Tuesday, January 8, 2019

January Discussion Meeting

                 Dronfield Labour Party Discussion Meeting

Topic: Changing Labour Party Democracy - Are we now a social movement?
Speaker: Sam Browse
Time: 8pm to 9.15pm
Date: Sunday 13th January
Venue: Contact Club, Snape Hill Lane, Dronfield, S18 2GJ.


Sam Browse is a member of Walkley Branch Labour Party in Sheffield. He is also member of Sheffield Momentum and holds a position on their Executive Committee.

He will address us on the topic of Labour Party democracy. He is interested in the changes in the party brought about by the huge increase in membership since Jeremy Corbyn became leader. With more than half a million members, Sam will discuss how Labour is changing from a traditional political party to become a mass membership social movement.

Thursday, December 20, 2018

Yemin Crisis Event

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Hope in Catastrophe?

POETRY & MUSIC

at the WALKLEY COTTAGE

46 Bole Hill Rd, Sheffield S6 5DD

PETER GREEN - CHRIS JONES - LINDA LEE WELCH and The Only MICHAEL...

ALL WELCOME!

•    Collection for Save the Children YEMEN CRISIS APPEAL

SUNDAY 6th JAN 2019 – 19:45-21:45

Info:       DAVID -  velero@tiscali.co.uk 

Monday, December 3, 2018

Our December Discussion Meeting


             Dronfield Labour Party Discussion Meeting
 

Topic: The Future of Progressive Politics
Speaker: Prof. Andrew Gamble
Time: 8pm to 9.15pm
Date: Sunday 9th December
Venue: Contact Club, Snape Hill Lane, Dronfield, S18 2GJ.


Andrew Gamble is Professor of Politics at the University of Sheffield and Emeritus Professor of Politics at the University of Cambridge. He has written extensively on British Politics, political economy and political theory. He was a lecturer and Professor at the University of Sheffield from 1973-2006. Between 2007 and 2014 he was Professor of Politics at the University of Cambridge, becoming the Head of the newly formed Department of Politics and International Studies. He has now returned to the University of Sheffield and his current work is focused on the politics of the welfare state and the politics of austerity.

He will address us on the topic of the Future of Progressive Politics - Taking Back Control. It will follow on from the talk he gives to the ILP in Sheffield on Saturday 8th December. Everyone is welcome to attend whether they attended the ILP session or not.

He will speak about his new book, “Open Left: The Future of Progressive Politics” in which he puts forward his ideas on how to create a social democracy fit for the twenty first century arguing that:

The ten years since the financial crash have been lean years for progressive politics of all kinds. Now Brexit in the UK, Trump in the US, and the rising tide of national populism in Europe pose new dangers. Parties of the Centre-Left are in retreat. Old bases of support have declined, old policies are out of touch, old assumptions no longer hold. At the same time new thinking, new innovations, new forces are turning the world upside down. We face great dangers but also great opportunities.

How should those who still want a progressive future respond? This book argues that the first priority is an Open Left. We must abandon the idea that one tradition of progressive thought has all the answers. We need openness to new policy ideas, openness to learning from past mistakes and other’s experiences. We should be prepared to listen to very different voices and very different intellectual traditions. We must find ways to engage with people from a wide range of communities and backgrounds.

An Open Left also recognizes we cannot retreat from the world, or ignore economic and political realities. We need a dialogue with progressive movements from many different countries, learning from their experiences of putting progressive ideas into action. The idea of progress can still inspire change, but it needs updating.

(2) As usual Dronfield and District Labour Party Branch will be meeting on the second Wednesday in the Month, on Wednesday 12th December at 7.30pm in the Contact Club, Snape Hill Lane. Dronfield S18 2GJ.

All welcome. Hope to see you all there!

Rosie Smith
Dronfield Labour Party Political Education Officer

Monday, October 29, 2018

Our November Discussion Meeting

       

               DRONFIELD LABOUR PARTY DISCUSSION MEETING


TOPIC :           THE LABOUR PARTY AND BREXIT

SPEAKER :      PAUL BLOMFIELD MP, SHADOW BREXIT MINISTER

TIME :              8pm to 9.15pm.

DATE :            SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 11th

VENUE :         CONTACT CLUB, SNAPE HILL LANE, DRONFIELD, S18 2GJ.

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Since 2010 Paul has been the Labour MP for Sheffield Central. Increasing his majority from only 165 to a massive 27,748 in two successive contests. He is one of Labour's Shadow Brexit Ministers (for Exiting the European Union) working closely with Labour's main spokesperson on the issue - Keir Starmer. There is an important link here to a key recent article he wrote on the Brexit situation -  https://www.paulblomfield.co.uk/european_union/

He was Chair of the Sheffield District Labour Party from 1993 to 2009. Then when he initially moved to parliament he became the Private Parliamentary Secretary to the Shadow Leader of the Commons. A position which gives him a good understanding of the parliamentary processes relevant to any form of Brexit Procedures. He was also the Private Parliamentary Secretary to the Shadow Foreign Secretary.

He was named Citizens' Advice MP of the Year in 2014 for his work on the regulation of payday lenders and is Secretary of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Debt and Personal Finance. He is also Secretary of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Universities and Chair of the All-Party Group for Students.


Monday, October 15, 2018