Diary Dates April 2017

Bath Labour events

Monday, 3 April

South Branch general meeting
Widcombe Social Club, downstairs meeting room
Widcombe Hill, Bath, BA2 6AA

Newbridge ward by-election candidate selection meeting
Newbridge ward members only - Bath Labour Party Office, 136a Walcot Street

Thursday, 20 April

Launch of the Women's Forum, and Q&A with Clare Moody MEP and Lesley Mansell
Friend’s Meeting House, York Street, Bath, BA1 1NG
RSVP to womensofficer@bathlabour.org.uk - women members only

Monday, 24 April

North Branch general meeting
Open House Centre, Milsom Room
Manvers Street Baptist Church, Manvers St, BA1 1JW

Sunday, 28 May

Women's event: Jess Phillips MP talking about her new book “Everywoman: One woman’s truth about telling the truth”
Museum of Bath at Work, Camden Works, Julian Road, BA1 2RH
RSVP to womensofficer@bathlabour.org.uk - women members only

Other events

Monday, 3 April

6:30pm – 9:00pm
Metro Mayor Debate: Transport Infrastructure
Bristol and Bath Science Park, Dirac Crescent, Emersons Green, BS16 7FR
Free, but registration necessary

Tuesday, 4 April

5:30pm – 9:30pm
Metro Mayor Hustings - Bath University Debating Society
Chancellor’s Building, University of Bath, BA2 7AY

More Metro Mayor Hustings in Bristol area - see Lesley's website page

Wednesday, 12 April

Homes for all? Housing Crisis in Bath - expert speakers and discussion
Bath&NES Momentum, The Belvoir Castle, Lower Bristol Road, BA2 3EH

Tuesday, 25 April

7:30pm - 10pm
The People’s Politics - CWU free comedy & music event in Bournemouth
comedians Francesca Martinez, Tom Stade, Tez Ilyas;
music Grace Petrie, Steve Gribbin; and Ken Loach
Bournemouth International Conference Centre, BH2 5BH
Free, but you must register


Walcot by-election - 6 April

A by-election has been called for Walcot Ward on Thursday 6 April 2017, with the three main parties and the Greens standing.

The Labour Party candidate is Amber Weston. Amber is 22 years old and has lived in Bath all her life.

The campaign is underway in the ward, and will work alongside campaigning for the Metro Mayor (see below) which we have deliberately scheduled in Walcot early in the Metro Mayor campaign. She has made statements on Clean Air For Walcot and Housing.

Newbridge by-election - 4 May

Donal Hassett, elected as a Tory councillor in Newbridge, was found guilty in February for conspiring to produce cannabis. He has resigned earlier than expected, and a by-election has been called for Newbridge Ward on Thursday 4 May 2017, the same day as the Metro Mayor election.  The candidate selection meeting is on 3 April, see above for details.

Metro Mayor campaign - 4 May

A summary of our Bath campaign for Lesley Mansell as Metro Mayor is in the table below. Please help. If you have any questions about activities please phone our office 10:30am - 1pm weekdays on 01225 314131, or email info@bathlabour.org.uk.

Lesley Mansell's website is www.mansell4mayor.org and she Tweets on @MansellForMayor. Her manifesto is here. Six candidates have declared so far in this election to be held on 4 May 2017. Last date for nominations is 4 April 2017.

If you want to apply for a postal vote, the B&NES info is here. If you are given a postal vote, you will not be entitled to vote in person at your polling station.

Date Activity Place Time
Apr 4 Phone Bank Bath Labour Office 6.00-8pm
Apr 5 Phone Bank Bath Labour Office 6.00-8pm
Apr 8 Oldfield/Westmoreland canvas SCALA front 10.30am
Apr 8 Oldfield/Westmoreland canvas SCALA front 12.30pm
Apr 11 Phone Bank Bath Labour Office 6.00-8pm
Apr 12 Phone Bank Bath Labour Office 6.00-8pm
Apr 15 Kingsmead Canvas VW Garage Locksbrook 10.30am
Apr 15 Kingsmead Canvas VW Garage Locksbrook 12.30pm
Apr 17 2nd & final Letter to Postal Voters Bath Labour Office
Apr 18 Phone Bank Bath Labour Office 6.00-8pm
Apr 19 Phone Bank Bath Labour Office 6.00-8pm
Apr 22 Southdown/Odd Down Canvas Bath Community Academy 10.30am
Apr 22 Southdown/Odd Down Canvas Bath Community Academy 12.30pm
Apr 25 Phone Bank Bath Labour Office 6.00-8pm
Apr 26 Phone Bank Bath Labour Office 6.00-8pm
Apr 29 Twerton Walcot and constituency wide last minute appeal
May 2 Phone Bank Bath Labour Office 6.00-8pm
May 3 Phone Bank Bath Labour Office 6.00-8pm
May 4 Election Day

School budget cuts

According to the National Audit Office, schools are facing overall per-pupil cuts of 8% in real terms by 2019-20. This is largely due to a forthcoming new national funding formula and pupil numbers rising by 10.3% in secondary schools, and 3.9% in primary schools by 2019/20. A per school analysis has jointly been made by the teaching unions, showing Bath school budgets will be significantly reduced over the next three years.  You can check the level of cuts for your local schools on this interactive map. The Combe Down Primary School headteacher has written about this, as have the nine secondary headteachers and principals involved in the Bath Education Trust.

Bath MP, Ben Howlett, has called this "fake news".

For Bath secondary schools the teaching unions estimated annual cut per pupil by 2019/20 is:

  • St Mark's: - £933
  • Bath Community Academy: -£855
  • Ralph Allen: - £568
  • Hayesfield: - £511
  • Beechen Cliff: - £366
  • Oldfield: - £364
  • St Gregory's: - £290

This will be a developing campaigning area.

Women's Rights in the EU

Our Labour MEP, Clare Moody, is promoting Women's Rights in the EU, and has launched a newsletter on the subject.  The first newsletter can be read here, and if you would like to subscribe to the newsletter please register here.

Air Quality Review

B&NES council is currently updating its 6 year old Air Quality Action Plan, which should soon go out to consultation.

As a gentle introduction, you may want to watch BBC's Inside Out West item about Bath's air quality of two weeks ago: on iPlayer - first 10 minutes. They managed to come up with a claim "Air pollution in Bath can be as bad as Beijing'"! Air quality is one of our Walcot candidate Amber Weston's campaign themes.

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