Report 21st April 2015

Branch Political Officers Report for Branch Committee Meeting 21st April 2015

General Election

We are now only 16 days away from one of the closest General Elections in history, the latest polls cannot split Labour and the Conservatives. Over the last week or two   the Parties have released their manifestos.

Labours Five Pledges to Build a Better Britain

  • A Strong Economic Foundation To balance the books and cut the deficit every year while securing the future of the NHS. None of the manifesto commitments requires any additional borrowing.
  • Higher Living standards for Working Families a freeze on energy bills until 2017 and give the regulator the power to cut bills in the winter. A ban on zero hour contracts and raise the minimum wage to £8 per hour, and provide 25 hours free childcare
  • An NHS with time to care provide 20,000 more nurses and 8,000 doctors and more GP’s which will mean a guarantee of seeing a GP within 48 hours and cancer tests within one week.
  • Controls on Immigration people who come here won’t be able to claim benefits for at least two years, and the introduction of fairer rules making it illegal for employers to undercut wages by exploiting workers.
  • A Country Where the next Generation can do better than the last the reduction of tuition fees to £6,000 and a guarantee of an apprenticeship for every school lever who gets the basic grades, and smaller classes for 5, 6, and 7 year olds.

The Conservatives on the other hand have no new ideas on how to run the Country they have wheeled out Thatcher’s policy of right to buy if you live in social housing and the re branding of zero hour contracts to flexible contracts.

In Peterborough Lisa Forbes campaign is going well, Lisa’s campaign team are out posting all the other parties when it comes to election material, I have regular contact with Lisa and call into her office at least once a week.

As explained in my email to the branch committee on 10th April, Lisa would like some help on Polling day, if you can spare an hour to help out please let me know, this in fact goes for all of the PPC’s they all need our help.

The current MP Stewart Jackson has shown his true colours by telling a continuance not to bother him again when she wrote to him regarding him using her maiden name on a letter he had sent her.

The branch donation of £350 to Lisa’s campaign has been received, copy of receipt attached.

Local Elections

The local elections are taking place on the same day as the General Election again if you can spare the time please support your local Labour Party candidate, 5 members from the Peterborough Delivery Unit were standing for TUSC in the local elections but due to a admin error their nominations were refused.

CWU Eastern Regional Political Committee   

The next meeting of the Regional committee will take place on Friday 22nd May, but I can report that the Region has met with all the PPC’s in the key seats within the East, these b eing

At the last meeting the committee gave the meeting over to discuss in details the forthcoming general Election, the PPC’s and funding of thee from the Region, and its Branches. A full run was discussed regarding the PPC these included the following:

  • Bedford & Kempston – Patrick Hall
  • Cambridge – Daniel Zeichner
  • Great Yarmouth – Lara Norris
  • Harlow – Suzy Stride
  • Ipswich – David Ellesmere
  • Norwich North – Jess Osato
  • Norwich South – Clive Lewis
  • Peterborough –  Lisa Forbes
  • South Basildon & east Thurrock – Mike le Surf
  • Stevenage – Sharon Taylor
  • Thurrock – Polly Billington
  • Watford – Matt Turmaine
  • Waveney – Bob Blizzard

As a region and its Branches and Branch Political Officers we have been working hard supporting the candidates and ensuring they have a fighting chance of getting elected with financial and personal support across the 13 seats. As well as this we have supported the East of England Labour Party on the Generic Party campaign for the Eastern Region. This will continue up to May 8th



National Shop Stewards Network

The 9th Annual Conference of NSSN will take place on Saturday 4th July 2015 at the Conway Hall, Red Loin Square, London WC1R 4RL from 11am – 4.30 with Mark Serwotka PCS General Secretary as a key note speaker.

The cost of sending a delegate is £6 per delegate/visitor, the CWU is affiliated nationally, (poster attached)

Would the branch consider sending a delegation?

Peterborough Trades Union Council

PTUC is not a Political organisation but as I attend on behalf of the branch I will include my report within this report.

PTUC met on Thursday last week and discussed the following a stall will be held at the GBY Mayday event, Voter registration has been taking place at sites within the city to get people to register to vote.

Andy Beeby

Branch Political Officer


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