Tuesday, January 26, 2016

February's Discussion Meeting


                       DRONFIELD LABOUR PARTY DISCUSSION MEETING


TOPIC :           THE "FAIR CARE" CAMPAIGN

SPEAKER :      CHERYL BARROTT

TIME ;             8pm to 9.15pm

DATE :            SUNDAY, 14th February

VENUE :         CONTACT CLUB, SNAPE HILL LANE, DRONFIELD, S18 2GT




Cheryl is a member of the Co-operative Party and has played a major role in forming and now running the "Fair Care" Campaign. The Campaign describes it role in the following way -
"Our care system is broken, at the moment a few large-scale companies, who act as the middle-man in the care system, are profiting from human misery. Both the person providing the care and the person receiving it are losing-out. Why should the middle-man profit from providing mind-numbing care for service users and poverty for staff? There is a better way, a co-operative way."

For fuller details link here.  

Sunday, January 17, 2016

"Trident" by Ken Curran Snr.



I feel sorry for those former members of Labour’s Shadow Cabinet who resigned over the possibility of the Party changing its current position, even before the process of a review has started.

I am increasingly concerned at what I regard as the political immaturity which has been demonstrated by these individuals.  Quite apart from the enormous increase in the cost. In the renewal of the Trident Project it appears as though these individuals have completely lost sight of why we first invested in the project. It was conceived during the Cold War as a deterrent to the Soviet Union and intended to adjust the balance of nuclear warheads between the NATO and the Warsaw Pact Nations. Today the Soviet Union does not exist. There is no longer a Warsaw Pact and a number of those nations who were in it have since joined Nato.

From the way in which some of our Labour MPs have been behaving you would think the Berlin Wall was still manned by the Red Army. Not only are these people living in another age when it comes to  defence strategies, they appear incapable of comprehending what threatens Britain. The main threat to Britain and indeed the rest of the World today is the consequences brought about by climate change. Of course I am aware of the various threats which emanate from people who claim to be religious warriors of Allah, all of whom are disowned by the mainstream Muslim religion.

The third threat is from the current nature of advanced capitalism, evading social responsibility for its actions.  Every week we are in peril from the financial system, they don’t need tanks or nuclear warheads in order to achieve their objectives. They just mention moving their HQs or pulling out their money and the politicians surrender. 

The above is by Ken Curran Snr. 

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

JANUARY DISCUSSION MEETING

                DRONFIELD LABOUR PARTY DISCUSSION MEETING


TOPIC :           CANDIDATES FOR LABOUR'S NOMINATION AS POLICE AND CRIME
                         COMMISSIONER IN DERBYSHIRE

SPEAKERS :   HARDYAL DHINDSA, GARY GODDEN and CHRIS WILLIAMSON

TIME ;             8pm to 9.15pm

DATE :            SUNDAY, 10th JANUARY 2016

VENUE :         CONTACT CLUB, SNAPE HILL LANE, DRONFIELD

The speakers are the candidates for the position of the Labour nominee for the role of Police and Crime Commissioner in Derbyshire. The ballot to determine who will be Labour's candidate closes at noon on Tuesday, January 26th 2016.

The speakers will each give an introductory talk for ten minutes and then join in the subsequent discussion.

The meeting will provide an opportunity to discuss the nature and role of the work of Police and Crime Commissioners.

Monday, December 14, 2015

Debating Labour : Its History and Future

‘Where’s it been? Where’s it going?’ are the questions being addressed at a series of day schools on the Labour Party starting in Yorkshire next month.

IWCE logoThe Independent Working Class Education Network are holding their first meeting on ‘The history and future of the Labour Party’ at Northern College in Barnsley on Saturday 23 January.
The workshop will cover the foundation of the Labour Party, some key 20th century issues and Labour today.
Attendance costs £25 and places are available on a ‘first come, first served’ basis as space is limited.
What: Labour Party: Where’s it been? Where’s it going?
When: Saturday 23 January, 10.30am-4.00pm
Where: Northern College, Barnsley, Yorkshire

To book a place contact Keith Venables by email: iwceducation@yahoo.co.uk.
Go to the Independent Working Class Education Network’s website for more details.
The second day school will be held in south London on 6 February.

Hat tip : Matthew Brown and Independent Labour Publications - click here. 

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

December Discussion Meeting

             DRONFIELD LABOUR PARTY DISCUSSION MEETING

TOPIC :          GATHERING MOMENTUM FOR LABOUR 

SPEAKER :    TOSH McDONALD

TIME :            8pm to 9.15pm

DATE ;           SUNDAY,  13TH DECEMBER

VENUE :       CONTACT CLUB, SNAPE HILL LANE, DRONFIELD

      Durham Miners Annual Rally and Procession

Tosh McDonald is the President of the train drivers union ASLEF (Associated Society of
Locomotive Engineers and Firemen) having joined British Rail 35 years ago as a freight guard at Doncaster Carr locomotive shed.

He played a prominent role in the campaign to elect Jeremy Corbyn as leader of the Labour Party. Numbers of us heard him make powerful speeches on Jeremy's behalf at the Crucible Theatre in Sheffield ; either as part of the massive overflow crowd outside the building or with 900 others inside the theatre itself.

He also spoke powerfully at the recent Labour Party Conference in support of the overwhelmingly endorsed policy of bringing private rail franchises into public ownership as soon as they expire.

"Momentum" is a body arising out of Jeremy's successful leadership campaign. It is working to make Labour a more democratic party, which will produce its own policies and has the collective will to implement them when in government. Click here for their web-site.

See here for Tosh and Jeremy making forceful speeches at this year's Durham Big Meeting. If you have not been to our discussions meetings before, this will be a great introduction.

   

 

Sunday, October 25, 2015

November Discussion Meeting

                   DRONFIELD LABOUR PARTY DISCUSSION MEETING


TOPIC  :          WHAT WILL BE THE IMPACT OF THE "SHEFFIELD CITY 

                         REGION COMBINED AUTHORITY" ?                    

SPEAKER :     STEVE HOUGHTON

                      
TIME :             8pm to 9.15pm

DATE :            SUNDAY,  8th NOVEMBER

VENUE :         CONTACT CLUB, SNAPE HILL LANE, DRONFIELD

 

Sir Stephen Houghton
Sir Steve Houghton is the leader of the Barnsley Council and Chair of the recently established Sheffield City Region Combined Authority. This combined authority will have powers over transport, economic development and regeneration in the Barnsley, Doncaster, Rotherham and Sheffield areas. Yet because of travel to work and other interlinks, its operations will also be of relevance to the interests of Councils in the areas of North East Derbyshire, Chesterfield, Bolsover, the Derbyshire Dales and Bassettlaw. As a consequence these five outside authorities are provided with non-constituent places on the Combined Authority.

One of the characteristics of this new structure is that it is proposed that that it will have an elected Mayor, voted upon by the electorate from its four main constituent authorities. A similar structure is being proposed for the combined authorities in Derbyshire, Derby, Nottinghamshire and Nottingham.

We will be able to consider how this will work out within the areas of both the constituent and non-constituent authorities.

  

Saturday, October 3, 2015

October Discussion Meeting


                          DRONFIELD LABOUR PARTY DISCUSSION MEETING


TOPIC  :          REPORT BACK FROM THE LABOUR PARTY CONFERENCE

SPEAKER :     VAL GRAHAM
                      
TIME :             8pm to 9.15pm

DATE :            SUNDAY,  11 OCTOBER

VENUE :         CONTACT CLUB, SNAPE HILL LANE, DRONFIELD



Val attends our Discussion Meetings and runs a similar Discussion Group to our own which meets in the Labour Club at Chesterfield. She is Chair of Chesterfield Unite Community and Chesterfield TUC EC. She writes for "Labour Briefing" and attended the recent Labour Party Conference at Brighton as a delegate.