TEIGNMOUTH BRANCH LABOUR PARTY
Minutes of meeting held on Monday 22nd August 2016 at the TAAG Centre.
Following the NEC decision to ban GC and branch meetings until after the leadership election this branch meeting was allowed to proceed as it concerned forthcoming by elections in Teignmouth and urgent Conference business and these were to be the only agenda items.
Present: Ro Thomas (Chair), Peter Bailey, Peter Delaney, John Kelly, Lorraine Kelly, Mary Kennedy, Bob Kennedy Alan Lumb, Bruce Mattock, Adrien Raud, Ruth Smyth-Bonfield, Stephen Suddens, Malcolm Tipper, Ruth Warburton.
Apologies; Joanna Channell
1. Forthcoming By-Elections
(a) Teignmouth Town Council- Secretary outlined that 3 seats were to be contested and that Bruce Mattock was prepared to put his name forward for the vacancy in East Ward, Malcolm Tipper and Ruth Warburton were prepared to put their names forward for the vacancies in Central ward. Secretary had the requisite forms and they required a proposer and seconder from residents on the electoral register in the relevant wards.
(b) Teignbridge District Council- there was one vacancy for Teignmouth Central and Malcolm Tipper had agreed to allow his name to be put forward. For District Council elections it was necessary to obtain the signatures of 10 residents who were on the electoral register plus appoint an agent.
It was proposed by Ro Thomas and seconded by Stephen Suddens that the above named candidates be endorsed by branch for the wards referred to above.Carried unanimously. The by-elections are to held on 22.09.16.
Secretary agreed to arrange for all forms to be completed and returned by hand to the District Council Offices by the deadline of 4pm on 25.08.16.
Discussion then followed regarding the preparation of a leaflet which should be available for distribution in advance of the receipt of postal votes due to go out on 08.09.16. Secretary outlined the responsibilities of the Town Council and that the main responsibilities of district were Housing and Planning.
Ruth Smyth-Bonfield agreed to produce draft content for the leaflet based upon local issues.
It was also agreed to organise a street stall outside the Coop on Bank Street on the Saturday before the election i.e. 17.09.16
2. Urgent Conference Business
Secretary outlined the background which included a proposal by branch to hold a separate meeting on the future of Trident Nuclear Missiles. The meeting was held at the Teign Heritage Centre on 03.08.16 with Tom Milburn of Exeter CND addressing the meeting. 19 members attended and a collection raised £39 which covered the speaker’s expenses (£10) and room hire £24 with a small surplus for branch funds.
As a result of this meeting the secretary drafted the following resolution:
“This branch calls upon conference to change its policy to replace Trident nuclear missiles to one of Nuclear disarmament. Savings made in scrapping Trident Nuclear Missiles should be invested in socially useful works particularly in those areas likely to suffer job losses as a result of not replacing Trident Nuclear Missiles”.
The motion was proposed by John Kelly, seconded by Stephen Suddens. Following discussion it was agreed to insert the word “unilateral” after the word “of”and before “Nuclear” in the first sentence. This amendment was carried. The motion as amended was passed with 11 votes in favour, 1 against and 2 abstentions.
Branch agreed that the motion be sent to GC with a view to it being forwarded to Annual Conference.
A request was made by two members for the Chair and Secretary to investigate the arrangements that led to the delegate Chris Meathrell being selected to be the Newton Abbott constituency delegate to Annual Conference.