Political Report 19th April 2017

Branch Political Officers Report for Branch Meeting 19th April 2017

 

General Election

Yesterday Tuesday 18th April the Prime Minister, Theresa May and her cabinet called a snap general election for Thursday 8th June, despite saying that the parliament should run its full term to 2020.

Under the terms set out in the fixed term parliament act she must today move a motion in the House of Commons calling for an early election. This motion must receive a two thirds majority, if carried Parliament will be dissolved on the night of Tuesday 2nd May, to allow the campaigning to begin.

The next fifty odd days are going to extremely busy for Labour as candidates must now be interviewed and selected by the members of each CLP and then start campaigning.

Once I have more information I will keep you informed

CLP Affiliations

As reported at the last meeting I am having trouble finding out the contact details for the CLP’s within the branch, I have managed to get most of them but have a couple outstanding. I have contacted the Regional Labour Party Office several times and have been promised the details by the end of the day.

I will be raising this issue at the next Regional Board meeting, in the meantime I recommend that we pay the affiliations to the CLP’s that we have the correct details for.

Peterborough North & Rural Branch

Please see attached the latest email update to Labour Party members.

Cambridgeshire & Peterborough Mayoral Election  

We are now just two weeks away from the election for the Mayor, Kevin Price Labours candidate has been very active in Peterborough and Towns within the branch campaigning. I am looking at a way of getting Kevin’s message to our members by email.

Peterborough Trades Union Council 

The next meeting of PTUC is this Thursday evening 20th April, since the last branch committee meeting PTUC has supported the PCS Unions campaign to lift the 1% cap on wage increase in the Civil Service. They held a rally outside the Passport Office on Friday 31st March.

Wisbech March & District Trades Council 

The latest newsletter from WM&DTUC is attached to this report.

 

Triple Lock

Labour will reach out to older voters as John McDonnell pledges to retain the “triple lock” on pensions until 2025.

Describing the “national scandal” that has seen pensioner poverty rise under the Tory government, Labour’s shadow chancellor will commit to keeping the measure, which guarantees state pensions will rise in line with average wages, inflation or 2.5 per cent each year – whichever is higher.

McDonnell will also vow to end the “Tory unfairness” on women’s pension age and provide extra support for those worst affected by the speeding up of the pension age.

He will pledge that a Labour government would protect the pensions of Britons living overseas, keep the winter fuel allowance and continue the policy of free bus passes.

It comes as the party publishes new findings that suggest that pensioners would be at least £650 a year better off by the end of the next parliament if the triple lock is maintained.

McDonnell will launch the pledge card – and invoke an image of Tony Blair, whose government delivered on its five pledges in its first term in office.

He is expected to say: “I am delighted to be launching this pledge card that will inform many elderly people in our communities that Labour is not only promising to stand up for pensioners; but is determined to ensure they keep the hard-won entitlements they currently hold.”

“It’s a national scandal that pensioner poverty is rising and the Tories are refusing to commit to keeping the triple-lock or compensate women worst affected by the speeding up in the state pension age.”

“Only a Labour government will stand up for pensioners and protect them throughout the next parliament.

 

Andy Beeby

Branch Political Officer

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Workers Herald. April

N & R Branch April