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Filton ward - Roger Hutchinson, Adam Monk & Ian Scott

Kings Chase ward - April Begley, Martin Farmer & Kim Scudamore

Patchway ward - Eve Orpen & Keith Walker

Rodway ward - Michael Bell

Staple Hill ward - Ian Boulton & Shirley Potts

Woodstock ward - Gareth Manson, Andy Perkins & Pat Rooney


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commented 2018-08-16 09:18:32 +0100
Hi, Some of your members and supporters may be interested in this event organised by Newent BLP. If you can send me an email contact then I will reply with the document attached which may help with distribution. Look forward to meeting some of you in October. Regards. Stephen pp. Newent BLP

Newent Climate, Energy and Environment Forum

20 October 2018

Invitation to Attend

All members and supporters of the South Gloucestershire Labour Party are invited to participate in the Newent Climate, Energy and Environment Forum which is intended to raise awareness, improve understanding and develop practical solutions to the existential threats of climate change, environmental degradation and the loss of biodiversity.


On 20 October 2018, Newent Community School will be the venue for a day-long event supported by a variety of local groups and organisations, focussing on the challenges of climate change, the transition to renewable energy, low/zero carbon technologies and farming, environmental damage and loss of biodiversity, and the significant implications for jobs and our way of life. This is a free, non-partisan, public information event that will be open to anyone who wishes to attend. It will include key speakers, small facilitator-led discussion groups, workshops, trade and information stands, interactive displays and other engaging activities.

Keynote Speakers

Dr David Drew, MP for Stroud and Shadow Minister for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

Dr Fran Boait, Executive director of Positive Money and Labour PPC for Gloucester

Prof. Chris Willmore, Professor of Sustainability and Law, University of Bristol

To reserve your place at the event, please register online at:

Plan for the day

09:45 – 10:00 Registration

10.00 – 10:10 Welcome address from the Forum Chair

10.10 – 12:00 Key presentations with a break at around 11:00

12:00 – 12:45 Discussion groups and Workshops 1 (repeated in the afternoon)

12.45 – 13:00 Discussion plenaries 1

13:00 – 14:00 Lunch with opportunity to view stalls, displays and presentations

14:00 – 14:45 Discussion groups and Workshops 2

14:45 – 15:00 Discussion plenaries 2

15:00 – 16:00 Full plenary session to develop agreed outcomes and proposals

Newent Climate, Energy and Environment Forum has been organised and funded by members of the Newent Branch of the Labour Party to bring together individuals, groups and organisations to:

consider the implications of climate change

share practical experience and ideas for addressing, adapting to and mitigating the effects of climate change

develop political, ethical, ecological and sustainable solutions to the multiple challenges of climate change.

To help with planning and organisation, please register online at:

This will ensure that you can attend the event and participate in all activities at the event in accordance with the arrangements made by the organisers. For safety and organisational reasons, you will also need to register on arrival and sign out when you leave.

Note: Should the event have to be cancelled for any reason, there will be no refund for any expenses incurred.

Getting to Newent

Please consider how to minimise your GHG emissions. There are stations in Gloucester and Ledbury with regular buses to Newent from both places, and there are also buses from Ross on Wye. If you live close enough, please either walk or use a bike. There is some parking at and near the school as well as in the town. You can locate Newent when you register online at:
commented 2017-12-30 01:38:06 +0000
I am 71 years and may be losing my home due to DOW&P stop their part payment towards interest of my mortgage for last 6 month.

Can you help me ?
commented 2017-11-02 10:44:42 +0000
Dear colleague,

My name is Jerry Weber and I am the chair of Warwick & Leamington CLP. I was also the agent for Matt Western at the General Election in June where we pulled off a remarkable victory and overturned a Tory majority of 6,500.

I am standing as a non-aligned and independent candidate for one of the CLP places on the NEC.

I am standing because I am very concerned about the continuing rift and discord within the Party. It really is time we put our differences behind us and started to build a party to offer the electorate a real alternative. The Party needs reforming. I will be committed to open processes and transparency in dealing with difficult issues such as suspensions and expulsion from the Party.

I hope that you will be holding a nomination meeting and that you will support me and give an independent voice a chance to be on the ballot paper. Although I am a member of the Co-operative Party, I am not aligned to any other group. I believe that CLP representatives on the NEC need to be independent and not dependent on groups such as Momentum and Progress.

The NEC is our key body that directs the future of the Party. If elected, I will be a grassroots member of the NEC.

Check out my flyer on Facebook

I look forward to your support.

Best wishes

commented 2017-10-27 11:31:25 +0100
To whom it may concern,

My name is Paul Clarkson. I am a member of the Labour party and in the Newnham ward in Cambridge. I am writing to see if your CLP has made its nominations yet for the additional NEC candidates.

I am also writing to ask if your CLP would nominate me. I am Chair of my ward, a delegate at GC and the European member of the Executive Committee.

My platform is on economic recovery by diversifying the economy away from purely financial services and into a new industrial drive on science and engineering, particularly using universities as growth centres. I used to work for Rolls-Royce and I am just about to complete a PhD in physics, chemistry and electronic engineering.

I have spent time working with the Civil Service and the Royal Academy of Engineers and I am an advocate of policy development in these areas. I also champion education and health reform.

I am also a writer in the entertainment industry and currently working on the BBC/HBO adaptation of Phillip Pullman’s Dark Materials trilogy (Northern Lights, Subtle Knife and Amber Spyglass).

I will be completing supporting material this weekend (video and a side of A4) and I’m happy to take phone calls to discuss my platform if it pleases your CLP. I look forward to hearing from you.

Kind regards,

Paul Clarkson
commented 2017-06-07 16:09:50 +0100
My boy has been invited to go to the new pegasus school for children with autism in Patchway once it’s built. Will the future of this school (it being built) be under threat if labour wins this election? Will it definitely be built if labour win the election? Thank you in advance for your speedy reply. Kindest wishes, Cassy Walsh
commented 2017-05-19 13:36:01 +0100
I want to go door knocking in South Glos and would love a poster for my window!!
commented 2017-05-19 08:45:18 +0100
Canvassing at the school gates! At 8am in the morning when I am dropping my children to school I do NOT want to have to run the gauntlet through an army of canvassers. This is totally inappropriate – parents are busily rushing around trying to get their children into school and then onto work. I will not discuss politics at the school gates either. Imagine my irritation when I then drop my youngest at the nursery at the top of the road to find another canvasser lurking in the car park there too!! I know you have the absolute right to exercise free speech but timing on this one is poor and completely inappropriate. Are the Labour so desperate for votes that they need to do this? You’ve cost my vote.
commented 2017-05-14 19:11:02 +0100
commented 2017-04-19 12:18:42 +0100
I’m a young Labour member and am determined to throw my weight behind our party to prevent the Tories from orchestrating a disastrous hard Brexit. I am willing to offer any assistance whatsoever, so please do not hesitate to get in contact with me.

A slight complication is that, being as clueless as the rest of us about the Machiavellian potentials of Theresa May and her astonishing U-turn, I have embarked on a gap year and am currently on the other side of the world. Flying back to support the campaign of course remains a possibility but I am interested in knowing if there is anything I can do via the internet, which is currently the only medium through which I can operate. If there is, fantastic – please let me know what I can do to help.
commented 2017-02-21 09:22:27 +0000
Who is the Councellor i would need to speak to for Thornbury? I am one of those families effected by inadequate services and I’d like a diplomatic and constructive chat about it.
commented 2016-11-02 11:51:15 +0000
Thornbury.hi am writing back to ask if the labour team could look in to all this could thornbury have a new library with toilets and a NHS hub like patchway.could it open 7 days a week.could thornbury leisure center have a jacuzzi and sauna and steam room same with horfield.bristol .to be fair when we was in a labour government we had things like this.many thanks keith
commented 2016-11-01 14:27:55 +0000
Project 2.hi i am writing back to ask if the labour team could look in to all this when we was in a Labour goverment if any workers had to take employers to a tribunal it was free for workers the Goverment we got now makes us pay for it is there any thing labour can do now to get this back The old ways all employers pay it all.i understand labour is a big fan of unions and there a big Fan of labour.the unions is good but the laws will not let them do all the things they ned to be the employers keeps geting a way with it employers refuse to take any one on With disabilitys refuse to make reasonble adjustments.if any one is temporary out of work there Neds to be some where they could all go for money.about houseing associations it was labour Whoe got them in if theres a problem they refuse to put it rite very seldom answers a phone they Keep puting the rent up same with all the councils. many thanks keith.
commented 2016-09-09 18:29:52 +0100

I am keen to get involved in local politics and was wondering if there are any events/meetings to get involved.


commented 2016-06-25 12:59:56 +0100
Hello, I’m keen to get involved whenever possible. Could you let me know of upcoming events? I was also wondering when the next South Gloucestershire council meeting will be held as I would like to attend as a member of the public.
commented 2016-05-10 12:45:35 +0100
I am approaching you on an official matter. I was wondering

if you could submit the following to South Gloucestershire County Council

on behalf of all women in the borough affected by the following:


fair transitional state pension arrangements for 1950’s women


Council calls upon the Government to make fair transitional state

pension arrangements for all women born on or after 6th April 1951, who

have unfairly borne the burden of the increase to the State Pension Age

(SPA) with lack of appropriate notification.

Hundreds of thousands

of women had significant pension changes imposed on them by the

Pensions Acts of 1995 and 2011 with little/no/personal notification of

the changes. Some women had only two years notice of a six-year

increase to their state pension age.

Many women born in the 1950’s

are living in hardship. Retirement plans have been shattered with

devastating consequences. Many of these women are already out of the

labour market, caring for elderly relatives, providing childcare for

grandchildren, or suffer discrimination in the workplace so struggle to

find employment. Women born in this decade are suffering financially.

These women have worked hard, raised families and paid their tax and

national insurance with the expectation that they would be financially

secure when reaching 60. It is not the pension age itself that is in

dispute – it is widely accepted that women and men should retire at the

same time. The issue is that the rise in the women’s state pension age

has been too rapid and has happened without sufficient notice being

given to the women affected, leaving women with no time to make

alternative arrangements.

The Council calls upon the Government to

reconsider transitional arrangements for women born on or after 6th

April 1951, so that women do not live in hardship due to pension

changes they were not told about until it was too late to make

alternative arrangements.”

I have copied three links which

should help your colleagues understand the situation regarding 1950’s

women and I would be extremely grateful if you would make the proposal

and let me know what the outcome is.

I am having to sell my home of 36 years in Kingswood and move to Wales (where houses are cheaper,) as I am not working due to my health, and can no longer afford the upkeep of the house. This is after bringing up two children on my own, working for 36 years and planning my retirement. I have been to see Chris Skidmore and written to him, but basically he is not interested. Is anyone?

thanks as always
commented 2016-03-12 11:21:14 +0000
I am a Disabled ex Serviceman who served crown and Country only to be xxxx on by Blair and Cameron.

I wish to inform both untrust worthy Parties that I will never again vote for either,

Would the Labour Party please inform me on their plans regarding Benefit cuts to the Poor, Disabled and Oaps .

Roy Perriam BS16 4HR
commented 2015-07-17 10:02:12 +0100
request assistance re communications company Unicom, re there mis-selling of services, billing, and threats to our small business. I am aware that issues have been raised in the past at Parlament by Mr John Healy M.P. We have become exhausted with this company re our written complaints to them and the way that we have been treated by them. I trust you can assist us with our plight. I have been unwell over a period of years and recently had 2 Stents put into my heart valves, and now on-top of that i had a fall 16th June 2015 re possible broken shoulder and damaged Tendons, i hope you can assist us.

Daniel Rooney – Carol-Anne Marsh
commented 2015-05-13 12:59:59 +0100
Disappointed that Ian Boulton failed to win last Thursday, I want to know how Labour can organise themselves to offer a credible and election-winning alternative to the Conservaties at the next general election. ..

Below is some ammunition for Labour to attack Jack Lopresti on his record of service for Filton and Bradley Stoke based on his voting record, which shows just how little he cares for the less well off…..

His voting record appears to demonstrate his commitments to restricting benefits.

He has voted to reduct local council spending…and yet he also voted to impose an additional local council responsiblity for administering council tax reductions for those in financial need.

All this is taken from “They Work for You” website…
Jack Lopresti voted strongly for a reduction in spending on welfare benefits

Key votes about a reduction in spending on welfare benefits:
On 19 Jan 2011: Jack Lopresti voted in favour of scrapping the education maintenance allowance (EMA) in England.
On 19 Jan 2011: Jack Lopresti voted to support the Government reforms to arrangements for supporting students aged 16-19.
On 9 Mar 2011: Jack Lopresti voted to introduce Universal Credit and Personal Independence Payments and to restrict housing benefit for those in social housing deemed to have excess bedrooms.
On 9 Mar 2011: Jack Lopresti voted to introduce Universal Credit and Personal Independence Payments and to restrict housing benefit for those in social housing deemed to have excess bedrooms.
On 13 Jun 2011: Jack Lopresti voted against introducing a childcare element to Universal Credit.
On 13 Jun 2011: Jack Lopresti voted against a proposal to exclude up to fifty thousand pounds in an ISA from the assessment of capital used to determine if someone in work is eligible for Universal Credit.
On 15 Jun 2011: Jack Lopresti voted to introduce Universal Credit and Personal Independence Payments and to restrict housing benefit for those in social housing deemed to have excess bedrooms.
On 31 Jan 2012: Jack Lopresti voted to move from a national council tax benefit to a system of local councils administering council tax reductions for those in financial need.
On 1 Feb 2012: Jack Lopresti voted not to increase the time people can receive contribution based ESA from one year to at least 730 days.
On 1 Feb 2012: Jack Lopresti voted not to make an exception for those with a cancer diagnosis or undergoing cancer treatment from the 365 day limit on receiving contribution based Employment and Support Allowance
On 1 Feb 2012: Jack Lopresti was absent for a vote on Welfare Reform Bill — Clause 93 — Exclusion of Child Benefit from Benefit Cap
On 1 Feb 2012: Jack Lopresti was absent for a vote on Welfare Reform Bill — Clause 10 — Universal Credit Payments In Relation to Disabled Children and Young People
On 21 Feb 2012: Jack Lopresti voted not to add proposed exclusions from a reduction in housing benefits due to being deemed to have excess bedrooms.
On 24 Oct 2012: Jack Lopresti voted to introduce under-occupation criteria applying to housing benefit for working age claimants in the social rented sector and to set the rates of Local Housing Allowance which applies to private rented accommodation.
On 21 Nov 2012: Jack Lopresti voted to cap the total amount of welfare benefits an individual can claim from April 2013 at £350 for a single person and £500 for couple per week.
On 8 Jan 2013: Jack Lopresti voted to cap any increase discretionary working age benefits and tax credits at 1% in 2014-15 and 2015-16
On 21 Jan 2013: Jack Lopresti voted to set the rate of increase of certain benefits, payments and tax credits at 1% rather than in line with prices at 2.2% for 2014 and 2015
On 21 Jan 2013: Jack Lopresti voted to cap any increase in specified benefits payments and tax credits at 1% rather allow them to be increased by 2.2% in line with prices.
On 21 Jan 2013: Jack Lopresti voted to cap any increase in specified benefits payments and tax credits at 1% rather than allow them to increase by 2.2% in line with prices.
On 27 Feb 2013: Jack Lopresti was absent for a vote on Opposition Day — Housing Benefit (Under-occupancy Penalty)
On 12 Nov 2013: Jack Lopresti voted in favour of reducing housing benefit for those deemed to have excess bedrooms.
On 12 Nov 2013: Jack Lopresti voted for a reduction in housing benefit for social tenants deemed to have excess bedrooms.
On 17 Jan 2014: Jack Lopresti was absent for a vote on Benefit Entitlement (Restriction) Bill
On 11 Feb 2014: Jack Lopresti was absent for a vote on Opposition Day — Halt Further Spending and Welfare Cuts and Investigation Impact of Austerity Measures

Vote information from PublicWhip
commented 2015-05-01 09:42:16 +0100
I want advice on how to vote in the Dodington ward as they do not have a viable labour candidate. I cannot find any other way than this to contact the Labour Party. Ed Milliband is in Bristol today and I would have loved to have asked him but I suspect there is no provision for this.
commented 2015-04-30 21:42:00 +0100
How. Poor! I wanted to contact my local MP to ask a question before I choose to vote and I can’t even do that? I can’t even send an email? I would take a leaf out of your competitors book.
commented 2015-04-27 18:27:22 +0100
Can I have a poster too.
commented 2015-04-27 14:03:55 +0100
election flyers. STOP sending me labour party information. I did not request it, I do not want it. I have received 4 times as much from the labour party than any other. This is less likely to make me vote for you. NO NOT SEND ANY MORE
commented 2015-04-26 16:54:39 +0100
I’d like to display a poster supporting Ian Boulton. Can you supply me with one?


Derek Taylor

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