Report 28th February 2017

Branch Political Officers Report for Branch Committee Meeting 28th February 2017

BREXIT
The House of Lords are now debating the Bill for Britain to leave the EU, this amended document will then be sent back to the House of Commons for a final vote, then the Government can enact article 50 and start the negations to leave.

National NHS Demonstration
This will take place on Saturday 4th March in London, the CWU Nationally are requesting that branches send delegations to the Demo, it starts at midday in Tavestock Square and ends at Parliament Square.
Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Mayoral Election
Labour Party members in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough have chosen Kevin Price their candidate for the election in May, Kevin is the Deputy Leader of Cambridge City Council and a lifelong member of Unite.
I have written to Kevin on behalf of Eastern Number Five Branch offering him whatever help he needs during his campaign, as Kevin’s campaign area takes in for CWU branches, North East Anglia, East Midlands from the T&FS constituency and Eastern 4 and Ourselves from Postal, I will be looking to hold a joint meeting with Kevin sometime soon.

CWU Eastern Regional Political Committee
The last meeting of the Eastern Region was held on Friday 17th February 2017, unfortunately I was unable to attend due to Annual Leave, but I was re-elected as Chair of the Committee and I submitted the following report to the meeting.
Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Mayoral Election
Labour Party members in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough have chosen Kevin Price their candidate for the election in May, Kevin is the Deputy Leader of Cambridge City Council and a lifelong member of Unite.
I have written to Kevin on behalf of Eastern Number Five Branch offering him whatever help he needs during his campaign.
St Michael’s Gate Campaign The campaign to save the residents of St Michael’s Gate in the city from eviction from their homes by the property firm Steff & Phillips, hit the BBC last week with it featuring on Inside Out.
The Tory controlled Peterborough City Council (PCC) have sold the 74 houses on St Micheals Gate to Steff & Phillips. In return Steff & Phillips have started the eviction process making whole families homeless, they are then charging PCC, £3 million over the next 3 years to use the properties as overnight accommodation for the homeless.
The residents that are being evicted are long term tenants on the street with many having lived there for over 20 years, they are being offered temporary accommodation by PCC, but in Travelodge’s, and cities and towns miles away from their families and more importantly their places of work.This has left many homeless and now jobless, the whole process is a farce the Tory MP has raised the question in the house, the Local paper is running a campaign against PCC.
Last week, Two St Michael’s Gate residents faced with losing their home have earned a reprieve from a county court judge after doubts were raised about the eviction process, guaranteed at least another fortnight at their home after an accelerated possession order for their home was adjourned.

Deputy District Judge Waring said she had not seen any evidence that the landlords had complied with the correct eviction regulations, and she wanted to know why the name of the landlord on the residents’ tenancy agreement was different to the name of the claimant in the court hearing.
The possession order was issued by Paul Simon Magic Homes, the landlord of the property. However, no representative from the firm was in court.
The managing agent for the property is Stef & Philips which has been orchestrating the evictions of more than 70 people and their families from the St Michael’s Gate estate in Parnwell, leading to huge anger in the city.
The vacant properties are currently being filled by Peterborough City Council with the city’s homeless under a deal which will cost the authority nearly £1 million a year for three years.
Judge Waring said during the hearing that it was “not clear” whether Paul Simon Magic Homes had complied with eviction regulations laid down in the Deregulation Act 2015.
CWU Midlands Political Committee
The next meeting will take place this Thursday 2nd March 2017, in Nottingham, I only received notification of this meeting on Friday so will not be attending.
CLP Affiliations
Following the 2016 Branch AGM the affiliation payments from the branch to the CLP’s within the branch were posted out, as with previous years some remained uncashed, this year I have contacted East Midlands Regional Labour Office, and East of England Labour to ask for an updated list of CLP contacts. This is proving somewhat difficult due to data protection but I will continue to get the information we need.
Peterborough Labour Party Executive Committee
I have been offered a place on the Executive behalf of the Eastern Number Five Branch, which I have accepted this is something that the branch has never been offered and it gives us a say on how the Party in Peterborough is run.
The committee meets one a month on a Monday Evening so it will be at no cost to the branch, the last meeting was last night 27th February, but due to family commitments I could not attend.
East of England Labour Party Regional Board
The next meeting of the Regional Board will take place on Sunday 5th March 2017 in Harlow, the date has been set for this year’s Regional Conference, it will be held on 17-19 November 2017 at the Marriott Hotel, Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire- Hinchingbrooke Business Park, Kingfisher Way, Huntingdon, PE29 6FL.
Peterborough Trades Union Council
The last meeting of PTUC was held on Thursday 23rd February and was the Annual General Meeting, I was re elected as Vice President a copy of the Secretary’s Annual Report to the meeting is attached to this report.
Plans are now being finalised for the PTUC Women’s Festival on Saturday 4th March, Posters and Flyers sponsored by CWU Eastern 5 have been distributed.
Kings Lynn & District Trades Council
They have been actively campaigning against NHS cuts and will be sending a coach to the National Demonstration this Saturday, the next meeting of the council is Monday 6th March, once I receive a report from them I will circulate it.
Wisbech March & District Trades Council
The Trades Council are also sending a delegation to London for the NHS Demo, attached to this report and circulated to branch committee on Friday is a copy of the Trades Council Newsletter.
Andy Beeby
Branch Political Officer

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