January 11th conference to discuss plan for 2020-21
The next Midlands District Congress will be held onSaturday 11 January 2020 from 1.15pm to 4.30pm at the Michael Hubbard Room, Carrs Lane Conference Centre, Birmingham, B4 7SX. http://carrslane.co.uk/ This is a very short walk from Birmingham New Street railway station.
The CPB’s district congresses do not debate national themes but deal with how to implement existing policy matters within, in this case, the Greater Midlands Region. Whilst the congress will be closed to all but full delegates elected from the seven branches covering the Greater Midlands area of central England, according to membership strength, Party members will be able to engage in substantive Inner-Party debateover the next few months.
We’d also love to hear ideas not only from our members but allies and friends of the Party in the Midlands area, too. The congress is an essential party of our party’s internal democracy, which we take very seriously.
The following timetable applies: Ø 31st August: Retiring Midlands District Committee (DC) discusses initial ideas for themes to be discussed at District Congress Ø 12th October: DC finalises draft proposals to congress Ø 28th October: all DC proposals to be sent out to CPB members. Ø 1st November to 7th December: Closed CPB branch meetings to discuss district congress business Ø 8th December @ midnight – deadline for sending nominations for new DC membership, branch motions, and branch amendments to the DC motion. Ø 14 December: DC makes all final arrangements. Ø 1st January 2020: all papers emailed out to elected delegates. Ø 11th January 2020: District Congress to be held.
In Birmingham, as across the nation, homelessness has more than doubled since 2010. With cuts to local council budgets and support networks such as those which offer help to individuals with issues such as mental health, domestic violence and addiction, and with the continuing decline in social housing and secure accommodation, it is increasingly difficult for local charity organisations to cope with the need for their services.
Birmingham City Council have proposed implementing a Public Space Protection Order, which would cover central Birmingham and has the potential to be kept in place for three years. Whilst BCC is promoting it as a means to deal with Anti-Social Behaviour, one has only to look at the detail of the PSPO, which can be found on the Birmingham Be Heard consultation website, to see how this could impact homeless people.
Web readers may have first seen us during the campaign for Graham Stevenson, our candidate in the election for the West Midlands Majoralty in 2017. We began as a section of the CPB’s national website: tiny.cc/6shpbz
You’ll still be able to get to us on that link but we have now migrated to this stand-along WordPress blog.