January Members Meeting **UPDATE**

Members should have received an email from Momentum HQ with the subject ‘Momentum Moving Forwards’ in which the Steering Committee and National Committee have been dissolved, and the National Conference cancelled.

Our monthly meeting is still going ahead.

An updated agenda follows:

  • Apologies
  • Officer Reports
  • Discussion: Broxtowe Momentum going forward
  • Motions
  • AOB
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January Members Meeting

At this months meeting we will be debating which motion and  delegates  to send to the National Conference in February.

Motion to Conference

Each local group can send one motion.

Members are encouraged to submit motions via email or in our private facebook group before the meeting.

At the meeting proposers will be given 5 minutes to introduce their motion. After which the motion will open to be seconded by another member. If seconded the motion will be debated by members (time allocated to debate will depend upon the number of motions submitted).

After each motion has been debated members will vote on the motion to be sent to the national conference.

Please note: Supporters are welcome to observe. However, only members are eligible to vote.

Delegates to Conference

Each local group can send two delegates per hundred  (or part thereof).

This means that we will be able to send two delegates to the conference (at least one of these shall self identify as a woman).

Members are encouraged to nominate themselves via email before the meeting. However, nominations will be accepted on the night.

At the meeting nominees will be given 5 minutes to introduce themselves. After which the nominee will seek to have their nomination seconded by another member. If seconded the nominee will enter the ballot.

After each nominee has been introduced members will vote on the delegates to be sent to the national conference.

Please note: Supporters are welcome to observe. However, only members are eligible to vote.

Momentum national committee votes to step up fight against expulsions and suspensions — Stop The Labour Purge

Broxtowe Momentum are pleased that the National Committee passed unamimously the motion submitted by the North West Region.

 This Momentum National Committee expresses its solidarity with: Party members in suspended Labour Parties including Wallasey; Party members where their democratic operation is under attack, such as Liverpool Riverside whose AGM is being delayed; Brighton and Hove DLP whose elections have been annulled

See more at Momentum national committee votes to step up fight against expulsions and suspensions — Stop The Labour Purge

Open Letter to Momentum National Committee Delegates

To Momentum National Committee Delegates,

We the undersigned ask that delegates  to the  National Committee make every attempt to attend the meeting on the 3rd of December, and make representation on our behalf to the steering committee and other delegates, there for progress to be made on setting up democratic and representative organisational structures within Momentum.

Over the last year we have seen the steering committee time and again delay the National Committee meeting for what seem like trivial reasons. Without proper minutes and the usual features of an open democracy,  the steering committee appears as a secret group. This has the effect of making Momentum members come to the conclusion that the majority of the steering committee is not interested in an open and democratic Momentum but instead, want to rule by plebiscite.

We support the motion made by the London Momentum Regional Committee on Saturday 19th November and the work by Jill Mountford (and others) to put the decision making back in the hands of members.

We believe that members want the opportunity to discuss and debate the structure of Momentum, and would also ask our delegates to push for a National Conference in the new year as early as possible, preferably in February. The steering committee has no right to dictate the direction of Momentum. If Momentum is to move to OMOV online structure, then the membership should discuss and vote on this, under the current democratic structures of Momentum – that is, via a national conference.

Joseph Baxter (Broxtowe Momentum)

Pete Radcliff (Broxtowe Momentum)

Christine Rimmer (Broxtowe Momentum)

Rachel Bannister (Broxtowe Momentum)

Ellis Tansley (Broxtowe Momentum)

Patricia Curtis (Nottingham East)

Nina Douglas (Broxtowe Momentum)

Tim Cooper (Nottingham East, Notts and East Midlands Momentum)

Markus Keaney (Momentum Luton)

Konnie Lloyd (Broxtowe Momentum)

Vijay Jackson (Momentum Edinburgh)

Mat Anderson (Notts and East Midlands Momentum)

Liam Conway (Nottingham East Momentum )


If you would like to add you name to the list of signatories please fill in the form below and we will add you asap.

November Reading Group

weshouldallbefemThis month the Broxtowe Momentum Reading Group is meeting to discuss “We Should all be feminists”. Members, supporters and interested people welcome.

What does “feminism” mean today? That is the question at the heart of We Should All Be Feminists, a personal, eloquently-argued essay – adapted from her much-viewed Tedx talk of the same name – by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, the award-winning author of ‘Americanah’ and ‘Half of a Yellow Sun’.

Monday 21st November 7pm
Flying Goose Cafe
33 Chilwell Rd, Beeston, Nottingham NG9 1EH


If you are unable to purchase the book a number of excellent short book copies are available – please get in touch with us or ask at your Labour Branch.

Alternatively you can download from Amazon for 99p or watch the TED talk.

Stop the Purge

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Broxtowe Momentum in supporting the Stop the Purge national conference to be hosted on the 26th November in Nottingham.

The leadership campaign may be over but the fight for natural justice within the Labour Party is not.

Speakers confirmed to date (all in personal capacity):

  • Tosh MacDonald, President ASLEF
  • Christine Shawcroft, Labour NEC
  • Jill Mountford, Momentum Steering Committee
  • Mark Sandell, elected chair of Brighton District Labour Party prior to its disbandment
  • Cllr Pamela Fitzpatrick, suspended and now reinstated Harrow councillor

Keep up to date with the latest news at https://www.facebook.com/StopTheLabourPurge

Buy tickets at https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/stop-the-purge-national-conference-tickets-28530643924?utm_term=eventurl_text

There are three members in Broxtowe CLP who have been suspended or expelled without a right of appeal who need our support so please get involved in the campaign.

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Thanks to those who attended our ‘Pies for Pete’ fundraising event. We raised £89.50 that will go towards the costs of running the national stop the purge conference.

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Broxtowe Momentum Members and Supporters at our ‘Pies of Pete’ fundraising event

 

 

Officers Statment RE: National Committee Proposed Postponement

It has been brought to our attention that there is a proposal to postpone the National Committee meeting to be held on the 5th of November. The officers at Broxtowe Momentum believe this to be a mistake as any postponement will surely have a knock on effect of the proposed National Conference in February being delayed.

We believe that the future of Momentum as an effective organisation relies upon the National Conference going ahead (and therefore the National Committee meeting).

We hear with disbelief that the National Committee meeting is to be postponed due to a clash with the North West regional Labour Party conference and event that has been known about far in advance.We also note that the steering committee feel it is appropriate to call an emergency meeting to discuss postponing the National Committee meeting at 21 hours notice, and do not think this is a democratic process. We also note that all the steering committee seems to do at these meetings is to find reasons to postpone the National Committee meeting.

We the officers of Broxtowe Momentum urge all steering committee members to vote to proceed with the National Committee meeting on the 5th November.

Kind Regards,

Rachel Bannister

Joseph Baxter

Nina Douglas

Jane Marshall

Pete Radcliff

Christine Rimmer

Lewis Wagner

October 2016 Motions

At the October members meeting Broxtowe Momentum unanimously passed the following motions:

1. Stop the Purge

Broxtowe momentum moves that National Momentum will, in line with previously agreed commitments, start seriously and publicly campaigning against unjust expulsions and suspensions of individuals and local parties from the Labour Party – and for reform of the party’s structure and processes to stop such factional abuse of the party machine. This will include supporting and promoting the Stop the Labour Purge conference in Nottingham on 26 November.

We condemn the decision to keep Wallasey Labour Party suspended and the annulment of elections and suspension of leading Labour Party activists in Brighton, alongside the expulsion of their elected Chair Mark Sandell. Momentum nationally will publicly and loudly protest against these decisions and work with the Momentum groups in the Wirral and Brighton to fight them.

We call on Jeremy Corbyn, John McDonnell and other left-wing Labour Party leaders to be bold on these issues.

2. Momentum Conference

Broxtowe momentum moves to support the following proposal by Jill Mountford:

Proposal on way forward to 5 November Momentum National Committee

i) the 5 November NC decides the date and the basic shape of the February conference including delegations, timescales and ability to submit motions. The NC should elect a reasonably large and representative conference arrangements committee (say of 10) to take things forward, confirm venue, and agenda, deal with and resolves issues that arise and delegate tasks to staff to carry out – this body and not the Steering Committee should have the ultimate say.

Below is our proposal that we want the NC to adopt (“Proposed composition of February conference”).

ii) between the 5 November NC meeting and Monday 9 January, the NC, each local group, region, group of members above a certain size (say 50) and equalities group can submit two motions to the conference – whether constitutional (ie proposals for the permanent structure of Momentum) or about Momentum’s political orientation/what we stand for or about policy. These are published on 9 January on the website.
The conference arrangements committee sorts out a system of compositing (i.e. each group names a contact who can liaise with others proposers to composite motions together to reduce the number by Friday 20 January).

Regional Groups are proposed to meet between 20 January and the week before Conference to vote a priority order i.e. 1 to 20 on motions. This leads to a score for the priority motions nationally and each Regional Group nominates a member for the Standing Orders committee to agree the order for motions and timing for speeches.

Proposed composition of February conference – submission to 5 November NC

Delegates elected by local groups (this has already been agreed by the NC), on the basis of number of members in that area. A final figure of delegates to be agreed by the CAC in consultation with the National Committee but we suggest something between 1 delegate per 20 members-1 delegate per 40 members (or part thereof) – with a minimum of 2 and maximum of 10, ascending in twos. Delegations must be at least half women and with at least 1 youth for delegations of 4 and above and 2 for delegations of 8 and above.

This would produce a conference of roughly 4-700 people, which seems a reasonable size in terms of logistics and also in terms of meaningful democratic participation and control (not too small and not too big).

 

Education not Segregation

Saturday 1st October is the Labour Party’s campaign day on education.

Join Labour and the National Union of Teachers at the following locations in Broxtowe to find out how the return of grammar schools could affect you and your children:

  1. Beeston: 10:30-12:00 Beeston Square
  2. Kimberley: 12:00-13:30 Derby Rd outside the Co-op
  3. Stapleford: 09:30-11:00 Toll bar Square

Education not Segregation