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.

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.

 

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.