SNS Rally Against the Cuts 17 February 2018
If you are free on Saturday please give your support to this event to save our services. It features fantastic speakers and takes place outside All Saints Church in Northampton at 12pm.
Paul Crofts – SNS, Campaigner to Defend the NHS and Local Public Services
Gareth Eales – Labour Councillor & County Councillor, PPC Northampton South
Peter Stefanovic – Journalist, Blogger, Filmmaker, Campaigner, Political and Social Commentator
Penny Smith – Branch Secretary, Unison Northants
SNS, Campaigner to Defend the NHS and Local Public Services
Northampton based author, frequently described as best graphic novel writer in history
Northampton based author , worked for Northamptonshire libraries and remains a passionate supporter of Public Libraries
President, Northampton Trade Union Council
Branch Chair, University College Union, University of Northampton Senior Lecturer of International Relations and Politics
Campaigner to Defend the NHS and Local Public Services
Chief Executive Officer, Northamptonshire Rights & Equality Council
Secretary of Friends of Libraries of Birmingham
Bagpipes, Northumberland Pipes
Banner Theatre Group Singers
Events coming up in support of Palestine.
Courtesy of our Vice-Chair, Sonya Andermahr.
There are a number of events coming up this month, both local and regional.
Firstly, don’t forget our branch meeting on Tuesday 6th February when we will be hearing about the work of the organisation Embrace the Middle East.
Details are below. It might also be worth mentioning that we are expecting our new stock of chocolate covered Medjoul dates and almonds to be available on the night.
Next, there are several regional events which will be of interest to many. These include hearing from Jeff Halper from ICAHD plus there is a chance to meet Bernard Regan again in Oxford if you didn’t get the chance to hear him in MK in January. Please see details and flyers below for more information.
Lastly, please see the latest PSC News and do use the link there to write to your MP to request that they attend the debate in Parliament about child prisoners next Wednesday. It is important to gain as much support as possible for this debate. It only takes one minute to send a message. Thank you.
Jeff Halper in Oxford and Bedford
This is a Bedford Friends of Al Walaja event:
“Where are we headed in Israel/Palestine?”
A talk by Jeff Halper,
Director of the Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions (ICAHD)
The Friends Meeting House, 5 Lansdowne Road, Bedford MK40 2BY
Friday, Feb. 23rd at 7.30pm.
This will be a free meeting but with a collection for ICAHD.
Bernard Regan in Oxford
We’ve done it! Fighting for the rights of Palestinian child prisoners has been a major focus for PSC over the last few months, and we’ve now secured a debate in parliament.
Many of you joined us during the lobby day in November, and over 5,000 of you wrote to your MP and Boris Johnson about the arrest of Ahed Tamimi and Israel’s broader treatment of child prisoners.
Thanks to your support, our Early Day Motion (EDM) has gathered 129 signatures from MPs – making it the 4th most popular EDM in this parliamentary session!
And this is having a real impact. The child prisoner campaign is keeping pressure on the UK government to take meaningful action. As a result of our actions parliament will debate this important issue on Wednesday 7th Feb from 14.30 – 16.00.
Get your voice heard in Parliament
We need your help to make sure that the debate on Wednesday is well attended and that our message is heard loud and clear! Please write to your MP with the link above. It only takes a minute to get our politicians to stand up for Palestinian children!
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Our mailing address is:
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Disposession – The Great Social Housing Swindle.
This documentary film is on at the Errol Flynn Filmhouse on Monday 6th of November at 6.15. Maxine Peak is the narrator and it last for 82 mins.
UK Speaking Tour – Professor Mazin Qumsiyeh of Bethlehem University
Professor Mazin Qumsiyeh will be in the UK from 23 October until 3 November as a guest of Oxford Ramallah Friendship Association (ORFA – a member of Britain Palestine Friendship and Twinning Network).
Professor Qumsiyeh will be speaking in six British cities in addition to four venues in the London area.
Admission to all public meetings is free.
Professor Qumsiyeh, who grew up in Bethlehem, has worked in academia in the USA. He returned to Palestine in 2008. He is passionate about public education on ecology and the environment, and about human rights. The topics on which he will be speaking reflect this.
For people in Northamptonshire, the most readily accessible venues are:
Oxford, Saturday 28 October, 16.00
Environmental justice and sustainability in Palestine: challenges and opportunities – followed by social event with food plus stalls.
Venue: West Oxford Community Centre, Botley Road, OX2 0BT.
Oxford, Wednesday 1 November, 19.00
Sharing the Land of Canaan.
Venue: Investcorp Lecture Theatre, St Antony’s College, Woodstock Road, OX2 6JF.
Bedford, Thursday 2 November, 10.30
The Bethlehem environmental museum (15 minutes), then
The situation in Al Walajah (15 minutes), followed by questions at 11.00.
Venue: All Saints Church Parish Hall, Westbourne Road, Bedford.
TUC Rally At Northampton.
Announcing details of a rally calling on the government to recognise that ‘Britain Still Needs A Pay Rise’ on Saturday 21 October in Northampton. As part of the TUC’s campaign the organisers are seeking members who live in Northampton to speak to the media about how stagnating pay has affected them and are prepared to accompany the organisers to meet with either the Northampton North or South MPs on Friday the 20th of October.
For more information, please follow this Link
Black History Month 2017 and Hate Crime Awareness Week
Wellingborough African-Caribbean Association (WACA)
Northamptonshire Rights and Equality Council (NREC),
Independent Socialists in Wellingborough (ISW)
Present Tayo Aluko in his new one-man show
Just An Ordinary Lawyer
A show about the life and times of Tunji Sowande Britain’s first Black judge, a cricket enthusiast and singer!
“A fascinating show” (4 stars) The Guardian
“Brilliantly … creates the picture of a remarkable, humane and forgiving man.” Counsel Magazine
“Another triumph … that thrills and touches” (5 Stars)
British Theatre Guide
Friday October 20th 2017
Wellingborough African Caribbean Centre
Rock Street Wellingborough NN8 4LW
(Please park in Jacksons Lane car park – off High Street)
£9 up to October 18th £10 on the door. Children under 16 free
Advanced bookings up until October 18th (costing a few pence more): https://lawyerwaca.eventbrite.co.uk
or tickets can be purchased from WACA and NREC (cash or cheque – payable to WACA). Further info: telephone Paul 07872836463
or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Northants Rights & Equality Council, Wellingborough African Caribbean Association, UNISON, Independent Socialists in Wellingborough
Middleton Cheney Youth Drive
From Richard Solsbury-Timms.
I’m organising an event known as Middleton Cheney Youth Drive.
This event brings together youth organisations such as the Scout movement (Beavers, Cubs and Scouts) Guide movement (Rainbows, Brownies, and Girl Guides) as well as up an coming groups like the Boys Brigade (Anchors) as well as others. There are also aspirations for future events and groups.
This will take place on the 27th September 2017 from 5:30 at All Saints Church, Middleton Cheney.
Women’s Training Event
If you are interested please let us know on the email: email@example.com
The Banbury and Bicester CLP have arranged a supper club.
Help Needed With Canvassing Borough Council Election.
There are two by elections coming up in Northampton Borough and we need all of your help to return our candidates Paul Joyce for Eastfield and Nikesh Jani for Nene Valley as Labour Councillors.
These are the sessions that are running between now and next weekend, Please do join us at as many sessions as you possibly can. If you are a new campaigner, please do come along, full training will be given and you will be “buddied up” with an experienced campaigner who will show you the ropes.
Today – Wednesday 6th September. 5.30pm. Eastfield. Canvassing. Meeting at the corner of Greenfield Avenue and Pinewood Road. Northampton NN3 2AA. Session Leader, Gail McDade.
Friday 8th September. 10.30am and 5.30pm Nene Valley. Leafleting. Meeting at Wooton Sports and Community Centre. Curtlee Hill, Wootton, Northampton NN4 6ED. Session Leader, David Brede.
Saturday 9th September. 10.30am. Nene Valley. Leafleting. Meeting at Wooton Sports and Community Centre. Curtlee Hill, Wootton, Northampton NN4 6ED. Session Leader Nikesh Jani.
Sunday 10th September. 10.30am. Nene Valley. Leafleting. Meeting at Wooton Sports and Community Centre. Curtlee Hill, Wootton, Northampton NN4 6ED. Session Leader David Brede.
Monday 11th September 12 noon. Eastfield. Canvassing. Corner of Beech Avenue and Laburnum Cres. Northampton. NN3 2LF. Session Leader David Brede.
Monday 11th September. 5.30pm. Nene Valley. Canvassing. Meeting corner of The Warren and Hardy Drive. Northampton. NN4 6EP. Session Leader Gail McDade.
Tuesday 12th September 5.30pm Eastfield. Meeting corner of Greenfield Avenue and Greenfield Road. Northampton. NN3 2AA. Session Leader Gail McDade.
Wednesday 13th September. 12 noon. Eastfield. Meeting corner of Grange Road and Buttermere Close. Northampton. NN3 2BG. Session Leader David Brede.
Thursday 14th September. 12 noon and 5.30pm. Eastfield. Churchill Avenue Shops. Northampton. NN3 6PG. Session Leader Gail McDade.
Eastfield Super Saturday! Saturday 16th September. 10.30am and 1.30pm. Corner of Churchill Avenue and Keswick Drive. Northampton NN3 6NY. Session Leaders Gail McDade and David Brede.
Sunday 17th September. 10.30am. Nene Valley. Corner of Wooton Hope Drive and Breeze Hill. Northampton. NN4 6AH. Session Leader David Brede.
It would really help with our planning if you could let us know which sessions you can attend by replying to this email. We will then send you the phone number of the Session Leader so that you can get in touch if you need anything on the day.
Thanks in advance for the part you are going to play in helping getting Paul and Nikesh elected!
As part of a tour of the country, Jeremy Corbyn is visiting the seats we need to win to form a Labour Government and make our country work for the many not the few.
We would like to invite you to join him in Mansfield (Nottinghamshire) to hear him set out what Labour would do to make Britain a fairer more prosperous place.
Jeremy will speak at a rally in central Mansfield this Saturday 9th September at 13.30. Please RSVP here for full details including the location of the event. Once you RSVP, you will be sent an email with the full event details.
We hope to see you on Saturday.
East Midlands Labour Party
PS. If you have any questions, you can get hold of the East Midlands Labour Party on 0115 943 1777 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Reproduced from an email sent by the East Midlands Labour Party, promoted by Emma Foody, on behalf of the East Midlands Labour Party both at Harold Wilson House, 23 Barratt Lane, Attenborough, Nottingham, NG9 6AD.
Dignity and Security in Older Age: The State Pension
Event in Corby on Thursday 17th of August 2017
Older people have been badly let down by the Tories. During this year’s General Election they failed to provide transitional protection to women born in the 1950s who have had the increase in their State Pension Age (SPa) accelerated; in addition, they failed to guarantee they would protect the State Pension ‘triple lock’ and Winter Fuel Allowance. Most recently the Government announced that they will be accelerating the increase in the SPa to 68 at the same time it was announced that increases in life expectancy had ‘ground to a halt’.
This contrasts to the Labour Party’s manifesto pledge to retain the triple lock and winter fuel allowance, as well as provide support for 1950s born women through pensions credit and further transitional protections. Labour has also rejected the accelerated increase in the SPa to 68 and are examining options for a flexible retirement age.
As part of the Labour Party’s commitment to ensure dignity and security in older age, we are launching a national conversation with communities across the country to discuss what this means in relation to the State Pension. We want to hear your views. As such, we are delighted to invite you to an event hosted by Debbie Abrahams, the Shadow Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, as part of this national tour.
Date: Thursday 17th August 2017
To attend, please sign up here East Midlands Labour
If you have any additional access needs please email Gail McDade
Please pass this invitation on to others in your area who may be interested in attending.
You will be emailed confirmation of your place before the event.
We hope you can you can join us on Thursday.
Jeremy Corbyn coming to Milton Keynes.
Labour leader in Milton Keynes (registration required).
An Invitation from MK Labour Party
The Milton Keynes Labour Party would like to invite South Northamptonshire CLP members, your friends and your family to our quiz and social night on the 5th August, at 7.30pm at York House in Stony Stratford. This is hopefully the first of many such nights where Labour Party members will be able to come together in a social environment, have fun quizzing and also help raise some much needed funds for the Milton Keynes Party. It promises to be a fantastic night and we hope to see as many of you there as possible! Full details can be found in the attached flyer.
Northamptonshire Rights and Equality Council Annual General Meeting
What? Northamptonshire Rights and Equality Council Annual General Meeting
Where? WACA, Rock Street Community Complex, Rock Street, Wellingborough NN8 4LW
When? 13th July 6.30pm for 7pm
Food? YES….FREE BUFFET
Speaker? Weyman Bennett from Stand Up To Racism
We look forward to updating you on our progress over the last year. Please show your support to the NREC team by attending this event. Your support is needed now more than ever, with increases in hate crime and reductions to our funding/budgets.
Banbury & Bicester BBQ
Please note that our neighbours in the Banbury & Bicester CLP are holding a BBQ to which all are invited with tickets at the bargain price of £7.50. It will be held 5.30pm – 9.00pm 15th July 2017 and if you take an instrument (if you have one) or even if you don’t, you can take part in the proceedings and display your talents to all! Contact details and other information can be found within the image.
Northamptonshire Palestine Solidarity Campaign
Iyad Burnat, leader of the Palestinian resistance in Bil’in, West Bank, and winner of the 2015 James Lawson Award for Excellence in the Practice of Nonviolence, is undertaking a tour of the UK to publicise and sell his book, “Bil’in and The Non-violent Resistance” .We are delighted to welcome Iyad to Northamptonshire next week, with two opportunities for people to meet Iyad and purchase signed copies of his book:
Friday 14th July, 7 o’clock
Public meeting – Iyad will speak about his work with the non-violent resistance and living in the West Bank under military occupation.
Venue: Wellingborough African Caribbean Association (27 Rock Street, Wellingborough, NN8 4LW)
Thursday 13th July, 3-5pm
Harrowden Books (61 High St, Finedon, NN9 5JN)
Admission to both events is free – All welcome
“Bil’in and The Non-violent Resistance” relates the story of the creation of the Bil’in Popular Committee Against the Wall and Settlements, a citizen’s group formed by the people of the farming village Bil’in in Palestine, to deal with the regular raids that began in 2004 by the Israeli Occupation Forces. Bil’in is adjacent to an illegal Israeli settlement. Land from Bil’in has been taken to construct the Separation Wall. The book is an informative look at the many harsh realities the occupied people of Palestine cope with living under Israeli occupation.
Price £20 – cash only!
Books signed by Iyad available to purchase at each event.
Bil’in is also the setting of the 2011 documentary film 5 Broken Cameras, co-directed by Iyad’s brother Emad Burnat. Bil’in is just one of many villages in the West Bank where non-violent protest marches take place every Friday.
Next CLP Meeting
Our next CLP meeting will be held at The Methodist Hall, 11 Brackley Rd, Towcester NN12 6DH, at 7.30pm Wednesday 12th July 2017.
Guest speaker will be Roger Neill to talk about fund raising.
Hope to see you all there.
National Day of Action
On Saturday 1 July we held our first Labour Party Campaign Day since the General Election, in Brackley Market Square. We asked shoppers and passers-by what they thought of Theresa May’s £1 billion deal with the DUP, playing a version of the quiz show ‘Who wants to be a millionaire?’ Funnily enough, no one we spoke to agreed with the Tory’s use of tax payer’s money to prop up their failing government. Instead, people said they’d like to see the money spent across the UK on nurses, police, firefighters, or building social housing. We agree! Labour policies will mean a fairer Britain for all.
It was great to meet several new party members who came along to say hello. We also met a lovely lady called Brenda who came up to the stall for a chat about politics and then decided to join the party!
Gala Supper Club with Special Guest Barry Gardiner, 16th June
Barry has been MP for Brent North since 1997, Shadow Secretary of State for International Trade and Shadow Minister for International Climate Change
Where and When?
7pm for 7.30pm, Friday 16th June , The Institute, Oxford Road, Adderbury OX17 3NE
How can I book?
This promises to sell-out, make sure you book early!£12 a head until 4th June and £13.50 after Price includes a two course supper
Raffle and Cash Bar
Email Anne Davis email@example.com or ring 01295 810813
Booking essential – non members welcome – no bookings on the door
Brexit and Civil Society – The Voice of Northamptonshire, 22nd June
This event will take place in the County Council offices, CountyChamber, 27 Guildhall Road Northampton NN1 1DE
This is the second in a series of three events examining the potential impact of Britain’s exit from the European Union. The second instalment will explore the impact of Brexit on the community and community relations, the third and charity sector, the demand for and delivery of social services, immigration and cross-cultural integration.
The evening will include a Question Time-style session, with the audience interacting with the panel, which will include Northants County Councillor Heather Smith, CEO of Goodwill Solutions Mike Britton, Senior Lecturer in Politics and International Relations Suzanne McDonald-Walker, CEO of Northampton Community Foundation Victoria Miles and Dominic Hopkins Undersheriff of Northants and Partner at Hewitsons Sollicitors LLP.
The Question Master will be BBC Radio Northampton’s John Griff. Get your questions ready, register now and join the great debate!
Hustings at St Lawrence Church Towcester, Tuesday 6 June
Our Sophie did the Labour party proud at the hustings on 6 June. In the words of Father Ben Phillips this was “An opportunity to get together all the candidates to ask them questions and listen to them.”
One question from the audience was “aren’t Labour being disingenuous in promising everything when there is no money”. Sophie’s response was the Labour Manifesto is fully costed in detail, unlike the Tory Manifesto where hardly any numbers appear at all.
There was also an excellent question from Alice Andermahr “What are parties going to do about tuition fees which are going to leave students with debts of up to 6 figures?” Sophie’s response “Well that’s an easy one, Labour will abolish tuition fees.”
BBC Radio Northampton Breakfast Show
All South Northants candidates were invited to participate in the Breakfast Show on Sunday 28th May, coming from Brackley Fields Care Home. All were asked about dementia tax and HS2. Mrs Leadsom said someone had to pay for social care and if it wasn’t the elderly it would have to be the young. Sophie said Labour’s view was that it did not have to be the young, just the richest 5% (unlikely to include many of the young in this). Re HS2 Sophie was clear that now the decision had been made her focus was on minimising the upheaval and any negative impact to local residents. Please click on the rather interesting image mid-interview below to hear the interview in full.
Campaign Planning Wednesday 10th May
Our Chair Sophie Johnson has been selected to go up against Andrea Leadsom in the forthcoming June 8th general election so we held a very well attended planning meeting with several enthusiastic and highly motivated new faces, including one Ian Reddington who fans of Shameless and Corrie will recognise.
Guest of honour was Labour politician Terry Davis who shared his campaigning expertise, extremely valuable as Terry lives in a similar constituency, North Oxfordshire, to our own, and through efficient targeting and effective mobilisation of local supporters has achieved significant Labour councillor representation in the area.
Probably the most significant thing Terry said is that you can’t win elections without money, and we really need to get our message out locally so we would be incredibly grateful for any donation, no matter how small.
Wednesday 12th April, Chantry House, Towcester
Fabulous evening with Dr Mel Crofts, Senior Lecturer in Law, University of Northampton & Chair of Northampton Rights and Equality Council as our guest speaker, with excellent contributions from Conrad Whitcroft our Youth Officer, Charlie Hyams, our LGBTQ+ Officer and Richard Solesbury-Timms our European Officer as well as some great Chairing and multitasking by our Vice Chair and Women’s Officer Sonya Andermahr.
Rather than giving a lecture Mel encouraged a discursive evening which really engaged the whole audience. Points made by Mel included:
- Just saying everyone should be treated equally is not enough.
- If institutional policies are set solely by those at the top, predominantly white, middle aged, middle class males, without direct input from those they are meant to protect then equality will not work.
- Important to look at the outcomes, not just the policies.
Richard shared with the group the steps that ASLEF were taking to ensure equality. Whilst legislation may exist around equality unions play an important role in making sure this legislation is actually enforced.
Conrad and Charlie gave very engaging speeches on the challenges faced by youth and the LGBTQ+ community, key points being:
- the disproportionately high level of mental health issues and suicides
- the importance of pronouns
- the difference between sex (biology) and gender (how you choose to be viewed by society)
- the challenges of binary attitudes and casual discrimination
Sonya made the key point that all significant legislation around equality has come from Labour governments.
A big thanks to Sonya for organising the event and to everyone who came.