Mo/Hack Backs Hackney South Grassroots Left Slate For AGM
At their meeting on Tuesday 5th June 2018, the Momentum Hackney Steering Committee agreed to once again back the Hackney South Grassroots Left (HSGL) slate for the Hackney South and Shoreditch Constituency Labour Party Annual General Meeting.
HSGL are a collective of Hackney South and Shoreditch CLP members who believe in the vision set out for the Labour Party as outlined by Jeremy Corbyn’s leadership campaigns and his leadership of the Labour Party. They believe in a democratic, transparent, inclusive and accountable Labour Party that adhere’s to the socialist values adhered in Labour’s 2017 “For The Many” General Election manifesto especially the principles of public ownership, state investment, promoting peace and social justice.
Momentum Hackney previously endorsed the HSGL slate for the 2017 AGM where the slate were successful in being democratically elected.
The members of the slate then went on to foster an inclusive, democratic, representative CLP that created an open environment to debate politics, that raised funds for the party and elections and one that campaigned successfully for local and neighbouring candidates in the 2018 local elections.
The 2018 slate is a mixture of experienced candidates who want to carry on building on the quantifiable progress they achieved in 2017/2018 and newer members who want to bring a new energy and dynamic to the existing efforts being undertaken as well as help manifest new initiatives.
It is really important that all Hackney South & Shoreditch CLP members who support Jeremy Corbyn’s leadership and more importantly the vision he has embodied for the Labour Party and the country as a whole turn up to the AGM held on Thursday 28th June 2018 from 7.30pm onwards at The Urswick School, Paragon Road, Hackney, London, E9 6NR (there are usually membership checks so please bring along your membership card or some ID) and vote for the HSGL slate which will support the leadership of the party and deliver for local members who are keen for a new kind of politics.
Hackney South Grassroots Left
Hackney South & Shoreditch Constituency Labour Party
Annual General Meeting 2018 Slate
Candidates we support for Executive Committee, Local Campaign Forum and Labour Group Observers.
Officers and Coordinators
Chair: Coral Jones
Secretary: Heather Mendick
Vice Chair – Membership: Amrita Rose
Vice Chair– Campaigns: Penny Wrout
Treasurer: Tom Dale
Women: Midnight Ross
Bame: Martin Akubue
Lgbt: Ripon Ray
Disability: Barbara Roberts
Youth: Obi Saiq
Trade Unions: Janine Booth
Business: Darius Cooper
Online / IT: Lauren Collins
Political Education: Bindie Wood
Ordinary members To Executive Comittee
Labour Group Observers
Local Campaign Forum Delegates
We are Labour Party members in Hackney South and Shoreditch who support the direction in which Jeremy Corbyn is taking the party, represented in our popular 2017 manifesto with commitments to public ownership, state investment, and promoting peace and social justice.
At last year’s AGM, you put your trust in us to build on the momentum from our inspiring general election campaign, the increased voter turnout, the new surge in membership and the hundreds of thousands who took our message to the streets and helped to generate the step-change in voter support.
Since then we’ve worked hard to put that into action.
We’ve democratised processes, for example, by introducing Single Transferable Vote to our meetings. We’ve developed political education via a Brexit Discussion Group and a Housing Campaign Group and with events and videos to introduce new members to key aspects of how the party works and ways they can participate at local level. By establishing a new role of political education officer on the Executive, we hope to grow this area of work if re-elected. We’ve also expanded fundraising and improved finances by holding well-attended social events including a socialist disco, summer barbecue and Christmas party and by using crowdfunding and relaunching the CLP supporters scheme. Through these, we have funded additional delegates to National Labour Party Conference 2018. We’ve reached out to members and non-members in new ways online and offline and, if re-elected, we commit to an even greater focus on membership and community engagement in the coming year. Our canvassing played its part in Labour gains in May in Hackney and across London and we participated in wider campaigning on the NHS, education women’s rights and more. We stand in solidarity with Hackney Picturehouse and other workers struggling for improved pay and conditions. If re-elected, we will work to broaden our campaigning to reflect the concerns of our amazing members and to make use of their skills and experience.
As members of Hackney South Grassroots Left, we believe that if we are to make a good job of transforming the country, we also need to reinvigorate Labour Party democracy. We stand for:
- A Labour Party that listens and engages with every member.
- A Labour Party that promotes substantive equality and mutual respect between members.
- A Labour Party that has open and democratic processes from top to bottom.
- A Labour Party where transparency and accountability pervade everything we do.
In the coming year, if re-elected:
- We commit to continuing to work for an open, transparent, democratic and unified local Labour Party that is welcoming and inclusive. We see our role as facilitators, listening to all members and putting into practice the decisions and resolutions of CLP General Meetings.
- We will grow a grassroots party that supports branches to organise effectively and work creatively in their wards, including a responsive programme of support and training for branch officers.
- We are putting forward our largest and most diverse slate in our three year existence. We feel this is a strong basis to work for a representative party with more participation from women, working-class people, LGBT people, and those from BAME backgrounds and with disabilities.