South West Regional
NATIONAL CAMPAIGN DAY - BETTER OFF WITH LABOUR
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.
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!
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
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
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
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
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.
Luke Pollard MP
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-
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
Barry Gardiner’s assertion of ‘vassal state’ status for the UK if we stayed in the
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
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
Richard Denton-White (West Dorset CLP) firstname.lastname@example.org
01305-568171 / 07490-720602
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
The policy process including CLP motions
Local and national links with Trade Unions.
responses. In addition there will be a dedicated email address email@example.com
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
LABOUR PARTY DEMOCRACY REVIEW
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 Paul McHugh
articles, ideas and
dates for the diary to
Click on the links below left.
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) firstname.lastname@example.org
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
Palliative Care and Children's Services
LABOUR & THE NHS IN DORSET
MID DORSET &
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.
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
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
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) email@example.com
UPDATE by Debby Monkhouse
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
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.
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.
A PRÈCIS OF UNIVERSAL CREDITby Diana Garner
part one - history
part two - uk history
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
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) firstname.lastname@example.org
part three - what is universal credit?
part four - the downside of universal credit?
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.
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)
email@example.com 01305-568171 / 07490-720602
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
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-
£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
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-
tax avoidance and complex business models that shift risk and costs from care home owners to staff,
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
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
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
THE COMMUNCATIONS OFFICER FOR POOLE CLP
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
How a safe secure home became an elusive dream for many is multifaceted, but stagnating
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
while the average household income for all of Poole is
, 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
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
. 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
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-
, 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
. 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?
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
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.
2. https://www.zoopla.co.uk/house-prices/dorset/poole/ Updated August 24, 2017.
3. Alderney Ward Profile, p. 4, Borough of Poole, 2016.
4. Average rent in Poole”, Silver Birch Estate Agents http://silverbirchestateagents.com/index.php/2017/03/01/news-article-3/
5. Poole Market Rent Summary. http://www.home.co.uk/for_rent/poole/current_rents?location=poole
& Sarah Ward (Poole CLP)
by Colleen Crawford (Poole CLP) firstname.lastname@example.org
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
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
STRONGER TOGETHER by Andy Dunne
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
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
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
Dorsetisblue. Itisuptoustoputasmilebackonitsface. Ihavehopethatwecandothisbyworking
more closely together across our natural boundaries, across the CLPs, and across Dorset. We are
Andy Dunne (Christchurch CLP) email@example.com
Christchurch Labour Party
HOW HAS YOUR LOCAL MP
VOTED ON ANY ISSUE?
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Commons and the House of Lords is Public Whip. It is an amazing website and it will be
your time and effort to uncover the true horror of how your local MP has voted.
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
It looks like Bournemouth
have already found their Labour candidate for the
seat so this gives us all an opportunity to help lay
MP elected in Dorset.
Both Bournemouth East and Bournemouth West
have been chosen as target seats for the next
BOURNEMOUTHEAST & WEST
(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
Gordon Brown says the Americans knew Saddam did not have WMD
Operation Gladio - Sibel Edmonds
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
Local trade unions have a key role to play in challenging employers, including the more recently
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) firstname.lastname@example.org
Low wages, the ‘gig’ economy and young people
by Richard Denton-White
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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) email@example.com
TULO (Trade Union Liaison Officer)
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,
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
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
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 &
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
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) firstname.lastname@example.org
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The new film about
Dennis Skinner (The
Nature of the Beast) was
shown during this years
Labour Conference in
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
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Why pundits don't understand politics
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Chunky Mark at The World Transformed
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ADVANCE NOTICE OF AN EXCITING FUTURE EVENT
MID DORSET &
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
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 (email@example.com).
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
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
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
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
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
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
DEBBY MONKHOUSE - Swanage & Rural Purbeck Branch Secretary
DORSET SOUTH IN BRIGHTON
Delegate reports from one of the best Labour conferences in years.
`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
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
members across the
county to support in by-
elections, street stalls and
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
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) firstname.lastname@example.org
by George Holden
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
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.
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
(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
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
We now have a splendid School Cuts Banner – highlighting our Dorset against School Cuts
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
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
from 10.30am to 12.30pm. Come and join us!
by Chris Brady (South Dorset CLP) email@example.com
CAMPAIGN AGAINST SCHOOL CUTS
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