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Ludlow Labour members will be turning out tomorrow morning to support the biggest demo in the town in a decade.  Ludlow is expected to come to a standstill on Saturday 3 December for a march and demonstration in support of Ludlow Maternity Unit.

Traffic will be brought to a standstill when banner-waving marchers make their way from the cannon outside Ludlow Castle to the hospital.

Christmas shoppers are likely to be affected by the protest that starts at 12noon.

The march has been organised by Ludlow mums Sarah Meek and Alison Hiles who fear for the future of the maternity unit that was closed for a week earlier in the autumn.

This followed problems with the building although the unit was rapidly reopened in a ward of Ludlow Hospital that was mothballed last year.

Despite the rapid reinstatement of the service and reassurances given at a recent public meeting of the Ludlow Health Forum there are real fears for the long-term future of the maternity unit in Ludlow.

The concern is that health chiefs, faced with finding savings of £1.5 million on maternity services in Shropshire, have the Ludlow unit in their sights.  This must not happen!  Do join the march on Saturday, 11.30 for 12 noon by The Cannon in Castle Square!

Support #SaveLudlowMaternityUnit demo on Sat 3 December!

Ludlow Labour members will be turning out tomorrow morning to support the biggest demo in the town in a decade.  Ludlow is expected to come to a standstill on Saturday...

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South Shropshire Branch is organising a Christmas Social - all members and supporters welcome! Friendly and festive conversation, a quiz, a spot or two of political poetry and a set of fantastic music from Whalebone, featuring Bridgnorth member Charlotte Watson...

Wednesday 14 December at 7.30pm in Oscars at the Assembly Rooms in Ludlow.

An Invitation to South Shropshire Christmas Social

South Shropshire Branch is organising a Christmas Social - all members and supporters welcome! Friendly and festive conversation, a quiz, a spot or two of political poetry and a set...

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We thought it would be a good idea to follow up the successful 'Breaking the Austerity Myth' conference by gathering together the notes and presentations from the day.

If you're interested in learning more, then help yourself to the downloads below.

Speakers:
Charles Grimes Positive Money - click here
Mary Mellor - click here
Costas Lapavitsas - click here

Workshop Notes:
NHS - click here
Defending Local Services intro - click here
Defending Local Services notes - click here
Open Space - click here

In relation to your potential involvement in local campaigns and activity fighting the impact of austerity policies, the following contacts/websites may be found useful:

In relation to taking forward ideas from the Open Space session and the sub groups: Local Ludlow Public Bank; Wellth; and Explore the Basic Income BI please contact Mike Layward mike@phonecoop.coop 

Finally, The Austerity Myth site could be a template for other potential conferences around the country (if you want to hold one, or know someone who does, please contact Manda Scott via manda@mandascott.co.uk

Follow up to 'Breaking the Austerity Myth Conference' - information

  We thought it would be a good idea to follow up the successful 'Breaking the Austerity Myth' conference by gathering together the notes and presentations from the day. If...

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Around 100 people attended a free one day conference at Ludlow Assembly Rooms on Saturday 8th October to discuss the policy of austerity.  Top speakers Professor Mary Mellor, Chair of Northumbria University’s Sustainable Cities Research Institute, Professor Costas Lapavitsas, Professor in Economics at SOAS University of London and Charles Grimes, Chair of Hereford Positive Money, demystified modern economics.  They challenged the political dogma behind the policy of austerity and suggested other, more socially responsible routes to prosperity.  “Austerity is a political choice, there are alternatives,” said Professor Mary Mellor.

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During the day participants attended three workshops that explored the local impacts of austerity on Shropshire’s beleaguered NHS and the deep cuts being suffered to the county’s public services. There was huge enthusiasm and creative ideas were developed for future campaigning.

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‘Breaking the Austerity Myth’ was promoted by Ludlow Constituency Labour Party, but open to the general public, with around half the attendees not (yet!) members of the Labour Party.  For more information go to www.austeritymyth.org.

#AusterityMyth Conference Success!

Around 100 people attended a free one day conference at Ludlow Assembly Rooms on Saturday 8th October to discuss the policy of austerity.  Top speakers Professor Mary Mellor, Chair of...

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We look forward to welcoming participants to our one day conference 'Breaking the Austerity Myth' - Saturday 8 October, Ludlow Assembly Rooms. Exciting speakers, new ideas, workshops tackling #cuts and #NHS and a#NewKindofPolitics. Only a handful of tickets are left now!

The full programme for the day is below, with downloadable link here.

9.45am

Arrival - teas and coffees available.

10.10

Introduction and welcome

10.15

Charles Grimes: co-ordinator for Hereford Positive Money group - Positive Money is a national group committed to radical change in the way money is created and used.

 

11.00

Q & A

11.15 – 11.30

BREAK

11.30

Mary Mellor - Emeritus Professor in Social Science (Northumbria University): author of books including Debt or Democracy, Public Money for Sustainability and Social Justice

12.15

Q & A

12.30 - 1.30

LUNCH - teas and coffees available (bring you own lunch/visit Ludlow cafes)

1.30 – 2.20

Workshops

Workshop A : Threats to the NHS

Workshop B : Cuts to Local Authority Services

Workshop C:  Open Space – an open agenda finding practical solutions to problems

2.20 - 2.30

BREAK

2.30

Costas Lapavitsas - Professor in Economics at SOAS, University of London: author of books including Profiting Without Producing: How Finance Exploits Us All

 

3.15

Q & A

3.30

Plenary - reports back from workshops

4pm

FINISH

When you arrive at the Assembly Rooms at 9.45am, you'll be met to sign in, and asked to choose the workshop you'd like to attend, so please give this some thought.  You'll just be helping us with last-minute planning!

8 October - Breaking the Austerity Myth – A One Day Conference in Ludlow

  We look forward to welcoming participants to our one day conference 'Breaking the Austerity Myth' - Saturday 8 October, Ludlow Assembly Rooms. Exciting speakers, new ideas, workshops tackling #cuts and #NHS and a#NewKindofPolitics. Only...

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Today Jeremy Corbyn swept to victory, increasing the size of his mandate with 61.8% of the vote, a larger margin of victory than last year.  

More than half a million party members, trade unionists and registered supporters voted in the contest.

In a result announced on the eve of Labour's party conference in Liverpool, Mr Corbyn won 313,209 votes, compared with Mr Smith's 193,229.

Speaking after the result was declared in Liverpool, Corbyn thanked his rival, Owen Smith, and urged the 'Labour family' to unite after the summer-long contest.

“We have much more in common than that which divides us. Let’s wipe that slate clean from today and get on with the work we’ve got to do as a party together,” he said.

Jeremy Corbyn has been re-elected as Labour leader

Today Jeremy Corbyn swept to victory, increasing the size of his mandate with 61.8% of the vote, a larger margin of victory than last year.   More than half a...

Spent the afternoon spreading some leaflets and posters around Bridgnorth to advertise the FREE one day conference 'Breaking the Austerity Myth' that is being organised by Ludlow Labour. The event takes place on Saturday 8th October 2016 at the Ludlow Assembly Rooms in Shropshire. More details of the programme and how to sign up for the conference can be found by clicking on the link www.austeritymyth.org

Hope to see you there!

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Leafleting in Bridgnorth for 'The Austerity Myth' conference

Spent the afternoon spreading some leaflets and posters around Bridgnorth to advertise the FREE one day conference 'Breaking the Austerity Myth' that is being organised by Ludlow Labour. The event...

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The result of last week's Bishop's Castle (Shropshire) by election:

LDEM: 60.5% (-1.5)
CON: 30.2% (-0.5)
LAB: 6.7% (+6.7)
GRN: 2.6% (-4.7)

Our congratulations to Labour candidate Judith Payne and the many local members who worked so hard to support her campaign.  We are proud that Labour was the only party to increase its share of the vote in what has long been a safe LibDem seat.

Labour Increase Vote Share in Bishop's Castle By Election

The result of last week's Bishop's Castle (Shropshire) by election: LDEM: 60.5% (-1.5)CON: 30.2% (-0.5)LAB: 6.7% (+6.7)GRN: 2.6% (-4.7) Our congratulations to Labour candidate Judith Payne and the many local...

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The South Shropshire Branch of the Ludlow Constituency Labour Party has selected Judith Payne of Bishop's Castle to be our candidate for the by-election on September 15th for Shropshire Councillor.

Judith has lived in Bishops Castle for over 30 years.  She has taught in both Bishops Castle schools, and in other schools round about. She has been a driver for Dial-a-Ride bus, a Trustee of the Friends of the Bishop’s Castle Community, Home and Hospital, chaired the Friends of the Library and led the Linley Beeches Support Group. Judith now supports the Carers’ Group, leads walks for ‘Walking For Health’ and  volunteers at Bishop’s Castle Heritage  Resource Centre.  

Judith is always ready to listen to people’s  concerns on local topics, and if elected will  represent these views on the Shropshire Council. She will fight for the survival of the Dial-aRide service, the Community Hospital and the Library - all of whose futures have recently been thrown into doubt by Shropshire Council. 

Here we are preparing for a very wet morning's leafleting.

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Bishop's Castle By-Election - our candidate Judith Payne

The South Shropshire Branch of the Ludlow Constituency Labour Party has selected Judith Payne of Bishop's Castle to be our candidate for the by-election on September 15th for Shropshire Councillor....

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Austerity has hit Britain hard, and rural counties and towns like Ludlow are no exception.  On Saturday 8 October there’s a chance to find out more at a One Day Conference ‘Breaking the Austerity Myth’, which will be held in Ludlow Assembly Rooms, with free but ticketed entry.  ‘Breaking the Austerity Myth’ is promoted by Ludlow Constituency Labour Party.

Three key speakers on economics will discuss issues including the nature of money, financial exclusion, co-operation, sustainable cities, ecofeminist political economy and social economics.  Since 2010 austerity has been pursued as a national policy, causing systematic damage to the NHS and a drastic loss of local services across the country.  Here in Ludlow, the years of funding cuts have brought threats to the library and museum, to visitor services, to the swimming pool and leisure centre, and to youth forums.

‘Breaking the Austerity Myth’ will challenge the ideas behind austerity and suggest other, more socially responsible ways to prosperity.  Austerity is a political choice, there are alternatives.

The speakers are Professor Mary Mellor, Chair of Northumbria University’s Sustainable Cities Research Institute, Professor Costas Lapavitsas, Professor in Economics at SOAS, University of London and Charles Grimes, Chair of Hereford Positive Money.

There will also be opportunities for discussion and breakout groups during the day, which starts at 9.45am and ends at 4.30pm.  Tickets must be booked, and are available at www.austeritymyth.org.

Breaking the Austerity Myth – A One Day Conference for Ludlow

Austerity has hit Britain hard, and rural counties and towns like Ludlow are no exception.  On Saturday 8 October there’s a chance to find out more at a One Day...

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