Last Thursday was the monthly meeting of the Broxbourne Labour Party. Here's member Nigel's report:
The Labour Party meeting in Cheshunt saw the 27 members present discuss a range of topics from the international to the local.
The main item on the agenda was a presentation by Bryan Davies, Opposition Spokesman on Treasury Matters, amongst other roles, and former MP for Enfield North and Oldham Central and Royton. It was much more of a discussion than a presentation and much of the time was spent on how we should respond to the situation in Syria. How can we best protect the people suffering in that region but also how can we reduce the risk that we face from ISIS? The debate ranged from a dissection of the causes such as youth alienation and previous actions by Western governments to what action, if any, we should take. There was also discussion of the potential role of Iran and Kurdish fighters.
An over-riding impression was the complexity of the situation and the inevitability of members having very varied views in a party with such a diverse membership. It was also clear how well-informed members were on this issue and its wider impacts and causes.
Bryan went on to lead a discussion on the role of the House of Lords in the process of creating legislation which raised some key questions about what the role of an unelected chamber in this process. One thing on which we were all agreed was how grateful we had been in their forcing the Government to review their cuts in working tax credits.
The Broxbourne Bin Saga
Moving from Syria to the Lords to domestic refuse collection may seem like a series of bizarre segues but the new policy on black bins has led to a mounds of negative feedback for Broxbourne Council, reported Councillor Malcolm Aitken. This is no minor problem when bins haven’t been emptied for weeks as is the case in some areas.
Kicking off the Campaign
We next discussed the Campaign Leaflet/Newsletter and our strategy for kicking off the campaign for next year’s local elections and the training day for members in January. Clearly the activities in the Party are about to move up a gear as we move towards next Spring.
The closing item was an entertaining report on the East of England Conference. This had been an enjoyable, informative and very friendly event which had taken place beneath the shadow of the horrific events of 13 November in Paris which had taken place as the Conference was starting
A great evening for everyone who was there and I am looking forward to the next one in January when we will be looking at the Broxbourne Plan.