would be held in
12 Review of the general election
Bally Singh was thanked for his energetic, committed campaign and
congratulated on an improved result over 2015.
Observations from members:
The quality of the Party manifesto helped win votes
Social media had influenced voting intentions
The print media had much less influence than in previous elections
Jeremy Corbyn had earned respect for countering hostility and denigration
The Momentum movement had contributed significantly
Labour were better prepared for the election than the Tories
13 Nominations for National Constitutional Committee representatives
Anna Dyer and Emine Ibrahim were chosen by a majority vote
14 Nominations for Conference Arrangements Committee
Billy Hayes and Seema Chandwani were chosen by a majority vote
15 Suggested new branch
Ros claimed that Gaydon, Kineton and Wellesbourne are under-represented in
the CLP. She asked for consent to setting up a new branch which would not
detract from the rest of the current Southam branch. It was agreed that a circular
be sent to all members in those wards. An initial meeting could be held in a hired
room and (essential) a chair and secretary be appointed
16 The 100 Club
Caryll Green announced the winners of the April, May and June draws as well as
the June half-yearly prize – see overleaf.
There are a few ‘empty’ numbers. Anyone wishing to join can contact Caryll on
17 Next meetings
The next all-member meeting will be held at the Waverley Day Centre,
Kenilworth on Monday 3 July 2017, start 7.30 pm
There will be no August meeting
Minutes 3 April 2017 – CLP meeting held at Graham Adams Centre (Oak Room),
St James’s Road, Southam CV47 0LY
Present: Steve Snart (Chair), Nick Hoten (Secretary), C Canty, G Clarke, D Epstein, B Goredema-Braid, R Grant, D Hazeldine, I Henderson, D Ho, B Jenkins, P Luker, C Mackinder, M McMahon, M Norgate, A O’Donnell, M Panton, F & G Parisi, J Payne, C Simmons, D Smith, J Soni, G Whymark, H Wilson (25)
1. Apologies were received from G Betts, J Eastaugh, P Jenkins, L McMahon, C
Pratt, A & R Taylor, G & B Thomas (9)
2. Minutes of the CLP meeting held on 6 February January 2017. Passed
3. Matters arising
(1) 1daywithoutus. Brian Goredema-Braid said there would be more events
(2) NH said that our Unite speaker would now visit us on 8 May
4. Executive Committee minutes
Ref AOB Item 7 (1) Martin McMahon announced there will be a
public meeting for parents and others to discuss the new funding formula
which will result in £800 less spent per pupil in Warwicks schools. Date
this Wednesday, venue Dale St Methodist Church, L/S
5. Chairman’s Report
(i) SS repeated his wish that members tell him what they want from
(ii) He congratulated one and all for submitting nomination papers for
every division in the county elections
6. Secretary’s Report
(1) Membership numbers. Since the last meeting membership has fallen to
625 from 643; supporters are up from 252 to 254
(2) West Midlands Region. NH reported that CPLs would soon be able to
nominate a candidate for the Regional Council and attend the annual
conference. More next meeting
(3) Clare Ayton-Edwards had been in touch to advise that she has been
banned from the Party for 5 years. As we have been giving Clare some
support NH was asked to get copies of the judgement from her
7. Social Media Report
SS circulated a report by Patrick Jenkins, new Social Media Officer. He
encouraged members to visit our sites and participate, thereby raising
8. Treasurer’s Report
9. Campaigns Reports
(1) On her WCC election campaign, RG thanked colleagues who helped
with her stall, highlighting local issues, in Southam last weekend.
(2)She is concerned that her spends on materials may take her over the
legal limit. She has issued a newsletter, delivered leaflets and set up a
Facebook page called Southam, Napton on the Hill & Stockton Labour
Community Pages but it may come up as ‘Standing up for Southam’.
She has been promised up to £110 for social media costs, has been
told she can spend up to £500 from our funds by JE and been offered
‘Get out to vote’ leaflets costing up to £400.
10. County Council elections – general
(1) NH confirmed that as well as 8 candidate nominations we have been
working on 6 personalised leaflets (time constraints ruling out
Wellesbourne and Kineton and Red Horse)
(2) NH circulated a leaflet with details of how to help RG and John Holland
(3) He said that the 9th division in our constituency, Dunsmore and Leam
Valley, is being contested by Bob Hughes, sponsored by Rugby CLP
11. Future meetings – topics for discussion
Members suggested: homelessness; employment practices and the ‘basic
income’; inequality and wealth redistribution; public debt; prospects for
young people; the ten pledges; social democracy in Europe; Education
cuts; Local Election Results. To be discussed by the EC .
12. Future meetings – dates and venues
(1) NH said the next CPL General Members meeting will be held on
MONDAY 8 May (avoiding Easter) at Waverley Day Centre, Waverley
Road, Kenilworth CV8 1JL starting at 7.30 pm
(2) NH said there seems less urgency to switch to an alternative day of the
week. In Kenilworth, the WDC Labour Group will meet less often on
first Mondays, and in Southam the Oak Room may be big enough