Support Our Postal Workers

At 8am on Monday, 27 January, members of the Communication Workers Union (CWU) will be holding a “gate meeting” outside Royal Mail’s North Road sorting office.   The CWU is affiliated to the Labour Party and support from Labour members for postal workers will be appreciated at this meeting. 

Postal workers are considering a local ballot for industrial action over Royal Mail’s intention to remove sorting machines from Brighton, as this will result in the loss of all night duties.  The same is happening in Worthing, as well as in other offices across the country.  Many of us might not choose to work at night but for postal workers this work provides an essential element of their pay.

Further, this action by Royal Mail management is being seen as provocative coming as it does after Royal Mail won a court injunction to force the abandonment of strikes last November – December, when the strike ballot of 110,000 postal workers had voted 97% for national strike action on a 76% turnout – one of the highest votes for industrial action ever.

Now, against a backdrop of a national re-ballot by the CWU, rather than engage in meaningful negotiations, Royal Mail management has declared that they will take executive action, implementing changes across the business.  The withdrawal of sorting machines from local offices may just be the start – Royal Mail’s management has a plan which will casualise postal workers’ jobs.

Pavilion Labour opposes zero hour contracts and the casualisation of employment.  We ask all Labour members to support our comrades in the CWU outside North Road sorting office at 8am Monday 27 January, and throughout their dispute.  

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Notice of AGM

INFORMATION ABOUT THE AGM OF BRIGHTON PAVILION CLP

The AGM of Brighton Pavilion Constituency Labour Party (CLP) will take place on Saturday 15 February 2020, beginning 11am at Friends’ Meeting House, Ship Street, Brighton BN1 1AF.  (Delegates should check their final meeting papers to confirm start time for registration.)

Candidates and Voting

Valid and confirmed bona fide General Committee (GC) delegates in post for the AGM will be eligible to vote at the CLP AGM and to stand for election to the Executive Committee (EC).

All branches and affiliates must notify their GC delegates to the CLP Secretary by 9am on 1 February 2020.

Elections to the Executive Committee

Elections will be held for the CLP’s Officers and members of the EC.  Subject to any constitutional amendments to be considered by the AGM, the EC posts to be elected will comprise:

A.  CLP Officers:

    1. Chair
    2. Vice-Chair
    3. Vice-Chair/Membership
    4. Secretary
    5. Treasurer
    6. Women’s Officer
    7. Policy Officer
    8. Youth Officer
    9. BAME Officer
    10. Older People’s Officer
    11. Disability Officer
    12. LGBT+ Officer
    13. Trade Union Liaison Officer
    14. Political Education Officer
    15. Communications and Social Media Officer

 

Nominations are invited for all posts.  Posts may be job-shared by a maximum of two people.

The Women’s Officer and at least another three of the elected Officers 1 – 7, a minimum of fifty per cent of the elected Officers and half the Executive Committee must self-identify as women.

The Trade Union Liaison Officer must be a member of a trades union in accordance with national Labour Party rules.

Nominations

Any branch or affiliated organisation can nominate any bona fide GC delegate as a candidate for election to the EC.

For the avoidance of doubt, nominations are not restricted to any branch or affiliate’s own delegates, but may be made from among all valid GC delegates who will be in post from 1 February 2020 on.

Auditors

The AGM will also elect two auditors for the CLP, at least one of whom must self-identify as a woman.

Other Business

The AGM will receive accounts and annual reports from Officers and the EC, consider amendments to the constitution of Brighton Pavilion CLP and deal with any motions proposed to the AGM, plus any other urgent business of the CLP.

Deadline for Receipt of Nominations and Other Business

All nominations will close at 9am on Saturday 1 February 2020.  Late nominations and proposals will not be accepted.

Nominated candidates must accept their nomination before 9am on Saturday 1 February 2020 and can choose to submit a written statement of up to 150 words in support of their candidacy, for circulation at the CLP AGM.  Statements must be submitted before 9am on Saturday 1 February 2020.  Late statements or statements which denigrate another candidate will not be accepted.  Long statements will be truncated.

Nominations and any other proposals for the AGM, acceptance of nominations and candidate statements, should be submitted to the CLP Treasurer and Acting Secretary by email to treasurer@pavilionlabour.org.uk and together@pavilionlabour.org.uk by 9am on Saturday 1 February 2020.  If an acknowledgement is not received within a reasonable period, please re-submit your original email to the CLP Secretary and copy the CLP Chair at chair@pavilionlabour.org.uk .

Questions

Any questions about the AGM can be emailed to the CLP Treasurer and Acting Secretary at treasurer@pavilionlabour.org.uk or posted to:

The Secretary

Brighton Pavilion Labour Party

11 Dorset Street

Brighton

BN2 1WA

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Christmas thanks

Wishing everyone a relaxing, peaceful and joyous Christmas and New Year.

Many thanks to everybody who volunteered with Labour’s election campaigns this year. Wherever you were working for our Party, whatever you were doing, it was all appreciated. And, most particularly, thank you to all Labour voters.

 

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People in Brighton Pavilion and across Brighton & Hove deserve the best quality of life, as every person does nationwide. Whether you’re a roofer in Hollingdean, a nurse in Preston Park, a waitress in Regency, a care worker in Elm Grove, a teacher in Withdean, a pensioner in Patcham, or a student in the North Laine, everyone in our city is working towards a comfortable life for themselves and those they love.

 

Sadly, over the last nine years, Tory austerity cuts to the council, our NHS, our schools, police and fire services have meant that quality of life has fallen for all of us.  In response to this, Brighton & Hove has followed its own path with a resilience and independence, demonstrating a fighting spirit and great concern for those the Tory government would have left behind.

 

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Many local groups have come together to pick people up as we see our neighbours struggle where society’s safety net has been allowed to grow threadbare or been cut away altogether. Pavilion Labour thanks everyone involved in what have become essential community support services, just as we thank all the emergency, NHS, transport and leisure industry workers who will be keeping the rest of us safe, well, mobile, fed and entertained over the festive break.

 
We can choose to reject despair and go into the holidays with hope in our hearts for the coming year – but we must also find the grit and determination which will be required to rebuild and develop our campaign for socialism, locally and nationally.

 

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Over the next few days we hope that you can cuddle up to loved ones, relax on the sofa and have a lovely Christmas break.  But in case you or others you know need them, remember that you can always contact:

  • Childline: 0800 1111
  • Samaritans: 116 123
  • Domestic Abuse Hotline: 0808 2000 247
  • Mind: 0300 123 3393
  • Age UK: 0800 169 6565

 

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Vote Labour!

Every Vote Matters – Vote Labour!

Like many Labour members across the country, Pavilion Labour members have spent the last few weeks volunteering for The Labour Party, campaigning for Labour’s manifesto and for our candidate in Brighton Pavilion, Adam Imanpour.

Knocking on doors around Brighton, or standing at a street stall handing out leaflets along London Road, we have felt the force of the hope which our Labour Party, with our current policies and leadership, can inspire in people for – and by – whom our Party was made.

Boris Johnson’s Tories seek a majority so that they can force through a Hard Brexit and prepare for trade talks with Trump’s America that will put our NHS and our environment at risk.  The Tories offer us a future as a declining, xenophobic “Little England” selling off our few remaining assets in order to be a low-wage tax haven off the coast of Europe.

Set against this awful prospect, Labour has published a manifesto for Hope and Change, offering a defence of our NHS, public services, communities, environment and the rights and interests of ordinary working people.

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Labour’s 2019 manifesto is a social democratic programme which offers real change and improvement to the lives of our people.

As the clock ticks down until polling stations open at 7am on 12 December – and close again at 10pm – these are some of the most important hours of our lives. Now is the time to say, without equivocation, to everyone you know that they should vote Labour.

More than that, on 12 December, please make any time you can to volunteer with your local Labour Party, in order to leaflet, knock on doors and get our Party’s message of real change out to voters. Whatever you can do to convince people to vote Labour…

Please use all the free time you can to highlight the message of real change – rebuilding our country and reinvesting in our people, communities and environment – being offered by our Labour Party, as Ken Loach’s new short film highlights here.

The country faces a clear choice between the Tories and Labour.  Every vote matters and every vote cast for Labour on 12 December will be a vote for real change.

There is nothing you can do today and tomorrow that is more important than maximising the Labour vote on 12 December.  In Brighton Pavilion, a seat which Labour held from 1997 to 2010, that means working for our Labour candidate, Adam Imanpour.

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It is very disappointing that, once again, the Green Party’s candidate has called on voters to support her in order to “keep the Tories out of Brighton Pavilion”, suggesting that the Tories need to be stopped in Pavilion. This is a deliberate and dishonest attempt to scare voters attracted to Labour’s positive socialist programme into voting “tactically” for the Green Party’s candidate.

This is against the overwhelming weight of evidence which shows that the Tories have no chance of winning in Pavilion. The Tory vote in Pavilion has fallen continuously since 1997 – the only parties that can possibly win in Brighton Pavilion are Labour or the Greens.

There is no “progressive alliance” argument for voting Green in Brighton Pavilion, where Labour is rightly offering our many voters and supporters the chance to vote directly in support of Labour policies, our manifesto for real change, our leadership and our candidate, Adam Imanpour.

The only way for Labour supporters to support Labour in Brighton Pavilion is to vote for our Labour candidate, Adam Imanpour. There is no risk that the Conservative candidate could win in Brighton Pavilion.

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Adam  thanks everyone who has been helping our local campaign in Pavilion.  We are finding more and more voters coming over to Labour.  Our street stalls and leaflets have reached thousands of local people, with exceptionally strong support for our campaigning in the town centre last weekend.

Tomorrow we have an opportunity to maximise support for Labour’s manifesto – by supporting Labour’s candidate in Brighton Pavilion.  Every vote which puts a Labour MP in Parliament will strengthen the hand of Jeremy Corbyn after the election – particularly if there is a hung Parliament.

So, on election day, 12 December 2019, in Brighton Pavilion, please:

  • Encourage everyone you know to vote Labour!
  • If you don’t already have a Labour poster in your window put one up now – you can still get one tomorrow morning from the Party office at 11 Dorset Street.
  • Make a donation to our constituency campaign.
  • Come leafleting with us in the morning and the evening and, in between, call into the Party office at 11 Dorset Street, Brighton BN2 1WA from 10am onwards on polling day to collect leaflets for delivery and handing out.

Whatever you can do to help Labour before polls close in the 2019 General Election will be valuable and important – please do all you can to support our Labour Party.

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A Message from Adam Imanpour

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Dear Friend,

I am writing to introduce myself to you as your Labour Parliamentary Candidate for Brighton Pavilion. My name is Adam Imanpour. I was brought up in Brighton and currently work locally as a mechanic for a family firm.

I am very proud to have been selected as your Labour candidate and to be part of the campaign to elect Jeremy Corbyn as our Prime Minister. This election offers a choice between a Tory Government which would sell our National Health Service to Donald Trump, or a Labour Government which will implement our Green New Deal.

Growing up in Brighton, I was lucky enough to know the difference that a Labour Government can make to the lives of ordinary people. I could go to sixth form at BHASVIC because of Labour’s Education Maintenance Allowance, which the Tories cut in 2010 (when they also trebled tuition fees), and which the next Labour government will restore.

I know what it is like when a family member has their Personal Independence Payment reduced, or when another family member loses their Working Family Tax Credits. This is the reality of our lives in Tory Britain. Because I live and work locally, I also know how hard many of us are finding it to cope – struggling in particular with high housing costs, which make things so tough for all of us, and for young people especially.

A Labour Government will scrap tuition fees and restore maintenance grants for disadvantaged students, so that access to education is a right for all and everyone can reach their potential, regardless of their background. That is just one of a hundred reasons why I am asking for your help with our Labour campaign in Brighton Pavilion.

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Please join me:

  • This Saturday, 16 November – when we will be organising street stalls across Brighton to promote Labour’s Green New Deal.  Please contact your Branch for details or come into the Party’s office between 11am-midday at 11 Dorset Street BN2 1WA

 

  • This Sunday, 17 November – when we are holding a “Super Sunday” canvassing session, going out at 11am and 2pm.  Please email Pavilion Labour’s CLP Secretary for details.

 

Brighton Pavilion Labour Party is also helping with Labour’s other local campaigns – and on Friday 15 November – you can help the campaign for Lloyd Russell-Moyle in Brighton Kemptown. Meet at 33 Dawson Terrace, Brighton BN2 0EL at 2pm.

You can also help by donating to our local campaign here.  This will be really appreciated.

There’s only a month to go until we can elect a Labour government, so let’s do everything we can to ensure that happens.

Thank you for your support for the Labour Party.

Cheers, Adam

Adam Imanpour – Labour’s Parliamentary Candidate for Brighton Pavilion

 

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A Labour Government for Christmas!

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The General Election on 12 December gives us all a once-in-a-generation chance for real change in this country.
This election is about us – all of us – choosing to give our NHS, our schools and our vital public services the funding they so desperately need after nearly a decade of Tory austerity cuts.
A Labour government will stop funding tax handouts to the wealthy few and instead take action to tackle the Climate Emergency and the housing crisis. Labour will invest to kickstart the Green Industrial Revolution, creating skilled jobs in new, clean industries, including improvements to existing housing and ensuring all newbuilds comply with the standards set by Norwich Labour’s award-winning ultra-low energy homes.

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Boris Johnson wants a majority in Parliament for his damaging Brexit deal – a deal which sells out workers’ rights, abandons our environmental protections and leaves our NHS and schools up for grabs. By voting Labour we can stop Johnson’s Tories and change the direction of our country for the better.
Labour will negotiate a better deal with the EU and then put it to the people to decide. Most Labour supporters are trade union members, so we’re used to voting on the best deal we can get – and that’s the basis of Labour’s policy. There’s nothing muddled or complicated. This is something we routinely do in our trade unions – negotiate the best deal we can, put that deal to a ballot (to decide between taking the deal or remaining as we are) and abide by the outcome. Labour is the only party guaranteeing this final say to all voters.

Register to vote now

Register to vote before 26 November, to vote in the General Election on 12 December. It only takes a couple of minutes to register online here with your National Insurance number and you can still register even without an NIC number – it just takes a little longer.
You might also want to apply for a postal vote online here, as voting in December might end up being cold, wet, dark or slippery. Anyone can ask for a postal vote – you don’t need to give a reason but you do need to apply before 5pm on 26 November.

 

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Labour has many popular and progressive policies, including:

  • the Green Industrial Revolution, also known as the Socialist Green New Deal, with a complete ban on fracking
  • scrapping Universal Credit, the Bedroom Tax, punitive sanctions and ‘fit-to-work’ tests on sick and disabled people
  • restored funding for schools within our plans for a National Education Service
  • the ten pound minimum wage and employment rights for all workers from day one
  • extending Statutory Sick Pay and fair benefits for self-employed people
  • an end to zero hour contracts
  • free bus travel for under 25s, pensioners and disabled people
  • renationalisation of our railways, Royal Mail, water and energy network
  • free prescriptions within a renationalised NHS
  • continuing free TV licence for older pensioners (which Labour first introduced and the Tories are whittling away)

as well as support for small businesses, carers, and our high streets, while ensuring that big companies and the super-rich will pay fair taxes.
Our Party’s manifesto consultation period runs until 23:59 on Wednesday 6 November. Labour members and supporters can take this opportunity to get involved – use the link here to share your ideas with the Shadow Cabinet.  The manifesto process will bring all our ideas together in one place and, in the coming weeks, voters will hear about all Labour policies for the many not the few.

 

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Labour stands for equality, climate justice and social justice at home and for peace and internationalism abroad. Labour has the policies which will make a fairer society – and which would stop the United Kingdom becoming the bargain basement tax haven of which the Tories and the Brexit Party dream.
Our goal is a Labour Government for the many not the few.  Our immediate objective must be to defend every Labour seat and defeat as many Tories as possible, focusing on Labour-Tory marginals.  Members in Brighton Pavilion will know who our Labour candidate is by Thursday 7 November and can meet our candidate at our Campaign Launch on Saturday 9 November, 10am at the Friends’ Meeting House.
The choice facing our country could not be clearer. On the one hand a Tory Government which backs an economy rigged in favour of big business and the privileged few – and on the other a Labour Party offering a clear, coherent alternative to transform our country in the interests of the 99%.
Labour stands for a fairer society that cares for all and an economy that works for all.  It is time for us all to step up to the challenge before us:

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How you can help
Labour is a movement, and our strength comes from us all working together
You can get involved in our General Election campaign in various ways:

Make a donation here using your debit or credit card, or request bank transfer details by emailing our Treasurer, Claire, at treasurer@pavilionlabour.org.uk
Put up a Vote Labour poster and let us know if you would like a larger Vote Labour board for your garden.
Deliver leaflets to your street or block of flats, or help us bundle leaflets and letters ready for delivery.
Get involved onlinetake a look at some tips for social media campaigning here.
Come out campaigning with us, either when we go door-to-door or when we run street stalls, or talk to people by phone when we run phone banks.
Volunteer to help on election day, 12 December.
There’s lots to do in the next five weeks, so to find out more about our General Election campaign in Brighton Pavilion constituency, phone 01273 806773, option 3, or drop by our constituency offices at 11 Dorset Street, Brighton BN2 8WA, on Tuesdays between 11am – 4pm.

Vote Labour on Thursday 12 December!   For the Many Not The Few!

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Register to vote

Please check you’re registered to votedon’t just assume that you are (although all Labour members really should be already).  Register before 26 November 2019 to vote in the general election on 12 December 2019.
If you’ve moved house recently, you need to re-register at your new address.
If you’re turning 18 on or before 12 December you can register ahead of your 18th birthday.  As you can register as soon as you turn 16, there’s no need to wait.
Students can register at both your home and university addresses. You can only vote once but registering in both allows you to choose to vote in the constituency where it will benefit Labour the most. Please make sure that you have registered in both, so that you can decide where’s best to vote Labour in the general election on 12 December 2019.
Apply for a postal vote here if bad weather or the dark might put you off going out to vote in the general election on 12 December.  Anyone can apply for a postal vote – you don’t have to give a reason.  But you do need to apply before 5pm on 26 November.

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With your National Insurance number it only takes a few minutes to register online here. Even if you don’t have an NIC number, you can still register online, for example using an NHS or student ID number.
If you’re not sure whether you are already registered or not, it doesn’t do any harm to register online again. If you want to check whether you are already registered in Brighton or Hove, you can contact Electoral Services at Hove Town Hall using the contact information here, and there’s more information on registering to vote from Brighton & Hove City Council here.
Please spread the word on voter registration with all your friends and family.
The most important thing we can do right now is to get all Labour supporters, especially young people, registered to vote.
Don’t lose your voice, or your vote – make sure that you are registered to vote.

Register to vote now

 

Pankhurst Flats Fundraiser

Brighton Pavilion Labour Party has paid £587 to the Pankhurst flats fire campaign fundraiser after our delegates held a collection at Labour Party Conference. Thanks to everyone who donated in solidarity and support for families and residents who have lost everything in the fire which completely destroyed at least 12 flats and damaged many more.

You can donate here if you want to help local residents affected by the fire, who have lost homes and possessions.  This fundraiser is also recommended by Brighton and Hove City Council for anyone wanting to help the 50 people left homeless by the fire.

Pavilion Labour sends our solidarity and support to everyone impacted by this fire and a huge thank you to all the emergency service workers involved; in particular the firefighters and ambulance crews, whose speedy and hard work, courage and professionalism, ensured that there was no loss of life.

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#Lab19 references back

Delegates and visitors at 2019 Labour Conference have been flummoxed by the refusal by Conference Arrangements Committee (known as “CAC”) to publish and circulate the text of the submissions made by constituencies referring back parts of the National Policy Forum (“NPF”) Report for further consideration.

 

Brighton Pavilion Labour Party encouraged all members to participate in the NPF’s 2019 policy consultation process and our conference delegates compared the NPF Report to our Party’s submissions to that consultation, and then submitted a series of proposals (known as “references back”) where it was felt that the NPF Report was inadequate.

For information, details of some of those references back can be found using the links below:

We hope that CAC will end the chaos seen at 2019 Labour conference on Sunday by either circulating to all delegates the full text of all reference back submissions, or taking the votes on each immediately after they are moved and debated.  If not, we trust that this blog is of some use to conference delegates voting on references back.

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Welcome #Lab19 to Brighton!

Brighton Pavilion Labour Party extends a warm, personal welcome to all our fellow Party members who will be attending Labour Conference 2019 in our home town from 21 – 25 September. If you know a Labour member coming to #Lab19, please direct them to us!

Delegates and visitors will be able to find us at stand 62 on the ground floor of the Conference Exhibition, nearby the balloting area – so visit us when you collect your ballot papers and cast your votes.

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Our volunteers can provide you with local tips on where to go and answer your questions about the local area. You can choose from our range of popular handmade badges, hear local campaign news, take a look at our local campaign materials, and enter our raffle for your chance to win accommodation at Labour Conference 2021, either for yourself or another delegate from your CLP.

Brighton’s long tradition of radical politics, including some of Britain’s earliest co-operatives and communal healthcare, informs our socialism today. In the Conference Hall, we are asking delegates to prioritise our resolution on justice, equality and inclusion for trans and non-binary people:

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We shall also be asking delegates to vote to reinstate our CLP’s constitutional amendment (to limit suspensions to three months ordinarily) for debate this year. This will require a vote to reject the decision of Conference Arrangements Committee (CAC) to rule our amendment as out of order – what’s known as a vote to reference back the CAC report.

Since, as it has been ruled out by CAC, our constitutional amendment has been excluded from the Delegates’ Report, so we have reproduced it below.  Our CLP wants Labour’s rules changed so that member suspensions cannot ordinarily exceed 3 months in duration and the NEC must report annually to conference on any that do.  CAC claims this was covered by an NEC rule change last year which limited NCC investigations to 3 months without any reporting of exceptions.

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One of our own members was suspended for 847 days before the case was heard and they were immediately reinstated.  A time limit on suspensions, not just investigations, as is applied by many affiliated unions and other bodies, will prevent such delays to justice in our party for both suspended members and members who are waiting to have their complaints heard.  To find out more, please find one of our delegates in seats 1-5 of rows EF – EG – EH on the conference floor, or speak to us outside of conference, or come by our stall.

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Outside of Conference, the ever-popular Stand up for Labour holds its Labour Party Conference Special at the Komedia , 44-47 Gardener Street, Brighton BN1 1UN, at 7pm on Monday 23 September with an evening full of laughs provided by Njambi McGrath, Don Biswas, ASLEF’s Tosh McDonald and Red Dwarf star Norman Lovett, plus compere Crispin Flintoff and special guest political speakers. Buy tickets now for £15 or £20 on the door.

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As we say in Pavilion Labour – celebrate diversity, fight prejudice, and have fun!  And it looks like delegates will be having some fun at Labour Conference this year!
Please prioritise and support our resolution, support our rule change and come to meet us when you visit our stall at #Lab19!

But, whatever you do, have a fantastic time at 2019 Labour Conference and welcome to Brighton Pavilion!