Author: Kensington Labour Party

CAMPAIGNING!

23.4.17

Kensington Labour hopes to have our candidate in place within ten days. In the meantime we are planning and have commenced local campaigning. If you wish to pledge your help, please email us on kensingtonlabour@gmail.com.

If you are unable to help on the doorstep but would like to support our General Election campaign, please donate via the ‘Fundraising and Donations’ tab above; every penny counts and any amount will be gratefully received.

 

20.4.17

19.4.17

Kensington Labour members and supporters – while we wait for confirmation of the General Election called by Theresa May, please check you are eligible to vote!

Everything you need to know about how to vote for the General Election (courtesy of the Mirror). Updates will be posted as they come in.

 

When is the General Election 2017?

Theresa May announced the snap General Election will be held on June 8.

The polling stations open at 7am and close at 10pm.

To vote you must be 18 or over on polling day in England and Wales and 16 or over in Scotland.

 

How do I register to vote?

Visit gov.uk/register-to-vote and fill in 11 questions.

They include your name, address, National Insurance number and whether you want a postal vote.

There’s not much else you need to fill in.

 

How long does it take?

About 5 minutes if you’re not too speedy on a computer. Less if you have a quick mouse hand.

 

When is the deadline?

While an election has not yet officially been called, it is likely you must register by midnight on Monday 22 May.

If you want a postal proxy it is likely you must apply by Tuesday 23 May.

If you want a different type of proxy vote (someone to vote for you), it is likely you must apply by Wednesday 31 May.

For an emergency proxy vote, for example if you end up in hospital, it’s 5pm on the day of the election.

 

How do I find out if I’m on the register?

To be sure you have to check with your local electoral registration office. Pop your postcode into AboutMyVote.co.uk to find out where that is (for Kensington and Chelsea email: elect@rbkc.gov.uk, or call 020 7361 3444).

But unless you’ve moved house, if you were registered for the EU referendum you should still be registered now.

If you weren’t registered for the EU referendum you almost certainly won’t be registered now.

 

How does postal voting work?

If you can’t get to your polling station on June 8, you can apply for a postal vote.

They’ll send a ballot paper out to any address you choose – even overseas.

You just need to fill it in, choose which way you want to vote and send it back so it arrives before 10pm on the day of the election.

All the instructions are on the ballot paper.

 

How do I register to vote by post?

You need to download the form here , print it, fill it in, sign it and post it back to your local electoral registration office.

Where is my local electoral registration office?

Just put your postcode into the search at AboutMyVote.co.uk and it’ll tell you who to get in touch with.

 

What about proxy voting?

This means if you’re unable to go to the polling station for medical emergencies, occupation, service, employment or disability – then you can get someone to do it for you.

You can apply for an emergency proxy vote up to 5pm on polling day.

 

How do I vote by proxy?

You must give a reason why you need to vote by proxy and may need a qualified person to sign your application.

You may be able to deliver the form by hand or send a scan of the completed and signed form via email to your local authority.

The person you nominate must then vote in person for you. (For Kensington and Chelsea, email elect@rbkc.gov.uk or call 020 7361 3444)

 

Who can vote for me?

Any person you appoint if they are 18 or over and are registered individually.

A person cannot be a proxy for more than two people at one election, unless they are a close relative.

Close relatives are the spouse, civil partner, parent, grandparent, brother, sister, child or grandchild of the applicant.

 

What about voting in person, how does that work?

When you arrive at the polling station, there will be people sitting at a desk with a copy of the electoral register.

If you have it with you, you can give them your polling card. Otherwise you can just give them your name and address and they’ll check it against the list.

 

Can I vote without my polling card?

Yes. You don’t need to take your polling card with you to vote – it might speed the process up a little, but you can vote without it.

 

Where do I go to vote?

The location of your polling station will be written on your polling card.

If you’ve lost it, don’t worry. You can find out where you have to go by contacting your local election office.

 

11.2.17

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Following on from our very successful CLP AMM on 23 January, when we heard presentations from a number of local campaign groups (photo above), members have been asking how they can contact the groups and get involved.

Facebook sites as follows, click to link:

Westway23

RAP23

Save North Kensington Library

Save Wornington College

Save Westway Stables

 

22.1.17

Campaigning composite

To all members and supporters of the Labour Party in Kensington:

  • campaigning has started in earnest, we are out in various locations every week at different times
  • we also meet in groups to attend marches and protests together
  • from now onwards all our campaigning dates will be posted on the ‘Campaigning’ pages, just click the link above

PLEASE SEND US YOUR PHOTOS SO WE CAN POST THEM UP TO ENCOURAGE NEW MEMBERS AND ACTIVISTS TO JOIN US.

If you wish to be kept informed of regular campaign events, write to:

kensingtonlabour@gmail.com, subject line ‘YES I WANT TO CAMPAIGN’

You can also keep up to date via our Facebook page, Kensington Labour.

See you on the campaign trail soon!

 

COUNCIL SELECTION PROCESS BEGINS

 

 

Labour Leadership election – volunteer!

Corbyn for Leader

September 2015  Here we go again! Let’s make it a double in 2016

HOW TO VOLUNTEER

Some members have been asking how they can help in the campaign to re-elect Jeremy Corbyn as Labour Leader. Kensington Labour is not running an active campaign over August – despite our hugely increased membership (from 300 to 1500 in 18 months) we are still a small team at present who need a break like everyone else.

However there are two ways you can help over the summer:

Volunteer via JeremyforLabour – http://www.jeremyforlabour.com/volunteer

Run a phone bank from home – https://call.jeremyforlabour.com/

If you’d like to join the Kensington Labour team of volunteers, email us on http://kensingtonlabour@gmail.com and we will add you to the list for our next campaign.

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On Monday 25 July, in accordance with Labour Party rules, Kensington CLP held a meeting to debate and select our nomination for Leadership candidate. The meeting was polite, respectful and comradely, Kensington members applauding speeches made for both candidates. The result is below, and repeats our nomination this time last year – Kensington Labour voted overwhelmingly to support our democratically elected Leader, Jeremy Corbyn MP.

CLP Leader nom votes

All eligible members will also vote individually; ballot papers should be with you in a couple of weeks.

YOUR VOTES – WE’RE CONFUSED TOO!

NEC RULING ON WHO CAN VOTE

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Here is the link to join as a £25 registered voter and be able to vote for Leader, you have until 5pm today. It may take a few times to get through as the website keeps crashing! https://donate.labour.org.uk/leadership/1

This is the position as we understand it at 19.7.16; we will post updates as we receive them.

Please check for yourself before you take any action as advice is changing by the hour, and we’re confused too!

  • To vote in the NEC elections (see below) you need to have joined the Labour Party before 24 June.
  • To vote in the Leadership election you need to have joined before 12 January; this was decided at the NEC meeting on 12 July. There may be legal challenges to this ruling as the Labour Party has been encouraging people to join ‘to vote in the Leadership election’ with no reference to cut-off dates.
  • Existing registered members (£3 members) will need to re-register if they wish to vote in the Leadership elections, as this form of membership only lasted six months. They can only do this in the 48 hours between 18 and 20 July; we believe this is from 5pm Monday to 5pm Wednesday, but have conflicting information! This will now cost £25, which is about half the cost of full membership (but still a lot of money, we know).
  • ‘New’ people can also join as £25 registered members in this 24 hour window.
  • If you joined the party as a full members since 12 January you are able to re-join as registered members to vote in the Leadership election – there has been no ruling to date stating that you cannot.

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WHY MEMBERS MUST VOTE IN THE NEC ELECTIONS

The National Executive Committee agrees rule and policy changes for the Labour Party. Membership of the NEC is crucial to enable the party to grow and shape itself according to the needs and wishes of Labour Party members.

Kensington CLP voted overwhelming to support Jeremy Corbyn as our Leader in July 2015, and members tell us that they will continue to support him and his socialist policies.

All members will be receiving voting packs to vote by post or online. Please read this carefully. We are inviting our many Corbyn supporters to vote for these members:

NEC 1 NEC 2 NEC 3

 

KENSINGTON LABOUR AFFILIATES TO REPUBLIC AND CND

At a packed Annual General Meeting on Monday 22 Feb, members of Kensington Labour Party voted by a large majority to affiliate to the organisation Republic, who are campaigning for a democratic alternative to the monarchy.

Membership of the local Labour party has quadrupled since this time last year, and new members are keen to take a stand on controversial issues.

Last September party vice-chair Emma Dent Coad was delegate to the Labour Party Conference. CLP members had agreed two Motions, one to stop Trident renewal and the other to ‘Stop Taxpayer Funding of the Monarchy’. This Motion demanded an end to the taxpayers’ subsidy of a family with several members residing in Kensington. Emma says: ‘When many low-income families in the borough are struggling to pay their bills including tax, it is perverse to continue subsidising the extravagant lifestyle of those who are already financially secure and well housed – and who are exempted from paying tax themselves. It is estimated that £334m a year could be saved by ceasing these payments.’

In the event it was the Trident Motion that was voted to go to Conference, and Kensington Labour have now also affiliated to Labour CND.

However this new link with Republic has given members renewed hope that one day a Motion could be taken to Conference to argue its case. Emma said: ‘In cost terms alone giving financial support of £334m/year to the monarchy cannot possibly be justified in a time of government cuts that are devastating our communities. I am delighted that we have finally agreed to take a stand by affiliating to Republic.’

CLP chair David Kear said: ‘We have yet another Royal celebration coming up, for which the taxpayer will be expected to pay. Several people have been outraged at the Palace’s ‘Clean for the Queen’ campaign. We pay Council Tax to have the streets cleaned, why pay double in cash and personal effort? The Royal family are a constant drain on resources, and here in the most unequal borough in Britain, we have four food banks feeding hard-pressed families. I’m glad Kensington Labour members are prepared to stand up and say “enough is enough”.’

SUCCESS FOR STAGE ONE OF PETITION FOR STEP-FREE TRANSPORT

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EXCITING NEWS!

18.01.16

The campaign teams were able to get the necessary 1,500 signatures to have this petition debated in Full Council. Well done everyone who went out in cold and rain to achieve this!

The debate will take place on Weds 27 January, in the Council Chamber, Town Hall Kensington. The meeting starts at 6.30pm and the debate comes reasonably early in the meeting.

PLEASE COME TO THE PUBLIC GALLERY AND SUPPORT OUR PETITIONERS AND COUNCILLORS SPEAKING ON THIS VITAL ISSUE!

If you have never attended a Full Council meeting before and seen your Councillors at work trying to impose some democracy … come to the Civic Desk (follow the sparkly lights) main reception and ask for directions to the Public Gallery.

Those will mobility issues will find there is level access available to the first floor, where you can sit at the back of the Council Chamber. ALL WELCOME!

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Kensington Labour has launched a petition to demand that the Council lobbies the Mayor of London for step-free access including lifts at tube stations. This had been agreed and budgeted by the previous Mayor Livingstone, but the current Mayor withdrew the funding.

You can access Hammersmith and City line via a lift at Paddington, but  you can’t get off at Westbourne Park, Ladbroke Grove or Latimer Road! We also have huge concerns at other busy stations such as Kensington High Street and South Kensington.

Please sign our petition before 6 January to persuade RBKC Council to lobby the Mayor for step-free transport:

 

CLICK FOR LINK TO PETITION