Sunday, November 20, 2016

December Discussion Meeting

                                   DRONFIELD LABOUR PARTY DISCUSSION MEETING


TOPIC :            UNDER BREXIT - WHAT TRADING ARRANGEMENTS SHOULD WE AIM 

                          FOR?  

SPEAKER :     DAVE BERRY           

TIME ;              8pm to 9.15pm

DATE :             SUNDAY, 11th DECEMBER

VENUE :         CONTACT CLUB, SNAPE HILL LANE, DRONFIELD S18 2GT


 

Dave points out that "whether we are in or out of the EU the issue of globalisation is little discussed.  But it remains what may be the greatest reason for both Brexit and the Trump victory. Free trade seems to be the slogan for everyone. But what does it mean?  Is it freedom or just part of the race to the bottom? The discussion will look at the history of "free trade" and the current global regime. Where do we go from here?". Issues such as TTIP (the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership) which we last discussed with John Healey MP two years ago and the tentative trade agreement between Canada and the EU (CETA) will be examined.

Dave addressed our July Meeting. He is currently retired/unemployed and has been living in Upperthorpe, Sheffield for the last ten years. Originally from East Anglia he was a shop/steward and convener in the nationalised and privatised  gas industry for almost 30 years and served as a Labour Councillor for 16 years. Currently a member of Sheffield Central CLP and Sheffield Momentum. He works with the Independent Working Class Education Network.


Thursday, November 17, 2016

For The Diary : Note This Important Public Meeting



FRACKING IS PLAIN D.A.F.T!
If you have concerns or questions & want to know what this means for you, your family and your community & what you can do, then please come to this vitally important meeting at: Dronfield Civic Hall S181PD
On: December 8th 7.30pm Thank you Don’t miss out! See you there!

From "Dronfield Against Fracking" 

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

November Discussion Meeting


                         DRONFIELD LABOUR PARTY DISCUSSION MEETING

SPEAKER :     GARY RANSFORD  


TOPIC :            PROPOSED PARLIAMENTARY BOUNDARY CHANGES :
                          HOW SHOULD WE RESPOND?        

TIME ;              8pm to 9.15pm

DATE :             SUNDAY,  13th NOVEMBER


VENUE :         CONTACT CLUB, SNAPE HILL LANE, DRONFIELD S18 2GT


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Gary is the person at the front, voting at a Labour Party Conference. He has been Secretary of the Bolsover Constituency Labour Party and Agent to Dennis Skinner MP for the past 25 years. He is a care worker and is active in UNISON.

The Boundary Commission's proposals for reducing and dramatically altering the borders of the constituencies in our areas need to be responded to by 5 December. This is our opportunity to decide what action needs to be taken, and how we can pursue the matter.

Sunday, October 23, 2016

October Discussion Meeting


                         DRONFIELD LABOUR PARTY DISCUSSION MEETING

SPEAKER :     CLIVE BETTS M.P.   


TOPIC :            DEVOLUTION        

TIME ;              8pm to 9.15pm

DATE :             SUNDAY,  30th OCTOBER


VENUE :         CONTACT CLUB, SNAPE HILL LANE, DRONFIELD S18 2GT



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Clive Betts has been a Sheffield MP since 1992. He currently represents the seat of Sheffield South East. He is Chair of the Commons' Select Committee which examines the expenditure, administration and policies of the Government Department for Communities and Local Government. His Committee has recently investigated and issued reports to parliament on a range of key issues, including homelessness, business rates, local authority controls and housing matters.

Before entering parliament he was the leader of the Sheffield City Council. He will discuss aspects of the work of his Committee.

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Ending the North East Derbyshire Constituency

 Outline mapAbove - the current N.E. Derbyshire Constituency

If my calculations are correct, I give below the way in which the Boundary Commission’s current proposals would divide up (and thus end) the North East Derbyshire Parliamentary Constituency – which in various shapes has been in existence since 1885.

Numbers on the electoral register would be transferred as follows.
(1) To a newly named Bolsover and Dronfield Constituency – 35,114 (i.e. 47.8% of the NE Derbyshire electorate)
(2) To a newly named Alfreton and Clay Cross Constituency – 20,435 (27.8%)
(3) To the existing Derbyshire Dales Constituency – 13,415 (18.3%)
(4) To the existing Chesterfield Constituency – 4,378 (6.0%).

The NE Derbyshire District Council would then be split in the following dramatic way between Constituencies (although it already laps over the current NED Constituency Boundaries in places) –
(1) To Alfreton and Clay Cross – 32,080 (41,5%)
(2) To Bolsover and Dronfield – 31,761 (41.1%)
(3) To Derbyshire Dales – 13,415 (17.4%)

Submissions about the current proposals can be made to the Boundary Commission up to the 5th December, with their nearest public hearing being held in Derby on 27 and 28 October.

My main concerns about the new arrangments are (a) that the number of MPs are being reduced from 650 to 600. In effect this will remove 50 MPs from the back-benches and adds to the power and influence of front benchers. The quotas for the size of constituencies will also be based on the numbers of people who have registered to vote and not upon those who are entitled to vote. Improved registration procedures should, of course, be brought into operation to close the gap between these two groups. But in the meantime, we should not operate under an added unfairness. Let us cover all who could qualify to vote.

The Boundary Commission was also supposed to take into account the boundaries of District and Borough Councils and cut across them as little as possible whilst meeting requirements in term of the size of electorates. As the NE Derbyshire District is being divided into three large Constituency chunks, this dramatically violates such a requirement.

The Commission’s Report can be found via this link.

Thursday, September 1, 2016

September Discussion Meeting

As is shown in the final item below, key Government Agencies will be holding a five hour long drop-in event concerning coming searches for onshore oil and gas in the Dronfield area. Such searches could well open the way to extensive, disruptive and dangerous fracking operations then being allowed.

The drop-in session (shown in green below) will be held at the Peel Centre, High Street Dronfield from 2pm to 7pm on Thursday 15 September.  So we will meet to discuss this key development just four days in advance - as shown next in red.

                                 DISCUSSION MEETING

TOPIC :           MOVES TO FRACKING IN DRONFIELD       

TIME ;              8pm to 9.15pm

DATE :             SUNDAY, 11th SEPTEMBER

VENUE :         CONTACT CLUB, SNAPE HILL LANE, DRONFIELD S18 2GT