PALESTINE EVENT – THURSDAY 16 JULY 2020

14 July, 2020ARCHIVE, International, News

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

“Please sir, I want some more.”  – what does Oliver Twist have in common with the North?

29 June, 2020ARCHIVE, Featured, Home page featured, Mayor

Oliver Twist sums up the relationship between central government and the North. There’s a dependency on grants from Westminster, often tied in with the electoral cycle.  Restrictions come from Whitehall on to how to spend it, with priorities optimised for the Home Counties. Oliver needed the handouts because the playing field was tilted against him. … Read More

This U-turn government

21 June, 2020ARCHIVE, Featured, Home page featured, Mayor

Politicians are terrified of U-turns. They look indecisive. 200,000 kids have had to skip meals because their family couldn’t afford enough food during lockdown.  Yet thanks to England footballer Marcus Rashford, 1.3 million kids will now get fed this summer.  When the cupboards are bare, that £15-a-week voucher will stop kids becoming malnourished. For the … Read More

Hexham Labour Friends of Palestine

17 June, 2020ARCHIVE, Featured, Home page featured, International

Gaza HEXHAM LABOUR PARTY ACTIVISTS IN PARTNERSHIP WITH PALESTINE SOLIDARITY CAMPAIGN, AND NEWCASTLE LABOUR FRIENDS OF PALESTINE INVITE YOU TO FIND OUT MORE ABOUT GAZA AND PALESTINE We’re hosting a talk by two Durham University students from Gaza, Hala and Ahmed.  Hala, who is studying MSc in Sustainability, Culture and Development, is a dentist, and surgical assistant.  She … Read More

Culture

15 June, 2020ARCHIVE, Featured, Home page featured, Mayor, News

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

7 June, 2020ARCHIVE, News

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

North of Tyne Mayor, Jamie Driscoll’s weekly column in The Journal and The Chronicle

7 June, 2020ARCHIVE, Featured, Home page featured, Mayor

Why is it that when someone supports #BlackLivesMatter, someone replies, “All lives matter!” If someone told you, “I’ve been diagnosed with breast cancer,” you wouldn’t reply, “Well some people get prostate cancer!” The protests in America are the confluence of three recent killings of black citizens by US Law Enforcement Officers. On 25th February this … Read More

Bywell Labour Party Branch – the Falcon Centre

26 May, 2020ARCHIVE, Branches, Bywell, Featured

The Falcon Centre in Wylam, owned by Northumberland County Council is a repurposed school house, built circa 1930, that is currently used as a library and a museum.  It also runs playgroups and Yoga classes, but it is significantly underused. Over the past two years a number of interested parties have been coming together to … Read More

We need a New Deal for Local Government Workers

23 May, 2020ARCHIVE, Trade Unions

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