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1445326852_calais.rory.1..jpgA group of local Labour Party members are travelling to Calais in a couple of weeks to work with the organisation ‘Help Refugees’. They are taking a van and with your help are hoping to fill it with items that are urgently needed.

Since the Calais ‘Jungle’ was demolished and the Dunkirk camp burnt down, almost a thousand refugees have ended up sleeping rough in the local area, including at least 200 unaccompanied children in need of essential supplies, protection and support. The number is growing, but with press attention focussed elsewhere, donated supplies are dwindling. Your support will make a real difference.
Urgently needed items:
  • Trainers (sizes 40-43)
  • Socks (sizes 40-43)
  • Mens Underwear (Boxers, only new please – Small and Medium)
  • Blankets and sleeping bags
  • Jogging bottoms and jeans (sizes small and medium – 28 and 30 inch waist)
  • Emergency foil blankets

The full list, including men's clothes and hygiene items, mobile phones and food, is available on the 'Help Refugees' websiteOnly items listed on the website can be accepted


Drop-offs can be made to:
Bath Labour Party, 136a Walcot Street, Bath BA1 5BG
Any weekday from now until Friday 14th July, 10:30 am to 1:00 pm.
Phone first to check the office is open: 01225 314131.

Help Refugees in Calais

A group of local Labour Party members are travelling to Calais in a couple of weeks to work with the organisation ‘Help Refugees’. They are taking a van and with...

Bath Labour General Assembly (GA) - Monday 3rd July

Friends Meeting House, York St, Bath BA1 1NG

The date and time of the meeting is unchanged, and will commence as planned on Monday 3rd July 2017, at 7.30pm.


There will be elections for Vice Chair, Membership Secretary and a Fundraiser

Also elections for members to represent us at the 2017 Labour Party Conference, is you want you can nominate yourself at the meeting.

It is important that you remember to bring along your current Membership Card.


Speech or behaviour of an abusive or discriminatory nature, is completely unacceptable and will not be tolerated at Labour Party meetings.  It is the duty of anyone who sees or hears any such speech or behaviour to draw it immediately to the chair’s attention.

CLP meeting 3rd July

Bath Labour General Assembly (GA) - Monday 3rd July Friends Meeting House, York St, Bath BA1 1NG The date and time of the meeting is unchanged, and will commence as...

diane_abbott.jpgAt the meeting of the Bath East, North and West Branch on 12th June 2017, Sheila Barton proposed the following motion in support of Dianne Abbott, it was passed unanimously, with one abstention:
 
"The Bath East, North and West Branch deplores the racist attacks perpetrated by the media on Diane Abbott MP during the general election. It sends her best wishes for a speedy recovery and salutes her for her many years of loyal service to her constituency and to the Labour Party"
 
We have today received a reply from Diane Abbot:
 
"Thank you for your kind words. The support and advice I have received has been incredible.
 
The Conservative Party ran a campaign characterised by the politics of personal destruction. They completely underestimated the British public’s ability to see past this. We must never feed the misogynist online culture that intends to silence the voice of strong women and ethnic minorities in public life.
 
Labour fought a positive campaign addressing the issues that matter the most to people, and we have been vindicated.
 
30 years ago, this week, I became an MP to be the change I wanted to see. Despite personal attacks and online abuse, I will continue.
 
I hope I can count on your personal support and your support for the Labour party as we continue to fight for a Government that represents the many and not the few.
 
Thanks again.
 
Yours sincerely,
Rt Hon Diane Abbott MP
Shadow Home Secretary
Labour Member of Parliament for Hackney North and Stoke Newington "

Support for Diane Abbott

At the meeting of the Bath East, North and West Branch on 12th June 2017, Sheila Barton proposed the following motion in support of Dianne Abbott, it was passed unanimously,...

The Great Get Together

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We have more in common than that which divides us’ – Jo Cox

 

A wonderful community gathering of friends and family arranged by Bath Labour Party took place on Sunday 18th June. The event was part of a nationwide neighbourhood celebrations to mark the 1st anniversary of the death of Jo Cox.  This was just one of over 110,000 events inspired by the Jo Cox Foundation, with the aim of bringing us closer together to celebrate all that we have in common. .  Over 100 people brought along, and shared, their picnics in a spirit of unity and comradeship. 

A collection raised £235, which will be shared between the Jo Cox Foundation https://www.jocoxfoundation.org/  and Bath Welcomes Refugees.  The collection is still open, please take any donations to the Bath Labour office in Walcot Street, which is open week days from 10-30 – 1pm

Many thanks to Michelle Young, and her team, for organising this poignant but happy event, which it is hoped will be repeated in the future.

 

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The Great Get Together   ‘We have more in common than that which divides us’ – Jo Cox   A wonderful community gathering of friends and family arranged by Bath... Read more

The Great Get Together

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‘We have more in common than that which divides us’
Jo Cox

Bring & Share Picnic at Walcot Open Space, Walcot Gate, Bath
Sunday 18th June from 11am until 2pm

 

 

 
As part of The Great Get Together, a community event organised by The Jo Cox Foundation www.jocoxfoundation.org to mark the anniversary of her death, Bath Labour Party is holding a bring & share picnic on the old burial ground behind Walcot Chapel. Some of you may remember this as the site of the Walcot Festival back in the ‘70s.

This is a community event, open to all, a chance to enjoy being together and to celebrate what we have in common, so bring your family and friends along (not forgetting a picnic and something to sit on).     

Look forward to seeing you there.

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The Great Get Together ‘We have more in common than that which divides us’ Jo Cox Bring & Share Picnic at Walcot Open Space, Walcot Gate, BathSunday 18th June from...

 

We're in the middle of a snap election with a whirlwind schedule but the people of Bath always love a good hustings. In just over two weeks Labour candidate Joe Rayment has attended eleven. Tory Ben Howlett does not have such a good attendance record: he was a no-show for Promoting Human Security in an Uncertain World and – most mysteriously – for the hustings on a subject he claims is dear to his heart, the NHS. The organisers, Protect Our NHS (Banes), who put out an empty chair for Ben, commented: 'He gave a flimsy excuse and we feel this says a lot about the priority he gives the NHS.'

Joe Rayment has presented a strong case for a Labour government in all the hustings and has consistently held the incumbent, Ben Howlett, to account. Here are a few of the highlights:

St Andrews Primary School

In a mock election, pupils from three local primary schools voted Joe in on a landslide victory of 95 votes, against 47 for the Green candidate, 10 for the Lib Dem and 11 for the Tory. Read more about it here, and enjoy those whoops and cheers from the children when the result is announced. Joe commented: 'This shows that today, children's priorities are clearly on the issues of poverty and the environment, and that's really important to consider as we go into this election.'

Widcombe Residents' Association 

Ben Howlett: 'The Labour Party wants to take Britain back to the 1970s.'

Joe Rayment: 'How on EARTH can someone standing on a manifesto to bring back fox hunting and grammar schools accuse another party of wanting to go back to the 1970s?'

Promoting Human Security in an Uncertain World

An audience member raised the question of tactical voting and a 'progressive alliance'. 'How many people in this room actually want to vote for the Lib Dems?' Joe challenged. Just one person raised their hand.

Bath City FC hustings

'It's weird that Ben Howlett suddenly wants to pay attention to petitions,' said Joe, to laughter from the audience, after Ben cited a petition on the A36–A46 link road in support of his arguments for it. But the hottest topic of the evening was the proposed library closure. Ben Howlett tried to avoid responding to a question on it by insisting that the audience answer his question instead. Where Ben pointed to the need for cuts as the reason for moving the library, Joe argued fiercely that 'It's not the money that's lacking, it's the political will.' After the hustings, a former Conservative councillor candidate told Joe that he would now be voting Labour.

Attending a hustings is an excellent way to weigh up the merits of the candidates and to raise issues that are important to you. There is a final hustings on 6th June, organised by Bath Chronicle. Details and registration here.

 

 

 

 

Hustings highlights: how did Joe do?

  We're in the middle of a snap election with a whirlwind schedule but the people of Bath always love a good hustings. In just over two weeks Labour candidate...

Before people in Bath go to vote, they deserve answers from Ben Howlett to these questions:

1) Can you confirm that 88% of Bath's pensioners will lose some or all of their Winter Fuel Payment under a Tory government?
2) What will the cap be on the Dementia Tax?
3) Will you match my pledge to vote against any rise in personal National Insurance contributions or income tax for 95% of earners?
4) Is the Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS) right to say that your manifesto sets out another five years of austerity?
5) Your plan to replace free school lunches with breakfasts allows 6.8p per pupil. What breakfast do you think you could get for that?
6) According to the IFS, your manifesto contains no extra money for the NHS. How do you think the RUH will cope with that?

Come on Ben, give us answers!

Will Ben Howlett answer these questions from Joe Rayment?

Before people in Bath go to vote, they deserve answers from Ben Howlett to these questions:1) Can you confirm that 88% of Bath's pensioners will lose some or all of their Winter...

YouGov polling on 31 May shows Labour within striking distance of winning in Bath.

People are deciding that they don't want to choose between five more years of austerity with the Tories and a pointless, divisive second referendum with the Lib Dems.

Instead, they want something different. They want an MP whose priorities will be protecting our public services, tacking the housing crisis and addressing the poverty in our city.

We know a huge chunk of that Lib Dem vote is people 'tactically' voting for them when they want to vote Labour.

If people stop voting tactically, we can have a Labour MP.

 

YouGov poll shows that Labour is a strong contender in Bath

YouGov polling on 31 May shows Labour within striking distance of winning in Bath.People are deciding that they don't want to choose between five more years of austerity with the...

Joe Rayment fully backs the campaign by the University of Bath Students' Union against rent rises. He is calling on the University to look again at the issue of student rent rises and the broader way in which it is  taking money from the many in order to benefit the few.

The University of Bath has increased its tuition fees by £250 per year for Home students; its staff have had a year-on-year real-terms pay cut; it has been hesitant to guarantee paying a real living wage to all staff; and now it has announced massive, unjustifiable hikes to the campus accommodation rents.

In the last reported financial year, the University had a 7.3 per cent historic cost surplus, over double its target of 3 per cent. So it is not as if the University is in a dire financial situation; in fact it is doing over twice as well as it was aiming for. Joe strongly recommends that the management of the University re-evaluate its income and expenditure.

He commented, 'I am proud that a Labour government would abolish tuition fees and bring back means-tested maintenance grants.' 

 http://www.bathchronicle.co.uk/news/bath-news/labour-general-election-candidate-joe-56781

 

 

Joe Rayment backs student campaign against rent rises

Joe Rayment fully backs the campaign by the University of Bath Students' Union against rent rises. He is calling on the University to look again at the issue of student rent rises and...

Labour Parliamentary Candidate Joe Rayment is the first person to sign The Labour Campaign To End Homelessness Candidate Pledge. Its manifesto has been developed with leading experts in homelessness.

Just walk through Bath and you will see what a huge issue we have with rough sleeping in our city, but this is just the tip of the iceberg. The issue of homelessness goes much deeper.

We also have far too many people sofa surfing with friends and family, and far too many families in temporary accommodation.

The fact that one of the richest countries in the world, in 2017, still has people who do not have the security and stability of a home to call their own is a national scandal.

 

Joe Rayment signs up to the Labour Campaign to End Homelessness

Labour Parliamentary Candidate Joe Rayment is the first person to sign The Labour Campaign To End Homelessness Candidate Pledge. Its manifesto has been developed with leading experts in homelessness. Just walk through...

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