Oven Ready or Ready for the Incinerator
The hapless Tory Government has had more twists and turns over the past few months than an Agatha Christie novel. We have seen U turns on funding of school meal vouchers over the summer, exam grades results, face masks, migrant NHS scheme surcharge and others. Even the Tories are no longer happy with the way the Party is displaying complete lack of effective planning.
In this column in July, remorse was expressed at the woeful lack of decency in the Conservative Party and postulated that this would be their historical legacy. And this was before we saw the list of peerages that included; the PMs brother, a newspaper owner, Tory donors and a list of 5 disaffected former Labour MPs that chose to support the Tories in the General Election. If you are a family member or did a deal to help Johnson win an election, your reward was a seat in the House of Lords where you are granted the honour of scrutinising legislation. Has the “mother of all Parliaments” lost her marbles?
So now that the Brexit timetable is drawing to a close, we see a lack of confidence in getting a trade deal with the EU. From Liam Fox’s promise it would be “one of the easiest (trade agreements) in human history”, to Johnson’s “oven ready” deal, it seems it wasn’t as easy as they thought. Now our Prime Minister says that a no deal outcome would be “a very good option”. In fact, the Withdrawal Agreement, signed by Johnson with the EU in January may be overridden by the Tory Government and is potentially ready for the incinerator.
The British people, however, have been paying attention. At the beginning of April, the Labour Party was 24% behind the Conservatives in terms of voting intention. Now it is level pegging in some polls and the Labour leader is the preferred Prime Minister. This is a great start, for the first 5 months, and one that Labour must build upon to form the next government.
A month is an eternity in politics….
‘I want law breakers to be terrified’, says Priti Patel – JACK DOYLE FOR THE DAILY MAIL 2 August 2019.
In the Commons on Tuesday, Northern Ireland Secretary Brandon Lewis admitted the (UK single market) bill ‘would break international law’…
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.
Draft Agenda will include:
A formal draft Agenda will be sent out closer to the meeting
• NEC elections.
• Endorsing Temporary Office Holders. (Secretary, Membership Secretary)
• Local elections and Local Government reorganisation.
• Labour Halls report.
• Feedback on Zoom General Meeting meetings
• Ideas for Topical discussion at future meetings.
NEC nomination meeting
Please read this notice carefully to ensure you do not lose your opportunity to attend and vote at this important meeting.
I am writing to you to notify you that our formal CLP nomination meeting will take place following the online general meeting on the 16th September, if required .
Proposed candidates for nominations should be sent by email to ReigateCLP@gmail.com in advance of the meeting with a cut off date of midnight of the 14th September.
To propose a candidate (having previously sent in your proposal by email) you must also attend the meeting.
An informal discussion will take place at the General Meeting. This will discuss anyone from the CLP putting themselves forward for election and the total number of candidates seeking nomination (from within and beyond the CLP) by Reigate CLP. If the total number of candidates for nomination exceeds the number of places available there will need to be a formal nomination meeting.
If we need to proceed to a formal nomination meeting all non-members will be required to leave the online meeting. We will need to check the eligibility of all members remaining before continuing to the formal meeting (if required) If you log on after the formal nomination meeting has started you will not be allowed to take part, so please log on early.
The following positions require nominations from CLPs in order to proceed to the ballot:
NEC Div III (CLPs) – 9 positions
NEC Disabled Members Representative
Information about members who have declared their candidacy is available here –
and also for those who have requested nomination by the CLP but are not on the national site – NEC Nominees
This notice has only been sent by e-mail – please do not share this notice or any links within it on social media. Please forward it individually on to any members who have not received the email Newsletter.
Nuclear Weapons –
Current issues and dangers they present to our future. –
730pm on 23rd Sept 2020.
You are invited to Join Kate Hudson (General Secretary of CND) with Surrey CND, Labour, Green and XR members to hear and discuss why the threat of nuclear weapons is as much an issue today as ever, and what we can do about it.
The event, organised by the Redhill and Reigate CND group, will take place at 7.30pm on Wednesday 23rd September and will last about 1-hour 15minutes. It will bring CND together with Labour and Green members with XR activists from across Surrey. After a talk from Kate there will be short responses from Robin (from the local Labour Party, Jonathan (Green Party) and Lorna (XR Redhill and Reigate).
This will be followed by a Q & A session. Come and join us. Please sign up for this via the CLP website
This will be my last CLP Newsletter as I stepped down from the post of CLP Secretary in early September. I would like to thank everybody who has helped me over the last year, in particular our Chair Tony R, and especially those who have sent encouraging notes on my attempts fighting the HQ ‘organise’ system to produce these Newsletters.
I look forward to seeing you when real meetings resume.
Best wishes to all,