Reigate General Meetings 16th September – See you Online

On 16th September, the next General Meeting of the Reigate Labour Party will take place, online at 8pm. It’s been a long time since our last meeting, and we look forward to it. Invitations will be sent out by email before the meeting so that you may attend. Please try to make it.

Election of candidates for NEC – would you consider standing?

The ruling body of the Labour Party, the National Executive Committee (NEC) is holding elections this year. There is a total of 39 positions on the committee and this year there will be elections for 16 of these positions. You may wish to stand for one of the (Constituency Party) CLP representative positions to the NEC of which 9 members will be elected. However, we need to get started as soon as possible. If you are interested, please call Tony Robinson on 0797 0099 827.

The timetable is below:

  • Sunday 27th September, midnight – Nominations deadline
  • Monday 19th October – Ballot dispatch begins
  • Thursday 12th November, noon – Ballot closes
  • Friday 13th November – Results announced

Annual Conference – September 19th

The annual conference of the Labour Party is normally held in September, including the Women’s Conference. This year the Conference has been changed into an online event called Connected (20th and 21st September) and Women Connected (19th September).

It is free of charge and will allow you to:

– Take part in policy discussions with the shadow cabinet, trade unions, affiliates and think tanks

– Take part in live training sessions

– Engage with unions, charities, think tanks and businesses in an interactive exhibition are

To register for this event search for click the link below or search for “Labour Connected” in your browser:

https://labourlist.org/2020/08/online-event-connected-set-to-replace-labours-cancelled-2020-conference/

Local Elections in May 2021

There will be a paper published in the Autumn by the Government of its plans to change local government structures and possibly scrap the 11 Borough councils in Surrey, such as the Reigate and Banstead Borough Council, and merge this with the Surrey County Council to form one Unitary Council.

Borough Councils normally undertake; housing, rubbish collections, planning applications, parks etc. County Councils have responsibility for education, transport, fire and public safety, libraries etc.

The idea is to bring this under the one council to reduce costs. However, there have been claims that this will result in the creation of remote bureaucracies. We have no details yet as to the number of seats or the divisions. Keep an eye out for news regarding this.

Labour Halls (Progress House)

Members are reminded that Reigate Labour Halls Ltd is the company, wholly-owned by Labour Party members, which owns and manages Progress House, our Constituency HQ in Redhill.

It has long been the desire of the Party to improve Progress House by adding a more useful kitchen and inviting toilet than those currently available. The renovation work is scheduled to commence on the 21st September and will take 5-6 weeks to complete. The Hall has been cleared apart from some office furniture that is going to be advertised on Freecycle in the hope that someone will make use of it. There are a couple of decent 4-drawer filing cabinets and a storage unit with shelves, there is also a black leather sofa that is surplus, if you think you could make use of these please contact Rosie or John at the addresses below.

We can at last look forward to a revamped meeting room, a separate entrance for the upstairs flat, a disabled-access inside toilet and much improved fire protection.

There is still a need to raise more funds and the Management Committee will be turning attention to that over the coming weeks. Any contributions you can manage, will be gratefully received.

The Management Committee note:

‘Donations will be gratefully received, but we are also looking to see if you would be willing/able to lend us a contribution. All loans should be repaid within 5 years and would be subject to a legal contract. Progress House was purchased with the help of Labour Party member contributions, so please do think seriously as to whether you can help us. We need you!’

If anyone is able to offer financial help please contact Rosie Norgrove at rosienorgrove48@gmail.com or John Berge on drjohnberge@gmail.com. Or call 01737762387.

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