The latest Sleaford & North Hykeham Constituency Labour Party all members meeting was held in Welbourn on Monday 9th April, and what a great meeting it was.
We opened with a presentation of flowers and congratulations to Linda Edwards-Shea our new Sleaford Town Councillor. A great achievement from Linda to win the Castle Ward.
There was also congratulations and applause for CLP Secretary John Grocock on his recent election to the Regional Labour Party Board. John then gave a report on his first meeting, which included a discussion on the training available for board members.
Following the Finance, Branch, LGBT, TULO, and Election Officers' reports there was a report from the Lincolnshire County Labour Party, which also included an invitation to the AGM. Additionally the County Report underlined misinformation to the public from a number of councillors from other parties regarding their voting pattens on a number of important issues. This includes those claiming to have voted against cuts to the CAB, something the Labour Party is strongly against, when having followed their party line and voted for them.
The report from Julie Riley, the Women's Officer, was also of great interest as the new, regular Women's Group meetings have now started, and are a great success. Areas which were flagged up from this key group included homelessness in the constituency and poor public transport. They also highlighted the Sleaford celebration of the Woman's Suffrage Centenary.
This was followed by a discussion on the new Labour Party National Policy Forum Consultation document which has recently arrived. It was agreed that the topics be shared on social media, and the website, so that all members have an opportunity to 'have a say'.
After an announcement regarding how GDPR will affect local CLPs like ours, and the training which will be available, there was a discussion on how all members will be able support Linda in her new roles, including 'street surgeries', door knocking, and leafleting.
Our next all members meeting, which also be our AGM, will be held on Monday 11th June.