Important Member’s Notice
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Welcome to our first monthly newsletter of 2020 and a particular welcome to our many new members who have joined following the devastating election result in December.
It’s an exciting time to be in the Labour Party both nationally and locally, with the race to become our next Leader already underway and Labour taking a lead in local campaigns to protect NHS and children’s services, as well as debates around the draft ‘Local Plan’ and plans to make Eastbourne carbon neutral by 2030.
Read on to find out more about upcoming events and how you can get involved, including:
1 Labour Leader/Deputy Leader nominating meeting
2 Upcoming campaigning
3 Branch meetings
4 International Women’s Day
5 New member training
Eastbourne Labour Party really is one of the friendliest and most welcoming local parties in the country, so come along, meet other likeminded local people and share your ideas for how we can make a difference to our community. Feel free to get in touch by reply or on my number below, if you need a lift to a meeting or would like to find out more about any of the info below.
See you soon!
Chair, Eastbourne Labour Party
Minutes of meetings
Minutes of previous meetings can be found on our Facebook members forum:
Labour Party & Disco
A big thank you to all those who helped in our election campaign. Whether you put up a poster in your window, delivered some leaflets or knocked on people’s doors. We just want to say Thank You to all of you. You may bring a friend.
There will be a buffet – with food for meat eaters, veggies and vegans. Please let us know if you have any food allegies or dietry requirements. You can show off your dancing skills at the disco. There will also be a raffle.
You can buy drinks at the reasonably priced bar at the club.
Hope to see you there.
For all enquiries and questions please contact Rachael on email@example.com
This is a free event but please let us know that you are able to come:
Our annual general meeting will be held on Thursday 12th March beginning at 7.30pm at the ELIM Family Church on the corner of Upperton Rd and Hartfield Rd, a short walk from the station and on major bus routes into town. Positions on our local Executive Committee will be up for election – please do get in touch if you think you’d be interested in getting more involved and would like to chat about what this involves.
Labour Leadership Campaign
The race to succeed Jeremy Corbyn has begun and local members will have the chance to vote for who they believe should be the leader of the opposition and Britain’s next prime minister. On 5th Feb, we will have our local meeting to decide which candidate to nominate. The new rules give local Constituency Labour Parties (CLPs) a vital role, as candidates need the support of 33 CLPs or several trade unions and affiliates to make it onto the final ballot. You can find a diagram outlining the full process below.
There are 5 candidates for each of the Leader and Deputy Leader positions and Rebecca Long-Bailey, Lisa Nandy, Jess Phillips, Keir Starmer and Emily Thornberry’s campaigns have begun with some strong performances on television and at hustings – their plain-speaking passion already a stark contrast to the spin and bluster of this Conservative government. You can read their nomination statements here or you can watch the first official hustings here. (begins about 10 mins in).
Labour Leader/Deputy Leader Nomination Meeting
Come along and join the discussion about the future of our party, in a friendly and welcoming environment. Please take the time to read the candidate statements before the meeting and do get in touch if you would like any further information.
When? Wednesday 5th February, 7pm – 9pm
Where? St Elizabeth’s Church, 268 Victoria Drive, Eastbourne, BN20 8QX (Main Hall)
Contact? Jake by reply or on 07800522343 if you have any questions.
NOTE 1: You must have 8 weeks continuous membership to attend this meeting, so only members who joined on or before 11th December can vote at this one particular meeting.
NOTE 2: You must be a fully paid up member to attend and vote at the meeting. If you are currently in arrears then you must pay those before the beginning of the meeting or provide proof these have been paid to the party.
NOTE 3: Don’t worry! This is only to add our nomination – individual members can support any candidate they choose in the final ballot, so don’t worry if you’re one of our new members!
We will be relaunching our listening campaign for 2020, aiming to have 1,000 meaningful conversations with residents about their local concerns this spring. From child poverty and food banks to housing and social care, we’ve all felt the impact of ten years of austerity. But we also want to hear what people love about Eastbourne and value about our community, to inform our vision and policies over the next local election cycle.
Look out for our next newsletter for info of how you can play your part, from arranging meetings with local organisations, to chats over the garden fence with your neighbours. For now, come along to our next monthly street stall and get involved.
Labour Listens Street Stall
Street stalls are regularly the most popular way for new members to get involved in campaigning. Pop down and meet other local members and get involved in one of the many ways you can help on the day, whether handing out leaflets, listening to local residents or even just being in a team photo!
When? Saturday 1st February, 11am – 1pm
Where? Banker’s Corner (outside Barclays), Terminus Road, Eastbourne
Upcoming Branch Events
Our branches are groups of wards which allow members to meet informally to discuss local issues, plan campaigns and just get to know other Labour members in their area. They are friendly, welcoming and informal – a great way to hear more about what’s happening in your local area.
Devonshire and Meads Branch meeting
When? Thursday 30th January, 7.30pm
Where? The Fisherman’s Club, on the seafront
Contact? Helen McCabe MCIM DipM, branch rep on the EC on 07720854185
Old Town and Upperton Branch meet up
When? Sunday 2nd February, 2-4pm
Where? Carol’s house in Upperton, a short walk from the station.
Contact? Carol on 07411709202 for the venue address.
Hampden Park, Ratton and Willingdon Branch meeting
When? Tuesday 18th February, 7pm
Where? Willingdon Trees Community Centre, Holly Place, BN22 0UT (tbc)
Contact? Branch coordinator Graham Dean on 07940248990
The Langney, St Anthony’s and Sovereign branch meeting will be arranged for later in February and notice sent separately. If you are member in that ward and would like to help organise and campaign in those wards, do get in touch.
Each For Equal: International Women’s Day
Each for Equal is the theme for the International Women’s Day event taking place at Eastbourne Town Hall on Saturday 7th March.
International Women’s Day is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. The day also marks a call to action for accelerating women’s equality. This year’s event is being hosted by the Eastbourne Labour Women’s Forum with funding from the Labour Party and, for those of you interested in helping out then there are weekly working group meetings on Wednesdays from 1-4pm at the Seaside Community Hub.
New Member Training
It can be daunting to join a new group – and Labour has even more jargon than most! We get that, so the Labour Party has produced these short webinars to help you demystify how the Labour Party works and how you can get involved.
These short on-line training sessions will cover – welcome to the Labour Party, how the Labour Party works, going to your first meeting, getting involved, being a role holder and standing for election.
Welcome to the Labour Party
Monday 20th January 4:00pm – 4:25pm
Wednesday 22nd January 2:00pm – 2:25pm