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HEXHAM LABOUR PARTY IN PARTNERSHIP WITH NEWCASTLE PALESTINE SOLIDARITY CAMPAIGN

HEXHAM LABOUR PARTY IN PARTNERSHIP WITH NEWCASTLE PALESTINE SOLIDARITY CAMPAIGN

August 12, 2020

  INVITE YOU TO A TALK featuring RASHID KHUDAIRAT, JORDAN VALLEY SOLIDARITY and AHMAD AL-BAZZ, PALESTINIAN JOURNALIST SPEAKING ON — THE ISRAELI OCCUPATION’S ONGOING ANNEXATION OF THE JORDAN VALLEY INTRODUCED BY ANN SCHOFIELD, NEWCASTLE CITY COUNCILLOR AND PSC MEMBER THE SESSION RUNS FOR 90 MINS – 30 MINS PER SPEAKER, WITH A 5-MINUTE BREAK BETWEEN PRESENTATIONS, AND Q&A … Read More

PALESTINE EVENT – THURSDAY 16 JULY 2020

PALESTINE EVENT – THURSDAY 16 JULY 2020

July 14, 2020

HEXHAM LABOUR PARTY IN PARTNERSHIP WITH NEWCASTLE PALESTINE SOLIDARITY CAMPAIGN INVITE YOU TO A TALK featuring BEN JAMAL DIRECTOR, PALESTINE SOLIDARITY CAMPAIGN and LOUISE REGAN VICE CHAIR OF PSC, EX-PRESIDENT OF NEU speaking on: ANNEXATION, AND BOYCOTT, DIVESTMENT AND SANCTIONS (BDS) INTRODUCED BY ANN SCHOFIELD, Newcastle City Councillor and PSC member.  The session runs for … Read More

PALESTINE EVENT – THURSDAY 16 JULY 2020

July 14, 2020

HEXHAM LABOUR PARTY IN PARTNERSHIP WITH NEWCASTLE PALESTINE SOLIDARITY CAMPAIGN         INVITE YOU TO A TALK featuring BEN JAMAL DIRECTOR, PALESTINE SOLIDARITY CAMPAIGN and LOUISE REGAN VICE CHAIR OF PSC, EX-PRESIDENT OF NEU speaking on: ANNEXATION, AND BOYCOTT, DIVESTMENT AND SANCTIONS (BDS) INTRODUCED BY ANN SCHOFIELD, Newcastle City Councillor and PSC member.  … Read More

ex-Tory Deputy PM, Michael Heseltine — bigging-up Metro Mayors?

ex-Tory Deputy PM, Michael Heseltine — bigging-up Metro Mayors?

July 6, 2020

I was listening to radio last week, and on came Michael Heseltine, bigging-up Metro Mayors.  He name-checked our work in Newcastle. It’s a funny feeling for a Labour politician, getting praised by a Tory grandee.  It’s heartening to have your good work recognised.  It’s good in electoral terms.  An opposition politician saying you’re doing a … Read More

After the return to ‘normal’: What next for the Labour Party?

After the return to ‘normal’: What next for the Labour Party?

July 2, 2020

1 July 2020, Brian Singer, Hexham CLP Vice-Chair, Membership This debate over the future of our movement has been a vitally important one – but now, as an organisation, we’ve got to turn that vision into a reality. We’re facing an oncoming wave of crises: from a pandemic to unemployment, police racism and climate change. … Read More

Support Palestine and Gaza online event, 23 June 2020

Support Palestine and Gaza online event, 23 June 2020

June 30, 2020

Some of you may know that on the 23rd of June, members of the CLP, in partnership with the Palestine Solidarity Campaign  and Newcastle Labour Friends of Palestine hosted an online session on the topic of Gaza and Palestine.  We hope this event will be the first of many, and to those who attended, thank … Read More

Zoom Meeting with Vicky Foxcroft MP – Shadow Minister for Disabled People

Zoom Meeting with Vicky Foxcroft MP – Shadow Minister for Disabled People

June 16, 2020

Please join Berwick CLP in a Zoom session with Vicky Foxcroft MP for Lewisham Deptford and recently appointed Shadow Minister for Disabled People.  This is an informal discusson in which Vicky will speak for 20 mins about her role and how she hopes to challenge the Government on the impact of Covid-19 on people with disabilities … Read More

Culture

Culture

June 15, 2020

Culture is the sum total of how we express ourselves as humans.  Culture is our collective soul. For some it’s theatre, museums, art galleries, opera.  For others, a live music gig, a beer festival or a home game. I don’t see culture as a “sector”, an opportunity for economic growth.  We can live in concrete … Read More

Wansbeck CLP spring conference

Wansbeck CLP spring conference

June 7, 2020

10:30am – 12:30pm, Saturday, 13 June 2. Getting the Best Deal In this session, the conference speakers and questions from participants focus on examples of economic engagement, leveraging the financial and industrial power of the local state and its workforce to secure gains for local people. We want to assess their strengths and limitations. Chair … Read More

Allendale Fire Brigade: serious fires; working together gets applause

Allendale Fire Brigade: serious fires; working together gets applause

June 3, 2020

Our Hexham CLP delegate, David Habberjam is a part-time firefighter. Allendale Fire Brigade, for whom he is temporary crew manager  (as well as Allendale RFS Fire Brigades Union Rep) had six call outs from last Friday (29 May) to Monday (1 June), including a serious house fire and a large wildfire.  On Tuesday night, the people … Read More

We need a New Deal for Local Government Workers

We need a New Deal for Local Government Workers

May 23, 2020

The last few months have been tragic and unsettling with many families’ worlds turned upside down. Millions of workers have had to negotiate with their employers through the pandemic – matters of life and death like safe working practices and PPE as well as issues like redundancy, furlough, homeworking and childcare. These are challenging conversations … Read More

TUC – JOIN A UNION HERE – find the union that’s for you

TUC – JOIN A UNION HERE – find the union that’s for you

May 19, 2020

The latest figures on employment and pay, published today by the ONS, which include new experimental data on the number of paid employees shows a sharp decrease of 450,000 between March and April 2020, and a sharp fall in pay. Commenting on the report, TUC General Secretary, Frances O’Grady says: “These figures are alarming – … Read More

Seán McGovern death – Hexham CLP Disability Officer, Gail Ward remembers him

Seán McGovern death – Hexham CLP Disability Officer, Gail Ward remembers him

May 7, 2020

Gail Ward writes: It was with great sadness and shock that I learnt last night of the passing of Seán McGovern, (TUC Co-Chair Disabled Workers Committee and Unite Executive Council for Disability), a giant in trade unionism for disabled people, a friend and activist, pushing disability into the limelight. I have, a few times, taken part … Read More

COVID-19: What went wrong? Tories health reforms have caused chaos

COVID-19: What went wrong? Tories health reforms have caused chaos

May 5, 2020

The Thatcherite mantra that ‘there is no money’ is finished   The Lansley Re-organisation resulted in a fragmented public Health Medicine framework. Major disconnects between various units with no over-arching machinery to swing into action. A huge emphasis on “reducing waste” equating spare bed capacity and stock piling with waste, and paring to the bone … Read More

Salford City UNISON win full isolation pay and more for all care workers!

Salford City UNISON win full isolation pay and more for all care workers!

April 26, 2020

People will have heard of more deaths in the private care sector in Newcastle today.   For info, much of the adult care (care homes and home care) is commissioned by councils not NHS – though sometimes a combination.   Most of this provision is made by private sector low waged workers, who are employed … Read More

Labour Party report April 2020

Labour Party report April 2020

April 18, 2020

“Understandably people are shocked, dismayed, angry but let’s be determined, stay in the party and make sure this can never happen again.“ Comrades will be aware of the directive  from the General Secretary’s office this week, advising members not to discuss the actualities within the so-called ‘leaked’ Labour Party Report on Antisemitism, which was commissioned … Read More

Wylam: Riverside GP surgery closure

Wylam: Riverside GP surgery closure

April 11, 2020

Yesterday the Hexham Courant published an article which highlighted the campaigning our Hexham CLP activists, Vanessa Maughan, Steve Grinter, John Hampton, Chris Wharton and Tony Pierre had been involved in with the aim of saving the Wylam Riverside GP surgery from closure.  The article can be read  here: See previous articles about Wylam’s surgeries, here: … Read More

Comments from our activists

Comments from our activists

April 7, 2020

Don’t abandon the Labour Party We are living in very dark and worrying times.  COVID-19 has descended on the country, and we are now beginning to see the horrific results of an unprepared action plan presented by the current Conservative government.  Even with advice from Italy and China confirming that the restriction of movement in … Read More

Labour Party Leadership and Deputy Leadership results 4 April 2020

Labour Party Leadership and Deputy Leadership results 4 April 2020

April 4, 2020

Keir Starmer and Angela Rayner have been elected by a sizable majority to lead the Labour Party on the resignation of Jeremy Corbyn and John McDonnell. Your support means everything. I will never stop fighting for our movement. 🌹 pic.twitter.com/MIdls0n3WG — Angela Rayner MP 🌈 (@AngelaRayner) April 4, 2020  

Community and business support

Community and business support

April 3, 2020

3 April 2020 Business and community support for each of the three North of Tyne local authorities NORTHUMBERLAND COUNTY COUNCIL Business Northumberland Business Hub: https://www.northumberland.gov.uk/coronavirus/Support-for-Businesses-coronavirus.aspx#grantfundingandloans Northumberland has set up a Business Hub with a specialist team to offer advice and help people gain government grants and loans during COVID-19. 2,500 businesses have applied so far … Read More

Corona virus – the latest regional updates

April 3, 2020

Citylife Line (updated 8 April 2020, 09:45) Citylife Line is a new service that has been launched to help harness the outpouring of goodwill from residents in Newcastle who want to help the most vulnerable during the COVID-19 outbreak. The service has been set up with partners in the voluntary and community sector for people wanting … Read More

Labour Party democracy – structure diagram

April 2, 2020

This diagram shows how the process works across the Northern Region The Northumberland Local Campaign Forum has developed an innovative training programme for potential County Council Labour candidates. We want to encourage people of all backgrounds, particularly women, minority ethnic and younger people, to explore if they could become future Labour County Councillors. For more … Read More

Community help during the COVID-19 crisis is here:

Community help during the COVID-19 crisis is here:

March 26, 2020

We’ll keep this up-to-date as we hear of new links Momentum volunteer/assistance map:   TUC Advice 30 March 2020 – Trade unionists might want to sign up for updates here, too: UK-wide Covid Mutual Aid website: Northumberland county council:   Ponteland community assistance: This is a ‘hub‘ for those wishing to volunteer to help during … Read More

Labour and Socialist history

Labour and Socialist history

March 24, 2020

5.  The Years of the Labour Representation Committee (LRC) 1900-1906 (Derek Gunby’s occasional Labour history series, continued.) updated: 30 May 2020 Before describing the years of the Labour Representation Committee (LRC) it is necessary to back track and explain the way in which the TUC and its Parliamentary Committee were persuaded to ditch their decades-long … Read More

Posts from our activists

March 24, 2020

Hexham Labour Party activists – a personal blog Date: 23 March 2020 Robbie Milor, Ponteland Labour group Hi, I’m a facility supervisor for Newcastle City Council, and I work in a special-needs school in the Hexham CLP area. As far as our experience of the COVID-19 virus situation: it’s been horrible to tell the truth. … Read More

Hexham CLP Nominations Announced

February 7, 2020

After close contests conducted on a ‘preferential vote’ system members voted to nominate Keir Starmer for Leader and Dawn Butler for Deputy Leader.

Community Wealth Building Event

Community Wealth Building Event

December 6, 2019

Would you like to come to a training day that showcases some real-life community wealth building projects happening in the North East? Join the North of Tyne Mayor, Jamie Driscoll and guest speakers who have CWB specialist areas of expertise. Building on the success of our People, Pits and Politics Festival held in Durham in … Read More

Campaigning for a Labour government – Canvass in Carlisle Sat Nov 16th – update

November 14, 2019

Campaigning for a Labour government – Saturday Nov 16th Canvass in Carlisle – key Tory marginal majority 2599 Cars from Newcastle Contact: Punita Goodfellow – tel. 078761 31208 2 car spaces available from Kirkwhelpington or nearby. Contact Chris Easton Train from Newcastle 9-23, calling at Prudhoe 9-41, Hexham 9-54, Haltwhistle 10-13 arrive Carlisle 10-44 Contact: … Read More

Campaigning for a Labour victory in 2019

November 10, 2019

With the election of Jeremy Corbyn as party leader, Hexham CLP has gone from strength to strength. It has attracted new members, and built a body of campaigners and activists that any constituency party would be proud of. In the general election of 2017 a well organised local Labour campaign came closer to catching Opperman … Read More

Our General Election Campaign Launch

Our General Election Campaign Launch

November 8, 2019

A great turnout in Hexham to the launch of our General Election campaign: a public vote with the option to remain, a #GreenNewDeal, rights for gig economy workers & investment in our public services & communities. Lots to get excited about … Real change is coming … Thanks to Jude Kirton-Darling MEP and all who … Read More

Ponteland Street Stall and Phone Canvassing

Ponteland Street Stall and Phone Canvassing

November 8, 2019

PONTELAND AND HEDDON LABOUR GROUP – GETTING GOING The new group met on 7th November and welcomed even more members. Working as a team we successfully completed the ring round of all party members in the area, increasing the numbers who want to be actively involved in campaigning. We are launching our first stall in … Read More

‘Best for Britain’ Tactical Voting Website is a Local Lib Dem Sham

‘Best for Britain’ Tactical Voting Website is a Local Lib Dem Sham

November 2, 2019

  A number of local Labour Party members and supporters and Facebook users have contacted the Vote Penny Grennan Facebook page about the ‘Best for Britain’ Tactical Voting Website.  The election in the Hexham Constituency is a straight ‘2 horse race’ between the Tories and the Labour Party. However, the local Lib Dems have started … Read More

Ponteland & Heddon Labour Group – helping to deliver real change

October 31, 2019

Less than 24 hours after getting set up the group met again to make progress on contacting all the members in the immediate area to confirm their support and invite them to the next meeting on Thursday 6th November. The WhatsApp group for the Ponteland and Heddon Labour Group was set up and went live. … Read More

Ponteland and Heddon Labour Group up and running

October 30, 2019

The first meeting of a reinvigorated Labour Group for Ponteland and Heddon met on 29th October – the night we were given the opportunity to deliver a Labour government and a new MP for Hexham! Our top priority is to do everything we can to support a Labour victory both locally and wider. At the … Read More

The Future of Farming and the Environment – Public Meeting

The Future of Farming and the Environment – Public Meeting

October 24, 2019

The Future of Farming and the Environment – Public Meeting Bellingham Town Hall  Wednesday 23rd October Thanks to Paul Brannen (former MEP and member of the European Agriculture and Environment Committees) for speaking at the meeting and Penny (our prospective parliamentary candidate) for chairing.  A wide ranging and informed discussion followed Paul Brannen’s presentation on … Read More

Plastic Free Target for Allen Valleys

Plastic Free Target for Allen Valleys

October 21, 2019

MEMBERS of the community will work together to rid the Allen Valleys of single use plastic. Aiming for plastic free status was just one of the targets of a newly formed climate action committee dedicated to tackling climate change on a local level. Spearheaded by our very own John Hill, the committee will be made … Read More

Labour 2019 conference in Brighton – Holly Waddell reports

October 15, 2019

Report from Labour Party Conference 2019 Hexham Constituency sent their full delegation of four to Brighton for conference this year. The delegates were Joseph White, Brian Singer, Penny Grennan and Holly Waddell. Several other members self-funded to go as visitors and to attend the World Transformed, so was definitely a strong Hexham presences on the … Read More

Climate Change Public Meeting

Climate Change Public Meeting

October 14, 2019

Climate Change Local Solutions to Global Issues Tuesday 15th October 7.30pm Hexham Community Centre, Gilsgate NE46 3NP   Come along and get involved!