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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.  

 

 

 

 

Corbyn supporter 1_3 cropInternational Women’s Day is an important day to celebrate the amazing achievements of women worldwide and to celebrate the strides women have made in the fight for equality, as well as recognising how far we still need to go.  The theme for #IWD2019 is #BalanceforBetter and the vital aim of building a gender-balanced world.  This fits well with Pavilion Labour’s priority campaigning this year to #StandWithTrans and support transgender rights.  Visit our Brighton #IWD2019 stall to hear more about our campaign.

 

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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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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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 8 December 2018, beginning 11am at Friends’ Meeting House, Ship Street, Brighton BN1 1AF.

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 11am on 24 November 2018.

Elections to the Executive Committee

Elections will be held for the voting members of the EC.  Subject to constitutional amendments to be considered by the AGM, the EC posts to be elected may 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. Disability Officer
    11. LGBT+ Officer
    12. Trade Union Liaison Officer
    13. Political Education Officer
    14. Communications and Social Media Officer
    15. Older People’s Officer

B.  Four further Executive members

C.  One Trades Union member – elected from and by the trades union delegates to the GC only.

Nominations are invited for all posts pending the CLP’s formal adoption of constitutional changes agreed by 2018 Labour Conference following the Democracy Review.  The AGM will consider constitutional amendments to establish posts 10 – 15, and may decide that these new officers (if adopted) can replace sections B, C and the delegate appointed by the Co-operative Party (where it is affiliated to the CLP) as voting members of the EC.

At least half of the elected Officers and a minimum of half the Executive Committee must self-identify as women.

Nominations for Sections A and B

Any branch or affiliated organisation can nominate any bona fide GC delegate as a candidate for sections A and B.

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 December 2018 on.

Nominations for Section C

Only trades unions affiliated to Brighton Pavilion CLP can nominate candidates for section C.  Nominees for Section C must be bona fide GC delegates from trades union branches who will be in post from December 2018 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 interim 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 including decisions relating to 2019 Labour Women’s Conference (eg; electing up to two CLP delegates, agreeing one 250 word motion and deciding upon any WCAC nominations).

Deadline for Receipt of Nominations and Other Business

All nominations will close at 11am on Saturday 24 November 2018.  Late nominations and proposals will not be accepted.

Nominations and any other proposals for the AGM should be submitted to the CLP Secretary by email to secretary@pavilionlabour.org.uk by 11am on Saturday 24 November 2018.  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 Secretary at secretary@pavilionlabour.org.uk or posted to:

The Secretary

Brighton Pavilion Labour Party

11 Dorset Street

Brighton

BN2 1WA

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Free Our Trade Unions!

2017 Labour Conference agreed policy to repeal Britain’s anti-trade union laws and introduce strong legal rights to organise, collectively bargain and strike.  Pavilion Labour has decided to highlight this policy  because, with sustained opposition from employers, the Tories, the right-wing press and others, there is a danger it may not be carried out by the next Labour government.

Brighton Pavilion Labour Party believes that trade union freedom is a crucial issue for the whole labour movement.  With the possibility of a Corbyn-led Labour government soon, we need to build the strongest possible support to ensure these demands are implemented.

Consequently, we are asking other Labour Parties and Labour’s affiliates to add their endorsement to the statement below.  Signatures will be added to this blog to show organisations that have signed.  We are also asking our members to help in promoting this statement.  As socialists and trades unionists we stand together!

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We need the right to organise and strike – free our unions

We are campaigning to abolish the anti-trade union laws which hamstring workers organising and taking industrial action, and replace them with strong legal rights.

We applaud the unanimous decision by the 2017 Labour Party conference to call for repeal of not just the 2016 Trade Union Act but also the “anti-union laws introduced in the 1980s and 90s” by the Thatcher and Major Tory governments and kept in place after 1997; and for a “strong legal charter of workers’ rights”. “For unions to be effective workers need an effective right to strike”. This builds on the 2015 conference decision, also unanimous, that the next Labour government should “legislate for strong rights to unionise, win recognition and collective bargaining, strike, picket and take solidarity action”.

We will campaign to ensure:

  • Complete repeal of all the anti-union laws introduced after 1979.
  • Strong legal rights for workers to join, belong to and recruit others to a union; strike by a process, at a time and for demands of their own choosing, including in solidarity with other workers and for broader social and political goals; and picket freely.
  • Strong legal rights for unions to access workplaces, win recognition and engage in collective bargaining, including sector-wide bargaining.
  • The right of unions to determine their own structures, rules and processes, decide their own policies and activities, and spend their funds as they choose, free from state and employer interference, in line with ILO Conventions and the European Convention on Human Rights.

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Fight for our NHS and public services!

11.30am, Saturday 13 October 2018

Assemble at The Level, Brighton BN2 9SY

Rally with speakers at 11.45am.

March leaves The Level at 12.30pm.

Rally at Regency Square BN1 at 1.30pm.

People are uniting to defend our NHS and fight for the future of our public services.  March with Pavilion Labour and many others on Saturday 13th October and join-in with everyone calling for an end to the failed policies of Tory austerity.  We all need a Labour government to rebuild our communities by investing in jobs and public services.  Only Labour can stop Theresa May’s Tories from putting profit before people and devastating our communities again and again.

 

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Speakers at the send-off rally at The Level, at 11.45am: Katrina Miller – Pavilion Labour NHS Forum, Sue Beatty – UNISON, Mark Abel – UCU, Valerie Mainstone – BUCFP, Renato Marques – Unite, Clara Astill – Unite Community, Maude Casey – Migrant English Project, Caroline Lucas MP.

Speakers in Regency Square, at 1.30pm: Jon Rogers – Chair, Pavilion Labour, Paul Maloney – GMB, Dr Louise Irvine – Health Campaigns Together, Dr Vivienne Lyfar-Cisse – NHS BME Network, David Gibson – Living Rent Campaign, Colenzo Jarrett-Thorpe – Unite, Jacob Berkson – Brighton Migrant Solidarity, Phil Clarke – NEU, Nadia Edmond – UCU, Dani Ahrens – BUCFP Welfare Rights, Nicola Tennant & Ocean Tia – EVO Project.

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Rebuilding Britain

From our communities to our economy, from industry to our public services, Labour is committed to rebuilding Britain for the many, not the few.

We have a plan to rebuild Britain.  Rebuilding industry. Rebuilding opportunity for workers.  Rebuilding our communities.  Rebuilding our economy.  Rebuilding our public services.  Rebuilding for people, not for profit.  Rebuilding for families, not for investors.  Read more about Labour’s plans to rebuild Britain.

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From 10am – 1pm on Saturday 29 September, Pavilion Labour is hosting an Environment Action Event at St Augustine’s Centre, Stanford Avenue, Brighton BN1 6EA.  Come along to discuss how Britain can be rebuilt on the foundation of clean, alternative energy and practices which stop polluting our environment and damaging wildlife and sea mammals.  Watch the film Albatross (not suitable for under 12s) and join-in our discussion forum with Surfers Against Sewage, Friends of the Earth, Refill and Mooncup.

 

From 1pm – 3.30pm on Saturday 29 September, come out with Pavilion Labour supporters across Brighton town centre, for an afternoon campaigning about Labour’s policies for jobs and investment in housing and public services, which will rebuild our economy, communities and public services.  Like the rest of Labour nationally, we in Pavilion Labour are determined to rebuild Britain for the many, not the few.

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Different teams will be at our regular locations once our Environment Action Event has concluded at around 1pm.  Stalls will run from about 1pm or 1.30pm until 3pm or 3.30pm.

Members can contact their Branch Secretary or Campaigns Officer for more information, or anyone drop into the Labour Party office at 11 Dorset Street, Brighton BN2 1WA from 12pm – 1pm on the day.  Come along and join-in!

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#LabourAndProud

Pavilion Labour will be celebrating diversity, campaigning for equality and enjoying all the fun at Brighton Pride on 4 August 2018. 

Look out for the Labour block on the Pride parade, with friends from Pavilion, Kemptown and Hove joined by LGBT Labour, or find one of our Pavilion Labour street stalls along the London Road, or meet-up at the Labour stall inside Party in the Park. 

Labour has a proud record of championing the fight for LGBT+ equality.  Labour Leader Jeremy Corbyn has campaigned for LGBT+ people for over 30 years, voting consistently to support LGBT+ rights, for equality and an end to discrimination.  Let’s make Jeremy Corbyn Britain’s next Prime Minister, to replace Tory Theresa May who’s prepared to get in bed with the DUP – a party of homophobes. 

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We say no to austerity, yes to equality!  Back Labour for a Government which will deliver equality and: 

  • Develop inclusive and age appropriate Sex and Relationship Education, made compulsory for all children in state-funded schools. 
  • Equip teachers to tackle homophoblc, transphobic and bi-phobic bullying in schools, with a zero tolerance approach. 
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  • Reduce waiting times for access to hormone treatment to 6 – 9 months. 
  • Work towards universal provision of PrEP across the UK.  Protect LGBT+ asylum seekers. 
  • Instil a zero-tolerance approach to prejudice towards LGBT people within the NHS. 

This weekend we’re partying at Pride.  Every day we campaign to: 

  • Reform the Gender Recognition Act & the Equality Act 2010 to ensure they protect Trans people. 
  • Make LGBT+ hate crimes aggravated offences.
  • End austerity and stop Tory cuts to LGBT+ support services. 
  • And much more… Take a look at our promises on equality

Because we’re #LabourAndProud!

 

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