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  1. 1. Labour DORSET ISSUE ONE CONFERENCE SPECIAL December 2017 Europe Housing UC Campaigning NHS Brighton and more South West Regional NATIONAL CAMPAIGN DAY - BETTER OFF WITH LABOUR
  2. 2. It was going to be a newsletter but given the amount of articles we have received we can safely call this an online Magazine. It will be published on the first day of every month from here on in. Thanks to everyone who has sent in their contributions or attended the recent Labour Camapaign Forums. This would not be happening without you. This publication will largely be devoted to the art and ‘joy’ of campaigning. We have made a good start with two very well attended Dorset Labour Campaign Forums recently and it seems clear from all the discussions that we do need some new kind of vehicle to help branches and CLP’s communi- cate with each other across Dorset. This month we have published an up-to-date list of CLP officers. As far as we know this list does not exist anywhere else in the world and yet when you think about it – it’s such a simple thing. The list identifies all of the roles currently being undertaken by at least one person somewhere in Dorset. As you will see, there are plenty of vacancies for many roles that could potentially be filled by Labour Party members. If these roles were filled over the next year then this might generate a lot more activity, especially if its easier for officers to contact their fellow officers carrying out the same roles in other CLP's. We might want to think about standardising the roles in all the CLPs so there is clarity in knowing who does what. Does a communications officer deal with the press, social media, and IT? If you're a campaigns officer, do you have responsibilty for the social media campaign? We are keen to start arranging meetings for all the social media experts across Dorset to share ideas and learn from eachother. Some of us are good at doing some 'techie' things but it's impossible to keep up with all the developments and to know all the tricks of the trade. We are hoping to have a Training Event in February 2018 to share some of this knowledge. If you have any good ideas about how we might do things differently or better, then we would love to hear from you. This Magazine is a place for you to share your skills but also to air your views. I hope we will have a letters page in the next edition. But for now, I hope you enjoy this first edition of the Dorset Labour Magazine. Damien Stone. TIPS FOR USING THIS ONLINE MAGAZINEAs an online magazine there are lots of links to various videos and audio recordings. So don't think of this magazine in terms of just text. If you want to submit things for publication it could be a link to an interesting Youtube page or website. Please send your articles, ideas etc to: Welcome to the first edition of the Dorset Labour Magazine!
  3. 3. SOUTH WEST REGIONAL CONFERENCE Plymouth - Saturday 25th November 2017 The South West Regional Conference this month focused on campaigning, Europe and the Trade Unions. Speakers included Luke Pollard MP (Plymouth Sutton & Devonport), Tudor Evans (Leader of Plymouth Labour Group), Clare Moody MEP and of course, the leader of the Labour Party Jeremy Corbyn. You can watch just some of the highlights below. Jeremy Corbyn Speech watch Members Q&A watch Brexit Debate watch Luke Pollard MP watch Tudor Evans watch EXCLUSIVE Jeremy Corbyn Members Q&A - Mark Gage Regional Board Election Result It was also the day for CLP delegates to vote for their preferred candidates for the South West Regional Board. In Dorset there were three candidates for the two posts. Rules stipulate that at least one of the posts must be taken up by a female and therefore Mollie Collins was elected without the need for a contest. Mark Gage (Chair of West Dorset CLP) was up against currentboardmemberDaveStokes(the 2017Gener- al Election candidate for Bournemouth West). The result was as close as the contest between Tony Benn and Denis Healey for the deputy leadership of the Labour Party in 1981. If you don't know the result and would like to listen to it as it was announced then stop reading and click here. Listen If you're too impatient then the result was as follows:- Dave Stokes 2,555.5 votes 50.83% Mark Gage 2,472.17 votes 49.17% South West Regional Board meetings are held every quarter. We look forward to receiving reports about future meetings in the Dorset Labour Magazine. Speakers Brexit Q&A Tudor Evans Luke Pollard MP
  4. 4. EUROPE REVISITED by Richard Denton-White MAYBE it’s something in the English DNA (and Welsh, but not Scots and Irish!) that since Agincourt and Crecy there has been hostility towards mainland Europe ? Silly really given our very mixed gene pool and undeniably European culture ! Certainly the narrow Referendum result in favour of Leave can be seen as a direct result of English nationalism, anti-foreigner fear and blatant igno- rance........It’sincrediblethatsomeLeavevotersthoughtBerlinistheEuropeancapitalandcouldn’t tell you what the abbreviation EU stands for! A right wing tabloid press added to the anti-EU cocktail and that false promise that Boris Johnson emblazoned on his battle bus about £ 350 Million to our NHS every week post Brexit !! The Remain Campaign too was run by soft Tories who lacked passion, commitment and conviction. Remain failed to make a strong case for Remaining because of a woefully weak leadership. Labour’s EU policy is an unsustainable fudge that now needs challenging head on in the run up to next year’s Summer Conference. Things have moved on dramatically since September with the knowledge that the Referendum result has already cost British families £852 at a time of alarmingly falling wages and undermined living standards .There is additionally the real possibility of an impasse on the Northern Ireland border question with serious implications for the unravelling of the hard won Northern Irish Peace Process. Interestingly, Jeremy Corbyn has said he’d vote yes to stayingintheEUiftherewasaSecondReferendumandhehasopenlydisagreedwith Barry Gardiner’s assertion of ‘vassal state’ status for the UK if we stayed in the customs union. History’s Hindsight History won’t forgive the Labour Party if it helps to facilitate a Eurosceptic Tory Hard Brexit. So here’s the alternative. Scrap the compromise statement from September’s Summer Conference as beingnolongerrelevant.Haveanopen,properlydemocraticdebateatConferencenextSeptember which advocates continued UK membership of the Single Market and the Customs Union and commits to a Second Referendum of the British people at the close of negotiations – whatever the package or non-package. Let’s also rid ourselves as a party of this negative ‘ Jeremy Corbyn won’t like it’ thinking! Jeremy Corbyn has never stopped arguing that we are a democratic party that listens to the mass member- ship or we are nothing. No organisation within the party has the right to undermine that democracy with politically ‘convenient’ lines that fit their world view , but don’t reflect the views of a majority of the party’s membership. Remember that young people voted for Labour in June with the assump- tion that we’d fight Brexit. The immediate priority for us in Dorset is to organise a cross county meeting to help determine our ‘collective’ view on Europe. This might lead to individual Constituency Labour Parties submitting motions on Europe for debate at Summer Conference 2018. I’d be happy to help organise such an event. Richard Denton-White (West Dorset CLP) 01305-568171 / 07490-720602 DORSET WEST
  5. 5. At the meeting on 29 September, the NEC agreed the terms of reference for a Review of Labour Party Democracy. The Review is to be led by Katy Clark assisted by Claudia Webbe and Andy Kerr from the NEC. The review will report to Jeremy Corbyn and to Ian Lavery MP, the Party Chair. The overarching theme of the review is to ensure that the hugely expanded membership is fully involved to become a mass movement which can transform society. The review will be formally launched in early November. The Review team will consult widely with CLPs, affiliated trade unions, other affiliated organisations, the PLP and individ- ual members and will produce a first report for Annual Conference 2018. The review team will be seeking responses to all areas of the review from the launch. However, given the wide-ranging nature of the review, in order to manage the workload and deal appropriately with responses, there will be three phases with deadlines for submis- sion on particular topics. PHASE 1: (deadline 12th January 2018) The role of BAME Labour The role of Young Labour The role of Labour Party Women’s Conference. PHASE 2: (deadline 23rd March 2018) The governance of CLPs The role of socialist societies Improving diversity and gender representation Strengthening the involvement and participation of members The recruitment of members and harnessing the potential of social media. PHASE 3: (deadline 28th June 2018) The method of electing the Party Leader The composition of the NEC Regional structures Freeze dates The policy process including CLP motions Local government Local and national links with Trade Unions. TherewillbeahubforthereviewhostedontheLabourPartywebsitewheremembers,CLPs, affiliatesandotherstakeholderswillbeabletoaccesstheconsultationquestionsandsubmit responses. In addition there will be a dedicated email address where submissions can be received as well as any queries about the consultation. And there will be facility for receiving paper submissions. The review will be holding at least one consultation event for members in each Nation or Region. LABOUR PARTY DEMOCRACY REVIEW
  6. 6. CONSTITUENCYCHRISTCHURCHMDNPNORTHDORSETPOOLESOUTHDORSETWESTDORSET CHAIR VICECHAIR SECRETARY TREASURER SOCIALMEDIA PRESS MEMBERSHIP CAMPAIGNS YOUTH WOMENS TRADEUNIONS EQUALITY/DIVERSITY HOUSING FUNDRAISING ENVIRONMENT POLITICALEDUCATION NigelAppley CorrieDrew TinaThompson DouglasLock PatWilkinson CarolWilcox RobMaskell AndyDunne JulianSpurr AndyLyford AntoinettePearce StewartBullen RuthCade DavePeden VivArkell DamienStone JamesMcIntyre PatOsborne ChristopherMoss DennisWardleworth EmmaBratley SteveGerry AdamStarr KatieTaylor KeithUlyatt NeilDuncanJordan SueMallory AndyProctor GeorgiaBurns HelenDuncanJordan MollieCollins BernieParkes CarralynParkes RichieRobins DonnaSparrowhawk GeorgeHolden SaraGreenhalf LucyCampbell MarkGage SineadMcCarney ClaudiaSorin PatrickCanavan SteveLaughton SENIORS DaveMunnikAlanDaniels ColleenCrawford TonyProwseLeeMouatt DorotheaRussellMattHall TiaRoos AndyProctor CarolLewis PeterCooper RickStafford MiniKingman DaveStokes IanTaylor SharonCarr-Brown PaulForsdick LisaLewis HannahBrown SteveAtwill DHetheringParker LewisAllison JonHartley RobertTaylor BOURNEMOUTH LouisHankin JohnYates TraceeCossey SarahWard PatrickCanavan SharonCarr-Brown GregBeavis AlexBathurst MikeMaher JanineMiller PhyllidaCulpin MarkBeed BeckyBrookman MandaBrown
  7. 7. Sophie Cook (a former RAF engineer, TV presenter and photographer for Bournemouth Football club) missed out on becoming the UK's first ever transgender MP by just 5,107 in the 2017 General Election. The seat of East Worthing and Shoreham was considered to be an unwinnable seat but with a small team behind her and a background in TV presenting she increased the Labour vote by 19.8% and turned it in to a marginal. Dorset Labour were on hand at this years Labour Conference in Brighton to make an exclusive recording of her emotional and truly inspirational appearance at the World Transformed event. Click here. to listen. POLITICIANS - ALL THE SAME? Two Dorset Labour exclusives - "The amazing Sophie Cook" & Labour First IS THE LABOUR PARTY UNITED? Dorset Labour was interested to know if the party was more united one year on from the re- election of Jeremy Corbyn as leader of the Labour Party. An audio recording was made of the Labour First rally at this years Labour Party Conference. Letters on this subject would be welcome for the next Dorset Labour newsletter. John Mann Richard Angell Stella Creasy Chris Leslie Ruth Smeeth Wes Streeting Luke Akehurst Yvette Cooper Vernon Coker Sarah Jones John Paul McHugh Send your letters, articles, ideas and dates for the diary to Click on the links below left.
  8. 8. This years most impressive Labour Party campaign against NHS closures in Dorset was run by the Swanage branch in South Dorset. They collected 8,048 signatures and handed them in to the Dorset Clinical Commissioning Group back in February. You can watch the video here Despite the intransigence of the CCG (who announced on 20th September that they will be going ahead with closures - including Poole A&E Department) there is some room for hope. At the Brighton Labour Party conference it was significant that conference voted to campaign against closures NOW, not just when we get in to government. In some areas of the country, Labour Councils have been colluding with Clinical Commissioning groups to cut NHS Services. If they continue to do this in future they will be acting against Labour Party policy. If we win more councils next May then there ought to be an even greater push back agianst NHS cuts. Some of you may have read that health professionals and campaigners are going to be taking Jeremy Hunt to court over his plans to "Americanise" our NHS. read here The breaking news is that a new group called Defend Dorset NHS (formed by Debby Monkhouse) has been given the green light to take the Dorset CCG to Judicial Review. And if that wasn't news enough, the Dorset County Council Health Scrutiny Committee has voted unanimously to refer the Clinical Services Review back to the Jeremy Hunt for independent review. (See next page). Damien Stone (Mid Dorset & North Poole CLP) Introductory Statements - The London Health Economy TSA Report on Lewisham Hospital GP's and the community Downgrading A&E, the Ambulance Service & Impact on the elderly Maternity Services Palliative Care and Children's Services LABOUR & THE NHS IN DORSET MID DORSET & NORTH POOLE SAVING YOUR HOSPITAL - HOW TO WIN On June 29th 2013, in Lewisham, a remarkable event took place. A People's Commission of Enquiry into the proposed changes at Lewisham Hospital was held in Broadway Theatre, Catford. The Commission was chaired by Michael Mansfield QC. You can watch the full enquiry by clicking on the links below. Their campaign was a complete succes and their hospital was saved.
  9. 9. DCC to refer CCG plans to Secretary of State for Independent Review On 13 November DCC Health Scrutiny Committee voted unanimously to refer the CCG CSR plans (exactly what will be in the referral will be clarified) to the Secretary of State for independent review, as there were concerns the plans might not meet the health needs of DCC residents. DCC HSC Chair Bill Pipe initially suggested referring the decision about this to the Joint Health Scrutiny Committee, which is made up of representatives from DCC, Poole, Bournemouth and Hampshire. However there were concerns that referring the decision to the JHSC would unreasonably delay matters, and, given the make up of that Committee, be unlikely to result in agreement to refer the CSR plans to the Secretary of State for independent review. The Meeting was adjourned while the Chair sought legal advice as to whether DCC could refer the CCG CSR plans to the Secretary of State, independently of the JHSC. The Chair returned to say they could. He suggested the JHSC be given an opportunity to refertheCCGCSRplans,anditwasagreedtoconveneanearlymeetingoftheJHSCbefore Christmas for them to consider this issue. However, if the JHSC do not agree to refer the CSR plans to the Secretary of State for independent review, DCC Health Scrutiny Committee voted unanimously that they would refer the plans anyway. KONP Dorset are now working on lobbying the equivalent Committee in Poole and those Councillors on JHSC to stand with DCC colleagues Judicial Review Update On 16th November Leigh Day Solicitors, having sought Barristers advice, advised that there is a legal case for taking the CCG to Judicial Review regarding their decisions of 20th September which include: 1. Downgrading of Poole A&E and closure of Poole Maternity 2. Merger of Dorset county Maternity with Yeovil Hospital in Somerset 3. Closure of Ferndown Community Hospital, and closure in the longer term of Alderney and Westhaven Community Hospitals, following the mental health review 4. Loss of Community Hospital beds in Wareham and Portland 5. Shaftesbury CH have a stay of execution on their beds however the long term future of beds at Shaftesbury remains in question ‘Defend Dorset NHS’ who are supported by Dorset Health Campaign and Keep Our NHS Public Dorsetwillbeworkingwithpeoplewhoseriouslyaffectedbythesedecisionsforexampletheirlives may be endangered Defend Dorset NHS will set up a CrowdFunding campaign to raise the £20,000 needed to take the case to Full Hearing. There are a number of hurdles to get over en route. by Debby Monkhouse (South Dorset CLP) UPDATE by Debby Monkhouse SOUTH DORSET
  10. 10. During labours time in office there was a lot of one way transatlantic traffic by the conservatives to study Workfare in America. Work fare was brought in by Bill Clinton in the 90s inspired by the academic work of a conservative Lawrence Mead. It was tough, regulation based, time limited and based on conditionality, that whatever the situation, whether disabled, a single parent, or the availability of work, a person would have to work full time to receive benefit and that would be one single payment WHICH WOULD INCLUDE MONEY FOR HOUSING. Initially during the boom time in the 90’s this seemed at least on paper to work. The money spent on welfare was reduced and more people took up work. HOWEVER when the recession hit the result was “More and more people had neither Welfare or work - They were just poor and on their own” (and living in tents). Although Obama initially supported workfare he subsequently tried to amend it against massive opposition. part two - uk history In 2010 the afore mentioned Lawrence mead was invited over to 10 Downing Street. During the visit he met Steve Hilton, (David Cameron’s strategist Neil O’Brian (policy exchange) and others, including, Duncan Smith and Labour’s Frank Field. From this meeting Cameron’s “Big society” and Universal Credit was born. On the back of Duncan Smiths report on poor white working class boys which was very persuasive, The Welfare reform bill went through with only 10 Labour mp’s voting against it. The rules were always meant to mean that work would always pay not just because out of work payments were cut but because benefits would still boost the income of the employed. In 2015 £5.5. billion was knocked off the universal credit budget by George osbourne. These cuts were the benefits for people IN work and allowances for more than two children (so now we’ve adopted our version of the Chinese one child policy!) At this point Duncan smith resigned. Thefourpilotareasweresubjecttodelays,computerproblems,lackofstafftraining,andthreeareas reported catastrophic consequences for recipients. Councils, landlords and housing associations, all resulting in vast expenditure for all parties. For example, In Southwark average housing debt has gone from averaging £8.00 to £1,200. In Croydon the council has spent £3 million in payments to prevent homelessness. The roll out continues despite all relevant charities and interested parties asking for a pause and comes to North Dorset this month. DORSET NORTH A PRÈCIS OF UNIVERSAL CREDITby Diana Garner part one - history part two - uk history
  11. 11. part three - what is universal credit? UC is a one payment benefit which replaces the following benefits:- Income Support, Jobseekers Allowance, Employment & Support Allowance, Housing Benefit, Child Tax Credit, Working Tax Credit and eventually Pension Credit. It is a benefit to cut benefits. The median loss is £44.72 and gain 34p. It is DESIGNED to have a 6 week wait for money and during this time you have no paper work to show to any organizations that require payment .i.e. council tax or the utilities. THE MOST IMPORTANT THING IS THAT IT DOES NOT SEPARATE THE PAYMENT FOR HOUSING. This is the system that kept some veneer of civilization and security for people in the UK. This means that even if there is a short break in benefits it puts a person’s home at risk. It brings hundreds of thousands of people, if not millions into the U.C. system that maybe would just be claiming one thing like child tax credit or housing benefit. part four - the downside of universal credit WeareadoptingasystemfromtheUnitedStateswhichhastheworstsafetynetinthewesternWorld and which has largely been discredited. The separate payment of housing benefit has always been the gold standard in stopping homelessness in Britain. The 6 week wait is catastrophic as already stated. You cannot ask your landlord to wait for rent it’s a ridiculous idea as they possibly don’t even know you are on benefits and would chuck you out if they did. Council tax would take you straight to court. The roll out was to cost £2 billion and now is to cost £15 billion. It is costing councils thousands of pounds taking people to court for non-payment of council tax and rents ... and re-housing people that become homeless. It’s a no-win situation. This is massively discriminatory to woman if they are single and one parent families. 41% women 12 % men. (Ursula) There must surely be Human rights issues over the application being only on line when 10% people do not have computer access. Out of those that have internet access not all will have a working computer or have access to one. It’s a myth that you can go to a job centre. Also you cannot “save” as you go along and it is a very long form. Until this week it could be expensive to do it by phone. It’s easier to cut one benefit than several. Please don’t believe Theresa May’s constant retort that U.C. is getting people into work and unemployment is going down. People with much better brains than mine can’t get all the figures to match up. More likely, is that people are sofa surfing and going self-employed (drug dealing, eBay, a bit of this and a bit of that) or simply falling off the cliff. Diana Garner (North Dorset CLP) part three - what is universal credit? part four - the downside of universal credit?
  12. 12. WINNING IN DORSETby Richard Denton-White The crisp crackle of ballot papers being quickly thumbed and checked in their party political piles and the slight flush upon realisation that we can win this one. The long and drawn faces of the opposition with their startled ‘oh God I think Labour have won ….!’ Exclamatory expressions. It doesn’t happen often enough here in Dorset does it ? Yes, we’re good at talking to and listening to the public on the streets of Poole, Bridport, Blandford, Weymouth and Dorchester about Univer- sal Credit and the NHS and education cuts : but winning local government seats for Labour isn’t yet the ‘good habit’ it is in Leeds or South London. Why? The stock reply is well this is Dorset where voters vote Tory. There is an element of truth in that, but not enough to explain why Labour only have one Dorset County councillor and virtually nothing else. Certainly, voter apathy doesn’t help. In a recent Bridport Town Council by election, where we came second, only 22 % of the electorate actually caste their ballots! In other words 78% didn’t. Motivating non-voters to vote is the key to the Labour Party winning seats here in Dorset in the future. Undoubtedly, canvassing both telephone and ‘on the stump’ is crucial. We cannot expect to win simply by having a good candidate and putting out a few leaflets. Canvassing enables us to have an immediate point of actual contact with the local public, identifies where our vote is, to ‘knock up’ on polling day and gives people an opportunity to ‘have a go’ about their issues and ask questions about their concerns – be that bus services or parking or local school cuts or electing a Corbyn Government ‘next time’. Blandford Labour Party managed an impressive result a while back, getting to within 3 votes of beating the Tories. Their campaign was well organised and involved lots of canvassing. Respect. Canvass ‘Commando’ / Group The basic concept isn’t ‘rocket science’. A group of volunteers throughout Dorset willing to ‘bus themselves in’ wherever and whenever required at election time. For example to Christchurch for their current by election. CLP’s would recruit from their active members and there would be a Dorset Group co-ordinator from the Campaigns group. This Canvass Commando group would link in to local agents/ organisers and their local election campaigns. Each CLP and branch website and local secretaries would update members Dorset-wide to ensure that every activist knew where and when they were needed to help. We could also establish a fuel fund, with everyone chipping in a fiver or a tenner, to enable less well off activists to drive to the current election location. Dorset Labour ought to be able to form a Canvass Comman- do with say at least 30+ members. We have the manpower nationally, regionally and in this county. Winning away is always bound to be fun, getting to know each other’s home patch and discovering new ‘watering holes’ to visit in the future with family and friends ! What do you think folks? Richard Denton-White (West Dorset CLP) 01305-568171 / 07490-720602 DORSET WEST
  13. 13. TIME FOR LABOUR TO MAKE A BOLD STATEMENT ON SOCIAL CARE by Neil Duncan Jordan UNDERSTANDABLY, the Labour Party is proud of its historic and continuing support for the health service and its free at the point of delivery principle. Back in 1948, it was decided that health care would be provided by the newly created NHS and local authorities would be responsible for looking after people in the community. But times change, and what was adopted nearly 70 years ago is now no longer suitable. At the heart of the problem facing the care system is the false separation of medical care funded by the NHS through taxation and social care that is means-tested and provided largely by private companies in the community. Over the last 30 years there has been a systematic attempt to redefine illnesses affecting old age as “social” rather than “medical”; resulting in thousands of frail elderly people with complex health problems being removed from receiving free NHS medical care and moved into the community – either in their own home or in a residential home – to receive social care. This has led to the perverse situation whereby those suffering from Alzheimer’s disease are classed as need- ing social care rather than medical treat- ment,andiftheyhaveassetsofmorethan £23,250 (including property), find they are left to fund themselves. In the last seven years there have also been severe cuts to funding, whilst de- mand has been growing and local coun- cils have been forced to ration services and reduce the number of people receiv- ing support. Inevitably this puts pressure on unpaid family carers – many of which are themselves old and suffering from long-term illnesses. Alongside the problems of funding, there are also widespread concerns surrounding the standards and quality of care services such as the ‘flying’ 15 minute visits, the training, remuneration and employment conditions of the care workforce and the lack of a robust and effective regulation and monitoring of care providers. The BBC also recently reported that around 5000 care homes – a quarter of all establishments - were at risk of closure because they carry too much debt. According to The Centre for Research on Socio- CulturalChange(CRESC),manylargecarehomechainsarerifewithdubiousfinancialengineering, tax avoidance and complex business models that shift risk and costs from care home owners to staff, thestateandprivatepayers.Forexample,whenFourSeasonswentbust,itwaspurchasedbyprivate equity firm Terra Firma and now consists of 185 companies registered in numerous jurisdictions, including multiple tax havens. And care home costs are not cheap. The average charge is around £800-£1000 a week and one million families have been forced to sell their homes in the past five years in order to meet the cost of paying for residential care. Given these very serious and long-standing problems associated with the social care sector, it is damning that successive governments have been unable or unwilling to tackle them. Following the POOLE
  14. 14. 2017 general election, the government promised a Green paper consultation on this issue – but this represents the 12th such review in tenyears. Everyone knows what the problems are – what is missing is the willingness to do something about it. It’s clear we need a new model for social care – one that shares the cost across society as a whole and which can improve access to services, raise standards and introduce better terms and condi- tions for care staff. In short we need a National Care Service that provides care to all in need, which is free at the point of delivery and funded through taxation. The general public, those involved in the care sector and older people and their families are way ahead of the politicians on this issue. They know the current system isn’t working and more of the same just isn’t going to solve anything. A recent survey by Ipsos Mori found that 58% of people thought the additional rate of tax should rise from 45p to 50p and half backed a raise of 1p in the basic rate so that social care could be properly funded. Whilst we acknowledge the many challenges a future Labour government would face – politics has always been about priorities, and how we care for our most vulnerable members of society is a mark of how civlised and compassionate we are. Yes a National Care Service would be complicated – but certainly not as complicated as the existing mind boggling system which ill-informed families have to navigate without any assistance. Labour needs to be much bolder on what is one of the greatest challenges society faces. And for every week we delay taking action, older people and their families are paying for the failure of the private sector and the state’s inability to take responsibility for what should be part of our wider welfare state. Neil Duncan-Jordan (Poole CLP) Andy Proctor is the Communications Officer for Poole CLP, responsible for social media and liaison with the press. Poole Labour regularly reached over 20,000 people with individual posts on Facebook during the 2017 General Election. Katie Taylor is the Chair of Poole Labour and was also the General Election candidate. Backed by a brilliant social media and street campaign she took Labour in to second place, adding 8,577 votes to the 2015 total. Andy Proctor is usually on the other side of the video camera but he was recently interviewed by politicial education offier for Poole, Peter Cooper. Watch the full interview by following this link Interview with Andy Proctor POOLE THE COMMUNCATIONS OFFICER FOR POOLE CLP
  15. 15. What was once seen as a basic human right has become, for many in the UK, an impossible dream. Safe, secure and adequate housing remains one of the fundamental necessities of life. In the UK, however, year after year rents rise further, housing prices surge and poor quality housing persists. In fact, the housing crisis has become so dire that some are arguing that the UK government’s failure to provide adequate housing amounts to a violation of human rights1 . How a safe secure home became an elusive dream for many is multifaceted, but stagnating wages,commodificationofhousing,lackofsocialhousinginvestment,depletionofexisting social housing stock, excluding 18-21 year olds from housing benefit, benefit freezes and are all primary factors. Take Poole, for instance. The average value of a property in Poole is £353,7732 while the average household income for all of Poole is £32,8003 , making property in the area out of reach for the vast majority of prospective homeowners. With estate agents and property websites listing the average rent in Poole between £1,2254 and £1,326 pcm5 , the average rent far exceeds the 30% of household income most charities and organizations agree can be sustainably allocated to housing costs. At the aforementioned average rents, the typical Poole household would look at spending between 44.8% and 48.5% of income on rent alone, council tax and other household related expenses notwithstanding. Furthermore, over a period of five years property prices have risen by a staggering 31.8% and rents have risen 9.1% on average3 . Meanwhile, the public sector pay cap persists and real wages have fallen, on average, by 0.4% across the UK6 . Most charities and think tanks estimate that 250,000-300,000 homes would have to be built every year to keep up with demand7 . However, instead of striving to meet demand, private building firms are sitting on completely useable land, waiting for higher appreciation to occur in order to maximize profits. The Guardian estimates that 600,000 plots of land with approved planning permission are currently sitting empty around the UK. The commodification of housing has reached a fever pitch, with some properties being traded several times be- fore completion8 , leading to skyrocketing house prices. Foreign investment, led by wealthy investors with income and savings that far outstrip local wages further exacerbates housing affordability issues in the UK and around the world. Some of these homes will be left vacant as invest- ments, with over 635,000 homes across the UK currently sitting empty9 . All this remains deeply unsettling, when there are an estimated 295,652 people currently homeless across the UK with Crisis predicting that this figure could rise as high as 575,000 by 2041 if government intervention does not occur10 . Just How Bad is the UK’s Housing Crisis? POOLE
  16. 16. Despite the evident failure of private companies to build enough homes to ease the housing crisis, social housing starts are stagnating, with initiatives such as the Right to Buy further depleting already low council housing stock6 . In 2016-17 there were only 5,380 social rent housing starts completed11 . This leaves the majority of renters at the behest of the insecure private rental sector. As rent in the private sector becomes more and more unaffordable, the spectre of homelessness looms over more families than ever before. Homeless- ness has risen by 34% under the Conservatives with “60 per cent increase in the number of families being housed in insecure temporary accommodation” such as bed and breakfasts, often one room dwellings with shared facilities. Homelessness figures rise to 58% for BAME families12 . In addition to unaffordable rents and insecure tenancies, the threat of homelessness is exacerbated by the freeze on housing benefit and the denial of housing benefit for those aged 18-21. Even within the social housing sector the Independent notes “a huge rise in the number of people being made homeless as a result of losing their social home. In the past 12 months, 4,010 families were declared homeless after losing a home rentedinthesocialsector–a56percentincreaseinsixyears.Thenumberofcouncilhomes in the UK has fallen by 165,000 since 2010 alone, with almost a third having been sold to private owners under the Right to Buy scheme.”9 Furthermore, the quality of existing housing stock is so poor that the Building Research Establishment estimates that health problems stemming from inadequate housing issues such as damp and cold cost the NHS approximately £600 million a year13 . The time is long overdue for us as a society to re-evaluate our attitudes towards housing. Having a secure home is a basic human right. It improves outcomes across every social and economic measure, therefore, as a matter of urgency we must pull back from the current crisis we are in to provide homes for all. In subsequent articles we will explain how Labour, both nationally and here in Poole aim to achieve this once we are in Government. 1. 2. Updated August 24, 2017. 3. Alderney Ward Profile, p. 4, Borough of Poole, 2016. 4. Average rent in Poole”, Silver Birch Estate Agents 5. Poole Market Rent Summary. 6. 7 8 9 10 11 Affordable_Housing_Supply_2016-17.pdf 12 temporary-accommodation-bb-a7803166.html 13 POOLE & Sarah Ward (Poole CLP) by Colleen Crawford (Poole CLP)
  17. 17. THE title of this piece will probably ring a bell; it was the campaign slogan of Hillary Clinton in the most recent US Election race. Whilst we all know how that turned out, when you Google ‘Stronger Together’ a whole host of other uses show up, and almost exclu- sively describe community projects or ideas where groups of people are encouraged to come together to become more than the sum of their parts. Dorset is blue. Blue because we are dominated by our Tory masters, and blue because we are not happy about it. Jeremy Corbyn pulled off an election result in June this year that literally no one thought possible. Instead of wiping Labour from political power forever as Theresa May hoped, Corbyn brought the Govern- ment to their knees, and he did it by enabling people to work together. People instinctively want to be a part of something where they feel enabled and en- gaged, and with a movement of over half a million peoplenow,thisiswhatCorbynseekstoachievewith the Party. Butwearetheforgottenlands. WehavenoLabourMPsinDorset. WehaveoneCountyCouncillor, and aside from Weymouth and Portland, we have no representation in Dorset. We have no one to look up to, no one to bring us together, and no one to tell us everything is going to be ok. So we’re going to have to do it ourselves. Our CLPs are diverse, and we have some wonderfully active members who I’ve personally had the pleasure of meeting, ready to give their time, knowledge, skills and effort for the good of the Party and their communities, but we also face issues. For example, a coffee morning recently run by Bournemouth with a membership of well over 1500 people, saw less than 20 people in attendance, and a leafleting session in Christchurch had only two people turn up. We are not going to win ‘hearts and minds’ like this, despite everyone’s best efforts. So what’s the answer? As an ex-Police Officer, it always used to frustrate me that at the County border there was always an invisible wall. No one wanted to go beyond it, no one was interested what was happening on the other side, and no one was prepared to spend any time or resources in finding out. I say that we must have a different outlook, and to increase our chances of success here in Dorset we must work in collaboration with each other far more than we currently seem to. I’m sure there are many ideas people have on how this could work, or specific events that would benefit greatly from this way of work- ing, social events for example, the ‘Red Review’ planned by members in Poole next year springs to mind, or imagine how useful a strong fundraising evening would be to a smaller CLP like Christchurch where funds will always be tight? How about campaigns? We are on the verge of a Council Christchurch, Bournemouth and Poole, and a rural Council covering the rest of Dorset, but as far as I’m aware no talks Andy Dunne leafletting in Christchurch CHRISTCHURCH STRONGER TOGETHER by Andy Dunne
  18. 18. have been held between CLPs, and we have not formed a coherent position or campaign plan, despite it being the largest structural change across our County in recent times. I don’t mean any of this as a criticism, and am not looking at ‘calling anyone out’, (I’m a member for Christchurch CLP so my examples naturally come from this side of Dorset) but just wonder could wemoreeffectivelypoolourtalentstothebenefitoftheentireCounty,ratherthanusalltoilingaway in grand isolation, all trying to come up with the same ideas and working towards the same goals? I believe the Dorset Campaign Forum could provide some of the answers to these questions, and certainly some structure, but it will also require the buy-in of every BLP/CLP across our County (and beyond!)tomakecollaborativeworkingsucceed. Justimaginehowmuchmoreusefulacanvassing session would be with double the number of volunteers knocking those doors, or a street stall campaign day where you can have a presence in several towns across your CLP in a real show of strength. Dorsetisblue. Itisuptoustoputasmilebackonitsface. Ihavehopethatwecandothisbyworking more closely together across our natural boundaries, across the CLPs, and across Dorset. We are stronger together. Andy Dunne (Christchurch CLP) Christchurch Labour Party HOW HAS YOUR LOCAL MP VOTED ON ANY ISSUE? By far, the best and most comprehensive website covering votes in both the House of Commons and the House of Lords is Public Whip. It is an amazing website and it will be invaluableinfightingthenextGeneralElection.Ittakessomenavigatingbutitiswellworth your time and effort to uncover the true horror of how your local MP has voted. VISIT
  19. 19. LINKS SENT IN BY MEMBERS Anne Rey (Bournemouth's only Independent Councillor) stood down on the 15th November paving the way for a new by-election. She represented the Throop and Muscliff ward. Two signed elector notices have already been received at Democratic Servces requesting that an election be held. The Notice of Election will be published on Monday 11th December and nominations will open on Tuesday 12th December 2017, between 10am and4pmworkingdays,until4pmonTuesday19th December 2017. It looks like Bournemouth have already found their Labour candidate for the seat so this gives us all an opportunity to help lay thefoundationsforagoodshotatgettingaLabour MP elected in Dorset. Both Bournemouth East and Bournemouth West have been chosen as target seats for the next General Election. BOURNEMOUTH BY-ELECTION BOURNEMOUTHEAST & WEST Landlord Councillors (The Guardian - 20/11/2017) The Tories Created Two-Thirds of the UK's National Debt (Tax Research UK - 27/11/2017) Seven Nation Corbyn (Oh Jeremy Corbyn) (Youtube) Gordon Brown says the Americans knew Saddam did not have WMD (Youtube) Operation Gladio - Sibel Edmonds (Youtube)
  20. 20. THE greatest achievement of Jeremy Corbyn in the recent General Election was to inspire and engage young people. To give them a sense of being listened to and respected within politics. Now Labour has to build on that goodwill and display an understanding of what’s important to young people in its Campaigning. Fair wages, training and career opportunities are fundamental to life chances. The recent story in the Dorset Echo about Weymouth and Portland’s desperately low wages, a reality shared Dorset wide, and the Observer article outlining the exploitative practices within the ‘gig’ economy should put challenging low wages at the centre of our campaigning. Young people are justifiably angry, not just at the low minimum wage (£ 5.60 for 18-20 year olds and £3.50 for apprentices), but with all the other features of working within a local economy that is rooted in hospitably and service industries. Not knowing your hours for next week (how can you budget ?), poor training and managers pocketing tips that ought to go to the young people creating the wealth of local businesses. The problem is enabling young people to challenge poor employers. There is an ACAS help line (0300-123-1100) and referring their individual cases to HMRC to pursue, (on their website they list 233 companies that don’t even achieve paying the minimum wage.) These procedures can be illuminated by local CAB’s, but they’re not always easy when you’re trying to earn enough to pay your bills. Local trade unions have a key role to play in challenging employers, including the more recently formedIndependentWorkers UnionofGreatBritain(IWGB,)butthisinworkenvironmentshostile tounionisation.CLP’sshouldbeoutonthestreetswithliteraturetodiscusstheissueswiththepublic and to embarrass local poor paying businesses. I would additionally like to see Constituency parties agree a point of contact (telephone/ email) so young people can raise their individual work circum- stances. Maybe this might be the youth officer. Labour must see campaigning for fair local wages as a priority. Richard Denton-White (West Dorset CLP) Low wages, the ‘gig’ economy and young people by Richard Denton-White DORSET WEST DESKTOP PUBLISING for £17.99 If you're interested in helping Dorset Labour to design posters, leaflets and social media memes then there is a brilliant and cheap graphics package for Mac users called iStudio Publisher. It's only £17.99 for a lifetime license which is incredible value. If we can get a team of people across Dorset together proficient in using software like this we can start to help CLPs and branches become more visible in their community. CLICK HERE FOR A FREE TRIAL
  21. 21. TOLPUDDLE & DORSET by Pippa Shillington It is so disappointing that the county of the Tolpuddle Martyrs is run entirely by Conserva- tives (MPs and Councillors). We have lost our proud trade union and labour heritage. Are people really happy to see the country run indefinitely in the interests of the rich and powerful? We shouldn't have to go round on polling day trying to persuade "Labour voters" to bother to turn out. Look what happened in the recent Blandford Council by-election - lost to the Tories by THREE votes! All 5000 Labour Party members in the county need to help keep the Labour alternative at the forefront of people's minds. We can and must honour the memory of the Tolpuddle Martyrs by showing the Tories that they DON'T OWN DORSET! Pippa Shillington (North Dorset CLP) TULO (Trade Union Liaison Officer) DORSET NORTH Solomon Hughes, writing in the Morning Star (24 Nov. 2017), reveals that two newly- elected Tory MPs, Alex Burghart (Brentwood & Ongar) and Leo Docherty (Aldershot) have joined Simon Hoare MP for NORTH DOREST "on a £7,800 per person five-day trip in September to the Saudi capital of Riyadh, paid for by the Saudi sheikhs. This was Hoare's second Saudi visit this year. He went on a "fact finding" mission funded by the sheikdom in April." They met, amongothers,twoprominentSaudislinkedtoSaudiAmarco,the oil corporation that the Saudis are hoping to launch on the London Stock Exchange. Both of these men have since been arrested as part of the sheikdom's 'anti-corruption' purge. Just thought Simon Hoare's constituents ought to know. SAUDI ARABIA & DORSET by Pippa Shillington DORSET NORTH
  22. 22. BOOK REVIEW by Rory Mackay “How Politics Makes Us Sick” by Ted Schrecker & Clare Bambra - First published by Palgrave Macmillan 2015 YOU'RE probably thinking that this book can't possibly appeal to Labour Party members. You'd be wrong. It is subtitled “Neoliberal Epidemics”, which gives a hint of its true colours. It is in fact a hard-hitting analysis and critique of public health under the neoliberal economic ideology which has dominated government decisions since 1979. It is a fascinating book written by two experts in the field of public health, both of whom are professors at Durham University. It can be argued that not much is new about 'neo'liberal economics, which finds its roots in the laissez-faire liberalism of the 17th and 18th centuries. The role of government then was largely to make the world safe and predictable for participants in a market economy. In the present day, neoliberalism is still about supporting free markets, regarding them as preferable because they maximise freedom of choice and achieve economically efficient ie. least (private) cost outcomes. According to this way of thinking, the primary function of government is to create conditions in which markets flourish, whether by shrinking the presence of government in the economy in order to clear the way for the market, or by using state power to extend the spread of the market. What this has meant for the welfare state and for public health provision in Britain is that, over the past four decades, there has been a transition away from the hey-day of the welfare state which was reached in the post-Second World war era. Since 1979 'reforms' have led to the privatisation & marketisation of welfare services; entitlement restrictions & increasing qualifying conditions for benefits have been imposed; there has been a marked shift towards targetting & means testing; and the cash value of benefits has been cut or only increased to a limited extent. The underlying neoliberal purpose has been to shift collective responsibility for ill-health or unemployment from the state on to the shoulders of the citizen. People are increasingly expected to take personal responsibility for overcoming their own difficulties, whether by insuring privately against ill-health or by making themselves available for any form of paid work. The labels “scroungers” or “welfare cheats” are slapped on those who need state support. What consequences has the ongoing trend towards neoliberal solutions had for public health? The authors look at four public health issues: obesity, insecurity, austerity, inequality. There has been a long-term trend increase in obesity. Shrecker & Bambra know that the causes of obesity are many and varied, but they regard neoliberalism as an important background influence which raises the likelihood of large numbers of people becoming obese. They point, for example, to welfare policies which make it increasingly difficult for recipients to afford a healthy diet. They are also critical of the role of large transnational corporations in encouraging unhealthy MID DORSET & NORTH POOLE
  23. 23. consumption of high fat, high sugar processed foods. Neoliberalism has recently come to be more and more associated with economic insecurity, as evidenced by increasing numbers of employees on zero-hour contracts. This is just one aspect of labour market change in recent times. Other features, such as the loss of manufacturing employ- ment to low wage economies, have been of longer duration. Cumulatively, these developments have greatly reduced the security of work in the UK and other developed economies. With work insecurity comes stress, both financial & psychological, and an increased probability of ill-health. Unsurprisingly, the UK & US perform worse on this dimension than do most west European countries, particularly the Scandinavian ones. The chapter on austerity is a particularly good one. The authors describe the financial crisis of 2008 as the impetus (or perhaps the pretext) for austerity. How right they are! Stabilisation measures were necessary to mitigate the effects of the crash, of course, but Britain's neoliberal politi- cians spotted an opportunity to impose austerity and were not shy of using it. Take a bow George Osborne!. Shrecker & Bambra are dismissive of Cameron's mantra that “we're all in it together” and demonstrate conclu- sively how the greatest burden fell on the weakest shoulders. The result hasbeenthatpovertyhasrisensubstantiallyduringtheausterityyears,and this has contributed to a knock-on deterioration in public health. The fourth “epidemic” Shrecker & Bambra consider is that of economic inequality. Again, the evidence of sharply increasing inequality is in- escapable, paticularly in the US and UK. An OECD report of 2011 con- cluded that much of the growth in inequality was related to increasing inequality in wages & salaries. It concluded that “reforming tax & benefit policies is the most direct and powerful instrument for increasing redistributive effects.” As Labour people, we know that to be an incontrovertible truth. It is a good note on which to end this review of a book which offers as biting a critique of neoliberal economics & politics as you could wish to find. The book makes excellent reading. Rory Mackay (Mid Dorset & North Poole CLP) SENDING A LARGE FILE TO SOMEONE FOR FREE Have you got a large file that you want to send to someone but are worried that you might clog up their inbox? If so then take the worry away by sending files up to 2GB in size (for free) using wetransfer. Click on the box on the right or go to: https://wetransfer Select 'Take Me To Free' Click 'I agree' Add your file or files Add your and the recipients email address Click 'Transfer'
  24. 24. BRIGHTON 2017 The new film about Dennis Skinner (The Nature of the Beast) was shown during this years Labour Conference in Brighton. Dorset Labour were there to record the Q&A that took place immediately after the screening. Click here to hear Dennis sing and talk about a few of his favourite things. listen Ken Loach Paul Mason Paul Mason interview John McDonnell Daniel Harris Ann Pettifor Jon Lansman Chris Williamson Why pundits don't understand politics Technology & Post Capitalism The FIX - Corbyn, McDonnell & Mason Chunky Mark at The World Transformed Jeremy Corbyn John McDonnell Dennis Skinner Keir Starmer Angela Rayner Rebecca Long Bailey Ian McNicol John Ashworth Naomi Klein Sadiq Khan Tom Watson Diane Abbott Emily Thornberry SPEECHES WORLD TRANSFORMED Dennis - Conference Dennis Skinner on PR Dennis Skinner on Brexit Dennis Skinner on Thatcher Dennis Skinner vs Dodgy Dave Dennis Skinner on Royal Expenses Dennis Skinner on the NHS vs UKIP Dennis Skinner schools a journalist - "You're Fired" LINKS Follow the links below
  25. 25. ADVANCE NOTICE OF AN EXCITING FUTURE EVENT MID DORSET & NORTH POOLE NEW DENNIS SKINNER FILM WAREHAM - 20th January Wareham, Upton & Lytchett Branch will be hosting a showing of the film The Nature of the Beast, a highly acclaimed documentary on the life and times of veteran Labour MP Dennis Skinner, affectionately nicknamed “The Beast of Bolsover”becauseofhisfieryandpassionatedefenceofworkingpeople’sinterests and rights over the years. This will be a Saturday afternoon showing at the Rex cinema in Wareham on 20th January 2018. Doors will open at 2.30pm for a 3pm showing. Members and non-members welcome. Tickets will cost £7 each. We may be able to offer concessions for 18s and under if we can sell enough tickets! For further details and to pre-book seats please contact Lee Mouatt via phone (07850 421087) or email ( OUR SCREEN is an amazing concept and the company have recently signed a deal with the Odeon in Bournemouth. You choose a cinema, choose a film and choose the time you'd like to watch and just hope that at least 40 or so other people turn up. You can also book to watch the film at your own private function which might provide a good opportunity for Social Events Officers to organise film nights. click on the logo
  26. 26. The atmosphere was electric in Brighton. The streets were alive with talk of change as old and new ideas were shared and synthesised in a process that helps form party policy. As I sat shoulder to shoulder with some of the biggest names in British politics, I realised something, people are the essence of Labour. Rich or poor, young or old, here together we dare to dream, and here we have a voice. It is the sound of progress, and it speaks of the many, not the few. As a result of being a part of the conference, I experienced a sense of purpose, and a sense of being a part of something greater than myself. GEORGE HOLDEN - South Dorset CLP Youth Officer "Conference was simply incredible. To be in the same rooms and buildings and chatting away with some the Labour Party's most prestigious MPs, MEPs and politicians was very overwhelming, but fantastic at the same time. I was able to speak to some of my idols about both everyday life and some complex political issues. The atmosphere was something else. Brighton seafront was filled with dedicated members of the Labour Party all seeking to learn new things to pass back to their respective constituencies or implement into their job roles.” He added that he is absolutely certain that the Labour Party annual Conference 2017 was the first of many such exciting conferences to come. "Till next year!" LOUIS HANKIN - South Dorset CLP Youth Officer The Conference Arrangements Committee (CAC) took a long time to decide about whether to accepttheemergencyresolutionstheyhadreceived.FourDorsetCLPs,includingus,hadsubmitted resolutions regarding the Clinical Commissioning Group’s (CCG) decisions of 20th September. I had a pretty stressful time of it, as I was told on Sunday that, if ours was accepted, it would be too late for compositing, so it would 'stand alone,' i.e., I would have to present it to Conference for a vote on Tuesday. So I spent a while on Monday writing a proposal. I then found out on Monday evening that it had not been accepted. I re-wrote the proposal on Tuesday morning into one in support of the excellent NHS composite motion. The CAC did offer to meet to discuss their decision not to accept our resolution; however, the time they offered was during the very short NHS debate on Tuesday. As the CAC made it clear there was no prospect of them changing their minds, I decided to try and speak in the NHS debate instead. However I was not chosen to speak in the debate. I did speak at the NHS/Social Care Policy Meeting on Wednesday morning, mainly because our SDCLP Chair MollieCollinstoldtheMeetingChairoffforignoringme(!)Imadethepointthatendingprivatisation and cuts was not enough and that Labour would need to look at restoring provision, as we needed three A&E and Maternity departments in Dorset both geographically to save lives, and to cope with demand. I said Dorset County A&E currently sees 47,000 pa but was built to see 28,000, and that Poole sees 66,000, of whom 36,000 are admitted. Where will all these people go?” She shared these links for further information. DEBBY MONKHOUSE - Swanage & Rural Purbeck Branch Secretary SOUTH DORSET DORSET SOUTH IN BRIGHTON Delegate reports from one of the best Labour conferences in years.
  27. 27. `Shock result as UK election returns hung parliament’, the Guardian read There was another shock in the wake of the General Election; it came in the form of the Youth vote. Corbyn and the Labour Party as a whole revelled as a surge in support from the younger voter, coordinated by social media, helped deliver crucial results across the country. Suddenly age became the key predictor in voting intention, the relationship was clear, the younger you are the more likely you are to vote labour. The youth were energised and what’s more they turned out to vote! Membership numbers swelled in the wake of this support, but looking around branch and constituency meetings, it would be easy to think nothing had changed. Where are these young people and how do we get them to take that extra step, how do we get them engaged in regular party activity? I believe the answer lies in cross constituency collaboration. A ‘Task Force’ of 1-2 dedicated young members selected by and from each constituency, via social media, with tangible goals set by the Dorset Campaign Forum. Their role would be to engage and orchestrate young members across Dorset, with the purpose of mobilising young members across the county to support in by- elections, street stalls and other activities. So how does this differ from the Youth Officers already elected? Firstly, activity wouldn’t be confined to the Constituency that each young member is in, but would be across the county as a whole. The newly created positions would give Youth Officers, and young members who currently don’t have an active role within the party, something to get stuck into, as well as offering an all important sense of belonging and purpose. This melting pot of un-tapped talent could provide a network of support, not just for our younger members, but also for the party as a whole. George Holden (Dorset South CLP) SOUTH DORSET by George Holden
  28. 28. Therewereweresome1,800firesfromfaultyapplianceslastyear-quitestaggeringisn'tit,innocent looking appliance that can can smoulder and burst into flames. And all the worse appliance fires the source of at least three major cladding fires in recent years most notably Lakanal House 2009 and Grenfell. On then to the cladding issue. I have put a lot of work into researching this over four months. Bottom line - all cladding types are clearly flammable (with the exception of rock or stone mineral wool types) but this is clearly not being accepted by government. As I have said repeatedly, undefined "fire retardant" is not fire safe non-combustible - and this is so critical on high rises with limited escape options. This is clearly understood in most of Europe and throughout the USA where all flammable types (albeit fire retardant) are banned. The only acceptable cladding is non-combustible materials. IhavetriedtakingthisupinPoolewhereIliveandintwomonthshavemadeabsolutelynoprogress. I have had statements back from the management company for our high rises that clearly do not understand fire spread classifications. Most regrettably I cannot even get a reply on the issue from our MP having asked three times to take the issue up with specific questions to the Minister. There needs to be a focus on faulty white goods and cladding. On a visit to one of our local high risestheotherdayIsawatumbledryerinactiononabalcony,ayardawayfromflammablecladding (Trespa Meteon - EU BSEN 13501 B s1 - UK class 0). The panels are "fire retardant" but the system with the same rated material in recent BRE testing (with phenolic foam) had to be stopped after 28 minutes with flames soaring above the test rig. All references to all aspect of the whole issue are below - and that includes the last link to the solution. Not very complex : flammable materials are flammable - you cannot make flammable panels safe by using fire barriers (check out over a dozen major world cladding fires). The solution, do not use flammable materials, use non-combustible (rock and stone mineral wool). All very well to have some fire retardant products in a home to some extent but not wrapping a whole high rise in some 12,000 square metres of flammable materials. 1 litre of any thermoplastic is more flammable than a litre of petrol - both of course petro-chemical products. Two excellent papers here explaining the fire risks and solutions to cladding fire safety : Bringing Clarity- written a year before Grenfell - as with all the many warnings over the years, the UK government refuses to take action. And so the case for Gross Neligence Manslaughter - imperilling people's lives in their own homes. Stone wool insulation Jeff Williams Poole GRENFELL
  29. 29. We now have a splendid School Cuts Banner – highlighting our Dorset against School Cuts campaign. Response from Swanage residents and parents – and the response from visitors – to the Petition has been very positive and supportive. Many signatories were very clearly joining up the dots … E-mail addresses of signatories are being transferred to the e-petition – and more and more people are signing daily! Our campaign is Dorset wide, so there are 8 Tory MPs set out on the digital strapline – Richard Drax, Michael Tomlinson, Christopher Chope, Simon Hoare, Robert Syms, Oliver Letwin, Connor Burns and Tobias Ellwood. Our Dorset against School Cuts Face Book and Twitter Pages are up and running and growing. A wide range of posts and updates are posted daily. On Tuesday 24 October, Swanage and Wareham comrades attended the National Day of Action in London and joined in the mass lobbying event. We heard Education Professionals and Vince Cable and John McDonnell speak in the Emmanuel Centre. We bearded Michael Tomlinson in the Central Lobby. We were told that Richard Drax had been attending his father’s memorial service in Dorset. Tomlinson emerged from a debate being held on Universal Credit, which he defended – he cast doubt on the School Cut Website figures, despite being told they had been upheld by the IFS. It was pointed out to him also that several hundreds of thousands of voters had changed their allegiance as a result of Conservative Education Policies and under funding. Letters of support have been received from local headteachers, expressing concern about the cuts, and outlining their adverse consequences. Campaigning against school cuts in Swanage is now ongoing. We urge other branches to join with us. WeplantohaveastalloutsideBarlcaysBankonSaturday(everyfortnightfrom9thDecember2017) from 10.30am to 12.30pm. Come and join us! by Chris Brady (South Dorset CLP) SOUTH DORSET CAMPAIGN AGAINST SCHOOL CUTS by Chris Bradey
  30. 30. BOURNEMOUTH EAST BOURNEMOUTH WEST WEST DORSET CHRISTCHURCH NORTH DORSET POOLE SOUTH DORSET Your donation will be processed nationally and paid straight in to your local CLP bank account. DONATE TO A DORSET CLP SIGN THE PETITION AGAINST SCHOOL CUTS IN DORSET Click on the diagram. MID DORSET & NORTH POOLE DONATE TO YOUR CLP Click on the name of your CLP
  31. 31. POOLE