Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Middleton North

Sunday morning in Middleton North leafleting for the by-election on Thursday 29th.

I went up with Fred from Eccles and two things were very clear:

1) The Liberal Democrats have completely run out of steam! Middleton is a nice town just North of Manchester but its been completely neglected by the Liberal Democrats who run Rochdale Council.

Coupled with their plans to reduce bin collections to twice weekly and the sacking of their finance spokesman they are in melt-down at the minute.

2) The Labour candidate - Jonathan Burns - is just the sort of Councillor Middleton needs - young, hard-working and intelligent.

Anyone who wants to help ring Maureen on 07753 282 721.

Sunday, November 11, 2007

North West Regional Conference

It was good to be at the Regional Conference in Southport last week. Its been eighteen months since we've had a Regional Conference and its good to meet old friends and meet new members.

A lot of the Party apparatus has seemed ambivalent about Regional Conferences in the past with some seeing them as a relic of days gone by. While they might need updating, I think its vital we maintain and build these Conferences.

They are a great way for members to meet other Party members from outside their immediate area and can help build a real sense of regional identity.

They play an important role in bringing the regional activists of the Trade Unions and the Party together and it was good to meet up with Unison, GMB and CWU, friends as well as the Unite delegates.

Here's to the next one.

NEC Away Day

On Monday 19th November we will be having an NEC Away Day, where we discus how to take the Party forward over the next year. I've got a few ideas to do with strengthening the party at the base and in our communities but I'd really appreciate any contributions for members.

Sunday, November 04, 2007


Help is needed in a crucial by election in North Middleton. This is a Labour seat but we are facing a strong challenge from the Liberal Democrats.

Help is needed at the following times in particular:

SUNDAY 11th NOVEMBER. Doorstep canvassing. Meet at 2.00 pm as above.

SATURDAY 17th and SUNDAY 18th NOVEMBER: Postal vote canvass. Meet at 10.30 am at 7 Rudyard Avenue.

For further information please contact Maureen Rowbotham (Agent) on 0161 653 6404 or Mobile: 07753282721.