AGM and Debate, Wednesday March 22nd 7.30pm. Bar 7.00pm.
Interested in finding out what Woking Labour has been up to over the past twelve months? All members are invited to the Woking Labour 2017 AGM, where our Chair Sabir Hussain and members of the Executive Committee will give an update of the past year’s activities.
The AGM is the opportunity for any Labour member to stand for the Executive. You just need to introduce yourself and say briefly why you would like to stand for a particular position, then secure a proposer and seconder from the meeting, and a vote in favour. New talent is very welcome. Bring your ideas and come and help us build a strong organisation that will continue to strengthen Labour’s voice and the Labour vote in Woking!
After the debate, Woking Labour’s Trade Union Liaison Organiser Dan Conquer will lead a debate on how we can work with local trade union branches. Bring your local knowledge. Do you know any current employment practices which would not survive close scrutiny and could provide opportunities for joint working? Are there issues you think we should be supporting?
The CLP has a number of affiliated trade union branches and now that the rule change in March 2015 enables trade union members to be individually affiliated to local Labour Parties, they are able to become a valuable part of the local support for Labour. To be an effective political force within Woking we need to be seen to be relevant and have more of a public profile on the streets and in the press. This would also give people a good reason to join Labour and to vote for Labour too.
A national demonstration and global day of action marking UN anti-racism day will take place in London on Saturday March 18th. Assemble at 12 noon, Portland Place, London, W1A 1AA. (Bakerloo line from Waterloo, but for more transport info see www.standuptoracism.org.uk/transport.) To join the Woking CLP contingent going with our banner call Gary Griffiths on 07771 331302 and leave your phone number. The demonstration is organised by Stand Up To Racism and supported by TUC, Unison, Unite, NUT, CWU, Aslef, PCS etc.
May’s government is keeping the question of immigration at the centre of British politics and continues to scapegoat migrants, refugees and Muslims. We saw a spike in racist attacks after the EU Referendum. There is a growing support for the far right across much of Europe – while refugees are being abandoned to destitution, drowning and exploitation.
But at the same time a progressive movement is growing – with huge, inspiring global Women’s Marches, the Black Lives Matter movement, and many acts of solidarity with refugees. Together we can turn back the tide of racism. Let’s make this year’s anti-racism day demonstrations the biggest yet.
Your Labour candidate for Woking North
Mohammed Sakhawat Khan is the Labour candidate for Woking North, the Surrey County Council seat covering both Maybury & Sheerwater and Horsell East & Woodham. “I feel very honoured to have been selected to represent Woking North for Labour,” he says. “I am an aeronautical engineer employed since 1990 as a Technical Manager by British Airways at Heathrow Airport. As a family, we have lived in Woking since 1971 and I have been an active member of the Labour Party for 14 years. In 2005 I stood as a councillor for Maybury & Sheerwater, narrowly losing to the Conservative candidate.”
Sakhawat helped to set up the Surrey Police Independent Advisory Group and remained a member for 8 years, giving training and advice to police officers on positive ways of engaging with the diverse communities within Surrey. Recently he joined the fundraising committee for the Woking & Sam Beare Hospice in Goldsworth Park, which opens soon and will be the best in England. In his spare time he helps a charity in the Maybury Centre which gives general advice to underprivileged groups in central Woking.
High on Sakhawat’s list of priorities are the two developments in Sheerwater and at Martyrs Lane, both of which are presenting major challenges. Please don’t hesitate to get in touch with him on 07713 881709 or at firstname.lastname@example.org, or to come to our Saturday surgeries for residents.
Surrey Labour’s campaign for the county elections in May is to be launched on March 9th at Owen House.
All members and supporters are invited to the launch and a celebratory dinner to boost our funds for the campaign. Guest of honour will be Teresa Pearce MP, Shadow Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government.
Teresa was elected in 2010 and re-elected with an increased majority in 2015 as MP for Erith & Thamesmead. She is a member of the GMB union and served on a number of Select Committees including Work and Pensions, Treasury and Public Accounts before she was appointed to serve in her present role.
Dinner will be at 7.30pm and be a delicious choice of freshly baked pizzas (including veggie) with salads, and trifle or fresh fruit for afters. Tickets are £15 (£10 if under 25 or on benefits). It is important that we know how many are coming, so please pay by internet transfer by March 8th at the latest, to the Co-op bank, sort code 08-90-35, account no 58128484, or you can send a cheque payable to Surrey Labour Party c/o SLP Treasurer, Moor End, Horsell Rise, Woking, GU21 4BD. Bar from 6.30pm.
With only two months left to go before the Surrey elections on May 4th we are already out canvassing and delivering, so any help you can give from now on will be hugely appreciated. Or why not join the telephone canvass at Owen House every Tuesday 6.30–8.30pm? Just ring the Elections hotline on 07906 697180.
We aim to field Labour candidates for all seven of the Surrey County Council seats in Woking. If you would like to be considered, please call Liz Evans on 07906 697180.
The Members and Supporters Evening scheduled for February 15th has been postponed and will now take place on Wednesday, February 22nd, at 7.30pm, at Owen House. The debate this month will be on the rise of non-unionised precarious low wage employment, extortionate private rents, stats on local rough sleeping and Woking’s ‘solution’ to the lack of social housing.
Cllr Tahir Aziz will lead on the above, exposing the rise in common minimum wage scams, unpaid time worked in social care and the bogus self-employment status of Uber delivery, followed by Q&A.
The latest TUC survey on the huge gap in salaries between the rich and the poor shows that in 2010 the average FTSE 100 boss earned 89 times the full-time salary of a UK worker. By 2015 this had risen to 123 times and average wage levels are still way down in real terms on the pre-crash level. For the self-employed, typical earnings are lower than 20 years ago, according to the Resolution Foundation think tank. The Annual General Meeting will take place on Wednesday, March 22nd at Owen House. Further details will be posted nearer the time.
Surrey County Council elections will take place on May 4th this year across the borough.
We have seven candidates standing in each of the seven district seats. Please look out for our Campaign Organiser Will Sellers’ emails to all members with details of the next canvassing meet-up points and also telephone canvassing from Owen House. And do make sure you are registered to vote! You can do it easily online.
If you want to win it you have to be in it!! Give some time to helping us from now on. Every hour helps.
The Labour Party has issued some new guidance documents on the safeguarding of young people and two additional notes which deal with the general behaviour of party members and the use of social media. They are designed to ensure the Labour Party is a safe and welcoming place for all our members and supporters, where the contribution of all is valued and the abuse of anyone is unacceptable.
Come and celebrate the passing of this extraordinary year in the best of company with your choice of pizza or pasta (including veggie) and delicious home cooking by our resident chefs. Our after-dinner speaker will be political psychologist Dai Williams, on “Surviving and Thriving in Troubled Times”. The focus will be on the key events of 2016 and how to make sense of what lies between now and the 2020 general election. This unusual slant on contemporary politics will give a chance to explore how we are affected both as a party and as individuals, and for open discussion on managing change.
Tickets are just £15, or £10 for under-25s and those on benefits. Time is short, so please book ASAP and by December 13th at the latest. You can pay by internet bank transfer to the Unity Trust Bank, sort code 60-83-01, account no 20132521, putting as reference your surname plus PPP (eg SmithPPP), or send a cheque payable to the Woking Labour Party at Moor End, Horsell Rise, Woking, Surrey GU21 4BD.
Thursday December 15th. Bar open 6.30pm. Food served 7.00pm.
Dai Williams is a Chartered Occupational Psychologist who began his career in construction in the 1960s before joining Shell to work in personnel in the UK and Canada. He studied psychology in Swansea and Birkbeck (London) with interests in industrial relations, staff development and international recruitment.
In 1997 New Labour’s election landslide stirred Dai’s interest in career crisis and change for politicians – for Tony Blair and the Cabinet, the peace process in Northern Ireland, and for leaders across the international community.
This is the 30th anniversary of Eos, the independent career counselling service that Dai set up in 1986. He specialises in support for career development, crisis and change for individuals, communities and organisations, often in periods of “transition”. He worked with self-help groups for the unemployed in the early ’90s and tracked psychological effects of the recession.
All members are invited to the Surrey Labour Party 2016 dinner with speaker Gareth Thomas MP on Monday November 28th at Owen House, followed by a short Surrey Labour Party AGM.
Gareth Thomas (right) is the Labour and Co-operative MP for Harrow West, first elected in 1997. He is Shadow Minister for Local Government and has been Chair of the Co-operative Party since 2000.
6:30pm Doors and bar open
7:00pm Asian sit-down meal
8:00pm Gareth Thomas MP
9:00pm AGM with a report from Robert Evans, SCC Councillor for Stanwell and Stanwell Moor.
The meal is a chicken and/or vegetable curry together with vegetables, naan and rice. It will cost £15 (£10 concessions). It is important that we know how many are coming for the meal so please pay by internet transfer, by 26th November at the latest, to the Co-op Bank, sort code 08-90-35, account no 58128484. Put SLP and your surname (eg SLP Scott) in the details field. Alternatively send a cheque, also to arrive by the 26th November, so that we can place the order with the restaurant. If you don’t want the meal, you are welcome to come later for the talk at 8.00 and the AGM at 9.00.