Monday, June 8, 2020

Zoom In - On Political Education

"Political Education Together" Seminar on ZOOM
Wednesday 17th June 2.30 to 4pm

We're going to continue what we started via meetings in Durham, Sheffield and Birmingham on ZOOM. 
  • Join with us in putting on this Seminar. 
    Are you free? Are other RWF people free?
    It will be about establishing what is needed with regard to political education,
    clarifying good practice, learning from each other and building for the future. 
    It would be great if RWF could contribute. Are there other people you would 
    want to invite? I'm going asking various partners to outline the key questions
    they think the Seminar should begin to answer. 
    What are your key questions?

    Keith Venables
    Political Education Together

    On Keith Venables involvement click here. 

    Zoom In on 17 June.

Monday, March 2, 2020

March Discussion Meeting

Dronfield Labour Discussion Meeting
Topic: Neoliberalism and Education
Speaker: Hilary Povey
Time: 8pm to 9.15pm
Date: Sunday 8th March
Venue: Contact Club, Snape Hill Lane, Dronfield, S18 2GJ.

Hilary Povey will address us on Neoliberalism and Education. She is Emertius Professor in Mathematics Education at Sheffield Hallam University. She previously worked as a maths teacher for the Inner London Education Authority. She is interested in social justice issues in education and the role of historical awareness in combatting neoliberalism. She is an active member of Broomhill and Sharrow Vale Branch Labour Party and campaigned in North East Derbyshire, Sheffield Hallam and Putney constituencies in the recent general election.

Info on future meetings
The next two discussion meetings will focus on green issues. In April we will be addressed by Jonathan Perraton, Lecturer in Economics at the University of Sheffield on Labour's Green New Deal policy and the following month we will discuss new clean and green engergy to heat our homes, power our cars and reduce carbon emmissions.

Hope to see you all on Sunday,
Rosie Smith
Dronfield Labour Party Political Education Officer

Monday, February 3, 2020

February Discussion Meeting

There is a discussion meeting scheduled for Sunday 9th February at 8pm in Dronfield Contact Club. See details below.

Dronfield Labour Discussion Meeting
Topic: Social Housing in the UK and the Netherlands - is a cooperative model the way forward for UK social housing?
Speaker: Rosie Smith
Time: 8pm to 9.15pm
Date: Sunday 8th February
Venue: Contact Club, Snape Hill Lane, Dronfield, S18 2GJ.

Social Housing in the UK has been under threat for several decades. What was once a mass social programme aimed at providing adequate housing for the general population, has been reduced to an under-funded, part privatised model of housing welfare that is accessible only by the most vulnerable  - and yet many are still falling through the cracks. 

The Netherlands' social housing model is delivered in an entirely different way to social housing in the UK. Tenants associations provide low cost housing that is accessible to a large proportion of the population. Residents are shareholders in the tenants association and have a say in rent setting, and upkeep and improvements to the housing block/estate/street.

Discussion questions:
1. What are the pros and cons of state owned and administered social housing versus autonomous, tenant run social housing models?  
2. Many of us on the left would like to see the Right to Buy stopped to preserve our remaining Council houses, but would this alone solve our social housing problems?
3. What should future Labour housing policy be to ensure a robust housing safety net for all?

Info on future meetings
Upcoming discussion group dates are 8th March and 12th April (second Sunday of every month except August). I am in discussions with the leader of Sheffield TUC to come and speak about 'Sheffield Needs a Payrise' report, and I am hoping an Economics Academic from the University of Sheffield may come to address us on the Green New Deal.

Hope to see you all on Sunday,
Rosie Smith
Dronfield Labour Party Political Education Officer

Tuesday, January 7, 2020

January Discussion Meeting

We have a discussion meeting scheduled for this Sunday evening, 12th January at 8pm in Dronfield Contact Club. See details below.

Dronfield Labour Party Discussion Meeting
Topic: Life Long Learning for Social Change
Speaker: Bob Heath
Time: 8pm to 9.15pm
Date: Sunday 12th January
Venue: Contact Club, Snape Hill Lane, Dronfield, S18 2GJ.

Bob Heath will address us on the subject of Life Long Learning for Social Change.

A member of the Labour Party for 58 years and life-long learner himself, Bob was a miner for 10 years between 1950 and 1960. He benefitted during this time from the opportunity to do Day Release study and attend the Sheffield University Extramural Department. In 1959 he received a N.U.M. scholarship to Ruskin College. 

Several of our Discussion group members attended Ruskin College in Oxford and Coleg Harlech in Wales. For some, like Bob Heath and Harry Barnes, it provided a springboard to further educational opportunities.

Following his time at Ruskin, Bob spent a year in Montreal, Canada as a Travelling Research Fellow at McGill University. He then studied for an Economics and Sociology degree at Hull University. After a short stint at Keele University, Bob was a Lecturer in Economics and Industrial Studies at University of Sheffield Extramural Department for over 30 years.

He retired in 1998, but he's still learning.

All welcome for an interesting discussion.

Happy New Year to All!
Rosie Smith
Dronfield Labour Party Political Education Officer

Saturday, December 14, 2019

Discussion Meeting For Labour Party Members

We have a discussion meeting scheduled for this Sunday evening, 15th December  at 8pm in Dronfield Contact Club.

We will be having a round table discussion about the election result. Despite Labour hanging on to seats in Sheffield and Chesterfield, much of the surrounding areas of north Derbyshire and South Yorkshire have been won by Tory candidates in unprecedented results. The Tory majority is an awful result for Labour, for the progressive left and for the most vulnerable people in the UK.

We will discuss the results and how to move forward from here. We must continue to fight for a better, fairer, more equal society.

Apologies for the short notice, I hope some of you can make it.

Best Wishes,
Rosie Smith
Political Education Officer, Dronfield Labour Party

Sunday, December 1, 2019

Labour's Key Policies

The Web-site of Independent Labour Publications is running a really important pro-Labour article in relation to the current General Election.


The writer Barry Winter covers Labour's proposals to tackle a range of massively important social problems. These include - (1) Poverty and Low Pay. (2) 200,000 children living in absolute poverty. (3) School and Youth Services being pushed past breaking points. (4) Wide areas where those over 65 are also seriously hit. (5) Many private tenants being trapped in squalid slum houses. (6) An NHS with serious staff shortages. (7) 25,000 annual deaths linked to the effects of pollution.

The article is a must for democratic socialists and also needs to be more widely absorbed. It can be found if you link here.

Wednesday, November 27, 2019

Universal Credit Christmas Carol Concert and then Parliamentary Hustings in Dronfield

The Chesterfield and North Derbyshire Unite Community Branch is staging a Universal Credit Christmas Carol Concert on Saturday 30th November at St Paul's Church, Dronfield at 3.30pm half an hour prior to the Parliamentary hustings taking place at that venue.  Please see example below

First join the festive sing song at St Paul's Methodist Church 85 Green Lane, Dronfield S18 2LP.  It will be followed by a General Election Hustings at the same venue from 4 PM on Saturday 30th November. Taking part will be the four parliamentary candidates for North East Derbyshire :
Chris Peace Labour
Lee Rowley Conservative
Ross Shipman Liberal Democrat
Frank Adlington-Stringer Green Party