Hallam Newsletter 25 June 2018

Contents
1. Introduction
2. Local Elections: Success or Failure?
3. Annual Conference 2018
4. Reports from Regional Conference 2018
5. Report from Annual Conference 2017
6. Social Events
7. National Rail Campaign Day
8. Forthcoming Events and Campaigns
9. Fundraising
10. Membership

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1. Introduction

Ruth Milsom, CLP Communications Officer

On behalf of all our candidates in last month's local elections, a heartfelt THANK YOU to all those who participated in campaigning, whether it was by 'liking' and sharing social media posts, delivering leaflets, talking to voters, reminding friends and family to use their vote, or donating money. Without the voluntary efforts of Party members, we don't have campaigns to run, so every contribution is of immense value.

Jeremy Corbyn has put the Party in permanent campaign mode, which means it up to all of us to continue doing our bit in nurturing and promoting the message of Hope For Our Country that Labour offers in stark contrast to the Tories' regime of misery.

As Labour party members, we can all also be making the most of our right to freedom of speech, and the democratic opportunities that Jeremy Corbyn's leadership has expanded for us. Here are just a few ways in which you can 'have your say':-

Hallam 'Day School' on Brexit
On Saturday 30th June, 10am-1pm at Victoria Hall (opposite the Crucible) we have the chance to tackle what is probably one of the most difficult political topics of our lifetimes.
Paul Blomfield MP (a Shadow Brexit Minister) and Linda McAvan MEP will speak, and there will be a much longed-for opportunity to air your views, hear others' views, and debate the ins and outs of Brexit (pardon the pun!).
RSVP to reserve places: elawrence@btinternet.com 

National Policy Forum - your chance to contribute to Labour policy-making
A period of national consultation on eight policy areas has just come to an end. Following an evening of group discussions hosted by the Sheffield LCF (Local Campaign Forum - formerly District Labour Party) on 12th June, submissions were made which collated and summarised the thoughts of local members. Hallam was well represented at this event and participated in discussions on all the different policy areas.
Individuals can continue to make submissions to the NPF all year round; these are taken into account by the various policy commissions when compiling the Reports that go to Conference.
https://www.policyforum.labour.org.uk/

Democracy Review Phase 3
The final phase of the Party's Democracy Review ends on 28th June.
Submissions relating to Electing Our Leadership, How We Make Policy, and The Way We Work may be made online (answering set questions) at https://labour.org.uk/about/democracy-review-2017/
or by email to democracy@labour.org.uk 

The NPF and Democracy Review are both vital to the grassroots engagement of Party members - the more of us put our views, ideas and suggestions forward, the more genuinely democratic the Labour Party can be. Don't miss your chance to have an equal voice!

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2. Local Elections: Success or Failure?
Adrian Roxan, CLP Campaigns Officer

National picture
If you watched, listened to or read the national media, the local elections on May 3rd were a 'disaster' for Labour. But sometimes the facts can get in the way of an easy newspaper headline. Yes, it can be argued that Labour should be doing better with such an unpopular Government in power, but the results indicate that voters did turn away from the Tories.
 
Labour made a net gain of 79 seats nationally while the Liberal Democrats gained 75 and the Tories ended with a net loss of 35. The main reason in many areas that the Tory vote didn’t look worse was the collapse of UKIP with a significant proportion of these voters finding their home with the Tories. There will be those who argue that Labour needs to broaden its appeal but given the daily diet of critical media focus and the challenge of overcoming many of the myths this created, the results can be seen as progress in a positive direction.
 
What about Sheffield?
If the diet of media criticism was not enough to contend with, it is clear that in Sheffield Hallam constituency another shadow closer to home cast its gloomy influence over the titanic efforts of Labour canvassers to convince voters to back us.
 
The Streets Ahead contract has damaged Labour not just locally but at a national level as well. Whether it was the headlines about how the tree felling programme is being managed, or –  as was reflected by doorstep conversations in some areas – unhappiness that many roads were in a parlous state with no sign of being repaired or relaid, it was clear that a lot of voters were going to the polls with a negative view of Sheffield’s Labour council.
 
Indeed, some Labour members didn’t vote Labour in protest to what they saw as the heavy handed and undemocratic treatment of those raising concerns about the Streets Ahead contract. So there is evidence that this did affect our vote at the ballot box. Electoral pacts between strange bedfellows such as the Greens and Lib Dems saw us lose our hard working councillor Craig Gamble Pugh in Crookes & Crosspool. In addition there is evidence that our vote would have been much higher across the other branches if trees and roads hadn’t been such an issue.

It is also clear that, with a few exceptions, turnouts in Hallam Constituency (averaging 44% across our five wards) were consistently higher than those elsewhere in the city – Graves Park and Nether Edge exceeded 40% but City saw a 12.9% turnout while most others were in the 20-30% range. There is an obvious conclusion that the wealthier, more educated parts of an electorate tend to turn out in greater numbers but the average turnout for local elections is around 30-35% which indicates that Labour secured a higher turnout than anticipated. This can be celebrated as a sign of a relatively healthy democracy in Sheffield, but it can also be argued that Labour suffered an increased turnout of opposition due to the trees/roads issue.
 
Other issues of concern that canvassers heard on the doorstep and at street stalls included housing and rents, changes to NHS services, poor bus services, dissatisfaction with recycling provision, and disappointment in how things have turned out with Hallam's MP. This last issue, although not directly to do with local council elections, is one that has been worsened by a lack of communication from the central Labour Party, and from the MP’s office. We have had the new Liberal Democrat parliamentary candidate, Laura Gordon, claiming that she had been forced to help constituents with casework because Jared O'Mara was failing to undertake that work; but we now know that this is simply not true. A recent article in the Sheffield Star has helped to set the record straight (for Labour members, as well as the wider electorate), but this was not in time to redress the balance of negative publicity for these local elections.
 
Comparisons with 2016 
The national trend saw the UKIP vote collapse. In Hallam constituency this vote was up for grabs as no UKIP candidates stood. The UKIP votes were as follows from 2016:

Crookes – 613
Dore & Totley – 619
Ecclesall – 514
Fulwood – 384
Stannington – 1,047
 
In some wards, this seems to have transferred directly to the Tories; in others it has split across the Tories and Lib Dems. What is clear is that it didn’t come to Labour in any sort of substantial numbers.
 
The following indicates that Labour, on the whole, maintained its vote:

  Lab vote range 2016 2018 Lab vote
Crookes & Crosspool 2108 – 2713 2109
Dore & Totley 752 – 1072 974
Ecclesall 1794 – 2369 1874
Fulwood 1033–1390 1488
Stannington 1281–1446 1222

Fulwood increased the vote while Stannington saw a small drop but the three other wards were within the range of 2016.
 
So, despite the shadow of Streets Ahead and other voter concerns, Labour’s vote held up, indicating that where voters deserted Labour, new voters were also convinced to support the party.
 
Looking ahead
We are in a cycle of local elections which will continue for the next two years. Many lessons have been learnt as hard work in the wards has brought some hope of securing more than just Crookes & Crosspool as a home for Labour councilors in Hallam. We won the constituency for Labour in 2017, and let’s hope the position of Jared O’Mara is resolved soon so that we can resume supporting a Labour MP.
 
The emphasis must now be on persuading the Labour Group on the Council to resolve the issues being created by Streets Ahead – a solution to the question of trees and an acceleration of the road maintenance are both needed so that voters in Hallam can see some benefits of this bedeviled PFI contract and give the Labour council credit for good work that is being done in other sectors. The whole 'tree' business has also brought to the fore a need for better democratic accountability and interface between Leader and Cabinet, and local membership.
 
If the 2019 elections can be fought on a level playing field with no own goals already scored, then our aim of pushing the Lib Dems in each ward can become an increasing reality.
 
Finally… 
A huge thank you to every Labour member who put time and effort into Hallam’s May 3rd campaign. Every leaflet delivered, poster put up, phone call made, doorstep visited made a difference.

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3. Annual Conference: Liverpool 22-26 June 2018
Ruth Milsom, Communications Officer

This year's Annual Conference will take place in Liverpool. The Women's Conference will be held on 22nd September, followed by the main Conference on 23rd-26th.

We are sending six delegates this year from Hallam CLP. By dint of having reserved group accommodation well in advance we are keeping costs very low and anticipate no greater expenditure than last year when we sent four delegates to Brighton - something in the region of £1800 for delegates' passes, accommodation and travel. We are renting two large houses which we are sharing with comrades from our neighbouring constituencies, Central and Heeley, so that all three CLPs may benefit from minimising expenditure and therefore send more delegates.

We are not able to stump up the whole cost from the CLP's current account. Branches are making considerable contributions towards costs, and we have opened a JustGiving crowdfunder to raise at least £800.

If you are able to make a donation to the Conference crowdfunder, please do so at
https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/hallamlabourconference18

Our delegates:
Anne Hollows
Liz Lawrence (attending Women's Conference)
Ruth Milsom
David Sedgley
Vanessa Senger (voting delegate at Women's Conference)
Liz Winders

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4. Reports from Regional Conference 2018

i) Joseph Ashton, CLP Youth Officer - Hallam's Youth Delegate to Conference

Edited by Jean Webb.

I would like to thank the members of the CLP for electing me as one of the delegates to the regional conference. On arrival, I was able to browse the stalls supporting a variety of  organisations including Justice 4 Orgreave , unions and the Co-Op where I collected free leaflets, pens and mints. Possibly my favourite part of a very long day! I bought a Manifesto in which I collected autographs from the MPs etc to be used for fundraising.
 
The first session was a panel “discussion” on Devolution. I was pleased with contributions highlighting the need for municipal socialism and an elected assembly in Yorkshire. Robert Howarth argued that regional conference should take motions and for members voices to be heard by Labour Groups and got a lot of support from the floor.
 
There was a Brexit panel discussion which was less than supportive of Corbyn’s position. Sheffield Hallam did not disappoint with a passionate contribution from Jean Webb on how we must support and expand the great impact the manifesto had at the last election and that we need a bold and radical approach that will allow for Brexit voters to support the party.
(Editors note: The point was that people were rebellious and searching for radical answers when they voted, not more of the same.)
 
We voted by secret ballot on the elections. Robert Howarth did not get elected to the National Policy Forum.
 
There were then “fringe” meetings. The other Hallam people went to the Democracy Review one and I decided to branch out and go to “Labour for the Single Market” with Angela Smith, Heidi Alexander and a rep from Labour Against Brexit. I was disappointed in the slant of this and challenged Angela Smith who supports TTIP and praised Theresa May!
 
There was a vote on some regional party amendments (to standing orders, Ed) which I voted against as we were repeatedly told our vote was meaningless as the decisions were already made and implemented!
 
Richard Burgon took to the stage to end Conference with a rousing speech which motivated everyone in the hall and prepares us to fight the next election, win and make Jeremy Corbyn the next Prime Minister.
 
I learned a few things from Conference:
  1. Hallam CLP is the most optimistic and radical party in the region
  2. Conferences go on for too long and could have been half the time.
Saltaire is a unique village and the only downside is that being a delegate involves a lot of time indoors so I didn’t get to look around.

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ii) Jean Webb - Hallam's Woman Delegate to Conference

Holding the conference in the historically significant mill town of Saltaire added context to the event. I took a look around the day before and felt very aware of the lives led by those families who built the wealth of the mill owners and how the owner of the Salt Mill provided the conditions that he believed would result in the best profits, including banning trades union membership. Giving health and education services with one hand, whilst putting children to work on the other. A lot to reflect on, especially in its modern context and the current beneficiaries of its preservation - the people who now live in the houses and visit as tourists are very different to those whose lives were dependent upon the mill.

The conference itself was rally- style without the excitement! Each session was dominated by a Platform of MP’s and other Labour/ union officials. We had not been provided with an agenda before arrival so could not prepare for sessions. We were basically treated as an audience rather than elected delegates there to participate in policy discussions and formation. As I can recall, nine MP’s and various officers from unions plus a councillor or two spoke from the platform. The delegates were expected to ask questions and receive answers at the end of each session. This is not the offer we make when we invite people to join the party and “ Be involved and have your say”.

There was also an assumption that Yorkshire devolution was our main programme and it is only the details that need to be set out. It. This stems from a belief that there is no prospect of a General Election and that it is possible to win prizes from the Tories by having clever plans. My view is that they greatly underestimate both the Tories and the aspirations of the working class voters.

Although there was a good number of women on the platform, they mostly did not represent the Corbyn majority of our party and there were a lot of mealy-mouthed contributions suggesting that we don’t yet have a worked out programme and policies and therefore “More discussions need to be had” was a theme. My alarm bells were ringing!

The only platform speakers that spoke with passion were obviously Richard Burgon and new MP Emma Hardy she has not been a career politician, is a teacher and spoke from the embedded position she has within her community.

The change in the conference came when we were finally invited to ask questions from the floor. One after another of us got up to speak on behalf of Labour voters and our class including Tosh McDonald of ASLEF and Robert Howarth and myself making Sheffield Hallam a bit of a thing for the rest of the day, particularly as the Chair had initially refused both of us a chance to speak. As the woman delegate for our CLP I was delighted when a woman called out “ Is a woman going to speak?” And I was in ! I would guess there was at least 40% women on the floor of conference. By the end of the morning session the delegates and visitors were erupting in support of the left and supporting the Corbyn manifesto and more importantly, we came together.

During the rest of the day, we were approached by many, many people thanking us for our contributions, celebrating the turn in proceedings and wanting to keep in touch. A student approached me whom I introduced to Joe and in the afternoon this student made a stinking speech that had the conference whooping and stamping in support even before he had finished. He is now an honorary member of our CLP haha.

The elections for the regional board were, in Robert Howarth's words, won by the left “hands down” in the CLPs.

Finally, as the Woman delegate I would like to share one observation about women and space. After I spoke, women approached me all day and in the evening at the Shipley CLP social. They mostly talked to me on the way to and from the toilet and in the inevitable queue. The point I would make is that they chose women- only spaces to use their voices. That is why I believe that Women’s Conference is so important and that it must return to the full conference it once was. As someone highly involved in Women’s Conference in the distant past, I know that it was where many, many of the MPs and party officers gained their confidence and experience.

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5. Report from Annual Conference 2017

A report from the Brighton Conference will be circulated shortly via a separate email.

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6. Social Events
Tony Mercer, FUNSOC Secretary

FUNSOC organises social events and contributes to fundraising for Hallam CLP.
Each branch is encouraged to elect a representative, and any member of Hallam CLP can join Funsoc; just e-mail me on tonyomercer@btinternet.com if you are interested.
 
For a first-time event, the May Fair on 6th May was a great success, even though it was held on a very hot and sunny bank holiday Sunday. In the event, 17 campaigns and charities ran stalls in the Crookes Social Club and there were also two merchandise outlets and a bookstall. The Josip Broz Tito prize for market socialism goes to the “Reds” stall – the prize will be a model T62 tank (when I can find one)!

Outside, Livvy’s Ice Creams, Sunshine Pizza and Urban Pantry’s hot dogs and burgers fed the sun bathers, while inside, the bar also served hot drinks for those who couldn’t do without (even in 26˚) and the entertainment was provided by Andrew Strong and his busking friends, and Hallam A Capella who, with very little time for rehearsal, gave a stirring four-part rendition of those Labour Movement standards: The Red Flag, Bandiera Rossa and the Internationale.

The International Workers’ May Day address was delivered by Martin Mayer, the secretary of Sheffield TUC, who admitted that our event had motivated Sheffield TUC into organising a proper May Day celebration for the whole Sheffield Labour Movement next year.

The party in the evening was treated to Dermot Murphy’s ingenious May Day quiz, after which Redback, a band very close to my heart, performed to their usual high standard and even got some members (well, their offspring at least) moving on the dance floor, which I am beginning to realise is quite an achievement in Hallam CLP!

The stall fees, ticket sales and all-day raffle netted £912.86 for Constituency funds. Many thanks to the members of Funsoc and the CLP Exec who helped make these events such a success and to Maurice Champeau, the steward of Crookes Social Club, who gave us the venue for free AND paid for the band’s PA hire.

SAVE THE DATE!

FUNSOC is hoping to screen another progressive film on Sunday 14th October

This year’s Winter Social will have a Cuban theme in anticipation of the 60th anniversary of the Cuban Revolution and will take place on Sunday 16th December at the Crookes Social Club.

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7. National Rail Campaign Day

Monday 25th June, 6.30am Dore & Totley station / 7.30am Midland station

PICTURED LEFT TO RIGHT:
Hallam's coolest campaigner? Hallam members at Dore station;
Cllr Anne Murphy & CLP chair Liz Winders at Sheffield station

As part of Labour's national Rail Campaign Day, Hallam Labour members made an early start to greet passengers at Dore & Totley and Sheffield Midland stations with banners and leaflets to raise awareness of the dreadful state the Tories have created for our railways. Hallam CLP coordinated with Central and Heeley to ensure that main commuter travel times were covered.

Many of the regular travelers on the Northern Rail services from Dore seemed happy to see us there standing up for them. We got chatting to the two Northern employees working that morning; they are on 0-hours contracts and work the morning commuter shift for 3 hours straight without a break or a seat. There is no public WC at Dore station, so when they do get a break they have to buy a drink from a nearby cafe in order to use the toilet. They told us that a new platform for Dore is being talked about, but that there is no mention of toilet facilities in the plans.
Perhaps this is something we can campaign for in Hallam.



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8. Forthcoming Events and Campaigns


Wednesday 27th June, 7.00pm at ROCO,
 342 Glossop Rd, Sheffield S10 2HW

Celebrate the NHS Reaching 70: but what is its life expectancy?
Hosted by Festival of Debate and Sheffield Save Our NHS
https://events.ticketsforgood.co.uk/events/689-celebrate-the-nhs-reaching-70-but-what-is-its-life-expectancy


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Friday 29th June, 5.30pm, at The Florentine, Tapton Park Road, Crookes, S10 3FG
Planning meeting: Action against grouse shooting / moorland management for grouse

Hallam CLP has carried a resolution to undertake some campaigning work around the issue of opposing grouse shooting. We are planning a walk across one of the public footpaths where grouse shooting is due to take place on the 12th of August.

Details of the issue are here:  https://markavery.info/2018/04/05/guest-blog-4/

We will go from the planning meeting directly to the CLP AGM in Crookes for 7.30pm.

Don't forget to bring your membership card for the AGM.

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Friday 29th June, 7.30-9.30pm, at Wesley Hall, Crookes.
Hallam CLP AGM
Our Annual General Meeting. All members should have received a notice of the meeting and agenda by email.
There will be a membership card check on the door.

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Saturday 30th June, 10.00am-1.00pm, at Victoria Hall (Upper Hall)
Norfolk Street, Sheffield S1 2JB
Sheffield Hallam CLP Day School
Labour Party Policy on Brexit
Speakers: Paul Blomfield MP, Linda McAvan MEP
All Sheffield Labour Party members welcome. Please bring your Labour Party card with you.
There will be a card check on the door.

https://www.facebook.com/events/137089703828030/
RSVP: to Liz Lawrence (CLP Vice-Chair Inclusions) elawrence@btinternet.com 

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Saturday 30 June, assemble 12 noon
at Portland Place, Marylebone London, W1B 1JA
NHS 70th Birthday National Celebration / Demonstration

Coaches from South Yorkshire locations including Sheffield here:
https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/sheffieldbarnsleyrotherhamchesterfield-transport-to-ournhs70-demo-tickets-46592865515
or call 07941 332993 / email sheffieldpeoplesassembly@gmail.com to book places.
Essential to book in advance.

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Friday 13th July, 5pm, starting and ending at Sheffield City Hall
Sheffield Together Against Trump

https://www.facebook.com/events/389009044887791/


Hallam CLP is supporting this Sheffield demonstration, which is one of a number of regional protests taking place in conjunction with the 'national' demo in London on 13th July, when Donald Trump's visit at the invitation of Theresa May is due to take place.
There will be speakers at the City Hall at the start and finish of a march around the city centre.
A large number of interest groups and campaigns are backing this action, because Trump and his ideologies threaten so many ordinary people.
Come under a Hallam branch banner, or to support a campaign group like Sheffield Save Our NHS, Stand Up To Racism, DPAC (Disabled People Against Cuts), trade unions, Stop The War Coalition - you name it, it's all the same fight!

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Saturday 14th July, 10am-4pm, at The Burton Street Foundation
57 Burton Street, Hillsborough, S6 2HH
Universal Credit Training and Advocacy Workshop

FOR YOURSELF: In work, out of work, retired - this will affect everyone. Come along and make sure you and your family know the rules!
FOR THE VULNERABLE: If you are interested in volunteering as an advocate/enabler when Universal Credit is rolled out in Sheffield later this year, this is the event for you.

Free of charge.
To book a place: mobile 07519 214648 / email dpacsheffield@gmail.com
Please allow 15 minutes for registration before a prompt start at 10am.

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9. Fundraising

Sheffield Hallam Labour Party engages in regular fund-raising to support our campaigning and election work. This includes raffles at CLP meetings.

One-off or regular donations to both Sheffield Hallam CLP and our prize draw £200 Club can be made via our website here;
or you can create a bank transfer/standing order to:
Hallam Constituency Labour Party: sort code 089075, account number 58080250

Membership of the 200 Club is by monthly standing orders only; there is a draw every month for a cash prize of £25.00.

Please do make a contribution if you are in a position to do so. We have over 1800 Labour Party members in Sheffield Hallam. If we could raise around £1 per month per member extra, this would go a long way to financing our election and campaigning work.

Please see Section 3: Annual Conference 2018 above for details of donating to the Conference Delegates Fund.

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10. Membership
Joel Thorpe, Vice Chair (Membership)

Given the current political climate it is more important than ever to pull people into the party to represent the needs of the many and not the few. Local campaigns have seen the membership of the Hallam CLP grow in number to the total of over 1800. Whilst a few members might allow their subscription to lapse, and a few may resign from the Party, the number of new members each month keeps us in balance.
We need to build on the positive points coming out in the manifesto that Labour has published and ensure that we continue to work towards squeezing the Lib Dem vote at local and national elections, and returning a national government that is truly democratised and listens to the concerns and needs of the many and not the few.

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Hallam Newsletter 24 April 2018

Contents
1. Introduction
2. Campaigning to Save Our NHS
3. Campaign Training Day
4. Trade Union News
5. Fourteen Days on Strike at the University of Sheffield
6. International Women's Day Celebration
7. Social Events
8. New Facebook Group for Young Members
9. Reports from Branches
10. District Labour Party News
11. Labour Party Regional Conference
12. Forthcoming Events
13. Fundraising
14. Membership

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1. Introduction

On 3rd May voters will be going to the polls in the Local Council elections and the election for Sheffield Mayor. Many readers are no doubt already busy with election campaigning. Thank you very much for all your efforts in leafleting, telephone canvassing, envelope stuffing and talking to voters on the doorstep.
 
It was the mass participation of Labour Party members in the last General Election which won many seats for Labour and considerable improved Labour’s share of the vote. These Local Council elections are important both in their own right and because they can demonstrate popular support for the Labour Party and bring forward the day when we have a Labour Government.
 
This newsletter provides an update on the work of the branches in the constituency and our campaigning activities. Since our last newsletter we have held a Campaign Training Day with Andrew Gwynne MP and a successful event for International Women’s Day.

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2. Campaigning to Save Our NHS
Ruth Milsom, CLP Communications Officer

Since the Tory/LibDem coalition signed off their Health and Social Care Act in 2012, more and more people have become aware of the agenda of creeping privatisation in the NHS. This is manifest in, for example, the selling or leasing of property assets to private companies; underfunding of services, which results in private companies ‘stepping in’ to top up provision; the establishment of Wholly Owned Subsidiary companies to operate non-clinical services; hospitals built with PFI money; equipment being procured at vastly inflated cost from private companies, etc.
 
Our NHS – one of Labour’s greatest and proudest achievements – is under constant threat as a publically-owned, publically-run, and publically-funded organisation, free at the point of use for all who need it. The Tories’ ‘Five Year Forward View’ plan breaks the National Health Service into 44 areas, or 'footprints'. Each area is to form an Integrated (previously ‘Accountable’) Care System which oversees the rationalisation of patient services, with a view to saving money. This can only mean worsening standards of care and/or less healthcare provision. In the case of the ICS to which Sheffield is assigned (South Yorkshire & Bassetlaw) this has already resulted in the closure of various smaller facilities, and is currently threatening Hyper Acute Stroke Units at Rotherham and Barnsley hospitals. Without those HASUs, patients will have to travel to Sheffield, putting them in danger of not accessing care within the crucial first 70 minutes.
 
In Sheffield we also face seeing the Hallamshire Hospital’s Minor Injuries Unit and the Broad Lane NHS Walk-In Centre closed, as well as the axing of urgent eye treatment at the Emergency Eye Clinic at the Hallamshire.  Plans being pursued by the Sheffield Clinical Commissioning Group follow national strategy guidelines to the letter – urgent care facilities to be centralised in an Urgent Treatment Centre, and reliance upon NHS 111 telephone triage to point patients to the most appropriate service – their GP, a pharmacist, an optician (for urgent, but non-emergency eye care), or the UTC. Our UTC is to be sited at the Northern General Hospital – not central to the city’s geography, and not easy to get to at the best of times, especially for those with mobility problems. There is no clear plan for increasing GP appointment provision to cater for patients who are directed away from A&E, and NHS 111 has failed to work as a safe clinical assessment service since it started.
 
Since around 2011 campaigners in Sheffield have been opposing the government’s plans. A small number of dedicated people work hard to keep abreast of all the latest developments and jargon. Hallam Labour members have been involved in various campaigns along the way, including most recently gathering petition signatures opposing the UTC plans, and turning out in freezing conditions on March 3rd this year to protest outside the City Hall at a rally organised by Sheffield Fighting 4 Our NHS with support from numerous organisations alongside Hallam CLP, including Sheffield Save Our NHS, Heeley Labour Party, The People's Assembly, Unite, DPAC (Disabled People Against Cuts), and The Centre For Welfare Reform.
 
As a CLP we have also passed a resolution demanding that the Labour National Policy Forum adopts Composite Motion 8, passed unanimously at Conference 2017. This motion calls for the reinstatement of the NHS as a fully public service, and the expunging of all private interests.

 
What can you do to help?

  • join Sheffield Save Our NHS (monthly meetings: 6pm on the first Monday of the month at Central United Reformed Church); Facebook group
  • write to Sheffield Clinical Commissioning Group and/or Sheffield City Council’s cabinet member for Health & Social Care, Cate McDonald: express your concerns about Accountable Care, the UTC and privatisation.
  • join in local demonstrations (next date: April 28th, 1.30pm outside the City Hall – marching to the Hallamshire from 2pm); Facebook event
  • join the Health Campaigns Together Facebook group
  • join the Sheffield Fighting 4 Our NHS Facebook group

donate money to funds for legal cases (e.g. Barnsley & Rotherham judicial review re. Hyper Acute Stroke Units)

Please contact me for more information on any of the above.
Ruth Milsom: ruth.milsom@gmail.com

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3. Campaign Training Day
Tom Gartrell, CLP Campaigns and Communications Officer (outgoing)


Labour members from across Sheffield braved the snow to attend our Hallam Campaign Training Day on Saturday 3rd March.
 
Andrew Gwynne MP (Labour’s national campaigns coordinator) led an inspiring discussion about building Labour as an active, campaigning, social movement, and the importance of embedding ourselves in community organisations. Andrew was thoroughly quizzed by members and reminded us what an achievement it was to unseat Nick Clegg in 2017 and that we must not let voters forget that every cut from 2010-15 was voted through thanks to the Lib Dems.
 
Momentum Campaign Trainer Ben Timberley then led a lively session on “persuasion canvassing”, helping us think about how to have more productive conversations with voters that win them over to Labour. Ben emphasised the importance of listening to and acknowledging voters’ concerns, then using ethical, logical or emotional arguments to allow people the chance to change their minds without attacking their ego. As a local party, we should continue to workshop and practice these techniques, and combine them with Voter Identification to both win new voters and turn out our core vote.
 
After the campaign training, members supported a great rally (organised by our new Hallam Communications Officer, Ruth Milsom) outside City Hall to defend our NHS and oppose privatisation.
 
Tom Gartrell has now stepped down as Campaigns and Communications Officer.  We welcome Adrian Roxan (Dore and Totley Branch) to the role of Campaigns Officer and Ruth Milsom (Ecclesall Branch) as Communications Officer.  Ruth writes:
"Thank you to Hallam members for endorsing me at the February CLP meeting to take on this role as Tom Gartrell steps down. Tom has worked extremely hard during his tenure in the double role of Campaigns and Communications Officer; always with good grace, patience and a listening ear. The recent Hallam training event with Andrew Gwynne MP and Momentum training on persuasive canvassing was a real triumph for Tom, and a significant step in encouraging us as an effective community. I’m sure I speak for us all in thanking him sincerely for his service."

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4. Trade Union News
Lee Rock, CLP Trade Union Liaison Officer


The following amended motion was agreed at Sheffield TUC Delegate Meeting on Tuesday night 27th March 2018 after a good debate. The original motion was submitted by UNITE NE 403/5 N4P Branch:
 
‘Sheffield TUC opposes the consequences of the PFI deal for street improvements in Sheffield which has led to both widespread removal of the trees and the failure to meet the timescales for road improvements. If this work had been delivered in-house by a council service, the trees management programme could have been managed with a discussion with local residents and tree campaigners.
As it is, the actions of Amey plc have both failed the council’s road improvement ambitions and undermined the reputation of Sheffield’s environmental credentials.
We welcome the recent decision to pause the tree felling which is causing unacceptable levels of disputation.
We call on the Sheffield Labour Group to support the immediate, mediated settlement to the felling of Sheffield’s street trees and a reappraisal of the Amey contract with a view to bringing it back in house as a municipally-owned direct works operation as soon as possible.
We support the GMB members at Amey PLC in their current dispute with their employers regarding their pay and conditions and health and safety concerns.
We also call for an immediate cessation of the use of private security guards and police, particularly their use of heavy handed tactics against protestors which has shocked not only Sheffield citizens, but has caused appalling negative publicity nationally for the city.’
 
Unite Community
Recently we have seen the South Yorkshire Branch of Unite Community apply to affiliate to Sheffield Hallam CLP.  Unite Community is the community members section of Unite and part of its 1.4 million members.
 
Unite Community is for those not in employment, and adds another dimension to union strength in thousands of workplaces across the UK and Ireland.
 
There are already a few members of Hallam CLP that belong to Unite Community and the affiliation was moved by Lee Rock (Crookes & Crosspool Branch) and Seconded by Robert Howarth (Fulwood Branch).

If you are presently not in work, or have retired, I would suggest you consider joining Unite Community.
Details: http://www.unitetheunion.org/growing-our-union/communitymembership/

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5. Fourteen Days on Strike at the University of Sheffield
Dawn Teare, Crookes & Crosspool Branch


On 22nd March 2018 staff at the University of Sheffield embarked on 14 days of strike over four weeks. The dispute was in response to the latest devastating attack on the Universities Superannuation Scheme (USS) and a total of 61 UK Universities were involved. For many years the USS pension was a defined benefits final salary scheme where on retirement staff could expect a good index linked annual income. In 2011 this all changed. USS announced that there was a £2.9 billion shortfall and the defined benefits (of a predictable annual income) needed increased contributions from employees and employers to turn the shortfall around. UCU and teams of academics questioned the valuation methods that led to predicting shortfalls but a further grim valuation in 2014 resulted in a dramatic salary cap on the defined benefits.
 
The final straw was the USS valuation in 2017 where a huge ‘deficit’ of £17.5 billion was reported. Despite the growing communities which disputed and questioned the valuation methodology, it was announced further USS ‘reforms’ were required to help meet the desire for lower risk. The proposal meant abandoning the commitment to direct benefits. UCU balloted its membership and in January 2018 there was overwhelming support for industrial action.
 
I have worked in UK academia for more than 30 years and I was pretty apprehensive on the willingness of members to be up for 14 days of strike. However, this dispute grew to feel very different to the past pension disputes. In the weeks before the strike extensive discussion could be heard in corridors and coffee rooms. As staff found out more and more of the background to the dispute and the assumptions the valuations were based on justified anger started to swell.
 
On Day One I was surprised but relieved to see a queue at the UCU branch office for picketers to get their placards, arms bands, stickers and leaflets. Picket armbands kept running out. Each day there was an impression that more and more joined the picket lines and by Day 14 we had pickets at most University buildings. UCU membership actually grew throughout the dispute.
 
We soon began to appreciate how much preparation our local UCU and the student union had put in. The student union was covered in posters and information on why it was important to support the lecturers and ‘save staff pensions’. Staff signed up to a rota to be available in the Student Union building to answer student’s questions about the strike. A series of ‘alternative’ lectures labelled Teach Out were also given in a ‘radical space’ in the Student Union building. Topics included ‘racism in political speech’ and ‘how can we liberate our curriculum’. In our own department student reps took it on themselves to explain the dispute in the context of the marketisation of education. We were frequently joined by students on our Departmental picket line.
 
Students demonstrated their support in so many ways. Many brought us cakes, drinks and other refreshments. The ‘Roving Picket’ visited picket lines and provided entertainment in the form of the ‘Raving Picket’. Several rallies took place where students joined staff in the protest. The second of these was at the peak of the ‘beast from the east’. A few hundred of us made our way to the City Hall through the snow blizzard. The following week a larger rally took place to coincide with International Women’s Day (8th March). This was also led by students and we had two wonderful bands to keep us entertained as we snaked towards City Hall to hear rousing speeches including one from our own CLP Exec Liz Lawrence (past national president of UCU). During the final few days of the strike a student group occupied the Arts Tower closing it down for business for three full days.
 
Academics around the country invested time to identify the flaws in the valuation process which led to the proposal to abandon direct benefits. This includes the work of Sheffield University’s Sam Dolan (@etymologic) and LSE's Michael Otsuka (@MikeOtsuka). While local support was extensive social media meant we could all keep up with the latest discussion and developments in the dispute. Josephine Cumbo (@JosephineCumbo), the Financial Times' pension correspondent kept the USS pensions dispute in the FT. Comrades would join the picket line saying such things as ‘did you hear how much the chair of USS is earning?’
 
After the first week of strikes, talks began with ACAS and UCU members learned that an offer was agreed with UCU on the 12th March. The offer was a very much reduced defined benefits proposal with higher contributions for lower guarantees. Local branches met the next day and fed back a resounding NO, so talks resumed again. Finally on the last day of the strike Universities UK published an offer that had not been negotiated through ACAS. This sounded more promising. A commitment to the status quo for a year and the formation of a jointly agreed expert panel to agree key principles to underpin the future joint approach of UUK and UCU to the valuation of the USS. Though the UCU leadership recommended to vote to accept offer this many, many activists were against as the details of the proposal were too vague.
 
While discussions went on in the lead up to the ballot of members on whether to accept the offer, staff returned to work. This return to work was covered by action short of a strike conditions. This offered us some protection from having to work as many hours as necessary to complete the backlog of work. In particular staff would not agree to replace lectures that were cancelled due to the strike. I and many of my comrades found the return to work period very difficult.
 
Friday 13th April the result of the UCU members’ consultative ballot was announced. An overall yes (64%) to accept the proposal. I have mixed feelings, though I am relieved we have no more strikes for now. There is new energy, membership and enthusiasm in UCU and solidarity with the student body. Unless we get a Labour government soon, more industrial disputes will be inevitable, but we are stronger now and when the next time comes we will be more than ready.

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6. International Women's Day Celebration
Eleanor Midgley, CLP Women’s Officer


Hallam CLP joined forces with Sheffield Co-operative Party and Penistone and Stocksbridge CLP to celebrate International Women's day. The aim of the day was to celebrate the achievements of those supporting women in South Yorkshire and around the world.

The Lord Mayor Anne-Marie Murphy opened the event with a speech which recognised the legacy of the suffrage movement in Sheffield and our proud Feminist heritage.
 
The Fates, an all women singing group, then performed "Bread and Roses" much to the delight of the audience. Dr Emily Baughan, Ecclesall Women's officer, then spoke about the origins of IWD. Andrew Skelton presented a tribute to the Women of Steel and showed slides of the statues in their honour which stand next to the City Hall. Jean Lane from Women against Pit Closures and Vicky Horton from WASPI described the circumstances which led to their own political activism. [WASPI is the campaign to protect the position of women adversely affected by sudden changes to the state pension age for women.] Bob Jeffrey from the Trades Union Council then spoke about the continued inequality in pay between the genders.
 
Sarah Eldridge from City of Sanctuary, Dr Caitlin Procter, from Harvard University and Sara Gowen from Sheffield Palestinian Scholarship Fund all detailed the plight of many women around the world. Sara proudly informed that her project had funded 46 women in Palestine to obtain a degree.
 
Our next speaker, Jennifer Jones, from Women's Lives Matter, described the heart breaking consequences of the Tory austerity measures for women and children escaping violent relationships. Fiona Broadfoot spoke next. Fiona was trafficked into prostitution aged 15 and described her legal battle over the last 20 years to have the criminal convictions she received at the time removed from her record.  Fiona has finally achieved this and now runs the "build a girl" project.
 
Alison Boydell from JURIES, a charity which tries to educate jurors on the stereotypes which can surround rape cases talked about her work. Dr Elizabeth Lawrence, Vice Chair (Inclusions) for Hallam CLP, then discussed the consequences of the 1967 Abortion Act on women's lives.

Cheryl Barrott, Chair of Sheffield Co-operative party, discussed 'Fair Care', an initiative designed to improve the working conditions and pay of care workers. After an inspiring an emotional morning we were joined by Nisha Lall's dance squad for a performance of Arabic folkloric dance, which was great fun.

Thank you so much to all those who contributed and attended.

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7. Social Events
Tony Mercer, FUNSOC Secretary

Every branch is encouraged to elect a representative to FUNSOC, which organises social events and contributes to fundraising for Hallam CLP.
 
FUNSOC is organising the CLP May Fair for Sunday 6th May. This will be from 12.30 to 4.00 p.m. at Crookes Social Club.
There will be stalls from the Archer Project, ASSIST, City of Sanctuary, Cuba Solidarity Campaign, Friends of Edward Carpenter, Labour Friends of Palestine, Momentum, Orgreave Truth and Justice Campaign, Sheffield 6 Foodbank, Sheffield Save our NHS, Stop the War Campaign, and Unite the Union. There will also be stalls selling food. Music will be provided by Hallam Labour A Capella. The Fates, who performed at the CLP International Women’s Day event, have been invited. There will be a bar and hot drinks available. 
In the evening from 8.00 to 11.30 there will be a party with ‘Redback’ who play classic pop and soul music.  There will also be a quiz and raffle.
RSVP here

FUNSOC is also making plans for later in the year.  In mid August there will be a film showing of ‘Some Like it Hot’. In November there will be a Cuban Social, with the film ‘Che Part 1’ and a salsa lesson, salsa disco and mojitos.

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8. New Facebook Group:
Sheffield Hallam Labour Young Members
Joseph Ashton, Youth Officer


Young people played such a crucial role in the outcome of the 2017 general election. The Labour Manifesto provided policies that inspired millions across the country; scrapping tuition fees, public ownership of the railways and a pledge to build at least 100,000 houses a year are to name but a few policies, that inspired so many young people to vote for Jeremy Corbyn and John McDonnell's vision of democratic socialism.
 
We desperately need a Labour government, and we as young members can make the difference between winning and losing.
 
In order for Young Labour members to share ideas and plan possible campaigns, I have set up a Facebook group: Sheffield Hallam Labour Young Members for under-27s.
 
Please consider joining, so we can keep up the momentum from last year and ensure that Labour will win the next election with Jeremy Corbyn as Prime Minister. This means we will have a government that listens to the concerns of young people, whose voices have not been heard under the Tories and Liberal Democrats. 

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9. Reports from Branches

Crookes & Crosspool

The main focus of the branch activity is to re-elect Councillor Craig Gamble Pugh. We would like to build on the success of Crookes and Crosspool Ward returning two Labour members in the all-out elections in 2016.

This branch has active monthly meetings with good attendance and lively debate. Recent meeting have featured contributions from the shop workers’ union, Labour’s International Development Policy, Jared O`Mara`s Office manager, and an input and discussion on the University Lecturers dispute. We regularly campaign on Crookes, listening to residents and campaigning on local and national Health and Education Issues. We support the S6 foodbank and recently collected fourteen crates of food outside the Co-op.

We have been out canvassing voters in Crosspool every Friday, extending our voter ID and listening surveys to areas previously not visited.
Currently Craig is out every day until the election with various members of the team and with support from other city wide councillors. Campaigning opportunities are advertised on the Hallam web site.


Dore & Totley

The ward’s main activities have focused on May 3rd and giving our candidate, Lee Rock, the best possible chance of unseating the Lib Dems in our ward.
 
Regular weekend street stalls rotating around the ward in Totley, Dore and Bradway have brought a good level of public interest with comments about the enhanced profile of the Labour Party locally helping our cause. This has been supported by leafleting – using the education leaflet sponsored by the Constituency Party and also the excellent leaflet produced by Fulwood on housing.
 
Door knocking has also been on our agenda with the initial efforts focusing on Totley as a strong area for Labour votes. The weeks running up to the election will see a stalwart group of members looking to be out on the streets every day!  While some voters have mentioned trees and asked about the local MP, we have been reassured that these two issues do not seem to be putting people off and have recruited new members in some of the streets where the tree issue has been particularly relevant.
 
Our aim in the run up to May 3rd will be to deliver another door-to-door leaflet, knock on as many doors as possible and make sure through posters and garden stakes that we show that Labour is more than capable of matching, if not beating the Lib Dems and Tories in Dore, Totley, Bradway and Whirlow.
 
But the election has not been our only focus with the campaign to save the Hallamshire Hospital's Minor Injuries Unit and other proposals to cut local health services being taken up as a campaigning issue. The Save Sheffield Our NHS campaign petition was signed by most members of the public we spoke to – with many people who said they voted for other parties willing to sign showing how important the NHS is to everyone.
 
Our ward meetings have included speakers from the NHS campaign and discussions around party policy on education and transport. We also held a successful fund raising social that yielded over £100 towards our election campaign fund – proving the Labour Party can be fun as well as making a difference! 


Ecclesall

Ecclesall Branch has been very busy with our campaign activities in support of our candidate, Phil Wymer.
 
We have had voter ID sessions every weekend and have also introduced mid-week evening sessions from the beginning of April, ensuring that every polling district in the Ward will have been visited at least twice before the election. The weather has been very unkind to us, but we carried on, and dried out the sheets before entering the data!
 
On Sunday, 8th April we held a street stall at Banner Cross to coincide with the Sheffield half-marathon, in which Phil Wymer was running. We have delivered three different leaflets across the whole ward, and plan to deliver an “Eve of Poll” card to our target areas in the last week.
 
All our members have received a letter from our candidate and a window poster; some are also displaying garden stakes, and one member has a large “Vote Labour” placard on his gable end opposite the polling station in Bents Green.
 
We would welcome any further offers of help; we have voter ID sessions in the Banner Cross area on Tuesday 24th and Wednesday 25th April from 5:30pm. Please contact arline.kersey@yahoo.co.uk if you can help, or if you would like to display a Labour window poster or garden sign.

 
Fulwood

Campaigning for the local elections with our candidate Dominic Ridler is continuing in our usual locations at Fulwood Co-op and Lodge Moor shops and has now expanded to Forge Dam Cafe, Rustlings Road Zebra Crossing and Endcliffe Park.  We are also campaigning with the Schools leaflets outside our local primary schools: Nether Green Infant, Nether Green Junior and Hallam.  A food bank collection with a Living Standards theme is planned for 28th April.
 
Over the last couple of months we have had excellent presentations in branch meetings from Friends of the Earth and Sheffield Climate Change Alliance on Fracking and from Sheffield Wildlife Trust on a range of topics including Grouse Moor management issues, Sheffield trees and the Sheffield Lakeland Landscape Partnership.
 
Looking ahead, our new Acting Chair, Robert Howarth, intends to build on the inclusive and efficient style established by Hugh Tollyfield and in addition:
  • on a two yearly cycle, meet some of the key people and organisations in the ward (such as trades union representatives, headteachers, other employers, neighbourhood campaigners) so the branch can better understand how key issues are playing out in the ward and to raise the profile of the party locally;
  • aim for one or two major public meetings or events organised by the branch each year. The first will be on 'Industrial Strategy. What is it? How does it affect us?;
  • as well as the thematic speaker-led discussions at each branch meeting that Hugh established, introduce a 'current situation' item, each led by a different branch member, looking at some world, national and local events since the last meeting.  As well as being interesting and good fun, it is hoped this will give a wider range of members the confidence to offer a lead to the branch on important issues.

Stannington

In Stannington there has been a bustle of activity. Recently we collected for the S6 food bank on a wet and dismal Saturday afternoon. Thankfully the response was fantastic and we collected 20 crates of produce. We could only speculate on how much more we would have collected if the weather had been better.

Our council candidate, Josh Wilson, was busy drumming up support within the local community and he has been warmly received. Local campaigns have also highlighted the scourge of fly tipping and the ever present need for a bus service that is fit for purpose and serves the needs of the local community rather than the meagre service currently available. We feel confident that with the positive raft of proposals from the Labour party both locally and nationally that we can win through.

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10. District Labour Party News
Robert Howarth, Fulwood Branch


At the February meeting of the DLP, the Executive tabled a suite of papers on proposed changes to the DLP (including a narrow remit; new restrictions on what can be discussed at each meeting; a reduction in delegates from each CLP from 10 to 6; and only one CLP representative (currently six) on the sub-committee that identifies and trains new candidates for local elections).
 
These papers raised serious concern from the floor of the meeting, especially given the imminence of the recommendations of the Corbyn review on party democracy.  So, the issue was not pressed by the Executive; nor would they be drawn on what would happen next. Subsequently, a critical motion was passed overwhelmingly by Hallam CLP and the matter is now with the regional board.
 
I suggest that branches ensure that they fill their quota of two delegates per branch and that these delegates attend the DLP often. It is further suggested that delegates: support attempts to discuss, in an open ended way, a new structure and approach with respect to the citywide body and the Labour Group; but resist attempts to make definitive changes prior to the Corbyn review recommendations.
 
At the March meeting there were two steps forward and one step back with respect to the City Manifesto for the local elections.
 
In addition to the November citywide workshop, the DLP were invited to discuss a manifesto outline, which received a constructive welcome.
Moreover, it looks like the City Manifesto will have a higher profile than before, with paper copies, and related posters, available to branches.
 
However, the Labour Group were not able to meet their commitment to send out a draft to branches for comment in the time available.  There is now a commitment from the Group to do this in future years.

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11. Labour Party Regional Conference
10th March 2018, Saltaire
Robert Howarth, Fulwood Branch


This conference of the Yorkshire and Humber Region of the party takes place every two years and was held on Saturday 10th March at Saltaire. Hallam CLP had three delegates and one visitor. The regional leadership organised this event like a rally rather than a conference. There were no motions to discuss. Positive aspects of the event included a 'left slate' winning the CLP section for the new Regional Board. The left also won the arguments on the floor of conference on issues like Europe, fighting austerity, and lessons to be gained from the 2017 General Election.
 
One important deadline reinforced at the conference was 28 June. Comments on any aspect of the Corbyn review of party democracy and structures are due by then. [Democracy Review website]

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12. Forthcoming Events

Saturday 28th April – International Workers’ Memorial Day wreath laying ceremony and speeches, 12.30 – 1.30 outside Sheffield Town Hall
Saturday 28th April – Sheffield Save Our NHS Demonstration, assemble 1.30 p.m. City Hall, march to Hallamshire Hospital from 2.00 p.m.
Thursday 3rd May –  Local Election Day
Sunday 6th May – Sheffield Hallam CLP May Day celebrations [details]
12.30-4.00 p.m. May Fair, Crookes Social Club, Mulehouse Road, S10 1TD, free entry
8.00- 11.30 p.m. Party, classic pop and soul from Redback, tickets £8 in advance, £10 on door, £5 low/unwaged, tickets from tonymercer@btinternet.com

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13. Fundraising

Sheffield Hallam Labour Party engages in regular fund-raising to support our campaigning and election work. This includes raffles at CLP meetings. One-off or regular donations to both Sheffield Hallam CLP and our prize draw £200 Club can be made at www.sheffieldhallamlabour.org.uk
or by bank transfer/standing order to:
Hallam Constituency Labour Party: sort code 089075, account number 58080250
Hallam CLP 200 Club: sort code 089075, account number 50575624 (monthly standing orders only; there is a prize draw every month).

Please do make a contribution if you are in a position to do so. We have nearly 2000 Labour Party members in Sheffield Hallam. If we could raise around £1 per month per member extra, this would go a long way to financing our election and campaigning work.

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14. Membership
Joel Thorpe, Vice Chair (Membership)


Given the current political climate it is more important than ever to pull people into the party to represent the needs of the many and not the few. Local campaigns have seen the membership of the Hallam CLP grow in number to the total of over 1806. Whilst there were two members that resigned their membership there were three new members. We need to build on the positive points coming out in the manifesto that Labour has published and ensure that we return a local council and a national government that is truly democratised and listens to the concerns and needs of the many and not the few.

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Councillors' Grant award for Community Farm

Crookes Community Farm is one of the latest projects to benefit from a grant from local councillors Craig and Anne.

The Farm, on local allotments, is providing an opportunity for local adults and children to get close to the earth and grow vegetables and keep chickens.

On a recent visit to the site, Cllr Craig Gamble Pugh said "As a keen allotmenter and chicken keeper myself, I am so excited to see the amazing work being done by the volunteers here,".

He has pledged to continue to actively support local community groups if re-elected in May 3rd council elections.

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Councillor Craig Spearheads "Green City"

This time last year, local Crookes and  Crosspool Councillor Craig Gamble  Pugh was asked to create a strategy  to make Sheffield a 'Green City'. 

The plan was approved in March 2018. 

“ I'm in the Labour party because I want  social justice: a society which works for  everyone,' says Craig. “I don’t believe we can achieve social justice without also achieving environmental justice”

'' I know people in Crookes and  Crosspool care passionately about the  environment, and I have set out a series of priorities for  Sheffield which I think will really excite  people: more green energy, cleaner air,  becoming carbon-free by 2050.” 

Local people are being urged to support Craig’s work by re-electing him in May: 

Image: Craig Gamble Pugh has been the lead Councillor developing 'Green City', a strategy which aims to eliminate carbon fuel by 2050

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Grit and Determination- Councillor pledges to sort out grit drought

Councillor Craig has intervened to get Crookes and Crosspool grit bins re-filled, and has pledged to set up a network of local people to monitor fill levels in future.

On his facebook page, Craig commented "When the Beast from the East hit, the good folks of Crookes and Crosspool set to work clearing the pavements and side roads. People told me many of the grit bins were empty. Ive been on the warpath on this since February. I reported about nine empty bins."

After a few days, Streets Ahead confirmed they have all been refilled. However, in the meantime Craig had been out and about doing spot checks.

On Facebook, he revealed "I knew they had actually, because I've been on the prowl checking them."

Image: Cllr Craig was pleased that following his action, grit bins in Crookes had been re-filled

He also posted a video of himself checking the bins on busy traffic hotspot Cross Lane. See the video below

https://www.facebook.com/CrookesLabourCouncillors/videos/801634723370633/?t=18

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Doorknocking Marathon Reaches Halfway Mark

A local councillor is celebrating reaching the halfway point in a mission to call on every household in his ward.

Crookes and Crosspool Councillor Craig Gamble Pugh has chalked up individual conversations with 50% of residents on their doorsteps, and that figure is increasing by the day- and he has pledged to keep going until he's reached all 15,000 constituents.

“I love knocking on doors and saying 'Hi, I'm your local councillor, is there anything you want to tell me''' explains Craig.  ''I started running traditional Councillor's surgeries, where I sat in a local venue at an advertised time, but no-one came. Now I do street surgeries, with a stall so I can speak to people in the street, and roving surgeries where I go door to door.

Image: Councillor Craig Gamble Pugh doesn't wait for people to come to him, he goes direct to the people, on his doorknocking marathon.

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Casework Focus- Listening to you, helping you

Local Councillor Craig Gamble Pugh has described the way he keeps in touch with local residents and supports them with casework.

"Local people sometimes need a little support finding the right person to help them with an enquiry or problem. Sometimes it helps to get a letter or email from us as local councillors to back someone up and get things moving," explains Craig.

Craig, alongside fellow Labour Councillor Anne Murphy, deal with hundreds of casework enquiries a year. Recent issues have included:
- planning objections

- housing emergencies

- blue badges

- visa issues

Image: Councillor Craig visits residents regularly to see if there are any issues he can help with as casework

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Introducing 2018 Ecclesall candidate - Phil Wymer

Phil Wymer 2018 candidate for Ecclesall
Phil Wymer - a long-time resident of Ecclesall - has ambitions for the ward and city grounded in traditional Labour principles of social justice and fairness. If elected as a councillor, Phil pledges to:-

~ support local business, help new start-ups, and encourage people to 'buy local'.
"Local businesses make a vital contribution to the city's economy, pay their fair share of taxes, and employ local people," says Phil.

~ work to find a home for the three local grassroots football teams: Ecclesall Rangers, Porter FC, and Millhouses Juniors, and to campaign for improved access to open spaces.

~ continue to campaign to save the Minor Injuries Unit and Walk-In Centre, and fight against further privatisation of our health service.

~ campaign for cleaner streets and air, promoting healthier travel options and clean energy, and working towards re-regulation of our bus services to encourage less car use.

Phil's personal interests and skills include amateur football and education - he has taught for many years at Sheffield College, working with disadvantaged students.

Phil links his campaign and political vision with Labour's national campaign to win the next General Election and form a government that will truly serve the many. Electing a Labour councillor for Ecclesall is a step along the way to fairer leadership for the whole nation.

VOTE FOR PHIL WYMER ON MAY 3RD!

for Ecclesall and for the many

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Introducing 2018 Fulwood Candidate - Dominic Ridler

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Hello, I am Dominic Ridler. I am delighted to be standing as Labour’s candidate in Fulwood.

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Introducing 2018 Stannington Candidate - Josh Wilson

Josh Wilson is standing for election as Labour councillor in Stannington Ward at the May 2018 local elections. Josh sets out why he deserves your vote.

"I have lived in Sheffield all of my life, having attended school, college and university in the city. I graduated from the University of Sheffield with a degree in Politics and Sociology.

I live in Shiregreen, and as an active Labour Party member I am currently the Secretary for my local branch, as well as being Secretary for the Brightside and Hillsborough Constituency Labour Party.

Aside from my Labour Party activities, I also play an active role in the community as both a governor of Longley Sixth Form College and as the co-chair of Shiregreen Sports Badminton Club.

As someone who has both family and friends that live in Stannington and surrounding areas, I am aware of the issues that are important to local people, including public and school bus services; the importance of safety reassurance for residents in the Deer Park area following the devastating fire at Grenfell Tower in London; and traffic issues on particular roads (most notably Stannington Road and Tofts Lane). 

In the run up to the local elections I also look forward to speaking to many other people who live in the ward to find out what is important to them. I relish the opportunity to become your Labour councillor."

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