The Price of Democracy

For the Labour Students/Youth Conference in February UCLU Labour have been allocated a delegation of 12 by Labour Students, based on the size of our club. We have elected our delegation and it is mostly comprised of new members to the Society.

As conference details have been released it has become clear to us that the cost of us attending this conference is unfortunately prohibitively expensive – at a total cost of £1588.

UCLU Labour doesn’t have the funds to fully cover the costs of our delegates and with no other avenues of funding available to us we have launched a crowdfunding page to raise money for conference. Through this members will donate what they can afford – but this will not be enough.

If you are able to donate anything towards our delegates trip to conference in, to exercise our voting rights on behalf of our club and help shape the Labour youth movement, we would be most grateful.

https://crowdfunding.justgiving.com/UCLULabour

Treasurer Candidates

The following person has put themselves forward for the Treasurer by-election at Thursday’s EGM:

Omar Raii:

Hello, I’m Omar and I’m a 3rd year student studying Maths. In terms of my politics I’m a socialist who’s been a Labour member since 2010 and I’ve recently become more involved in my CLP and UCLU Labour because I want to fight for a Labour government, one that’s on the side of working people against the forces that drive them down every day, the forces that are being supported by the Tory government.
I’d like to put myself forward for treasurer specifically because I think I have a fair bit of experience in dealing with society and organisational finances, including in larger student organisations, so I would like to think I’d be a fairly reliable person for a role like this.

Buy To Leave Talk

We kicked off our events for the year with a fantastic talk from Cllr James Murray from Islington Council. James is Executive Member for Housing and Development on the Council and it was a pleasure to have him in to talk about the buy-to-leave problem affecting London’s housing market.

The phenomena of ‘buy-to-leave’ is increasingly spoken and written about and is a key campaigning issue in London. In short, it’s the idea that investors (very often overseas investors) buy properties and leave them vacant for months at a time – at a time when people are struggling to find affordable and decent places to live in London and the benefit cap will force many out of the capital.

James spoke about new developments that he’d seen advertised overseas as built before the development was even completed; the ways in which developers can get out of meeting affordable housing targets when building new accommodation and how Islington has gone about assessing how empty these so-called buy-to-leave properties are (for example, by looking at the electoral register).

James also spoke about what Islington Council has done to firstly (and importantly) recognise this problem and the steps they’ve taken to tackle it. A key point James made was the planning requirement that new properties must be lived in for 2 weeks out of every 3 months – a fairly modest requirement that will hopefully go some way in tackling this problem.

James has written more about the issue here: http://www.jamesmurray.org/new_housing

In terms of what we as UCLU Labour can do to help tackle this issue James said the most important thing was that London returned a Labour Mayor – Sadiq Khan. James told us how Sadiq understood the problem that London’s housing market faces and would be able to back up Councils when developers shirked their responsibility to provide affordable housing. Another key thing for us to do was to canvas across London – to have conversations with people about London’s housing problem and to promise the change that Sadiq will deliver.

   

  

  

EGM & Night Out

Hi everyone,

Our event this week:

UCLU Labour: Extraordinary General Meeting 

Thursday 28th January, 7pm at Rockerfeller 337 David Sacks, UCL.

We’re holding another EGM to put forward motions for the Labour Students Conference in February and run a by-election for Treasurer.

Labour Students Conference:

As a club we’re able to submit three motions at conference on three policy zones: Labour Students internal policy, Labour Students in the National Union of Students or policy to be sent to the Labour Party National Policy Forum.

We will be discussing and voting on which three motions we’d like to submit at this meeting. More information can be found below. Please drop us a line if you have any ideas or questions.

https://www.dropbox.com/s/yc3u5ia9r8autcd/Labour%20Students%20Democracy%20Toolkit.docx?dl=0

Treasurer by-election

The vacant position of Treasuer involves working with the President and Committee to manage and organise the Society’s finances.

If you are interested in standing for election as Treasurer, and are a Society member, please email uclu-labour.society@ucl.ac.uk by TOMORROW EVENING (26th Jan) with a short statement on why you would like to stand. These statements will be published on the blog to view before the EGM.

Questions will be taken at the EGM and voting will take place on the evening, with the successful candidate undertaking the role immediately.

If you’d like to put any other items on the agenda – please get in touch!

For directions to the room please see: http://crf.casa.ucl.ac.uk/screenRoute.aspx?s=386&d=141&w=False

A date for your diary!

We’re holding a social on February 6th Feb in the eve. Keep the date free and we’ll let you know more details soon.

Best wishes,

Anna

UCLU Labour President 2015-16

Solidarity With Junior Doctors & Occupants Not Investors

Hi everyone,

Welcome back and wishing you all a happy new year.

As many of you know we held an event before the end of last term: ‘The State of the NHS – Junior Doctors Strike’, where Dr Martin Edobor explained why junior doctors were going out on strike. The December strikes were called off, but with an agreement not reached junior doctors are going out on strike tomorrow.

Central London Labour Clubs go to UCH Junior Doctors Picket 

UCLU Labour will be supporting junior doctors on their picket alongside LSE, KCL and SOAS Labour clubs. We are meeting at University College Hospital at 9.30am TOMORROW (12/01/16) to join in solidarity with UCH junior doctors. Come for however long you can to show your support. Ring 0787651695 if you can’t find the group.

Occupants Not Investors 

We’re launching our campaign against buy-to-leave property investment in London by inviting Cllr James Murray, Executive Member for Housing and Development on Islington Council, to come and talk about the buy-to-leave problem that London’s housing market faces and what can be done about this.

This will be held on Thursday 15th January at 6pm. The venue is still to be confirmed – but we will let you all know once it has been!

Keep checking the Facebook page for updates, as always.

Best wishes for a productive second term, and I hope to see lots of you tomorrow.

Anna

UCLU Labour President 2015-16