Monday, May 23, 2016

JUNE DISCUSSION MEETING


                            DRONFIELD LABOUR PARTY DISCUSSION MEETING


TOPIC :            THE NORTHERN POWER HOUSE -

                          RECAPTURING IT AS LABOUR'S AGENDA 

SPEAKER :      LOUISE HAIGH M.P.            

TIME ;              8pm to 9.15pm

DATE :             SUNDAY, 12th JUNE


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

 LOUISE HAIGH


Louise Haigh has been the Labour MP for Sheffield Heeley since the May 2015 General Election. She was born and brought up on Abbeydale Road and is Labour's youngest MP. She is recognised as being the hardest working MP amongst the new intake of 177 MPs. The Speaker referring to her "terrier-like intensity" in the pursuit of Government Ministers.

In September 2015 she was appointed as Shadow Minister for the Civil Service and Digital Reform.

See her web-site here.

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Dangers From Fracking In North Derbyshire



The following is an item from 'NED News' which is published by the North East Derbyshire Constituency Labour Party.
 
"Fracking Policy.

At an All Member Meeting held on 16 April a comprehensive motion on gas and oil extraction using hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, was unanimously passed. The policy has now been submitted to Derbyshire County Council as a new minerals policy is developed. Here is what it says:

"This Constituency Labour Party opposes Fracking (i.e. a method used to extract natural gas from shale rock formations), in the areas we cover. We also disagree with the availability of 132 new oil and gas exploration licences covering 5000 square miles provided by the Government, which includes our areas. We oppose fracking for the following reasons; the majority of these being safety related,

Groundwater quality – contamination with fracking chemicals and mobilisation of deep naturally occurring radioactive materials.

Waste – contamination of hydraulic fracturing i.e. drill cuttings, waste drilling muds (oil & water), waste gases e.g. Carbon Dioxide and disposal of waste water is problematic.

Water supplies – fracking requires considering amounts of water and could pose risk to local supplies if catchments were over-abstracted.

Air emissions and health – possible methane and nitrogen oxides released into the atmosphere during recovery of shale gas.

Habitats and biodiversity – loss of local habitats through; noise & vibration, air & water and truck movements all have an impact on wildlife.

Geological integrity – possible earth quakes re Cuadrilla drilling near Blackpool were halted due to two earth tremors linked to their activities.

Noise and disruption – will cause visual intrusion, loss of land and noise and vibration due to 24 hour workings.

Former workings – old mines in the area could collapse. There were several open cast planning applications rejected e.g. Apperknowle and Calow.

We ask the Derbyshire County Council planning department to report on the above, including the licences granted and possible applications. We also ask our MP Natascha Engel to update the CLP on whether the Secretary of State for State for Energy & Climate Change has more information on this matter.

We note that action is required before fracking planning applications are received, so that the case for rejecting such applications is clearly understood."

The motion was submitted to the NE Derbyshire CLP by our Dronfield Branch.

Also see here.

Monday, April 25, 2016

May's Discussion Meeting


                            DRONFIELD LABOUR PARTY DISCUSSION MEETING


TOPIC :          LABOUR AND LATIN AMERICA 

SPEAKER :    DAVID STEAD            

TIME ;             8pm to 9.15pm

DATE :            SUNDAY, 8th MAY

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


David is a former Labour Party member from Sheffield who has been a regular at our Discussion Meetings for the last four years.

His interest in Latin America dates from 1978: in support of Chilean exiles in Sheffield, with the surge of interest in Central America in the Reagan/Thatcher years, and in opposition to Thatcher’s Falklands War. Blair’s involvement in the Pinochet affair stymied his work with Labour, but David supported Latin American colleagues around the Lima and Paris Environmental Conventions, in the quest for Sustainable Development Goals and against TTIP-type tribunals with clear bias towards extractive mining and corporate interests against national sovereignty, human rights or the environment.

Labour's National Policy Forum Report on "Britain's Global Role" as adopted at its last Party Conference contains no reference at all to Latin America, though our Discussion Group has addressed such matters.

Current problems go beyond the earthquake in Ecuador and the crisis in Brazil, to an orchestrated rolling back of democratic left governments with fearsome global implications. Come and hear more.

Dave is also a poet, see his "Hillsborough Echoes", link here -
http://threescoreyearsandten.blogspot.co.uk/2016/04/hillsborough-echoes-by-david-stead.html

Thursday, March 31, 2016

OUR 10th ANNIVERSARY MEETING


             DRONFIELD LABOUR PARTY DISCUSSION MEETING


TOPIC :           FRACKING

SPEAKER :    Dr. DOMENICO BAU
                       
TIME ;             8pm to 9.15pm

DATE :            SUNDAY, 10th APRIL

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

Domenico Bau

Dr Domenico Bau is Senior Lecturer in the Department of Civil and Structural Engineering at Sheffield University. Link HERE for further details.

His essay on fracking (which can be linked to) is directly relevant to our meeting - See HERE .

Everyone who attends our meetings is effected by proposals related to fracking. Licences have already been issued for all of the areas in which we live for companies to explore for shale gas.

Likely discoveries (when seen as being commercially viable) will invariably lead to the companies involved then making applications to engage in fracking procedures. The Government are adopting measures to aid the application process.

How might we all be effected and what action can be taken to protect our well-being ?

Friday, March 25, 2016

Ken Curran (Snr) on Robotics and New Technology

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The introduction of Robotics and New Technology into society without some form of democratic intervention spells danger. The threat has the potential of displacing as many as 10 to 11 million people currently in employment over the next ten years.

This was the warning given by Mr David Blanchflower, Economic Adviser to the Bank Of England in February 2016. His warning was picked up by Tom Watson Labour’s Deputy Leader at a Labour Spring Conference. Tom Watson also quoted 11 million job losses. He never told the Conference what Labour should do to address the issue.

Unless new technology is introduced in a measured and planned way in order to protect people and institutions, we run a great risk of seeing a massive social breakdown across society leading to civil disorder. If Industry and Commerce are not mandated to ensure the needs of the people are foremost among their considerations, chaos shall be the result.
                                                                                                                                                        Kenneth Curran Snr;

Thursday, March 10, 2016

Sunday's Discussion Meeting


             DRONFIELD LABOUR PARTY DISCUSSION MEETING



TOPIC :           THE REFERENDUM ON THE EUROPEAN UNION

FORMAT :      We have two speakers, limited to 15 minutes each. 

                         Both are Labour Party members.  
                        
                        The speaker arguing that we should leave the EU will by DAVID SKINNER.

                        The speaker arguing that we should stay in the EU will be HARRY BARNES.
                             

TIME ;             8pm to 9.15pm

DATE :            SUNDAY, 13th MARCH

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



David addressed us on the 40th anniversary of the Clay Cross Rent Rebellion,
an issue covered earlier - click here. 


                                                                                                                            Harry Barnes

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.