News from the Leader of the LGA Labour Group - 14 February 2017

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14 February 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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News from Local Labour



Labour chooses Cambridge councillor Kevin Price as candidate for mayor of combined authority

Durham County Council cleans up with two awards

Leader of Hammersmith & Fulham Council, Stephen Cowan, calls on the Government to accept more child refugees following Lord Dubs' criticism of the Government 

New council houses are set to be built in Manchester

Council Leader Warren Morgan calls for help to house refugees in Brighton and Hove

Islington Council leader, Richard Watts, believes new academy will address school places shortage

Labour Deputy Leader, Tom Watson MP, visits Corby on arts and culture mission

Leeds Councillors set to discuss £6.5 million CityConnect cycling plans

Wembley housing scheme will be biggest ever 'build-to-rent' development


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National news


Jeremy Corbyn accuses May of sweetheart deal with Surrey council

The Guardian view on social care: all councils need more cash

It won't do to pass the buck to local authorities: We urgently need a national plan to fund long-term care of the elderly (£) 

One in four care homes rated 'bad' or 'poor' by residents and their families

Tutored children of rich ‘will swamp new grammars' (£)

Headteachers urge parents to lobby MPs over school funding cuts 

The government's abandonment of the scheme offering homes for child refugees after raising the children's hopes is "heartless and shameful" (£)

Councils to be told to build thousands more new homes

Loophole opens way for green belt homes (£)

Power to the regions: why more devolution makes sense

Commons Speaker John Bercow has voiced his opposition to Donald Trump addressing Parliament

Parents on zero-hour contracts 'could miss out on free childcare'

Public parks in danger of falling into neglect, warn MPs


Ken Loach: Tory government 'callous, brutal and disgraceful' and 'must be removed'


News from Wales



Leadership is about listening to people' says youngest council leader in Wales

£1.2 billion Cardiff City Deal receives final council backing

Campaign to tackle Newport fly-tipping clears 135 tonnes of waste


£11.8 million Swansea Council improvements of Dyfatty Housing completed


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.

Stoke Central by-election
The Campaign Centre can be found at GMB Stoke Office, Hillcrest House, Garth Street, Hanley, ST1 2AB – see here for a map. The nearest train station is Stoke-on-Trent. Details on the latest campaign session can be found here


‘Labour has demonstrated that we respect the result of the referendum' – Jeremy Corbyn MP

Tom Watson MP has set up a national enquiry to look at the background of successful performers and develop a strategy to offer opportunities to a wider range of future actors

Teresa Pearce MP's comment on the news that Surrey County Council is not going to hold a referendum on 15 percent council tax rise

The measures announced so far in Theresa May's long-promised housing white paper are feeble beyond belief – John Healey MP

‘This is a significant victory for Parliament, and follows months of concerted pressure from Labour' says Keir Starmer MP

‘Sir Robert Francis' message is clear: the funding crisis in the NHS is putting patient care at risk' – Jonathan Ashworth MP

This report should serve as a warning that plans to re-introduce selection at 11 will only make the attainment gap wider – Angela Rayner MP


Ministers must do much more to ensure that every victim of domestic abuse has access to support they need – Sarah Champion MP





News from the LGA




LGA responds to CLG committee report about public parks
Maintained schools outperforming academies – Time for councils to support failing academies
LGA responds to new LOWCVP/ Greener Journeys report on buses
LGA responds to latest delayed transfers of care figures
LGA responds to Government's statement on Dubs amendment resettlement figures
LGA responds to NAO report on health and social care integration
LGA responds to Family and Childcare Trust's survey
LGA responds to latest alcohol-related death figures
Councils respond to Housing White Paper



News from outside – Talk Shop: Brexit


Talk Shop is an initiative to promote conversations across divides. Last year, we ran a series of 10 discussions across England in the run up to the EU referendum with partners including the WEA and the Labour Party. We are now planning a programme of events focusing on Brexit and immigration. The objective is to encourage people with differing views to sit down and understand each other's points of view and perhaps to find common ground. We aim to feed the results of the discussions into the inquiry being carried out by the Home Affairs Select Committee. 


We want to partner with Labour local authorities that want local discussions about this trickiest of issues. We provide facilitators and briefing papers - you identify the audience (20-50 people) and a venue.  Contact if you want to know more about setting up an event


LGA & CIPFA Fraud Workshops



With money never having been so tight, protecting the public purse is more important than ever. Through the improvement programme the LGA have funded CIPFA to run a series of FREE workshops around the country for elected members to raise awareness on what councils should be doing to avoid and tackle fraud.  


These events will be of particular interest to Chairs and Members of Audit and Scrutiny Committees and Finance Portfolio Holders but are of general interest and available to all elected members. The workshops are listed below together with the links to the bookings website:  


Manchester 23rd February    book here 

London 27th February    book here


Opposition Watch




David Davis criticised for 'sexist' Diane Abbott text

Rotherham Labour MPs Win Libel Action Against UKIP MEP Jane Collins

Investigation into council credit card used by former Tory Leader, Mike Jones

Swindon Council tax to go up by 7.2 per cent but residents won't get a referendum

David Cameron criticised by his mother as she collects an award for opposing her son's cuts






There were 5 by elections on 9 February 2017:

Corby BC, Kingswood and Hazel Leys
Labour 610 [64.6%; +10.3%]
Conservative 252 [26.7%; +12.5%]
Green 82 [8.7%; -1.1%]
[UKIP 0 [0.0%; -21.6%]]
Labour hold


Tendring DC, Great & Little Oakley
UKIP 216 [36.8%; +14.1%]
Conservative 171 [29.1%; +1.4%]
Labour 117 [19.9%; +5.5%]
LD 83 [14.1%; +14.1%]
[Independent [0 [0.0%; -35.2%]]
UKIP gain from Independent

North Norfolk DC, Waterside
LD 649 [55.1%; +31.6%]
Conservative 410 [34.8%; -3.7%]
UKIP 77 [6.5%; -15.5%]
Labour 41 [3.5%; -5.7%]
[Green 0 [0.0%; -6.9%]]
LD gain from Conservative

Cotswold DC, Fairford North
LD 610 [68.1%; +40.3%]
Conservative 270 [30.1%; -21.6%]
Green 16 [1.8%; +1.8%]
[UKIP 0 [0%; -21.1%]
LD gain from Conservative

Fylde BC, St Johns
Ratepayer 564 [60.8%; +10.4%]
Conservative 278 [30.0%; +1.3%]
Labour 45 [4.9%; -9.9%]
Green 40 [4.3%; +4.3%]
[LD 0 [0.0%; -6.0%]
Ratepayer hold

There are 6 by elections taking place on 16 February 2017:

Oldham MB, Failsworth East
East Staffordshire BC, Burton
Uttlesford DC, Elsenham & Henham
Forest of Dean DC, Lydbrook and Ruardean
Cheshire East UA, Bollington
Wokingham DC, Emmbrook


14 February 2017