Author: Kensington Labour Party

CAMPAIGNING!

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

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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.

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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