Labour Party Conference in full swing in Liverpool and South Thanet is well represented. Not only do we have our constituency party delegate at conference but we have two of our councillors - Cllr Karen Constantine and Cllr Susan Kennedy - also there plus individual members from the CLP.
The central theme from the conference is that the summer leadership contest is over, Jeremy Corbyn has won an overwhelming second mandate and that now is the time for the Party to unite and take the fight to the Tories!
Conference is non-stop for Jeremy Corbyn. Speeches to write and deliver, press interviews and thousands of selfies to appear in, he's a man much in demand. Throughout the day during conference he is whisked from one engagement to the next. Notable though is that whether he's speaking at a Local Government Association reception or Scottish Labour event or LabourList rally, he delivers a specific speech for that audience - no mean feat!
It's a punishing schedule with long days. Here's a photo from 8am on Monday morning being asked for photos looking out across the Mersey!
Check back here for further updates on news from conference.
Labour Party Conference in full swing in Liverpool and South Thanet is well represented. Not only do we have our constituency party delegate at conference but we have two of...
People often wonder what Thanet District Councillors actually do. It's a demanding role for all councillors, even when their party is not the governing one. We asked Councillor Iris Johnston what an average week could look like.
A Week in the Life of Cllr Iris Johnston
"Sunday 11th September
- Supported heritage events in Margate and reported Nayland shelter for poor state.
- Answered several emails and set up meetings for the coming week.
Monday 12th September
- 9.30 follow up meeting with family who have a member sectioned. Numerous phone calls to Housing Association and The Beacon plus Community Safety. Visit planned to St Martins for case conference that I have insisted on.
- 10.30 Travel Forum meeting TDC
- Delivered newsletter to all homes in areas near TDC.
- Picked up,ward work including reporting rubbish and 'smells ' in communal housing areas. Reported barrier that doesn't work at Union Row.
- Dropped into Mosque.
- 2pm meeting re Mayor's Parlour in Media Centre.
- Dealt with abusive phone call from a lessee who leases a TDC property.
- More emails and leafleting until home.
Tuesday 13th September
- 9.30 meeting family at Gateway re one member's serious illness and their pending eviction .
- 10.00 meeting with clergyman re homeless couple . He helping with storage of their belongings . She is pregnant and unlikely to get help from TDC until the baby is born.
- 12pm coffee with man who wants to join the Labour Party having had my leaflet.
- Picked up serious issue in cafe of drunken man harassing staff and customers. Moved him along and reported to TDC again.
- 12.30 delivered newsletter with help from kind lady I had been helping. We had won a benefits case and she would be an ideal Labour member.
- 5.30 Margate Town Team meeting
- 7.00 Standards meeting.
Wednesday 14th September
- Finished clear up of our garden for man taking green waste.
- 12.40. Lunch and catch up with John Edwards.
- 1.15 Meeting in their home with family who have paid £180 for taxi to London hospital. Nearly an hour chasing reimbursement.
- 2.10 Met a man in ward who needs disabled parking so picked up details.
- 2.20. arrived late for public speaking training but got the gist of it!
- 3.30 Meeting at TDC with man who has problems re 'right to remain' . Considerable follow up work with MP's office and also trying to get family housing and council tax benefit as running out of savings. Family here since 2005 . Children born in England. Are an asset to this country work wise.
- 4.15 Very depressed person who is sofa surfing with her family. Hopefully, help from lettings agency re a property and helped with benefit forms.
Thursday 15th September
- Follow up emails and telephone calls on existing cases
- 11.00 meeting with a mum of five who will be evicted this month from TDC home.,
- Council won't help re housing due to past problems. Now only hope private sector so made calls and got her interviews and HB form.
- 1pm to Ramsgate and spoke to East Kent maritime volunteers . Following up on incorrect comments made at Cabinet by Tory leader re opening times. Sent strong email to Council confirming all hard work .
- 6.30 Anti social behaviour Randolph Square Margate. Strong tensions. Visited and hopefully calmed things down. Followed up later with emails .
- 7.00 Labour Campaign Forum North Thanet office.
Friday 16th September
- Foul weather . Tidied our home ....a bit!
- Didn't go to WASPI event as no transport.
Saturday 17th September
Sunday 18th September
- Writing this and leafleting later plus meeting at 2pm North Thanet office.
- Answering emails and planning coming week.
- Homeless and issues at Arlington House plus flooding in various areas also needing much attention.
Just a flavour of what a Councillor can be called upon to do and yes, it is worthwhile!"
People often wonder what Thanet District Councillors actually do. It's a demanding role for all councillors, even when their party is not the governing one. We asked Councillor Iris Johnston...
Cllr Karen Constantine's August Report.
"The homelessness and housing crisis continues with families and more usually, single men, contacting me on a weekly basis for help and support. Some of these individuals cases are taking a long time to resolve.
A small group of travellers were camped out near to the Tesco store on Manston road. I went to talk to them, to see how they were. It was an interesting conversation. Some of the mums wanted to stay and get their small children into a local school. They were really surprised to hear that 'settled' people had housing issues! They offered to help. They have since moved on.
Unite the Union held a street stall in the middle of Ramsgate recently on homelessness and the housing crisis, I spend sometime there chatting people and did a short interview.
People are still approaching me with employment-related matters and I'm assisting as much as I can. Local residents are welcome to contact me. I will give good advice and moral support.
On a lighter note I popped into Newington Summer Fayre and started my Christmas shopping. Great to get a head start and support local businesses."
Cllr Karen Constantine's August Report. "The homelessness and housing crisis continues with families and more usually, single men, contacting me on a weekly basis for help and support. Some of...
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