A group of Labour activists who helped shape party

first_imgA group of Labour activists who helped shape party policy on Brexit at conference have penned an open letter to all Labour MPs asking those supportive of leaving the EU how they plan to fund the exit, LabourList can reveal.The letter, signed by 24 members who acted as conference delegates last year, begins by thanking those in the Parliamentary Labour Party who advocate holding a fresh EU referendum.But it goes on to express disappointment in having to “persuade” MPs, shadow cabinet members and the leadership to follow party policy, saying that the “experience really has shaken our faith in the party’s supposed member-led policy-making process”.The anti-Brexit activists then argue that any Labour MP who supports implementing the result of the 2016 referendum should be able to name the policies laid out in the last manifesto that they would be willing to scrap.Referring to the Funding Britain’s Future document, the letter reads: “The excellent policies laid out in the 2017 manifesto were costed at £48bn. Take away the £24bn in lost revenue [from Brexit] and it is obvious very hard choices will have to be made.”The letter adds: “We would respectfully ask those still minded to enable Brexit to choose the policies you want to keep and those you are willing to sacrifice in exchange for leaving the EU. We believe it’s important that you are honest with voters about this.”The Labour campaigners have drawn up a ‘costing grid’ for Brexit in the form of a questionnaire that asks Labour MPs to “sacrifice” £24bn worth of spending commitments made in the 2017 general election campaign:Below is the full text of the letter sent by 2018 conference delegates to Labour MPs.Dear friends,Firstly, to the very many of you who have confirmed your support for party policy, a public vote on the Brexit deal, thank you. This is right for your constituents, the country and for the Labour Party.Having spent more than six hours in that historic compositing meeting at party conference last September, we are disappointed that the policy we eventually arrived at, which involved a great deal of compromise from us, is not being adhered to by every single Labour MP. We didn’t expect that, along with 1000s of Labour members up and down the country, we’d have to spend the next six months trying to persuade a significant number of our elected representatives, including the party leadership and many in the shadow cabinet, to follow the policy. This experience really has shaken our faith in the party’s supposed member-led policy-making process.It is saddening to say the least that we find ourselves expending huge amounts of energy and time trying to convince some Labour MPs to fight to defend the jobs and workers’ rights of their constituents; the NHS; the Good Friday Agreement; the future opportunities of young people; and the bedrock of peace and security across our continent for the last 70 years. Even if we didn’t have the Brexit policy in place, surely this is what we should expect every Labour MP to do?Brexit in any form cannot match in any way the benefits of full membership of the EU. The PM’s deal is predicted to cost the exchequer in the region of £24bn a year in lost revenue, equivalent to 6p on the basic rate of income tax and is merely one indicator of the way in which it will impoverish the nation. Labour’s ‘alternative plan’ also undermines freedom of movement and services and is thus estimated by economists to be equally damaging.Any Brexit will severely hamper a future Labour government’s plans to tackle the unacceptable inequalities in our country. The excellent policies laid out in the 2017 manifesto were costed at £48bn. Take away the £24bn in lost revenue and it is obvious very hard choices will have to be made. Furthermore, the post-Brexit economy is expected to be depressed, so a future Labour government will be stuck presiding over a depressing period that the Conservative media will label a failure – a recipe for a one-term administration.Labour MPs who still want to facilitate Brexit need to face up to the choices in front of us. To highlight this stark reality, we have included a form with this letter that contains details of all the funding commitments set out in the 2017 manifesto. We would respectfully ask those still minded to enable Brexit to choose the policies you want to keep and those you are willing to sacrifice in exchange for leaving the EU. We believe it’s important that you are honest with voters about this. Meanwhile, those of you who already support a People’s Vote and would campaign to remain and reform the EU in such a vote can reassure your constituents that you don’t want to remove any of the spending earmarked to repair the damage done by years of Tory austerity from a future manifesto.Abandoning Labour policies desperately needed to improve the lives of people across this country, in order to make the dreams of Nigel Farage, Boris Johnson and Jacob Rees-Mogg come true, is not what any of us joined the Labour Party to do. Of course, we acknowledge and accept there is nothing simple or easy about Brexit. For MPs from areas that voted Leave the challenges are especially difficult. However, what is simple is that all Labour Party MPs should fight for the best interests of the many and not the few. That is what the wording and the spirit of our policy sets out to achieve and it’s overwhelmingly supported by members. Added to that, the majority of voters in every Labour seat want the chance to have their final say on Brexit. Trade union members quite rightly are given the chance to vote on any deal negotiated on their behalf – surely it’s only fair that voters are offered that same opportunity.We will be on the ‘Put it to the People’ march on Saturday and we hope you will all be joining us.In solidarity,Fiona O’Farrell – Richmond Park CLPEileen Means – Bristol West CLPLeanora Headley – Witham CLPScarlett Conway – Lancaster and Fleetwood CLPOctavia Holland – Lewisham East CLPAnashua Davies – Old Bexley and Sidcup CLPLaura Evans Vogel – Bromley and Chislehurst CLPJessica Leschnikoff – Maidstone and the Weald CLPJames Hamilton – Bromley and Chislehurst CLPMartin Whelton – Labour Party Irish SocietyPhil Brickell – Wythenshawe and Sale East CLPConnor French – Greenwich and Woolwich CLPMike Vessey – Chelsea and Fulham CLPMatthew Case Legge – Old Bexley and Sidcup CLPAurelio Petrucci – Newcastle Central CLPSam Swift – Walthamstow CLPEdward Jones – Richmond Park CLPSam Talbot – Walthamstow CLPJames Roberts – Harrogate and Knaresborough CLPAndrew Lewin – Brentford and Isleworth CLPPaul Wilkinson – Gedling CLPMalcolm Fincken – Braintree CLPHamish Sandison – Labour BusinessPaul Flanagan – Labour BusinessTags:Labour /Brexit /People’s Vote /Labour conference 2018 /last_img read more

VIDEO March honors SF police shooting victim Mario Woods

first_img Tags: police shooting Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0% On Dec. 2 2017, friends and family members of Mario Woods gathered in the Bayview with community activists to commemorate the two-year anniversary his killing by San Francisco police. The group of 50 marched to the corner of Third St. and Fitzgerald Ave., where the 26-year-old was shot 21 times by five police officer. Woods’ shooting, caught on cell phone video, was one of a string of officer-involved shootings that forced former Police Chief Greg Suhr to resign in May 2016. District Attorney George Gascón is still investigating his killing. No officer in San Francisco has been charged in any of the police shootings. 0%last_img read more

Furniture refinishers pack up to leave SF Mission

first_imgClosing up shop for such a long-lived business is no small feat, and he expects it will take two months to clean everything up and get it into storage. The move, from a month-to-month lease that Yan describes as being below the current market rate, will also mean the company has to downsize. But he’s hoping to avoid shutting down completely. “It’s more than just working for a living — I like this,” Yan said. “This is why we had so much opportunity.”He and his brother arrived in the country from Shanghai in 1984. The refinishing company is the only place he’s ever worked, he said. The brothers — 20 and 18 at the time — learned on the job. With time, they also learned to design and build their own pieces in a variety of styles.“We were mostly self-taught. We’re old school,” he said. That means no staple guns, no nail guns, but joints. A slow method of production, but sturdy and handsome.“Restoration is much more than just taking the finish off,” Yan said. “My job is to save the history. Each [piece of] furniture has a story to tell.”With so much historic furniture coming through the doors, Yan says people often ask him how much a piece might be worth once he’s restored its finish. “I say, it’s not about the worth when you sell it, it’s how much joy it brings you when you keep it,” he says.Refinishing in progress at J&L. 0% Come January, you won’t be able to take your water-stained, dinged-up or weathered wooden furniture to Alabama Street for rejuvenation anymore. J&L Refinishing Corp, on Alabama Street between 19th and 20th streets since 1988, will be packing up ahead of its deadline to leave — the company has been asked to vacate by the end of February.While Jia Yan, the current owner of J&L, is looking for a place to relocate his business in some other industrial part of San Francisco, possibly Bayview or Hunter’s Point, he’s packing the rest up.A table built by J&L, bearing its original stamp.center_img Tags: Business • real estate Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0%last_img read more

SAINTS longest supporting sponsor Hattons Solicito

first_imgSAINTS longest supporting sponsor Hattons Solicitors have recently launched a new free Membership Scheme called Hattons Gold.The Membership is available for anyone to join online giving their members exclusive legal discounts, access to competitions, plus a variety of special offers from rugby clubs including Saints (details to follow at a later date), leisure places and restaurants to name a few.Members will be sent an email once a month and this month’s competition gives entrants the chance to win a Kindle.There is no catch to becoming a member with no hidden costs or sharing of private information. Members can enjoy legal discounts such as 10% off wills drafting and family law services. They will also be sent monthly emails with free competitions and offers from a number of other businesses.The membership offers will develop and change over time, but opening offers include free events at St.Helens R.F.C., as well as discounts from Dominos Pizza in St Helens, and 10% discount off car and van hire from PSD Vehicle Rental (terms and conditions apply to all of the offers).Hattons have always been involved within their community through sponsorship, fundraisers and charities, so the Gold Membership endeavours to build their own community rewards system.Senior Partner Bruce Hatton commented: “There are exciting times ahead for Hattons. Our Gold Membership has been born out of our passion for community, aiming to give value and encourage loyalty from our new members. We recognised the increasing popularity of membership schemes in general, and saw an opportunity to provide our own unique scheme.“We understand that with hard financial times, people are looking for the best quality offers to save money. Our free membership looks to personalise the offers sent to our members, to simply encourage loyalty to Hattons. There is of course no obligation to use our services, but if a person decides to subscribe to the membership we hope that they will be more inclined to use us in the future. Our high standard of services and excellent reputation stand us in good stead for the future, and the Gold Membership scheme looks to build on this.”There are two types of Gold Membership available; one for the general public and one for businesses, each of which will have a variety of tailored special offers and discounts.To join the Gold Membership scheme simply click here and fill in the registration form.For any questions relating to Hattons Gold Membership email gold@hattonslaw.comlast_img read more

Bill would allow Bald Head to enforce nowake zones

first_imgKayakers navigate a creek int he marshes of Bald Head Island. (Photo: Star News) BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (StarNews) — Bald Head Island’s public safety officers would be formally authorized to enforce no-wake zones under a bill sponsored by N.C. Rep. Frank Iler, R-Brunswick.Currently, the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office and N.C. Wildlife Commission have the authority to enforce the zones along Bald Head Creek, a popular tributary on the island for kayaking and paddle boarding.- Advertisement – “They don’t have the manpower to be in that area” to patrol the no-wake zones, Iler said. The village “has a boat and would have the ability to enforce the no-wake zone. They’d be able to enforce it themselves.”Click here to read more from StarNewsOnline.last_img read more

Pender County commission showing support towards area hog farmers

first_img The resolution also is their showing of support in the latest state Farm Act that the General Assembly enacted after overriding the Governor’s veto. Lawmakers say it will work to keep hog farmers locally from being hit with nuisance lawsuits like the recent ones against Smithfield farms subsidiary farms in Duplin and Bladen counties.Two Pender County farms are going to trial in similar cases according to the county Agriculture Extension office.The most recent statistics from the USDA show Pender County is one of the top ten counties in hog production in the state. BURGAW, NC (WWAY) – A unanimous sign of support coming from Pender County commissioners to local farmers facing nuisance lawsuits.The county commission approved a resolution supporting the multiple hog farms across the county.- Advertisement – last_img read more

Three seek relief from court in antigang injuction

first_img It effectively prohibits them from congregating anywhere within city limits, even for otherwise lawful purposes.“We recognize that when this process was started it was well-intentioned,” said Patrick Mincey, the attorney representing the defendants on a pro bono basis. “But for our clients and the community at large, there are unforeseen consequences that deserve review.”“Courts have ruled that good people can, and do, get caught up in these injunctions unfairly,” said Mincey. “In a legal system that is built around due process, these injunctions can create a dangerous erosion of our guaranteed protections of that right.”Related Article: Wilmington theater to close in AugustThe original complaint was filed on behalf of the New Hanover County District Attorney. It is one of the first permanent injunctions against criminal gangs in North Carolina.Similar injunctions around the country have met with legal challenges and have been rolled back. Injunction Nov. 2017 (Photo: WWAY) WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — There was a lot of legal maneuvering in New Hanover County Friday as attorneys seek relief for three people named in an injunction against the Folk Nation 720 Gangsta Disciples.The request responds to a permanent injunction from a year ago targeting dozens of Wilmington residents.- Advertisement – last_img read more

Rep David Rouzer says Democrats need to put offer on table to

first_img Congressman David Rouzer says compromise requires both sides to bring offers and ideas to the table. Rouzer says he has spoken to some of his Democratic colleagues.He says they are also frustrated as the shutdown drags on.“They’re starting to get really frustrated with the speaker. They want her to come to the table and cut a deal. The president made a nice offer this weekend. It’s not everything that Democrats want, but if they come to the table and make and counter offer, I think the president will move forward and work something out with them. but they’ve got to come to the table first,” said Rep. David Rouzer.Related Article: Trump offers a ‘Dreamers’ deal for border-money proposalRouzer says a number of Democrats in the house are pushing their leadership to make an offer.“I talk to some of my Senate colleagues. I talk to my House Democrat friends that I see in the gym and at other times during the day, and encourage them to get their leadership to come to the table. That’s about as much as I can do as one person out of 435,” said Rouzer.Rouzer says there is only so much he can do on his own, without support from both sides. WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — The government shutdown continues into day 33. Politicians cannot seem to come to an agreement.President Trump made a proposal, but Democratic leaders are still not satisfied. Over the weekend, Trump proposed an offer in attempt to end the shutdown, but Democrats dismissed the offer.- Advertisement – last_img read more

One dead following crash on Dan Cameron Bridge in New Hanover County

first_img18-wheeler on Dan Cameron Bridge (Photo: Kevin Dumas/WWAY) NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — A death investigation is underway along I-140 on the Dan Cameron Bridge after a vehicle crash according to the New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office.Sheriff’s office spokesman Lt. Jerry Brewer tells us that drivers reported someone driving erratically along I-140 around 7:45 p.m. Wednesday evening. Brewer says witnesses saw the driver hit an 18-wheeler semi-truck on the bridge.- Advertisement – Initial reports said the driver then jumped off of the bridge. Now the sheriff’s office is investigating whether he jumped or fell off of it.Brewer says the man has died.The North Carolina Highway Patrol will investigate the crash.last_img read more

CFPUA denied 47M state grant to help pay for treatment plant upgrades

first_imgCFPUA receives the material to begin pilot testing Granular Activated Carbon at the Sweeney Water Treatment Plant. (Photo: CFPUA) WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Money to upgrade a water treatment plant in New Hanover County to filter out GenX and other PFAS compounds will not come from a state grant as hoped.The Cape fear Public Utility Authority said today it learned last week that the State Water Infrastructure Authority has denied the authority’s application for a $46.9 million grant to fund upgrades at the Sweeney Water Treatment Plant to filter compounds resulting from decades of discharges by Chemours and DuPont.- Advertisement – CFPUA wanted the money to pay to build new granular activated carbon (GAC) filters at the Sweeney Plant. The utility says GAC filters emerged as the best solution for CFPUA and its customers following pilot testing of possible options, including reverse osmosis and ion exchange media.“It is unfortunate that the state did not approve our grant application,” CFPUA Executive Director Jim Flechtner said in a statement.Flechtner also said Chemours and DuPont should stay up to pay for better water treatment.Related Article: US officials: It’s OK to eat some romaine, look for labels“Ultimately, though, these costs should be borne by the parties responsible for the PFAS compounds affecting the water in the Cape Fear River. Similarly, these parties should be stepping forward to take responsibility for the PFAS compounds found in groundwater near our Aquifer Storage and Recovery well.”If the CFPUA Board approved upgrades to the Sweeney Plant upgrades, CFPUA says construction on the new GAC filters would begin in November. Operation would begin in early 2022. CFPUA expected the upgrades to cost an additional $2.9 million per year.Revenue bonds would be sold to pay for construction. Financing these bonds and the additional operating costs are expected to result in an increase of $5 per month for the average CFPUA customer, the utility says.CFPUA has filed a federal lawsuit against Chemours and DuPont to recover these and other costs resulting from the companies’ actions.last_img read more