Kathy Runswick

More left gains in the Wirral

Kathy Runswick
More left gains in the Wirral
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WALLASEY CONSTITUENCY Labour Party, suspended during the attempted PLP coup against Jeremy in summer 2016, was eventually allowed to hold an AGM in November 2017. The left swept the board, re-electing the left officers who had won at the 2016 AGM, and taking all the other posts. Contrary to the reports of a “takeover” in 2016, the left had deliberately not contested a lot of the positions. But after the way we were treated there was no mood for that in 2017. The left had a huge majority at the AGM.

We are now getting on with being an active CLP. The Executive has met twice (it never met previously) and the first General Committee approved a programme of action. There was a lively debate on the council budget, a Unite speaker from the local Sutton Tankers strike in Eastham and a speaker from the FBU on local fire service cuts.

The CLP secretary contacted all members urging support for these campaigns and for the local NHS event on 3rd February. A Facebook page and Twitter account have been set up. We will be having a discussion on how we fight the privatisation of the NHS and how to support the Merseyrail workers who are opposing Driver Only Operation. We will discuss affiliation to Jewish Voice for Labour which had a representative on the panel after Jackie Walker's excellent performance of The Lynching in Liverpool.

Similar progress (pun intended) has been made across the other three Wirral CLPs. This was reflected in the AGM of the Wirral Local Campaign Forum (LCF), which the right wing had delayed for nine months. Left wingers were elected by big majorities to all the officer positions, and will have a clear majority on the Executive.

The meeting refocused the priorities for the May council elections, and set up a working group to assist the Labour Group in opposing local NHS privatisation. There will clearly be a different relationship in the future, with representatives seeking the collaborative approach between Labour councillors and party members that is set out in the Labour Party rule book. As there is substantial local opposition to more cuts in council spending, proposed privatisation, and the construction of a private "Hoylake Golf Resort" on green belt land, the LCF and CLPs will be looking for more input to Labour Group policy.

was elected as Chair of Wallasey CLP at
its recent AGM.