News from the Leader of the LGA Labour Group - 10 January 2017

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10 January 2017

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.

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.

Accommodation is available at the Warwick University Conference Centre, adjacent to the conference venue, on a first come first served basis.  Details of how to book are available on the Warwick Conferences' dedicated webpage: accommodation booking page


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

Newcastle City Council call for drink driving limit to be lowered

Stevenage Borough Council working with Police to crackdown on knife and drug related crime

Clare Coghill to become first female leader of Waltham Forest council

Blackpool to help first time buyer homes

Sheffield Council to build 1,000 cheap starter homes for first time buyers

Nottingham City Council and partners helped 5,000 into work in 2016

Oldham Council's innovative training programme wins national accolade

Rough sleeper numbers decrease but Bristol Mayor, Marvin Rees, says the problem is worse than it seems

"Tory trickery on funding does nothing to tackle social care crisis" writes Tower Hamlets Mayor, John Biggs 

Bury Leader, Councillor Rishi Shori, hits out at the lack of support for social care

Sue Jeffrey, the leader of Redcar and Cleveland council, won a ballot of members in Tees Valley to be Labour's candidate for Metro Mayor.  In the West of England region, Lesley Mansell, a councillor and NHS worker in Bath, won the party nomination.

Southampton council should be applauded for its 10-year Cycle Strategy which aims to see cycling become the everyday choice for journeys under three miles

New £30 million emergency department for University Hospital gets go-ahead from Durham County Council

Fly-tippers in Sunderland could be hit by increased fines 

‘Only Labour can save Small and Medium-sized businesses' says Cllr Ibrahim Dogus




National news

What does 2017 hold for public services?

Sir Tim Barrow appointed UK Ambassador to the EU after Sir Ivan Rogers resigns

UK Housing White Paper risks ‘backlash' (£)

‘Migrants Should Have Compulsory English Lessons' Says Chuka Umunna

Schools to be pushed to breaking point by levy, say education groups

Call to fight loneliness as half a million over 60's go days without contact

Shelter and councils warn discounted starter homes will be unaffordable for many (£)

The government is being urged to ensure witnesses in the so-called "Trojan Horse" inquiry are not revealed

Sharp rise in the number of patients turned away from A&E

Blocked beds blight mental health care

Dementia rates ‘higher near busy roads'

Online safety: the internet is not designed for children

Many councils are reportedly reluctant to increase council tax to pay for social care. (£)


Theresa May urged to get a grip on NHS as winter crisis spirals.

News from Wales

Swansea shipping container ‘box village' plans unveiled

Global Awards win for City of Cardiff Council

Plans for 'flagship' school worth more than £30m get first stage approval from Neath Port Talbot Council


Torfaen Council scraps infant burial fees 

News from the Labour Party

Copeland by-election

The Campaign Centre can be found at Labour Copeland Campaign Centre, Phoenix Court, Earl Street, Cleator Moor, CA25 5AU, and is open from 9.30am – 7.30pm, seven days a week. There is a free car park directly opposite the building. Click here to find the Campaign Centre on googlemaps.

John McDonnell MP responds to the IFS Report

Keir Starmer MP comments on Sir Ivan Rogers' resignation and the appointment of Sir Tim Barrow

The country deserves a proper plan for fixing the housing crisis, not just more hot air – John Healey MP

Lord Roy Kennedy writes in the Fabian Review: "Council housing was once a force for good in our communities – and it can be again

In her six months as Prime Minister, Theresa May has shown no regards for the state of the NHS – Jonathan Ashworth MP

It is an outrage that Chief Executives have already earned more in 2017 than most people will earn all year – Clive Lewis MP

Higher inflation is threat to working people's living standards – Jonathan Reynolds MP

No victim of domestic abuse should have to face ordeal of being cross-examined by their abuser – Richard Burgon MP

There is nothing more important than keeping our children safe online – Louise Haigh MP

Labour launch an industrial strategy consultation 



News from the LGA


Potholes: 2017 could be ‘tipping point year' warn councils


Small council-maintained schools should be exempt from Apprenticeship Levy


LGA responds to call for cross-party agreement on social care funding


LGA responds to Age UK loneliness report


LGA responds to Government starter homes announcement



Opposition Watch


Former government member says Foreign Office ‘in despair' over Boris Johnson

Tories round on Theresa May over resignation of top diplomat in Brussels as MPs call for more detail on Brexit strategy

Leading Tory Eurosceptic Theresa Villiers Attacks ‘Emotionally Needy' Resignation of EU Ambassador

Sajid Javid facing opposition from senior Tories over planning reforms


Tory grandee Lord Michael Heseltine fined £5,000 for careless driving after hitting cyclist with his Jaguar


There were no by elections on 5 January 2017.

There are 2 by elections taking place on 12 January 2017:
Sunderland MB, Sandhill
Three Rivers DC, Gade Valley



10 January 2017