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Dear Phil Gaskin,
I am writing to you in your role as the Labour Party South West regional director as a concerned party member (if you have a role in the party please mention that here).
In the recent South West Metro Mayor selection process a shortlist was produced which only contained two names. The previous candidate, Lesley Mansell, who received the most CLP nominations was not shortlisted neither were two previous parliamentary candidates, despite getting more CLP nominations than Dan Norris who was shortlisted. I am struggling to think of process that would mean a previous metro mayoral candidate and two PPCs would be deemed unsuitable for shortlisting, despite clear democratic support. The narrowing down of candidates to two with the removal of so many popular and highly qualified individuals reeks of political manoeuvring. To me it gives the impression that the South West regional committee hold member democracy in contempt. I am hoping that you can show me that this is not the case.
I have a couple of requests to try to gain a clear understanding of the selection process. Specifically I would like to know:
- The full selection criteria
- A full breakdown of the nominations for each candidate
I am expecting a prompt response (within 5 working days). If I do not receive a satisfactory response that puts to rest my fears I will be forced to raise an official complaint.
Thank you in advance for your prompt response. I am eager to have this matter settled.
(put your name here)
Campaign with Labour to protect our services and oppose Tory cuts!
The Tory government is forcing their ideological programme of austerity on this country and on Bristol. They have drastically reduced funding to local government, meaning Bristol City Council must cut more than £92 million in the next 5 years.
THESE CRUEL TORY CUTS FLY IN THE FACE OF LABOUR PARTY VALUES
Our Labour mayor and councillors were elected on a promise to build a fairer and more equal city. Our priority is to tackle inequality and deprivation head on. So Bristol’s Labour-led council is working hard to protect vital services despite Tory cuts. We will do everything we can to prevent Tory austerity hitting ordinary people in Bristol.
FIGHTING BACK: LABOUR OPPOSING TORY CUTS
Starting today, we are launching a Bristol-wide campaign. We will challenge the government and oppose Tory cuts. We will get the word out to people across Bristol so they can join us. We will speak up loudly and tell people that the country would be better off with Labour. It’s no accident that Tory cuts will hit Labour-led councils across the country, while Tory heartlands are protected. They are playing politics with our services. It’s time to fight back. #FightToryCuts
JOIN US, STARTING WITH AN ACTION DAY ON SATURDAY 4TH FEB
On Saturday Feb 4th, we will hold a city-wide action day opposing Tory cuts. Join us at events in the morning and afternoon!
In the morning we will hit the streets across the city to hand out flyers and collect signatures for a petition to Theresa May.
Please join us at a local event on Saturday
11am-12 noon: Door-to-door campaigning in Hartcliffe. Meet at Withywood post office (145 four acres BS13 8RA)
11:am-12:30 Sainsbury’s, 256 Gloucester Rd (Bishopston)
11am-12:30 Sainsbury’s, 2 Gloucester Rd (Ashley)
11am-12:30 Clifton Down station
11am-12:30 Outside Boots on East Street (Bedminster)
11am-12:30 Outside Tobacco Factory Theatres (Bedminster / Southville)
11am-12:30 Eastville/Frome Vale in Fishponds on Radley Road
11am-12:30 St George (with Easton Branch) on Church Road by Tesco
11am-12:30 Stockwood Branch at the Shopping precinct on Stockwood Road
11am-1pm: Carlton Court, Westbury On Trym
UPDATE: PLEASE NOTE THE 3pm EVENT AT COLLEGE GREEN IS CANCELLED DUE TO PLANNED ANTI-TRUMP MARCH
WE NEED YOU TO MAKE THIS CAMPAIGN HAPPEN – SOME WAYS YOU CAN GET INVOLVED NOW!
We know that many members feel passionately about this and are itching to take action. Here are some ideas for how you can get involved.
1 Join or organise a local event on the morning of Sat 4th Feb; this could be a street stall, or door knocking in your area. Where can you speak to the most people and how can you get creative and get noticed?
2 Share the campaign flyer on your social media and email to your friends and networks, and invite them to join our campaign events on the 4th. You can view the flyer and download as PDF at the bottom of this page
3 Get your personal message out on social media. Make a 30 second film saying why you feel passionately about this issue, and share it on your facebook and twitter. Use the hashtag #FightToryCuts
4 Brainstorm creative ideas with your friends and share them so we can help make them happen. How do we put pressure on the Tory councillors in your area? What other attention grabbing campaign actions could we take between the 4th & 21st?
5 Declare your support online with a Twibbon http://twibbon.com/Support/labour-opposing-tory-cuts
‘FIGHTING BACK’ CAMPAIGN FLYER
Also available as PDF here
Momentum Bristol Organising Group have drafted a position statement for discussion at the next General Meeting on 22 January:
Proposal for election process for Momentum Bristol’s Organising Group:
Join us as part of a national campaign against plans to open new grammar schools in England.
Meet outside Primark (on the corner of Horsefair) on Saturday, 1st Oct, at 11:00 and then liaise with the NUT action at The Fountains at 12:00.
This demonstration is part of Jeremy Corbyn’s national campaign against plans to open new grammar schools in England – We will campaign for inclusive education for all and to expose the Conservatives’ divisive and damaging agenda for this country.
Image courtesy NUT
Come to College Green Bristol at 7PM 8th August for a rally in support of Jeremy Corbyn.
It’s clear from the recent local elections that Labour has made real progress since the 2015 General Election:
- Labour has taken control of Bristol City Council with the best result for Labour for the past 15 years, winning 37 councillors
- A new Labour mayor has been elected – Marvin Rees was decisively elected with 68,750 votes compared to George Ferguson’s 39,577 votes
- Labour’s Kerry Barker came close to ousting his rival the Independent candidate Sue Mountstevens as the Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) for Avon & Somerset – She won with a total of 118,547 votes. Labour’s Kerry Barker was second with 100,565 votes.
Despite negative comments in the main-stream media about the electability of Jeremy Corbyn, Labour won 58 of the councils in England compared with the Tories 38, and every one of the mayoral seats contested was won by Labour.
Labour has performed better than was predicted. The BBC national vote share shows Labour has beaten the Tories on the overall share of the vote.
Labour has fought a strong campaign, working hard for every vote, standing up for working people who have been let down by a Tory Party which has shown that they can’t be trusted to stand up for working people.
Do you want Labour to win this May?
In Bristol that means making sure that Labour voters turn out and vote for our local Council candidates, and for Marvin Rees as our mayoral candidate and Kerry Barker as our PCC candidate.
Postal voters will start receiving their ballots next week meaning that this is a crucial time for us: we need to speak to as many as possible of the voters identified as Labour to remind them to send their postal vote back for our candidates.
If you have never done phone canvassing before, rest assured that you will be provided with enough information and a script (not to mention plenty of cups of tea!) You will be reminding people to vote, easy but essential work. Come when you can, for as long as you can.