Only Labour will save our NHS

Currently, radiotherapy appointments are concentrating my mind on the vital importance to all of us of our National Health Service. Our NHS is the subject of a very significant motion from Preston Park Branch to be discussed this week by Pavilion Labour’s General Committee – the policy-making body for our local Party. The motion calls for:

“the full renationalisation of a publicly provided, universal, comprehensive NHS free at the point of use”.

The current Conservative Government is building on decades of outsourcing of health services by fragmenting the NHS in England in ways which prepare the ground for further privatisation. Under a Tory Government, our health service will fall ever more under the sway of the profit motive until we find ourselves facing charges for more and more basic health care.

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Dedicated NHS staff, like Brighton’s Ian Evans, are on the frontline of Tory cuts to our NHS

 

There is only one way to prevent this outcome – and that is to elect a Labour Government in the forthcoming General Election (whenever that may be). Labour will recreate a national health service in which technology serves rather than replaces full local primary and secondary care provision. All outsourcing will end, including the commissioning of healthcare which is increasingly being privatised. There will be joint planning between the NHS and a national care service.

Because today’s Labour Party is led by a committed socialist and is pledged to a transformative political programme – including the rejuvenation of our NHS – the Establishment in this country will stop at nothing to prevent a Labour majority in Parliament, or to weaken an incoming Labour Government.

 

 

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Under Jeremy Corbyn’s leadership, Labour is pledged to fully renationalise our NHS

 

We can anticipate that those who are opposed to social progress will step up attacks upon our Party and its leadership as an election looms. We can anticipate a constant stream of bile from the media, further “leaks” from the civil service and a steady drip of resignations and attacks from those within the Party who oppose our socialist direction.

There is nothing new about mounting unjustified attacks upon our Party at a time when we promise meaningful social change. The best response which we, as Labour Party supporters, can make is to step up our own activity, talking to voters, winning arguments and preparing to elect as many Labour Members of Parliament as possible – which means offering voters in every constituency the opportunity to vote for Labour’s socialist programme in support of the Government which this country needs.

 

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Thanks to everyone for your messages of support. Now let’s take our Party’s message back to our streets.

Jon – Chair, Brighton Pavilion Labour Party

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Hands Off Moulsecoomb Primary School

Pavilion Labour believes that our schools are better run under council management within the local education authority.  So we are asking everyone to support the campaign to stop the forced academisation of Moulsecoomb Primary School.

Please sign the petition saying no to the forced academisation of Moulsecoomb Primary School here and, while you’re at it, please also sign here to support the petition saying hands off Peacehaven Community School, under similar threat of academisation.

There will be a campaign meeting at Moulsecoomb Primary from 6pm – 7.30pm on Tuesday 18 June.  If you want to help defend state schools, please go along.

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Councillor Nick Childs, Labour Chair of the Children, Young People and Skills committee for Brighton and Hove City Council, has confirmed our Labour Council will do everything it can to keep Moulsecoomb Primary School under council management, saying:

“Our new administration’s preferred position is in favour of maintaining all local authority controlled schools.
“We are fundamentally opposed to this attempt by the Regional Schools Commissioner to tell the people of Brighton & Hove that we must hand over our community school to become a private academy company without local accountability.
“The council will be arranging a parental and staff ballot regarding the Academy Order and we will be sharing the results of this ballot with the Commissioner.
“I very much hope that this will be reflected in any final decision made about the school.
“We shall also be writing to the Secretary of State to request that the school be re-inspected in the autumn, and asking for the privatisation process to be halted in the interim.
“In the meantime we have a great head and staff team working at the school, and the comprehensive package of support we have put in place to improve academic standards there will continue.”

Pavilion Labour members agree!  Please support this vital campaign.

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Generation Left

Increasingly age appears to be the key dividing line in contemporary politics. Young people across the globe are embracing left-wing ideas and supporting figures such as Corbyn and Sanders. Where has this ‘Generation Left’ come from? How can it change the world?

Join Pavilion Young Labour and Keir Milburn, author of Generation Left, for a discussion of the role of age in contemporary politics.

All ages welcome at the Friends’ Meeting House, from 6pm – 8pm on Thursday 30 May 2019.  See you there!

Vote Labour!

Polling stations are open from 7am until 10pm today, Thursday 2nd May. As voters in Brighton and Hove, we have one chance every four years to choose new councillors. We encourage you to use your vote in support of our candidates shown below and hope that you will vote Labour to support our manifesto for Brighton & Hove.

 

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Danielle Cornish-Spencer

Emma Daniel and Eleanor Humphrey

 

HSHollingdean and Stanmer – please vote for your Labour candidates:

Phil Clarke

Theresa Fowler

Tracey Hill

 

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Patcham – please vote for your Labour candidates:

Renato Marques

Adam Scott

Janet Smith

 

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Preston Park – please vote for your Labour candidates:

Juan Baeza

Julie Cattell

Denise Friend

 

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Regency – please vote for your Labour candidates:

Poppy Burt

Dan Simmonds

 

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St Peter’s and North Laine – please vote for your Labour candidates:

Gabriel McCook

Maureen Winder

 

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Josh Guilmant

Ian McIsaac

James Thompson

 

If you aren’t sure where your polling station is, check here using our polling station locator.

Labour is standing on our record, having been the largest party on Brighton & Hove City Council since 2015.  However, we need a majority Labour Council so that we can put Labour pledges for the city into action.

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Our Labour pledges include our commitments to tackle the housing crisis, ensure Brighton & Hove is carbon neutral by 2030 and protect workers in our city, as well as lots more:

Read Labour’s 2019 local manifesto for Brighton and Hove to see our plans, which were developed in consultation with all our thousands of Labour members living locally.

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Thank you to everyone who has helped our campaign to elect Labour’s candidates across Brighton and Hove. Now we just need one final push to get out the vote on polling day, Thursday 2 May.

If you have any spare time on 2nd May, please volunteer at your local campaign centre. To find out more, email Paul Williams – at bhlabour.organiser2019@gmail.com or drop in at our central Brighton office at 11 Dorset Street BN2 1WA.

Let’s make sure that Brighton and Hove elects a socialist Labour council:

Vote Labour on Thursday 2nd May!

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Together we can achieve!

Join us on Saturday 9 March at Brighton’s celebration of International Women’s Day .  Throughout the day Pavilion Labour women will be running a stall at the International Women’s Day event in The Dome.  This is the brilliant Brighton celebration organised annually by Brighton Women’s Centre.  As it runs from 10am to 5pm, all volunteers are welcome.  

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This year we shall be joined by Labour candidates for the Brighton & Hove council elections on 2 May and we’re hoping to take a photo of with as many of our Labour women candidates as possible, probably around about 3pm.  So, if you are interested in finding out about Labour’s council campaign or Pavilion Labour campaigns in general, come along to our Brighton #IWD2019 stall.  

 

 

 

 

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Another of our campaigns which we’ll be featuring during #IWD2019 will be our long-running and very successful campaign to end period povertyIf you are able to, perhaps you might bring along some spare sanitary pads as these essentials for women are often overlooked in foodbank donations.  Women should not have to choose between food and sanitary products and Labour policy is that sanitary products should be available free to women and girls at schools, hospitals and foodbanks.  Pavilion Labour women have discussed this and we believe sanitary products should be available free to women and girls from all public services and also be provided by leading private sector organisations – following the initiative taken by Brighton and Hove Albion.  Come on The Seagulls, we say!  

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Labour Women: Together we can achieve!

 

Have your say on Labour policy

Labour’s National Policy Forum is consulting on eight new policy documents between now and Saturday 30 June 2019.  Pavilion Labour will be organising members’ discussion forums for after the local elections on 2 May but you can already have your say online here.  Labour members’ ideas and knowledge provide contributions which are vital to ensuring that our Party’s policies will transform Britain in the interests of the many not the few.  Have your say and help the next Labour government rebuild Britain.

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Find out more about the eight policy documents under discussion until 30 June and submit your own ideas on:

Joining-in the discussion of the consultation papers at local forums will be one of the different ways members can get involved in contributing to Labour’s next manifesto.  So look out for details of future events and come along to have your say.

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Support Transgender People

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Pavilion Labour’s motion to 2019 Labour Women’s Conference calls on Labour Women and Labour’s NEC to promote widely the Party’s policy of trans inclusivity, to consider how trans people can be supported to fully participate in our Party, and to ensure that Labour is inclusive of all.

Our motion calls for a campaign for equality for all. We think that’s the sort of change all Labour members believe in. However, in determining the agenda, Women’s Conference Arrangements Committee (WCAC) has ruled our motion out of order saying that it proposes organisational change. Our delegates will be challenging that ruling at #LabWomen2019.

We’ve already had this argument at Labour South East’s 2018 Regional Conference. Last November, thanks to support from Unite South East Region, CWU South East Region, Unison SouthEast, GMB Southern Region, the vast majority of Labour Party members at #LabSE18, and our terrific delegates, Pavilion Labour’s resolution supporting the full participation of trans-people in the Labour Party was discussed and overwhelmingly passed by that conference despite the same initial refusal to put it on that conference agenda by the Regional CAC and the outgoing Regional Board.  Read all about that here!

In adopting our motion, Labour in the South East region has committed itself to ensuring that our party is a safe space, inclusive of all people and a champion of equality for all people – and to widely promoting such policies. Consequently, as well as having the support once again of our friends in the CWU, Unite and Unison, we hope that all delegates from the South East to #LabWomen2019 will support our delegates Katie and Elaine when they argue for the reinstatement of our resolution to the conference agenda.

Members and delegates left 2018 South East regional conference feeling empowered in achieving the clear democratic will of conference to discuss and subsequently adopt Pavilion Labour’s motion. Now there’s the chance for Labour Women to do the same. If you’re going, please support us in Telford at Labour Women’s Conference this February.

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15 February Comedy Night

Roll up!  Roll up!  A little angel at Pavilion Labour has arranged a night of hilarious alternative comedy at Latest Music Bar on Friday 15 February.

Doors open at 7pm on Friday 15 February for a fantastic night of comedy at the Latest Music Bar, 14-17 Manchester Street, Brighton BN2 1TF.  Catch-up with friends, join in the silent auction, enjoy the raffle (we know you love ’em!) then laugh the night away with top-rated character actress Jo Neary and high class comedians Dyball and Kerr, who will be on stage from 8pm.

You can expect characters and oddball stand-up, but as well as our Chair, why not watch a teaser of Dyball and Kerr‘s well-crafted sketch-based comedy here:

 

We hope that many members will be able to join us for this fundraiser for Labour’s local election campaign.  A night of comedy for £11.25 is great value, so please buy your tickets here.

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Justice for Jay

Tuesday 29 January sadly marks 20 years since the death of Jay Abatan.  Please join Jay’s brother Michael, members of Pavilion Labour and other campaigners from 4pm outside Brighton Police Station in John Street during a 20th anniversary vigil to demand ‘Justice for Jay’. 

Jay was attacked outside the Ocean Rooms in Brighton in what is believed to have been a racially motivated attack.  Sussex Police were criticised for their investigation and, despite many witnesses to the attack, still no one has stood trial.

Brighton Pavilion Labour Party sends its solidarity and support to the Abatan family.  Please show your solidarity with Jay’s family on Tuesday 29 January and join with all of us standing-up to racism.

Jay’s brother, Michael has sent the following message:

“My name is Michael Abatan and my brother, Jay Abatan, was attacked in January 1999 outside the Ocean Rooms in Brighton in what I believe was a racially motivated attack. Sussex Police were criticised at the time for fundamental mistakes in the investigation and deliberate underfunding. I have never had a satisfactory answer as to whether this was simply incompetence or due to Police links with the suspect group.

29th January 2019 marks the 20th anniversary of his death. Still nobody has stood trial over his killing. I will be marking this anniversary with a vigil outside Brighton Police station in John Street, Brighton. I will be there from 4pm.

I have campaigned since that time to try and bring the men responsible for his death to justice. Sussex Police have recently succeeded in bringing a prosecution after 32 years against Russell Bishop so I know that this is possible.

I have recently been approached with details of a potential witness who has never been spoken to by police. Despite 2 investigations and reviews by other police forces, there are still witnesses out there who have never been spoken to. This fills me with despair.

My brother and I are mixed race, our mother was English and our father Nigerian. We believe that one of the reasons we have been denied justice is due to our colour. For example the year my brother was killed he was the only homicide victim in Sussex not to have his death investigated with the use of the Holmes Computer, a murder investigation tool. The enquiry team that was set up for his death was staffed and funded at the same level as an ABH, despite his injuries leading to his death.

I am intending to mark my brother’s death on the 29th January and would like to remind people out there who are protecting these men that it is not too late to come forward and do the right thing. I am told that there are some witnesses who are still wrestling with their conscience but scared of repercussions. My message to them is it is never easy to do what is right but they should have courage to correct this injustice.

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