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Woking Labour bulletin
    July 2015    


Dear Colleague,

The Party's national performance in the May general election was very disappointing. By contrast, our result here in Woking, with an excellent candidate, was the best for many years. We last came second in 1979! The Liberal Democrats have lost ground badly in Woking and are now an endangered species. We are well positioned, once again, to be the second party here.

We have a major opportunity to consolidate this position. The ward boundaries within the Borough have undergone major change. We now have 10 wards, each of 3 members. All seats will be up for election in May 2016. After 2016, the seats will be contested by thirds on a 4-yearly cycle.

To achieve an electoral breakthrough in 2016 will require hard and focused work by all members and supporters. And we need to begin now. Every bit of effort you can put in between now and next May will be important. And the more people who do something, the more successful we will be.

There are many jobs to be done. Being a candidate, a ward organizer, delivering leaflets, doing telephone canvassing of an evening from Owen House or team canvassing door-to-door, running social events: these are all jobs where we look to you for participation and commitment.

We have a register of jobs that need to be done; and we want to build up a register of what members and supporters are able to do. To save us time, please contact Liz Evans now on 07906 697180 to say what you are prepared to do. Leave a contact number if no reply. Telephone canvassing for instance, has already begun, and needs your help.

Best wishes,
Paul Blagbrough, Chairman

Paul Blagbrough


Get yourself clued up on Labour policy!

Saturday July 11th 10.30am–1.00pm

Anneliese DoddsWant to know more about Labour policy on a wider front? Anneliese Dodds MEP for the South East will report on the European Parliament at a Surrey Labour Party meeting on Saturday July 11th from 10.30am-1.00pm. Many of you will remember Anneliese from last year when she joined us doorstepping and at a street stall.

Surrey Labour Party is our link with national and international issues and is a lively and up-to-date forum. Meetings are open to all supporters, but only members can vote. They take place in Woking as its central location is relatively convenient for the 11 Surrey CLPs.

A Surrey County Council update will be given by Labour Cllr Robert Evans.

Support our drive to raise the vote in Surrey

Come along to a Surrey Labour Party fundraiser at Owen House, Saturday July 18th at 7pm, with Caroline Flint MP

Caroline FlintWe are delighted to invite you to an evening of wine and chat with special guest and friend of Surrey Labour Party, Caroline Flint MP. Caroline came to help launch our Surrey Living Wage Campaign in 2013 and is now standing for Deputy Leader. She will bring news of the latest developments in the run-up to Conference in September.

With Police and Crime Commissioner elections and possibly an EU referendum in 2016, Surrey Labour Party will be supporting the candidates and CLPs in their campaigns. We need to raise funds to fight those campaigns.

Come and have an enjoyable evening in the best of company!

Leadership hustings for Surrey CLP members

Reigate CLP is holding a hustings for the Labour leadership elections at the Harlequin Theatre, Redhill RH1 1NN on Tuesday July 21st. The leadership candidates themselves will be at the Co-op hustings in London that evening, but will be represented in Redhill by members of their campaign teams. Robin Spencer, Reigate CLP chair, will chair the event, and all Surrey members are welcome. Doors open at 7pm for 7.15pm.

IMPORTANT REMINDER: Members are reminded to get their votes in soon for the Labour Leadership election. Final votes must be submitted by September 10th.

Registered and Affiliated Supporters can also vote if they sign up to vote by 12 noon on August 12th. To sign up online, visit www.labour.org.uk/w/labour-party-supporters

Open Policy Forum

July 22nd, evening

The Open Policy Forum is your chance to contribute to plans for Labour’s future, both locally and nationally. The evening starts with bar and nibbles from 6.00pm, especially to welcome new members, and a short Executive Committee will begin at 7pm. New members and all others are welcome to attend. The Forum will then open with Woking Constituency nominations for election of Leader and Deputy Leader. You are urged to check out all the candidate leaflets received online before coming.

Members of the EC will then lead discussions on housing - Croydonisation included (wot's that? Come and find out), strategy on the living wage and zero hours contracts, Labour policy for the Green Belt Review which is currently taking place, strategy for the Liberal Democrat and Green vote, and the continuing attack on WBC on-street parking anomalies. This aims to identify and clarify the main issues for the 2016 local elections. Do you have more? Be a part of the debate and bring your pet theories/likes/hates!

CALL FOR CANDIDATES: Could you be a councillor?

Give our Secretary Andy Pulleyn a ring on 07487 765706 and he will help with any queries you may have about standing for election as a borough councillor. We look for candidates who are not afraid to speak up loudly for their residents - and candidates who like people!


Dates for your diary

All at Owen House unless otherwise shown. NB: No meetings in August.

July 11th (Saturday), 10.30am-1.00pm
Surrey Labour Party meeting with speaker Anneliese Dodds MEP (see details above).

July 18th (Saturday), 7.00pm
Surrey Labour evening of wine and chat with special guest and friend of Surrey Labour Party, Caroline Flint MP. With Police and Crime Commissioner elections and possibly an EU referendum next year, they're hoping to raise funds to fight those campaigns - so please come along if you can.

July 22nd (Wednesday), from 6pm
Open Policy Forum. See details above. All welcome.

July 23rd (Thursday), 7.30pm
Meeting at Alpha Road Community Hall to discuss Princess Road shops.

August 2nd (Sunday), 1pm
BBQ at Horsell Park. Children welcome. UNMISSABLE!! (see flyer and booking form)

September 23rd and October 21st (Wednesdays), 8pm
Executive Committee.

  Woking Labour Constituency Party, Owen House, Heathside Crescent, Woking, Surrey GU22 7AG.
Web: www.wokinglabour.org
Chair: Paul Blagbrough (chair@wokinglabour.org)
Secretary: Andy Pulleyn (secretary@wokinglabour.org)