News from the Leader of the LGA Labour Group - 13 December 2016

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13 December 2016

Cllr Nick Forbes

News from the Leader of the LGA Labour Group

Cllr Nick Forbes
Leader of the LGA Labour Group

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Labour Local Government Conference 2017

The Association of Labour Councillors (ALC) and LGA Labour Group Local Government Conference 2017.  

The event is an opportunity for us to meet and discuss a range of policy relevant to local government.  In addition to keynote speakers and plenary sessions, there will be a series of policy and campaigning workshops. As well speakers from across local government, Rt. Hon Jeremy Corbyn MP is confirmed to speak and other members of the front bench team will be invited.

The details are:

Friday 17 February 2017, 19.30 – 22.30
Drinks reception and dinner 

Saturday 18 February 2017, 10.00 – 17.00
Local Government Conference

The conference will be held at a new venue at Warwick University Conference Centre.

To book your attendance, please visit our dedicated webpage: conference booking page

Please note we are only able to take online bookings.

We are pleased to be able to tell you that we have a number of rooms on hold at Warwick University Conference Centre, adjacent to the conference venue on a first come first served basis.  Details of which and how to book are available on the Warwick Conferences' dedicated webpage: accommodation booking page

Time is running out to book accommodation at the venue.

Please note rooms not booked by 3 January 2017 will be released by the venue.  Book now to avoid disappointment.


If you are a new councillor, i.e. elected for the first time in May 2016 or since in a by-election, you are entitled to a free conference pass and you should have received an email from the ALC with how to book your place. If you have any queries please email for further information.

News from Local Labour

Full plans to build a conference and exhibition centre as part of the Blackpool's Winter Gardens complex have been revealed.

Two of Camden council's Community Investment Programme housing estates have made it in the Guardian's 'Top 10 buildings of 2016.' The projects are self-financed by Camden and the public retains the freehold. 

Birmingham City Council has launched a public consultation on its 2017/18 budget proposals, including a Council Tax rise of 3.99% (2% Social Care Precept and 1.99% general Council Tax increases).

Croydon Council will invest a total of £45m into helping households at risk of homelessness to get private rented properties.

Barking and Dagenham Leader Cllr Darren Rodwell's 'aspirational working class'




National news

Social care crisis forces May to raise council tax

NHS England figures released show the number of people waiting for hospital treatment reached 3,754,961 – the highest on record since December 2007

Peter Beresford warns that growing talk of a "new social movement for social care" is "too little too late" with many people struggling to access the care they need now.

Sajid Javid has said that people in Britain have been allowed for too long to lead "parallel lives" as politicians ducked the controversial issues of social integration for fear of being called racist.

Birmingham business growth outpaces capital (£)

More than one in 10 patients in England faces long delays for a bed when they are rushed to hospital in an emergency.

Study finds 7m Britons in poverty despite being from working families.

Ed Miliband discovered a 'deleted' paper by Theresa May which skewers her own Brexit strategy.

A cross-party group of MPs has demanded stricter controls on betting machines. (£)

How much of a threat is UKIP to Labour?

Conservative candidate Caroline Johnson has won the Sleaford and North Hykeham by-election.

Troops on 24-hour winter flood standby

Fears over rural post office numbers


Cuts undermining fire services, says Fire Brigades Union

News from Wales

Two enterprising Newport business partners are toasting the opening of their latest venue after becoming the first recipients of a new type of grant from Newport City Council.


Welsh government ‘furious' with UK government over Supreme Court arguments on Brexit

News from the Labour Party

Jeremy Corbyn MP speech on International Human Rights Day

Sadiq Khan promises £200m boost for step-free Tube stations

There is a crisis in the funding of social care caused by savage Tory cuts – Barbara Keeley MP

"These are extremely worrying reports of seriously ill children waiting for hours for an intensive care bed" – Jonathan Ashworth MP

Grammar Schools will not improve education for all – Angela Rayner MP

Emily Thornberry MP - We need to see some consistent principle in the UK's foreign policy, not more shabby hypocrisy

One step closer to applying important measures to help reduce childhood obesity - Sharon Hodgson MP


The reputational damage caused to Sports Direct is entirely of Mike Ashley's own making - Clive Lewis MP



News from the LGA

Councils call for Education Services Grant cut to be reversed

LGA responds to Local Government Chronicle research on council tax

Fly-Tipping: Pre-Christmas crackdown by councils is underway

LGA responds to RAC report on council parking income

LGA responds to latest delayed discharge figures

LGA responds to Which? report on broadband

LGA responds to new food rules on advertising in children's media

LGA responds to MIND data on public mental health funding




















Opposition Watch

Theresa May's 'red, white and blue' Brexit call sparks ridicule

The Green Party has vehemently denied its candidate stepped aside in the Richmond Park by-election following the offer of £250,000 by a wealthy potential donor. 

Conservative Bob Neill says Transport Minister Chris Grayling "is not fit to hold office" for not telling the truth about opposing rail devolution.

The Liberal Democrats have been fined the maximum £20,000 by a watchdog for failing to declare almost £185,000 of their 2015 general election expenses.

Tory MP faces vote of no confidence over £13.5m loan to football team.


Boris Johnson's Saudi 'proxy wars' comment 'not UK's view'


There were 5 by-elections held on Thursday 8 December:

Telford & Wrekin UA, Horsehay & Lightmoor
Labour 358 [45.9%; +22.1%]
Conservative 292 [38.2%; -5.0%]
UKIP 124 [15.9%; -1.8%]
[Green [0.0%; -6.4%]
[Libertarian [0.0%; -1.5%]
[LD [0.0%; -7.4%]
Majority: 66
Turnout: 17.0%
Labour gain from Conservative


Lancaster BC, University & Scotforth Rural
Labour 98 [34.9%; -0.5%]
Green 79 [28.1%; -4.4%]
Conservative 68 [24.2%; +0.5%]
LD 36 [12.8%; +4.4%]
Labour hold

Newcastle-under-Lyme BC, Madeley
Independent 458 [64.8%; +64.8%]
Conservative 112 [15.8%; -7.1%]
LD: 75 [10.6%; +10.6%]
Labour 62 [8.8%; -35.5%]
[Green [0.0%; -7.8%]
[UKIP [0.0%; -24.9%]
Independent gain from Labour

Tonbridge & Malling BC, Trench
Conservative 603 [61.2%; +17.4%]
Labour 204 [20.7%; +1.1%]
UKIP 178 [18.1%; -0.4%]
[Green [0.0%; -9.5%]]
[LD [0.0%; -8.7%]]
Conservative hold

Maldon DC, Maldon West
Ind 279 [38.1%; -12.6%]
Con 172 [23.5%; -6.4%]
UKIP 114 [15.6%; +15.6%]
Green 69 [9.4%; -10.0%]
Fighting Unsustainable Development 51 [7.0%; +7.0%]
Labour 47 [6.4%; +6.4%]
Independent gain from Conservative. 

There are 6 by-elections taking place this week:

Powys CC, Welshpool Llanerchydol
St Edmundsbury BC, Moreton Hall
Taunton Deane BC, Blackdown
Teignbridge DC, Chudleigh
Blackburn with Darwen UA, Higher Croft
Teignbridge DC, Bovey


20 December 2016