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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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March with us on Saturday 13 October!

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. 
  • Focus on LGBT+ health and wellbeing.  20170805_114503_resized - Copy
  • 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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Unconscious Bias

Over the next six weeks, Labour members will be meeting in local branches across Brighton & Hove, to first shortlist and then select our Labour candidates for the 2019 council elections.  Dates of all the Pavilion branches’ meetings can be found in our What’s On listings.

Our aim is for a diverse, inclusive and representative field of Labour candidates at the local elections in May 2019, including elected Labour representatives who are women, black and minority ethnic (BAME) people, from our LGBT+ community, and disabled people. One of the biggest obstacles to the representation of these under-represented groups among our elected representatives is the unconscious bias which can influence selection decisions.

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There is a risk that we can all apply unconscious bias in our shortlisting and selection decisions. Unconscious bias is something which we all have. To ensure that selections are fair and free from bias the best we can do is to consider our own unconscious bias as we make decisions. Therefore we are asking Labour members who will participate in decision-making about selections to watch two short videos:

The first is a brief three minute animation on “understanding unconscious bias” from the Royal Society, which also provides useful links to other materials, for anyone interested in doing some further reading, including this introductory briefing.

The second, fourteen minute video, “What does my headscarf mean to you?” challenges intersectional biases, including race, faith and gender in an interesting and entertaining TED talk by Yassmin Abdel_Magied.

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End Tories’ “Hostile Environment”

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Under the Tories, 63 black British citizens, members of the Windrush Generation, have been deported. Others have been denied NHS treatment, made homeless, lost jobs, refused pensions, or criminalised, and more cases still remain unresolved several weeks after the Tory Government promised ‘urgent action’ within a fortnight.  Labour would repeal the Tories’ racist ‘hostile environment’ policy and we call on its author – Theresa May – to take responsibility and resign.

 

Help write Labour’s next Manifesto

Labour’s National Policy Forum (NPF) is consulting on eight new policy documents between now and 24 June. On Sunday 29 April, our first Pavilion Policy Forum will cover four of those documents.

Sim Elliott_12.04.18NPF representative for the South East, Simeon Elliott, who sits on the Early Years, Education and Skills Policy Commission, will begin our day with a discussion of the consultation document “Towards a National Education Service” during the morning of 29 April.  We already know that Simeon has some very interesting things to say about academies, funding state education and how the Tories are getting away with SEN cuts.

Later during the morning of 29 April (10.30am – 1.30pm), we shall discuss health policy, specifically “tackling health inequalities“.  Separate discussions of “achieving the sustainable development goals” in international policy and “protecting our communities and turning lives around” in justice/home affairs follow during the afternoon (2.15pm – 5.15pm) for busy members who understandably can’t spare the whole day. 

 

Our second Pavilion Policy Forum will be on Sunday 3 June 2018.  Both events take place at Community Base (South Wing), 113 Queen’s Road, Brighton BN1 3XG.

Carol HaytonNPF representative Carol Hayton will open our second Pavilion Policy Forum on 3 June.  Carol sits on the Housing, Local Government and Transport Policy Commission, so will lead our discussion of its consultation document “Giving people the power to shape their local communities” during the morning of 3 June.

Later during that second morning of 3 June (10.30am – 1.30pm), we shall discuss the environment policy paper “A greener Britain“.  During the afternoon of the 3rd (2.15pm – 5.15pm), we shall discuss policy on “addressing in-work poverty and working-age inequality“, as well as on “the future of work“.

Joining-in at these forums is one of the different ways members can get involved in contributing to Labour’s next manifesto.  Find out more about the 2018 consultation now open, the eight policy documents under discussion until 24 June and submit your own ideas.  As Simeon advises – submit, submit, submit!

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Keep Our Ticket Offices Open!

FrontBack Thanks to everyone who has supported our campaign to Keep Our Ticket Offices Open and signed Labour’s petition outside stations around Brighton during the week of 14 – 20 April 2018.  Be assured that Pavilion Labour will not let up our campaigning to keep station ticket offices open and to return our railways to public ownership, where the needs of passengers and our environment will be put before profit.