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“The Co-operative Party centenary”

At our Huddersfield Labour Party meeting in January,  we welcomed Jonathan Reynolds MP and John Drewery to talk about the  Co-operative Party.  John_D_c_m_.jpg

John Drewery, Huddersfield Cop-op Party secretary,  reminded us that the Co-op Party was formed a hundred and one years ago.  He gave a recap of the events leading to its foundation and  distributed a newspaper marking the centenary.

John Reynolds, Labour & Co-operative MP, spoke about the history and achievements of the party. There are 38 Co-op MPs in Parliament and Jonathan gave  a tribute to Barry Sheerman, a fellow Co-op MP, for his friendship and energy in pursuing the Co-op’s aims.The Co-operative Party believes that the principles that lie behind successful co-operatives - democratic control by customers and workers, and a fair share of the wealth we create together - ought to extend to the wider economy and our society.Jonathan referred in more detail to co-operative housing, Fair Trade, credit unions and social responsibility. He argued against the imbalance of power and wealth and that we should work to replace that with an insistence on social responsibility and local voices in, and control of, the NHS.  The Co-op Party has been involved in the writing of Labour’s Manifesto, including about the need for an investment bank.

There followed a lively discussion and Jonathan took questions about the tragedy of the failure of the Co-op bank, ethical standards, the closure of local co-op branches, Co-op academies, BAME representation and green energy.JR_Coop.jpg

Click here to find out how to join the Co-operative Party, and the huge amounts of work they do.   https://party.coop/  

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Co-operative values - the values we need

“The Co-operative Party centenary” At our Huddersfield Labour Party meeting in January,  we welcomed Jonathan Reynolds MP and John Drewery to talk about the  Co-operative Party.  John Drewery, Huddersfield Cop-op...

Labour party members, supporters, councillors and MPs are working together with other groups to reverse the CCG proposal to close Huddersfield Royal Infirmary. You can help.

We are supporting 'Hands Off HRI' who are attempting to force a judicial review into the legality of the proposal.  You can donate here Every pound counts.

'Keep our NHS Public' campaigns across the country to do just that.

Information, background and links below.

NHS Campaigns Update on Judicial Reviews

Hands Off HRI

An application for Judicial Review (JR)  was made challenging local proposals made by the NHS Trust to downgrade the local hospital and close A & E.  However, permission to proceed has been declined. HOHRI received the following statement from Irwin Mitchell, the law firm that is leading the case.
Our clients believe that the Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS Foundation Trust has produced a flawed business case, which does not present all the necessary evidence or follow the government guidelines. We are now applying for an oral hearing in court to seek permission for a Judicial Review”
The judge has now agreed to allow an oral hearing which will take place in March.

Link here to the HOHRI website.

 999  & JR4NHS

At the same time ‘999 Call for the NHS’  and ‘Judicial Review For The NHS’ (JR4NHS) have submitted JR  requests relating to “Accountable Care Organisations”.(ACOs) These requests have been agreed. 

The group believes that the model contract is unlawful because it would threaten patient safety, forcing hospitals to prioritise saving cash over clinical judgement.  The contract does not link payment to the number of patients or the treatment they need but must work within a fixed budget. That budget is limited in order to meet the £22bn  funding shortfall by 2021.

 Read the full story here. 

And the Keep our NHS Public  newsletter here.

NHS England and the Secretary of State  plan to introducing new, commercial, non-NHS bodies (the ACOs) to run health and social services without proper public consultation and without full Parliamentary scrutiny. Instead, they would have control of the allocation of taxpayers’ money for the NHS under commercial contracts.(That's going well...)  Did you know this? No, because it is being carried out by stealth, without parliamentary scrutiny.    However, you can find out more via these links:

Politics.co & NHS privatisation.

BMJ article on concerns about ACOs.

If you want to get involved - click on the links above or write to huddersfieldclp@gmail.com  

Save our hospital

Labour party members, supporters, councillors and MPs are working together with other groups to reverse the CCG proposal to close Huddersfield Royal Infirmary. You can help. We are supporting 'Hands...

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We are arguing for a vote for Labour: for the many not the few.  This could hardly be more important. Come and volunteer a bit of time... 

Despite some bright areas in the local and mayoral elections, we have to agree with Jeremy that those results on Thursday were disappointing. 

We have just 5 weeks to make sure we and Barry Sheerman hold Huddersfield for Labour and that our constituency neighbours hold their seats and improve the Labour vote. 

 

For the many not the few

We are arguing for a vote for Labour: for the many not the few.  This could hardly be more important. Come and volunteer a bit of time...  Despite some bright...

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