The CLP usually meets on the first Monday of the month and alternates between Kenilworth and Southam, the two largest towns of the Constituency.
Minutes 2nd October 2017 – CLP Meeting held at the Waverley Day Centre, Kenilworth
Present: Steve Snart (Chair), Nick Hoten (Secretary), 21 other members
1 Apologies were received from 12 members
2 Minutes of the CLP meeting held on 4 September 2017. Passed
3 Matters arising. None
4 Executive Committee minutes 19 September 2017. Passed
5 Matters arising.
6 Correspondence: None
7 Treasurer’s Report (delivered by NH)
The 100 Club winners for July to September were drawn. An application form for the last vacancy was handed out
8 Secretary’s report
NH reported no response to his appeal for a member to attend the West Midlands Labour Party Regional Conference on 3 March 2018. Jane Green agreed to take up the place
9 Update on the by election campaign Stoneleigh and Cubbington
Josh Payne said that he’s encouraged by the response of residents on the doorstep. He thanked the many canvassing and leaflet delivering members
10 Discussion on the economy led by guest James Plaskitt
James reviewed UK’s poor economic performance since 2010 – attributable mainly to low productivity/investment and retention of cash balances by the corporate sector. He criticised the Party’s current policies. Spending not fully funded; lacking fiscal credibility; re-nationalisation plans lacking detail; banking reforms too timid.
His proposals: Flexible corporation tax rates, varying with investment levels; Regional Investment Banks to involve local authorities and other interested parties; corporate governance reforms; a transaction tax to make more businesses liable; and withdrawal of unjustifiable tax allowances and exemptions eg 40% relief on pension contributions.
After a Q&A session he was thanked for his illuminating talk on a subject that many struggle with.
11 Women’s Party Conference
Bernie Jenkins reported on the events she’d attended and her overall impressions. A summary of her report will be circulated separately
12 Party Conference 24 – 27 September
Patrick Jenkins did the same. A summary of his report will also be circulated separately
13 Kenilworth Branch news
Kevin Purdy announced that the steering group will soon contact Kenilworth members with ideas for meetings and activities
14 Christmas social
Following last year’s very successful social in Long Itchington, Steve reported that he has booked an area in the Clarendon Arms, Kenilworth for Thursday 7th December this year. He is keen to hear from everyone who wants to attend (guests will be welcome),
Donations of prizes will be needed as there will be a quiz and a raffle.
Contact email@example.com or phone 01926 854594
Minutes 19 September 2017 – Red Horse Branch Meeting at the meeting room in St Peters Church Hall 8pm
Ken Manning Guest speaker Wellesbourne allotments, Sharon Underhill support to guest speaker, Roz, Hazel, John, Maggie, Peter, Denise, Bernard and Debbie
Ei and Tony Hughes, Sarah Leonard, Denise, Ian and Harriet
2 Minutes from previous meeting accepted.
3 Matters arising:
Debbie said she had not written to FORSE as it was thought to be suspended at present
Action: Maggie to informally enquire about FORSE when she sees Laura Steele.
4 Report from Treasurer.
5 30 September is National Campaign Day. Leaflets are available but content not known yet. They will be available on 28 September.
Action: Debbie to ask Ei and Tony Hughes to organise table in Wellesbourne 9.30-12.30 Maggie, John and Bernard offered possible support. Debbie to pick up leaflets and table from Roz on 28 September. Also print off Allotment petition
6 Wellesbourne allotments,
The meeting listened to a highly detailed talk from Ken M on the history and present
position of Wellesbourne allotments, which is threatened by the present ‘Owners’ the Church of England who had identified the site as suitable for housing. The Vale of the Red Horse Labour Party is keen to offer support. There is to be a protest march to Stratford District Council planned in the future and we agreed to join this.
Action: John to advise Ken Manning the names of members of the PCC and Deanery Synod
Ken’s email is firstname.lastname@example.org
Ros thanked Ken for his fascinating talk.
7 Red Horse Boundary
Roz then said there would have to be agreement with Southam LP as to the boundaries of our groups.
Issues to be aware of:
Morton Morrell playing fields
The traffic impact of Barford Quarry.
Date of next meeting:
Tuesday 17 October 8pm
Gaydon Village Hall
Minutes 4th September 2017 – CLP Meeting held at Southam Graham Adams Centre, Southam
Present: Steve Snart (Chair), Nick Hoten (Secretary), 16 other members
1 Apologies were received from 19 members
2 Minutes of the CLP meeting held on 3 July 2017. Passed
3 Matters arising. None
4 Executive Committee minutes 23 August 2017. Passed
5 Matters arising. None
6 Correspondence. None
7 Treasurer’s Report
8 Secretary’s report
NH reported the current CLP membership is 689
9 Position of Vice Chair (membership)
Brian Goredema-Braid was unanimously chosen
10 Address by Corinne Davies
Corinne explained the County Council’s plans for children’s services. 39 children’s centres will be replaced by 12 ‘hubs’. Other schemes such as the Priority Families Initiative have also been subject to drastic cuts. With only 10 councillors the Party has little influence over decisions but the county-wide campaign may bring pressure to bear.
She was thanked for sparing the time to talk to us and bringing us up to date.
11 Party Conference
Patrick Jenkins was given about 12 topics to concentrate on when choosing which events to attend.
12 Women’s Party Conference
CLPs are invited to nominate candidates for posts on the Conference Arrangements Committee. Two posts are to be filled. The meeting voted unanimously to nominate the only two candidates we are aware of – Jean Crocker and Teresa Clark
13 Stoneleigh and Cubbington by election update
14 Any Other Business
a) Ros Grant suggested a percentage of CLP income should be regularly passed on to the branches. To be discussed at the next EC meeting
b) Ros announced she would be resigning at the next AGM
c) Venue for the Southam bi-monthly CLP meeting. Helen Wilson suggested the local Social Club which is available free of charge. To be discussed at the next EC meeting
d) Archie Taylor recommended members study the Warwick District Local Plan for the implications for the Green Belt and other aspects
15 Next CLP Meeting will be on the 6th of November at the Graham Adams Centre
Minutes 22 August 2017 – Red Horse Branch held at Kineton Village Hall
Apologies: Ian Jones, Tony Hughes, Harriet, John Rickman.
Present: PH, BC, CE, DG, HH, SL, BP,EH, MA, DP, RG
Ros welcomed Patrick Jenkins Social Media Officer CLP and Steve Snart Chair Kenilworth and Southam CLP.
1 Minutes of previous meeting read and agreed. Amendments Hazel H to be included on email list.
2 Matters arising: Closure of Gaydon footpath is responsibility of Highways Dept and will reopen in October. Concerns raised about traffic using B4100 when new town built: Ei H. reported discrepancies between SDC and Jaguar Landrover re. Volume of traffic presently using the road. Action: DP to write to Laura Steele, Chair of FORSE to ask for our group to be kept informed of further developments in issues relating to infrastructure in the area.
Ei also reported the Village Hall in Lighthorne Heath cannot be used for public meetings due to a collapsed floor. Action: Steve Snart to ask Head of Education Committee if school can be used instead.
3 Treasurers Report
4 Steve Snart talked about why he was a lifelong member of the LP. He believes Neo Liberalism has led to the crisis today in underfunding. Housing, NHS, Education; Taxation should be used to benefit all. He also talked about the increasing gulf between the pay of the bosses and the average employee:- 14% in 1979 and 76% in 2017.
5 Patrick Jenkins addressed the meeting over the concern we had expressed about attracting young people. He felt, although not an expert, young people were more interested in social media and being active during election campaigns. The LP agenda of free education and rent control was appealing to them.
A discussion ensued. Ros provided YouGov statistics putting Labour support on 46% and
giving details of % of voters age groups.
Patrick to continue posting information from our group.
All to bring local issues to the meeting to raise our profile in the area.
Planning another street stall which may focus on education, Ros to look into availability
6 Update on the Allotment Campaign
Hazel updated the meeting on the Wellesbourne Allotment fight. A letter from Jeremy Wright MP was read out. Bernard P read out the letter he had written to Jeremy Corbyn, as yet no reply. Various ways of supporting the fight were suggested but Hazel contacted the group during the meeting and it was decided to be guided by them. The group has a Facebook page
Patrick to put on social media
Peter to speak to Vicar of Kineton as he is a member of the Diocese involved.
Ros to organise a speaker for the next meeting.
John Rickman to be asked to include vegetables on next poster
Hazel to find out how much support is needed by the allotment committee.
Local reps to find cheap places to hold meetings.
Ros to keep Chris at the Stratford Herald informed about issues we were involved in.
Ros thanked Steve and Patrick for coming.
8 Date of next meeting
19 September at the meeting room in St Peters Church Hall 8pm
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: 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
Minutes 3 July 2017 – CLP meeting held at Waverley Day Centre, Waverley Road, Kenilworth CV8 1JL
Present: Glesni Thomas (Vice Chair), Nick Hoten (Secretary), 44 other members
1 Apologies were received from 15 members
2 Minutes of the CLP meeting held on 12 June 2017. Passed
3 Matters arising – JE said that he could not analyse subscriptions as they are received from Party HQ without individuals being identified.
4 Executive Committee minutes 23 June 2017. Passed
5 Matters arising – None
6 Secretary’s Report – Membership now approaching 700
7 Campaign Co-ordinator’s Report – Ros Grant reported on the initial meeting of the ‘Red Horse’ new branch. Successful street stalls had been held in Wellesbourne and Southam, one on 1st July the Day of Action. Members of the public as well as Party members had signed the Children’s Centres petition organised by the Labour County Councillors. A burning issue in Wellesbourne is the proposed development of land occupied by allotments.
8 Treasurer’s Report
9 Social Media Report – Patrick Jenkins has asked that his full social media report for the meeting on 12 June should be sent out. He concentrated on the planned closure of children’s centres. See item 16 below
10 Guest speaker from Unite – NH has not heard from Neil Salter so it is assumed he is too busy to speak to us
11 Labour candidate in the Cubbington and Bubbenhall by-election – Josh Payne briefly identified himself and hoped the election would be called for mid-September
12 Position of vice chair (membership) – Two members expressed an interest in this position but only one was present. A vote was taken, but GT recommended the issue should be revisited at the next meeting when it is hoped both candidates will be present
13 National Labour Party Day of Action – See item 7 above
14 Kenilworth Branch – These members agreed to form an action group: Liz Hough, Wallace McDowell, Kevin Purdy and Maggie Steven
15 Motion proposed by Chris Mackinder
This amended motion was unanimously approved:
“This CLP expresses profound sympathy for all those who have suffered as a consequence of the Grenfell Tower disaster.
We do not seek to hide the failings of several governments over a period of years who have eroded public services by encouraging private companies & business to provide basic needs such as housing. However, the austerity agenda being vigorously pursued by the Tory Govt. has undoubtedly both damaged and now cost lives.
Tenants’ voices need to be not only heard but also routinely involved, alongside trade unions & other bodies (with a direct interest in housing safety & standards rather than profit), in the day-to-day running of public housing.
This CLP gives full support to
1. Jeremy Corbyn’s calls for urgent measures to both alleviate the immediate sufferings & needs of those affected
2. Jeremy Corbyn’s more long term measures to reverse cuts & provide the necessary resources to improve housing conditions across the nation
3. The workers and volunteers who were put under intolerable pressure following an incident they did not bring about”
16 Motion proposed by Patrick Jenkins
This motion was unanimously approved:
“It is extremely concerning that the County Administration’s proposals to close all of the Children’s Centres across Warwickshire in 2018 have come about. The Tories propose to replace the 39 Centres with a handful of Hubs across the county. This includes closing the Southam Centre and the 2 Kenilworth Centres.
It’s worth spelling out that families will no longer have access to the locality based services including:
- Free advice & information Family Support drop in sessions,
- Stay and play sessions staffed by trained and experienced professionals;
- Access to professional support for help with issues of debt, housing, homelessness, returning to education and work; as well as a wide range of parenting and behaviour management courses and individual services
With this information in mind, Kenilworth and Southam CLP resolves to each of the members of the Warwickshire Labour Group the following;
- That the CLP wholly endorses the Labour petition and the cross party petition against these proposals.
- That we strongly urge all Labour Councillors to fight these cuts through every possible avenue.”
17 Any other business
a) Speakers for future meetings. RG suggested about four should be booked per year and one member be the organiser. James Plaskitt was recommended for a talk on the economy; Mary-Anne Stevenson another possibility
b) Wallace registered a protest at the sacking of pro-Remain Labour front bench spokesman in Parliament
c) Bransby Thomas revealed that the latest estimated total cost of HS2 is over £200bn. NH will attach a copy of a letter dated 1 February 2017 from Kelvin Hopkins MP to the Stop HS2 group
d) At the suggestion of Phil Luker, members agreed to purchase a megaphone/mike and speaker for use at outdoor events, maximum spend £40.
18 Future meetings
There will be no general meeting in August. The next will be held on Monday 4 September at the Graham Adams Centre (Oak Room), St James Road, Southam CV47 0LY starting 7.30 pm.
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