LCER August Bank Holiday Briefing

On Monday, 21 August the Electoral Reform Society (ERS) launched their report on the general election The 2017 General Election: Volatile Voting, Random ResultsFor It concludes that our 19th century voting system is “bust for good” specifically: “For Labour, it is the brutal reality that so many of their votes did not contribute in any way to the size of the Parliamentary Labour Party – indeed it is only Wales which is keeping Labour ‘fairly’ represented in Westminster. This is because, as we show, in seats Labour won, the MPs have a majority of tens of thousands when only a single ‘past the post’ vote is needed. And because in many safe Conservative seats, the Labour surge led to zero increase in representation.” Read it here.

Workshops for Labour Speakers

The Make Votes Matter/LCER Speakers Workshop in Manchester on Saturday went really well.  If you want to attend the London Speakers Workshop this Saturday 26 September, please sign up immediately here.

 

Conferences/Events coming up this month, next month:

Saturday 26 August London Speakers Workshop (see above)

Wednesday 30 August Wells Labour Party us holding a meeting on electoral reform.  Fed up with voting tactically? Want to vote with your heart? Where would we be now if we could? Proportional Representation may be the answer.

In the Old Court Room, Well’s Town Hall, Market Place, BA5 2RB.  19.00 for a 19.39 start free entrance, free car parking after 6

The Wells Labour Party has invited Mary Southcott to speak at their open meeting.    They are inviting people in surrounding constituencies.  Question – has Labour ever won a seat in Somerset?  Please contact Gill Pettitt, Wells Constituency, for more details, gepettitt@gmail.com  

Monday 4 September 18.00 – 20.00 Cornwall North Labour Party is organising a meeting to follow up their motion supporting PR.  So join Labour members in Cornwall thinking about how different systems would work at Truro City Hall with input by LCER’s Parliamentary and Political Officer.   Please contact Make Votes Matter Co-Founder and Spokesperson, Owen Winter, on owen@makevotesmatter.org.uk or mobile 07504996923. 

Tuesday 5 September Houses of Parliament come back after Recess, LCER Executive meets at 7 pm. 

9 September 2017 Wigan Diggers’ 7th Annual Festival

Are you going? Could you help with a stall? Make Votes Matter and LCER? It is at The Wiend, Wigan from 11 am to 9.30 pm – live music all day see WIGANDIGGERSFESTIVAL.ORG, or follow @WiganDigger or facebook.com/wigandiggersfestival.   

10 – 13 September The 149th annual TUC Congress 2017 at the Brighton Centre

Tuesday 12 September 2017 LCER TUC fringe 12.45 pm Brighton Centre Syndicate Room 3

Time4PR? Labour needs to refresh its democracy, voting reform will assist its renewal what do trade unions think?

In the Chair: Billy Hayes, former CWU General Secretary and LCER’s Trade Union Officer

Speakers:

Clive Lewis Labour MP for Norwich South and LCER Vice Chair;

Howard Beckett, Assistant General Secretary,  Unite (personal capacity);

Sam Tarry, TSSA; Nancy Platt, former Trade Union Liaison Manager for Jeremy Corbyn; Amelia Womack, Deputy Leader, the Green Party; Mary Southcott, LCER Parliamentary & Political Officer; Further speakers tbc

 

14 September, the Houses of Parliament go into Recess for the Conference session returning 9 October. 

23 September Women’s Conference Brighton

24 September Labour’s Annual Conference Brighton ending on Wednesday 27 September.  LCER is involved in a Sunday fringe on Sunday evening. Main Rally LCER with Make Votes Matter is on Tuesday evening 26 September at 7 pm (more details later).   

LCER with Make Votes Matter will try to organise a fringe or stall at Labour conferences in your area.  Let us know if you are attending or can be involved.  And there are also events near you organised by your local Labour Party to discuss the issue of electoral reform. 

Our New Email – emailLCER@gmail.com

We have a new email – emailLCER@gmail.com so contact us to let us know:

·         The position of your Labour candidate in GC2017 (and contact details) or Labour MP of course;

·         If your branch or constituency wants to book a speaker;

·         Which conferences or events you might be attending and/or want a Labour Electoral Reform presence;

·         If you have passed a motion or submitted evidence to the national policy forum, the Home Affairs and Justice Commission

·         Or visit our website, www.LabourCampaignForElectoralReform.org.uk to update your membership to support our push to get electoral reform in the next Labour Manifesto.  

Mary Southcott

Parliamentary and Political Officer

0117 924 5139

077 125 11931

John Doolan