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    February 2014    

ASLEF comes to town

Mick Whelan, General Secretary of ASLEF, the Association of Locomotive Engineers and Firemen, spoke at our New Year Dinner on January 31st.

From start to finish Mick laid his criticisms of the ConDem government on the line. With the drop in university admissions from the lower and middle classes, the big increase in outsourcing of the NHS, the profiteering by loan sharks such as Wonga (owned by a Tory), he left us in no doubt about where his sympathies lie. He delivered a scathing critique of the handling of the railways - with its crippling fare rises for passengers, increasing numbers of whom nowadays don’t even get a seat for the extra cost. The need to renationalise the railways, to fight for greater transparency and democracy in Government and to respect human rights was strongly put.

Mick brought two of his ASLEF Executive members, Marz Columbini and Howard Kaye, with him, and we were very grateful to all three for showing their support and solidarity with us in our fight against electoral fraud.

Mick Whelan in Woking

Mick Whelan, General Secretary of ASLEF, with Labour candidate for Maybury and Sheerwater M. Ilyas Raja (right) and his campaign secretary Tahir Aziz. The Cricketers in Horsell looked after us very well as usual and a good time was had by all.



Pizza, Pasta and Politics

Saturday April 26th, 7.30pm

Join us at Owen House for a fascinating evening with Paul Whiteley, the distinguished Professor of Politics at Essex University and an expert in voting trends. Paul last came to see us in November 2012 and there has been a strong demand for him to return. His presentation on UKIP, Europe and the Tories will focus on the current political scene with its implications for the European and General elections. Book early, as space is limited!

Tickets are £15, with a choice of pizzas or pasta enhanced by delicious home cooking from our resident chefs, with vegetarian options. Ring Paul Blagbrough on 01483 767421 for your ticket. Alternatively please send cheques made out to Woking Labour Party c/o Paul Blagbrough, Charnwood, Horsell Park, Woking, GU21 4LY as soon as possible, with your name and address with postcode (and an email if you have one), and tickets will be sent to you.


Do we need Surrey?

Saturday February 22nd, 10.30am

A Surrey Labour Party meeting will review the case for abolishing Surrey County Council and having unitary authorities instead with each consisting of two or three district local authorities. John Howarth, European Parliamentary Candidate and former councillor for the (unitary) Reading Council and James Swindlehurst, Deputy Leader of Slough Council (also unitary), will lead the debate. Surrey County councillor Robert Evans will contribute, and give the report-back on SCC business.

Woking CLP Annual General Meeting

Wednesday February 26th, 7.30pm

This open meeting is your chance to help strengthen our organisation in the community and ensure that we are both relevant to it and active within it. It will be preceded by a short (open) Executive Committee meeting at 7pm.

After a speedy AGM Michael Hassell will speak about the firming up of Labour’s policy development, and on the selection procedure for Woking’s Prospective Parliamentary Candidate in the 2015 General Election, which is beginning now. Michael is appointed by the NEC to oversee the process and will appoint a Selection Committee from the Executive to assist Tom Crisp, our Secretary, for the selection period.

This will be followed by an open discussion on important local issues for the May elections. All welcome. Doors open 7.00pm. Bar.

Labour Annual Conference

Manchester, September 21st-24th

Woking CLP is entitled to send one delegate to Labour's Annual Conference, and under the rules the delegate this year must be a woman. Visitors can also attend and apply for passes for all or part of the conference, including the National Women's Conference on September 20th. We welcome applications from newcomers, so for details please contact Tom Crisp on 07971 805884 or at  secretary@wokinglabour.org.

Dates for your diary

All at Owen House unless otherwise shown

February 22nd (Saturday), 10.30am
Surrey Labour Party meeting: Do we need Surrey County Council? See left.

February 26th (Wednesday), 7.30pm
Annual General Meeting preceded by short Executive Committee. See left.

March 1st (Saturday), ExCeL Exhibition Centre, Docklands, London. Start 11am
Special Conference on the historic links between Labour and the Trade Unions to resolve the toxic issue of union funding. Delegate lists have now closed, but for more details see the Labour Party website.

March 14-16th, Arora Hotel, Crawley
Labour S. E. Regional Conference. Members are invited to contact our Acting Secretary Tom Crisp on 07971 805884 or at secretary@ wokinglabour.org for details. The Arora Hotel is a great venue and with the European and local elections coming on May 22nd this conference is an ideal time to launch the final phase of the campaign. Please note the closing date for delegate and visitor passes is February 28th.

March 26th (Wednesday), 8pm
Executive Committee.

April 23rd (Wednesday), 7.30pm
Executive Committee followed by Meet and Greet (to be confirmed) for prospective parliamentary candidates standing for Woking in the General Election. Open meeting, although only members can vote.


  Woking Labour Constituency Party, Owen House, Heathside Crescent, Woking, Surrey GU21 7AG.
Web: www.wokinglabour.org
Chair: Paul Blagbrough (chair@wokinglabour.org)
Acting Secretary: Tom Crisp (secretary@wokinglabour.org)