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Labour Brighton and Hove: Delegates in 1 member 1 vote out!

After attending tonights Steering Committee meeting as an elected lay member around a table of non brightonians I can confirm that the new system agreed by a majority consisting of mostly unelected people around the table was for a delegate based structure system, as promoted across the country by progress.

Now as a new member who was inspired by the all members meetings, I was saddened that we now rely on branch networks many of which are still not up and running to decide who goes to CLP meetings and votes.

The agreed ratio was 1-20 members are a delegate.

So basically still all members meetings. The point….. none!

Claire Wadey who has a registered visual impairment left the room after 28 minutes due to the lighting affecting her visually. Peter Kyle was on parliamentary business so sent along someone else to vote on his behalf.

The meeting was cordial, many points weren’t discussed and everything felt all too rushed.

What was ‘agreed’?

  • CLP IGMs (Initial General Meetings) shall be held on the 4th February electing their CLP ECs, and full AGMs to be held in June.
  • All branches, forums and affiliates will have to meet before 4th February to appoint delegates
  • All branches will conduct a discussion and vote on if they prefer delegate structure or a All Members Structure with delegates attending the initial general meeting (IGM) with that behind them.
  • Initially the CLP structure will be “delegates” who shall be: Chair or Secretary of each branch may attend and vote, 1 under 27 year old per branch, 1 lay delegate per branch and then 1 delegate per each additional 20 members (with regard to gender balance), 1 delegate per affiliated trade union, socialist society, cooperative party or cooperative party and then 1 delegate per each additional 20 members with a maximum of 5 delegates (with regard to gender balance, and affiliated bodies must have paid their affiliation by 31 December of 6p per member living in each constituency), 1 Delegate per city wide forum (Womens’ Forum, LGBT Forum, Young Labour, BAME Forum, [Disabled members forum when set up].
  • We will have an independent auditor of our finances and assets
  • We will meet again in two week and talk about the Local Campaigns Forum (city wide coordination/party), how Labour Council Group observers are appointed, funding and the split of funding, arrangements for employing new staff (the current staff contract will all be honoured) and property.

Lloyd Russell-Moyle tabled and pushed for the delegate structure, I ask the question to new members does this new process make you feel included? do you understand the structure?

How Did I Vote

I voted for an all members CLP AGM -We lost, Lloyd abstained.

I abstained from the vote on the delegates, even with Phil’s Amendment, which gave branches the choice.

Why Did I vote this way

As a born and bred brightonian, I have been encouraged by the new members joining Labour, in my observations most of the arguments from the last year have been from the same voices making the same points, new members bring new ideas and energy, we don’t live in the labour bubble like most around the table tonight.

If you are a new member, what advice can I give you?

Join the Brighton and Hove Labour Party Members Forum – Its an independently run Facebook group which will keep you up to date where the unelected people running the local labour administration fail.

Let the group know your branch and we will put you in touch with the relevant people to ensure you are fully informed and educated.

You absolutely must attend your next branch meeting and nominate yourself as a delegate, if you are from the area make it known, if you are worried about speaking make it known before.

I ask that all new members engage connect and actively meet other likeminded members to help understand what is happening, get into elected positions and use your skills to change things.

The Future

Its in your hands! rise up.

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Why Voting For Jeremy Corbyn Will Change My Life.

I first became aware of Jeremy Corbyn last summer, I was at the height of my drug addiction, I was working and was in the middle of a nervous breakdown. I remember I was staying with some friends who were good enough to put me up during such a traumatic, painful and lonely time.

I Saw This Speech

My addiction was not a choice, I was raised in Whitehawk, one of the most deprived areas of the country, yet a place which I remember fondly because I felt safe because we had a community, the only ones who failed us the community was poor governement.

I was raised in a council house, my mother raised us and my dad worked when he could, we couldn’t afford the private rents they have today, yes I had a breakdown, but I was in many ways lucky to have had much of the upbringing I had.

When I got clean, which was in some part because Jeremy’s Message echoed my thought, I was fed up with seeing people dying of war, I was tired of always being skint, I was tired of my life, so I joined the Labour Party.

How Have I Found It?

After I became homeless and finally diagnosed with Bipolar and PTSD, I started attending meetings, I found them to be quite interesting, I’ve never spoken before in front of people, but felt a huge urge to get up and educate people on what it is really like to become homeless, living in substandard accommodation and fighting daily to get will again and stay off drugs.

 

Some of the social media groups locally can be hostile, but i’ve found members in person to be nice, i’ve many some amazing new friends and no longer hang in the same circles as before.

After launching my own campaign to highlight the real Homeless Hotels From Hell, I decided to set up a residents association for those living in Emergency and Temporary Accommodation, which is a first I am told and even succeeded in putting Emergency Accommodation back on the political agenda with some potential great changes, proposed by myself and signed by over 1600 people in a petition.

I have helped in my ward and volunteered to help get  a friend elected as councillor.

I’ve met and in fact spoken at an event with Jeremy and John in the audience, I felt like for the first time ever I was being listened to.

I Got Elected On To The Executive Committee

I have always spoken from the heart and have found that when I do speak people seem to react really positively, for someone like me who has often doubted themselves from things of the past, I was energised to stand as a lay member on the infamous EC.

I got elected and the rest is well, complicated…..

Nonetheless I’ve since on a few occasions met Jeremy at events and canvassing, you really can get the measure of someone by meeting their families, I found Jeremy’s wife to be adorable and caring, you can see the love and fear and his son’s, they we’re also pleasant.

Kind of like the family I never had, but I have realised that, now I am apart of a new family, one, I feel accepted, empowered and reformed, my vote and your votes are for people like me, people who are needing a little investment to transform ourselves and in return we help others.

And The Future….?

It starts on the 24th September, in Liverpool the home of the exonerated, a city of dreams.

If you are still undecided don’t let the mainstream media cloud your judgement, I am not letting it cloud mine, and it will be Jeremy Corbyn I put my cross next too.

He is promising 500,000 Council homes, something I desperately need, the mental health polices and nationalisation, means my life and our lives will improve.

The futures bright.

 

Jeremy Corbyn In Brighton Rally Image Poppy Burt

My Day With Jeremy Corbyn. In Brighton and Hove.

Jeremy Corbyn Arrives in Brighton and Hove with an important Announcement

I was expecting a speech at the Train station on the state of the railways in the UK and in particular Southen Rail, with a five day strike starting next monday, instead Jeremy who has just travelled from Leeds to Brighton via train, greeted a few journalists and well wishers and headed out canvassing.

Jeremy Door Knocking with East Brighton By-Election Candidate Lloyd Russell-Moyle

I had been aware I was canvassing with Lloyd, Jeremy and many others for his by-election, this was close to where Lloyd lives in Kemptown, which enabled maximum efficiency, personally I disagreed with this decision, I felt that as someone who was raised in Whitehawk, that Jeremy should meet those often neglected locals.

Jeremy arrived at the St Georges Inn, greeted everyone personally with his wife Laura, Lloyd was explaining his policies and plans should he get elected, I discussed with Jeremy Whitehawk and explained the community spirit and lack of secondary school, which Lloyd has pledged to change.

On the way out the staff wanted a picture, so I did this rare and cheeky video, which really does show the nature of Jeremy and how relaxed he is around like minded people. “Free Beer For The Workers, Jeremy declares, of course he is tee total himself.

The Peoples Rally! One Month After Brighton and Hove District Labour Party Suspended.

I was welcomed to the rally by 1200 supporters inside and 500 outside, the event was exciting, positive and fun, smiles all around and a great atmosphere. Poppy Burt a single mother and activist spoke first, the wind and weather was not great, Poppy was going to cut her speech short before Jeremy insisted she finished what she had started, another testament of how he likes to listen.


Then Jeremy arrived.

There have been some misquoted stuff in the press:

This Rally was organised by Jeremy for Labour Campaign not Momentum.

There were Three Councillors in the Room, not Two

Social Media Responses

The full Speech and some small messages from Jeremy.

My Final Thoughts…

Its time that we unite to fight for those who are vulnerable, put political infighting away in a cupboard and throw away the key, listen like Jeremy does and reach out rather than retreat. New members are not a cult, we are normal people and you cannot use the excuse that the same old people are at these events, as a new member from Nov 2015, I represent real peoples issues not political tactics.

 

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Jeremy’s Coming To Brighton and Hove…..Again!

Never a stranger to Brighton and Hove, it seems like Jeremy Corbyn is always in town with the Brighton Centre holding so many events, I last saw Jeremy at the Remain Campaign here, where he spoke at a conference. We have him a nice welcome then!

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Jeremy Corbyn in Brighton and Hove a few months ago for a PCS Conference.

The Jeremy For Labour rally has a special significance with Brighton and Hove DLP currently being suspended after Pro-Corbyn candidates won in the recent EC elections.

We are not allowed a vote like other CLP’s on who we support locally for leader of Labour, which is a shame, but we can show the momentous support Jeremy has in the city by coming out in force for the rally Next Tuesday 2nd August at 7pm.

Jeremy’s team have booked a room big enough for 1000 people at the Hilton Metropole, located on the seafront in Brighton.

For details on the Event and to confirm you are going, please see the Facebook event.

Confirmed Speakers:

Jeremy Corbyn MP

Theresa Woods (ASLEF)

Cllr Kevin Allen – Labour Councillor Preston Park

Sam Tarry (TSSA)

Poppy Burt – LGBT, Student, Single Mother.

Libby Barnes – Momentum Organiser

What to Bring

Bring Pro Corbyn Banners, there will be T-Shirts on stalls as you enter which you can purchase.

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Labour Brighton And Hove: The Meltdown of Democracy

There have been many reports in the local and national press in the last week or so in relation to the decision to suspend the Brighton and Hove District Labour Party.

Keep Corbyn Rally

Organised by Momentum, the rally had over 600 people in attendance, not all were labour members, on the day there were people from all aspects of life who all came together for Jeremy Corbyn.

On the day I was volunteering, the event was really busy which meant we overflowed into outside area, Jon Rodgers, and Executive Committee candidates Greg Hadfield and Kate Knight were the billed speakers as well as Seema Chandwani, Secretary, Tottenham Labour Party.

Following the appalling treatment of our democratically elected leader Jeremy Corbyn, the Keep Corbyn rally was organised to galvanise support for Corbyn candidates at the AGM.

There was no defiant march from the rally as reported, simply a large number of people leaving one venue then travelling to the next a few hundred metres away.

The Historic Brighton and Hove District Labour Party AGM

I decided that I would put my hat in the ring for one of the 10 voting Executive Committee places, when I arrived I was a little nervous, since joining Labour last year, I have experienced hostility and kindness at the same time from members to the right of the party.

But spirits were good, as I got there I was shocked to see all the members old and new queuing, we have one of the largest CLP’s in the country in terms of membership numbers, 6000 in the Brighton and Hove area alone. People simply wanted to come out and exercise their right to vote, in total we think there were 700 or so that arrived.

I ensured anyone with accessibility needs were taken in first so they didn’t have to stand for long periods, the stewards on the day did an excellent job and members slowly filled up the venue.

As a candidate I would have been able to speak, but we all agreed prior to the meeting taking place that just the five Officer’s would speak. This was fine and agreed with everyone.

You could feel there was a pro Corbyn membership in attendance, the Corbyn candidates spoke well and at point the room erupted with cheer, however I heard just one heckle through the whole three sessions.

I saw no violence, votes were cast and then placed into buckets.

The AGM count

After the three sessions had concluded we started the count, there were ample counters and observers, there was tension in the room but people were professional and got on with the job at hand.

Councillor Emma Daniel and Mo Marsh were counting votes cast, I personally observed, there were no problems with the counts that took place on that day, when the results started coming out and it was clear that pro Corbyn candidates had over 65% of the vote share, some in the right of the party left the count.

We then went for a celebration drink locally, on the way out I spoke to staff who mentioned no incidents and said it went well, so you cannot blame me for questioning the reports of violence and spitting.

I Got Elected

On the following Wednesday I had heard that I was elected on to the EC, I was elated! People had told me before they were going to vote for me, but I was shocked at the number of votes that were cast for me.

Living in Emergency Accommodation in the City, being a previously looked after child and having bipolar I see as labels, what this result meant was that finally the vulnerable and voiceless had a member elected on the EC who could represent their needs within the local party and help to organise campaigns and get these disenfranchised people back into politics.

I have been fairly successful campaigning and highlighting Issues locally, yes I have disagreements with people, but thats politics.

Then I Got Kicked Off

On the Thursday It was all over, there had been some negative press put out by the right of the party, the Momentum candidates came under constant attack, which I believe to have been deliberately orchestrated to deny democracy, at the time of writing this there has been no allegations made to the police.

We they told me I was out, my heart sank, I thought it was all a joke, the elation lasted just 24 hours and was over, reality set in and I suddenly realised what people were saying was true, they said expect a fightback.

I just think of those care leavers who are living in Emergency Accommodation in the City, Kids abandoned by parents, often failed by their corporate parents and now left in what is like a prison to rot, I think about families who are on the breadline having to rely on food banks.

I think of the recent victims of LGBT hate crime in Brighton and Hove and those who are marginalised by employers for having a mental illness, these are the people who suffered on that day, not me.

What Next…

There is a leadership contest coming up within Labour, I will be supporting Jeremy Corbyn, he is the only candidate who I trust and believe can govern the country, he is bang on the money in terms of what he wants a labour governement to achieve and I feel the other candidates are simply there to take back control from the party elites.

Over the Next few days there will be an opportunity to Join the Labour Party as a supporter, there is a disgusting £25 to have a democratic say in this leadership contest and I fear the poor and vulnerable are priced out this time, just the people who Jeremy Appeals to, but this decision may be overturned and common sense prevails.

I will also fight to reclaim my election win and be a part of the administration which will energise people locally to reclaim the Labour Party as the peoples party, in recent years we have failed and lost core Labour supporters, I was brought up in Whitehawk, I lived in a council house and I had opportunities people today wont get, its those people who motivate me to succeed.

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