Labour North Regional Board

MINUTES of an online meeting of the Labour North Regional Board, held on Thursday

30th July from 6.00pm.

 

MINUTES

Present:

Lewis Atkinson, Jane Carter, Lisa Collins, Adam Ellison, Mary Foy, Charlie Gray, Anne Lawson, Joyce McCarty, Stephen Powers, Denise Robson, Mike Routledge, Ann Schofield, Les Scott, Norma Stephenson, Sheila Williams, John Woodhouse

 

Apologies:

Charlotte Austin, Nick Brown, Simon Henig, Linda Hobson, Chris Jukes, Lee Sherriff, Lee Vasey, Clare Williams

 

In attendance:

Kate Bolger (Regional Director)

 

In the Chair:

Mike Routledge (Chair)

 

Minutes of previous meeting

Agreed

 

Matters arising

Denise Robson raised the issue of regional complaints and requested an update from the February meeting.  It was noted that it would be covered in the Regional Directors report.

 

Regional Report

The Regional Director gave a full verbal report, including on the following:

  • The impact of COVID-19 and updated NEC Guidance for all Party Units.
  • Online meetings for CLPs
  • Elections 2021
  • Regional Training events
  • Regional Events: including virtual visits from Keir Starmer, Anneliese Dodds, Rosena Allin Khan, Alison McGovern and NPF events held across the region. COVID-19 has impacted on Regional Conference and the Regional Equalities forums which are now due to take place in 2021 when Government Guidance permits.
  • Regional Membership Engagement Update
  • Regional Complaints and Investigations Update
  • Regional Compliance; including the North Tyneside Trigger Ballot and Local Government Selections
  • Regional Staffing Update

 

A full discussion followed including supporting CLP’s with online meetings, regular updates on regional complaints, and Organise and the technology review.

The Board expressed concern regarding the need for staff to be in place for the Elections next year.  It was noted that the Chair and Vice Chairs would write to the Labour Party to raise the Board’s concerns about the Party employees being in place until the next election.

 

Local Government Committees

The Regional Director provided an update on LCGs; Rule changes to replace Local Campaign Forums (LCFs) with Local Government Committees (LGCs) were introduced at Annual Conference 2019.

 

Changes to Chapter 12 passed at Conference mean the replacement of Local Campaign Forums (LCFs) with Local Government Committees (LGCs). These new Committees will be split into three equal sections representing the Labour Group, CLPs in the local authority, and affiliated Trade Unions. Existing arrangements for Co-operative Party representation must also be carried over.

  • Labour Group – Delegates from the Labour Group who include the Leader, Deputy Leader and other members to be elected by the Labour Group. At least 50% of these delegates need to be women.
  • CLPs – Delegates from the CLPs that reside within the council area elected by the CLPs in that area. At least 50% of those elected must be women.
  • Trade Unions – Delegates nominated by Trade Unions affiliated to at least one CLP within the council area. At least 50% of these delegates must be women. Delegates will be appointed by affiliated trade unions through the Regional TULO Committees.

 

Guidance will be circulated to LCF’s, TULO and CLP’s shortly.

 

NPF report

A verbal report was given by Lewis Atkinson and Denise Robson.  A discussion followed.  It was noted that regional policy consultations should be ongoing throughout the year.

 

TULO report

A verbal report was given by Mike Routledge, Lisa Collins and John Woodhouse including work during the COVID-19 crisis.  A discussion followed.

 

Any other business

Norma Stephenson raised the implications of The Labour Party’s unreserved apology to the former members of staff who contributed to a BBC Panorama programme about antisemitism within the Labour Party in July 2019.

 

The Regional Director provided the statement;

‘The Labour Party recently agreed a settlement with seven former members of staff who appeared on an edition of the BBC’s Panorama programme, as well as with the journalist who hosted that programme. Those settlements included an unreserved apology and a withdrawal of the allegations previously made by the Party about those individuals. The withdrawal and apology are binding on the Party and any motions which seek to undermine or contradict them will create a risk of further legal proceedings for both the national party and local parties. As such, motions relating to these settlements and the circumstances behind them are not competent business for discussion by local parties.  CLP officers have an important responsibility to ensure that they and other members conduct themselves in a respectful and comradely manner. We therefore take this opportunity to reiterate to local Labour Parties and officers that they should be aware of the potential liabilities to them should the allegations that have now been withdrawn by the national Party be repeated.  We appreciate your assistance in this matter.’

 

Date of next meetings

Thursday 8th October 2020

Thursday 8th December 2020

 

Labour North Regional Board
MINUTES of a meeting of the Labour North Regional Board, held on Thursday
6 February 2020 from 6.00pm in the Henderson Room, Labour Central, Kings
Manor, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 6PA
MINUTES
Present:
Lewis Atkinson, Nick Brown MP, Adam Ellison, Charlie Gray, Simon Henig, Linda
Hobson, Joyce McCarty, Stephen Powers, Denise Robson, Mike Routledge, Ann
Scofield, Les Scott, Norma Stephenson, Chris Turner, Clare Williams, Sheila Williams
Apologies:
Charlotte Austin, Paul Clays, Jane Carter, Lisa Collins, Mary Foy, Chris Jukes, Anne
Lawson, Lee Sherriff, Lee Vasey
In attendance:
Kate Bolger (Acting Regional Director)
In the Chair:
Mike Routledge (Chair)
Minutes of previous meeting
Agreed
Matters arising
Denise Robson raised the issue of regional complaints and requested an update. It
was noted that following the General Election, regular updates have commenced from
the Governance and Legal Unit regarding regional complaints. It was agreed that the
REC would write to the national Labour Party for an update on disciplinary cases and
complaints outstanding in the region. It was also agreed that the REC would show
collective leadership in relation to tackling unacceptable behaviour, and would look to
develop a set of principles to be agreed.
Regional Report
The Acting Regional Director gave a full verbal report, including on the following:
 The General Election, a paper was tabled and noted.
 Staffing Updates
 Tees Valley Mayoral Campaign
 Local Elections
 PCC Elections and PCC Candidate Selections
 Regional Fundraising and Events, including the Leadership Hustings, Regional
Conference and Members Awards Dinner, and the forward programme of
events including Tees Valley fundraiser in March, Youth event in May, Women’s
Conference and Gala Dinner in the autumn. It was also noted that small scale
fundraisers including film screenings and new member socials will take place
this year.
 Regional Training; including training for agents, campaigning, digital training
and community organising training scheduled to take place in the lead up to
the local elections. An Activist Training Academy will be launched in the
autumn, and training programme for MP’s staff will be provided.
 Local Government Committees guidance update
A discussion followed with a focus on the General Election and providing support to
CLP’s.
Rules for Regional Executive Committee and Regional Conferences
The Acting Regional Director distributed copies of the Model Standing Orders for the
Regional Executive Committee and Regional Conference, as agreed by the NEC and
Annual Conference. This followed from the briefing at the previous Regional Board
meeting, and the model standing orders. The following areas were highlighted to the
Board:
 Rule changes – these were agreed by the NEC in March, under delegated powers
from Democracy Review rule changes at last year’s conference. They are
immediately incorporated in the rule book, subject to agreement at Annual
Conference, which has now taken place. These new rules now form part of the
national rule book and are therefore not amendable at Regional Conferences.
 The new structure comes into effect for specific regions at the next appropriate
Annual Conference.
 Equalities positions – to be elected by all delegates to regional conference, while
equalities structures are still under development and these are transitional
arrangements. The regional committees will be established over the next year.
NPF report
A verbal report was given by Denise Robson. A discussion followed. It was noted that
regional policy submissions to the NPF should be preserved for future use.
TULO report
A verbal report was given by Clare Williams and Mike Routledge, including work
during the General Election and future TULO meetings. A discussion followed.
PLP/EPLP report
Nick Brown MP gave a verbal report. A discussion followed.
Any other business
None
Date of next meetings
TBC

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