Rugby Labour Party held a Leadership Hustings last Saturday afternoon (25th July), at the Rugby Indian Centre in Edward Street, Rugby.
In the presence of 40 voting members, affiliates and registered Labour supporters, the hustings took place in two parts, to nominate a candidate for the next Leader and Deputy Labour Leader.
Although none of the leadership candidates were available to address the meeting in person, leading representatives joined the meeting to make the case for their chosen candidates. The Party was addressed by Shadow Attorney General, Lord Willy Bach (representing Andy Burnham), Birmingham Edgbaston MP Gisela Stuart (representing Liz Kendall), Birmingham Northfield MP Richard Burden (representing Yvette Cooper) and Darrel Cozens (Coventry Trades Council, representing Jeremy Corbyn).
An hour long presentation took place before Labour Party chairman Alan Webb put the question to the vote. After a nail-biting exhaustive ballot; the eventual winner was Jeremy Corbyn, narrowly pipping Andy Burnham into second place, although all candidates polled closely.
In the Deputy Leadership hustings, representatives for Tom Watson (Coventry City Councillor Bally Singh), Stella Creasy (Derbyshire Councillor Clare Neill) and Caroline Flint (Tom Railton, Parliamentary Assistant to Rochdale MP Simon Danczuk) presented their cases. Sadly no-one was available to speak for the other candidates, Ben Bradshaw and Angela Eagle. Again, the decision was close, but the eventual winner was Caroline Flint.
These nominations will be added to the vast numbers of other constituency parties adding their support to all the different candidates.
Afterwards, Alan Webb said “Although we only had a small percentage of our members able to attend the hustings on a sunny Saturday afternoon in holiday season, those who took part were able to ask questions and voice their appreciation of the spokesmen who attended.
“Clearly with such high profile Labour figures coming to Rugby, we were treated to an excellent debate. This was only a nominating meeting, of course. All our members, supporters and affiliates will individually be sent postal votes over the coming month and be able to vote for their choice of Leader and Deputy. It promises to be an exciting time.”
The final result will be announced on September 12th.
Rugby Labour Party held a Leadership Hustings last Saturday afternoon (25th July), at the Rugby Indian Centre in Edward Street, Rugby. In the presence of 40 voting members, affiliates and...
Really reading our M.P.’s valedictory for his government’s budget, I am more and more convinced he’s missed his true vocation, that of spin doctor.
In praising the living wage idea, he omits to say it’s only the minimum wage rebadged. He talks merrily of the family home taken out of inheritance tax but forgets to say Osborne abandoned a pre-election pledge to cap the care costs of elderly home owners. Giving with one hand whilst taking with the other.
As to the yawning gaps in his letter, the benefit cap and tax credit restriction will drive more families, hard working or out of work, to our already hard pressed food bank.
Osborne cheated, for only 0.75 million are on the current minimum wage but the Chancellor put another 2 million earning somewhere below his £9 figure to get his figures. Tax credits anyway fall as wages rise! The whole budget is full of slights of hand like this but the further child poverty it will create is all too substantial.
One could go on debunking Osborne and Pawsey’s claims but, perhaps, rather than becoming a spin doctor, our MP should become a snake oil salesman?
Councillor Steve Birkett, Rugby Labour Party.
Really reading our M.P.’s valedictory for his government’s budget, I am more and more convinced he’s missed his true vocation, that of spin doctor. In praising the living...
Labour’s parliamentary candidate Claire Edwards has welcomed the delivery of a 1500 signature petition to NHS England to ensure GP provision in Brownsover serving the whole of north Rugby.
The petition was collected by Claire alongside County Councillor Alan Webb after NHS England terminated the GP contract for Albert Street and Brownsover surgeries.
“The depth of feeling after 5 public meetings has not gone away. Even though the surgery at Brownsover is now closed, we continue to fight for a temporary solution on Brownsover and a firm start date for the new medical centre at Bow Fell. We have campaigned non stop for better community facilities on Brownsover and this will continue at every opportunity.
“The petition was collected and passed onto NHS England and Coventry and Rugby CCG but the fight goes on.
“We are working hand in hand with the newly established BPAG Brownsover Patients Action Group for a return of temporary facilities in Brownsover whilst a new state-of-the-art medical centre with added community provision is built in the heart of our community.
“BPAG is doing a fantastic job, but it is a scandal that NHS England still isn’t engaging with patients and residents properly, despite their charter and operating rules that state they should. We will battle on.”
Labour’s parliamentary candidate Claire Edwards has welcomed the delivery of a 1500 signature petition to NHS England to ensure GP provision in Brownsover serving the whole of north Rugby. The...