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Fair Deal for Inshore Fishing, Job-share for MPs, Education for a Democratic Society, and Homes for People not for Profit - these were the subjects of motions passed at our special meeting on policy in April 2018.

The first three have been submitted to the national policy forum; and if you're a Labour party member you can vote for them. There will be lots of submissions, so the more votes ours receive, the greater the chance that they'll be debated by the policy forum, and might just possibly make it into the reports to this year's conference. From there they have a good chance of ending up in the next manifesto, and once we have a Labour government, finally becoming a reality! So if you are keen to help change the world, please read, vote, and share the links with others. 

Fair deal for Inshore Fishing

Job-Share for MPs

Education for a Democratic Society

The fourth motion was about our submission to Labour's Review of Social Housing, which is being held separately to the main policy forum consultation. You can read our submission here, and the motion it's based on.

We hope to make a second submission on education at our next meeting, Saturday 16th June.

Help us Change the World

Fair Deal for Inshore Fishing, Job-share for MPs, Education for a Democratic Society, and Homes for People not for Profit - these were the subjects of motions passed at our...

Schools in this country are under threat, facing billions in real-terms cuts. While campaigns led by parents and teachers across the country have forced the Government to take some notice, they still haven’t committed the funds that schools so urgently need.

In the meantime, the situation in schools is getting worse and the impact of cuts is starting to show in classrooms. The latest data reveals that here in South-East Cornwall 85% of our schools are facing real-terms cuts to their budgets between 2015/16 and 2019/20.

Headteachers across the constituency have told us schools are already suffering from lack of space and equipment, loss of teachers and teaching assistants, increased class sizes and cuts to extra-curricular activities and resources. It’s heartbreaking.

As a result of the stories and statistics we are beginning to uncover, South-East Cornwall Labour has decided to launch a new campaign, led by a group of parents and teachers, calling on the Government to take immediate action to inject much needed money into an already beleaguered system and protect our children’s education.

Schools need proper funding now if we want to avoid far reaching consequences for the next generation of our children.

Supporting the School Cuts campaign led by national unions, we’re going to be talking to the community about what’s happening to our schools, in town centres and outside school gates, over the next few months, leading up to a big event in the autumn. You can find out how much your local school is likely to lose at https://schoolcuts.org.uk

We’d love as many people as possible to get involved, so if you’re a parent, teacher or school governor, please get in touch with us. Whether you want to get involved, or just find out more about our campaign, please get in touch – you can contact us by emailing secretary@ laboursecornwall.org.uk

 

 

Campaign Against School Cuts Launched

Schools in this country are under threat, facing billions in real-terms cuts. While campaigns led by parents and teachers across the country have forced the Government to take some notice,...

Our patient, determined campaigning against further privatisation in our local NHS over the last year has finally succeeded. In a dramatic climbdown councillors on Cornwall Council's Cabinet now claim they are abandoning Accountable Care altogether.

It looks as though they’re going for a much softer approach to integrating health and social care - and that there will no longer be a proposal on the agenda for the Cabinet meeting on 28th March for any change to a single organisation managing a single budget.

Huge well done to all those, in our party, in the unions, campaign organisations, and among the general public, who wrote letters, signed petitions, leafleted, made our feelings known at consultation events, gave evidence to the Overview and Scrutiny Committee, marched through Liskeard, and stood outside council meetings in the rain and wind waving placards. All those things, over time, add up - and prove that we can effect massive change even without being in power. The techniques of broad-based grassroots campaigning work - because local councillors, no matter how much pressure is put on them, are accountable to the voters, and when we can convince enough of the electorate, they have to listen.

There is still a long way to go to reverse the cuts and privatisation which are already bleeding the life out of our precious NHS. We call on Cornwall Council and the health organisations in Cornwall to now halt their plans to close local facilities and reduce access to treatment, and instead throw their weight behind our demands for full funding and an end to expensive private provision, until all communities can get the access to health and social care they need.

 

You can find more information here and here.

Thanks to Steve Wilkinson of Tamar Valley Labour for the picture.

Council Backs Down on Accountable Care

Our patient, determined campaigning against further privatisation in our local NHS over the last year has finally succeeded. In a dramatic climbdown councillors on Cornwall Council's Cabinet now claim they...

For the second time in recent years, the doctor’s surgery in the village of Millbrook is under threat!

On Monday the 15th January, the Rame & Torpoint Branch of South East Cornwall CLP hosted an incredibly busy public meeting to try and help alleviate the concerns of residents of this thriving village at the edge of the constituency. The meeting was attended by all walks of Millbrook life and was a positive and friendly meeting, helping to bring the community together and focus energies on doing the best thing for the village and its residents in regard to our health care provisions.

Richard Clarke, Chair of Rame & Torpoint Branch Labour Party, reported:

“For the second time in as many years Millbrook Surgery is facing an uncertain future. The Rame & Torpoint Labour branch was contacted by local people who wanted to hear the facts rather than the rumours. We therefore organised a public meeting inviting speakers who would be able to inform local residents of the current situation. Once we received confirmation that NHS England and George Trubody would attend, our members came together to hand deliver flyers to all residents of Millbrook.

We recognise that regardless of political affiliations this is a matter of great importance to our community and while we are members of the Labour party, we are members of this community first. Unfortunately, we were informed the day before the meeting that NHS England were no longer willing to send a representative, and our local Cornwall Councillor, George Trubody would not attend.

It was great to see a packed hall despite the terrible weather. Residents expressed that they were “disgusted” and “appalled” that the NHS, as well as our local Council representatives, were not coming to address their concerns. The mood of the room was positive, and many felt reassured to be given a forum to air their views and ask questions, which were noted down to forward to NHS England. Statements were read out from NHS England and The Rame Group Practice, as well as the relevant comments regarding the surgery from the previous Parish Council meeting. The room was also advised by a member of the public that the NHS were currently unable to purchase the Surgery because Dr Scaglioni, who is the Landlord and used to run the practice, has set the asking price 30% higher than that of the valuation.

Despite the lack of representation from the NHS those attending were able to make recommendations for further action and those attending were invited to leave their contact details, so we can keep them up to date on our progress. We were pleased to note that news of this meeting forced Mrs Murray to issue an update about the Surgery’s future, which failed to address any of the concerns raised at the meeting. Rest assured Rame & Torpoint Labour are pursuing The Rame Group Practice and NHS England for cast iron guarantees that Millbrook won’t lose its Surgery.”

 

Packed Meeting to Defend Millbrook Surgery

For the second time in recent years, the doctor’s surgery in the village of Millbrook is under threat! On Monday the 15th January, the Rame & Torpoint Branch of South...

Our constituency Chair, Ruth Wilson, passed away from cancer on 17th January. Up until the very end, Ruth was still thinking and caring about the local party, and only a few weeks before her death, she wrote down her vision for SE Cornwall Labour.

Ruth was surrounded by love and kindness in her last moments as was her wish, she left us peacefully and pain free. Details about her funeral, to be held on 27th January, can be found on our facebook page.

At our Executive meeting on 15th January, we adopted Ruth's vision as the guiding principles we want to try and follow in our leadership of the local party. We're now circulating it among our members, and will be presenting it to the full Constituency Labour Party (CLP) meeting in March.

 

Ruth’s Vision

So my VISION is close to Jeremy Corbyn's, I believe. 

* we are a member-led constituency, with every member feeling they have something unique to offer, their skills recognised and effectively utilised;  

* the branches are the building blocks of the party; branch members will be encouraged and supported to campaign on issues of importance in their community;

* a confident member-led CLP will support and strengthen branches, maintaining the agreed overall strategic direction of the constituency; 

* the CLP will actively campaign on constituency-wide and national issues, thereby becoming an important resource for constituents;

In order to achieve that, I believe we need to: 

* have a membership that reflects the community in which we're based, including groups normally excluded from participation in public life; 

* continually seek to draw out the skills and knowledge of our membership; 

* be a visible and active resource in our communities;

* stand, support and campaign for candidates to represent Labour at all levels of government;

* ensure members are involved in decision making;

* work together as an Executive to make sure members' decisions are acted upon;

* ensure members access training, conferences, personnel and IT resources that increase their skills and effectiveness.

For me as Chair that has meant: 

* supporting the development of new branches;

* working with others to identify skills, knowledge and leadership abilities in branch members and encourage people to step forward into roles that suit their abilities;

* supporting and being accessible to branch and CLP officers; 

* being a visible, enthusiastic and active campaigner;

* supporting others to build and lead campaigns; 

* being organised and meeting deadlines for local and national events; 

* ensuring our 'public face' gives appropriate messages to the public by reviewing press articles, leaflets, etc; 

* ensuring CLP meetings are timely, inclusive and participative with members having good information at their disposal.

I think as a CLP we could: 

* step up our inclusion/ equalities work, as we still have some way to go there;

* improve communication between branches. This can only get better if the Exec continues to meet regularly; 

* initiate internal training on a range of issues; 

* improving our Internet, social media and press presence;

* build our electioneering resources.

Ruth Wilson's Vision for Our CLP

Our constituency Chair, Ruth Wilson, passed away from cancer on 17th January. Up until the very end, Ruth was still thinking and caring about the local party, and only a...

 

Over 150 NHS supporters took to the streets in Liskeard this morning to protest about the failure of the Tory Government to address the NHS funding crisis in Cornwall. Marchers congregated just a few doors down from Tory MP Sheryll Murray's office, where over 300 letters calling for an end to Tory underfunding of the NHS in Cornwall were hand delivered.

The rally was addressed by speakers including a recently retired GP, a health worker, a UNISON Rep and the Chair of Rame & Torpoint Labour group, Rich Clarke. They each stated that “only under a Labour government” would the NHS be in safe hands.

Jan Macfarlane, a former GP, raised concerns about the move to transform Cornwall NHS into an Accountable Care Organisation (ACO) – an issue that the Labour Party have demanded be the subject of an emergency debate in Parliament. There are concerns that becoming an ACO would mean a reduction in patient services and wholesale privatisation of the NHS.

 

The campaign has only just begun, and Cornwall Labour NHS Campaign Group’s next step will be demanding that, prior to implementation, the ACO should be discussed by a full Cornwall Council Meeting rather than be approved by a scrutiny committee composed of only 6 councillors’.

 The rally came to an end on a high note, with local folk singer, Eddie Farrell, whose songs included calling for more effective measures to combat tax avoidance to better fund the NHS and the very apt “where’s Sheryll” – who was not there to receive the 350+ letters from concerned constituents that were delivered.and Torpoint Labour Group, Rich Clarke. They each stated that "only under a Labour Government" would the NHS be in safe hands.

For more pictures and videos, and press reports on the march, see Rame and Torpoint Branch

 

Marching to Save Our NHS

  Over 150 NHS supporters took to the streets in Liskeard this morning to protest about the failure of the Tory Government to address the NHS funding crisis in Cornwall....

 

Please join Rame and Torpoint BLP in marching on the 9th December 2017 in Liskeard to deliver to our MP, Mrs Sheryll Murray, hundreds of letters expressing our concern over the catastrophic underfunding that the NHS is suffering at the hands of this Conservative government.

We will meet in the Cattle Market car park at 10am and march together to Mrs Murray's office where we will deliver our letters, listen to speakers, and hopefully hear a response to our concerns.

The damage to the NHS affects everyone, please spread the word and let's make this a march that makes our MP start fighting for our communities! 

Contact us for a copy if you haven't yet signed the letter, please print and bring with you, print copies for your neighbours and bring them as well ... this is about more than Labour supporters, we need to save our NHS!

If you feel you could help make noise, please bring instruments (drums, trumpets) along to be as loud as possible!

And if you are on facebook, please like our page, join the event and share to your friends.

Please do contact me if you have any questions, on members@laboursecornwall.org.uk

Best wishes,
Kate Ewert

March for Our NHS - Stand Together or Lose it Forever

  Please join Rame and Torpoint BLP in marching on the 9th December 2017 in Liskeard to deliver to our MP, Mrs Sheryll Murray, hundreds of letters expressing our concern...

 

Low pay is a huge issue in Cornwall. Let's make our voices heard calling for fair pay for all on Saturday 21st October. The event, organised by Cornwall Trades Council and the South-West TUC, will include stalls, music and speakers, and takes place in Lemon Quay in the centre of Truro (more details here).

It promises to be a great event for all the family, with people coming from all around Cornwall. We're making Labour placards to carry, and feel free to make your own, and bring whistles, drums etc to make some noise! There will a short march, beginning and ending from Lemon Quay, with speeches from a variety of different speakers beforehand and again at the end (including the inspiring Frances O'Grady, General Secretary of the TUC), as well as music from local bands including our own Eddie Farrell.

We will be travelling as a group to take advantage of group-save travel (one-third off tickets) - if you'd like to join us please come to Liskeard station for 10am. The train times are:


Saltash: 10.01am
St Germans: 10.08am
Menheniot: 10.15am
Liskeard: 10.22am
Lostwithiel: 10.39am

Join Us at the Rally and March for Fair Pay in Truro

  Low pay is a huge issue in Cornwall. Let's make our voices heard calling for fair pay for all on Saturday 21st October. The event, organised by Cornwall Trades...

How incredibly heartening it is to spend three days at the Tolpuddle Martyrs Festival! Especially if, like me, you’ve ever asked yourself whether Labour can really make a difference in a rural constituency like South-East Cornwall. Don’t movements for change only ever begin in crowded urban areas? And yet the trade unions name this tiny Dorset village their ‘roots’... CLICK HERE TO READ MORE>>

 

Music, History and Inspiration in a Dorset Field: Tolpuddle Martyrs’ Festival 2017

How incredibly heartening it is to spend three days at the Tolpuddle Martyrs Festival! Especially if, like me, you’ve ever asked yourself whether Labour can really make a difference in...

 

ALFIE HILLSON is our committed and active Youth Officer, eager to campaign with other young people around the issues affecting them. 

Young people have been particularly under the cosh under the Tories austerity programme and we are delighted to be taking this work forward.

Young people made a fantastic difference in this year's elections and SE Cornwall CLP looks forward to welcoming many more into our social movement at this exciting and crucial time.

Check out the Facebook page here

 

South East Cornwall Young Labour

  ALFIE HILLSON is our committed and active Youth Officer, eager to campaign with other young people around the issues affecting them.  Young people have been particularly under the cosh...

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