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Regular Monthly Meetings (unless stated otherwise) on 2nd Wednesday of each month

  • All members are invited to attend and participate openly
  • Tea, Coffee and Light refreshments purchasable
  • Plenty of free parking available
  • Meetings start at 20:00 and tend to close by 22:00

The next ordinary Branch meeting is on Wednesday September 13th at The Station Inn (Jagz, next to Ascot Station), where the main discussion topic will be Young Labour so please come along to share your ideas about reaching our younger members - especially if you are a younger member!

 

COMING UP THIS MONTH.........

Are you concerned about creeping privatisation in the NHS? Come along to this talk (Mon) and exhibition and find out more and what You can do about it. 

Open all next week at Jagz

 

OVER THE SUMMER............

Heatherwood Hospital -  a campaign much supported by members of Ascot and Windsor Labour

August saw the long-awaited public meeting of planners on the Windsor and Maidenhead Borough Council who had delayed their decision until many were away on holiday - they were castigated for this at the meeting. Worse, the lead planner's recommendation to refuse planning permission for the new Heatherwood Hospital had been leaked the previous week but thanks to the actions of the Save Heatherwood Hospital Campaign Group (SHH) in keeping the hospital's future on the public agenda, councillors were faced with a packed venue. Representations from individuals and groups had to be pre-booked - SHH, among others, many of whom were councillors on the panel, spoke in support of the hospital development plans and the audience was, practically to a person, vocally in favour of them too. So, against all expectation, the panel agreed to support the build, with a caveat that, within the month, they need to assure themselves that the "Very Special Circumstances" allowing development on Green Belt land can be met. Fantastic press coverage has ensued, but we still await absolute certainty, due towards the end of September..........

.........and the Windsor Express 

 

Local Election

Michael Karim makes a good showing in the Winkfield Parish by- election

Michael Karim, a Bracknell Labour member, was our candidate for the Ascot Priory Ward of the  Winkfield Parish Council election that was held on 20th July 2017.

Born and raised in Ascot, Michael has a healthcare background and currently runs a medical business. He has a strong history of advocating positive change with local and national government. This was a new experience for Michael but he was an excellent and very committed candidate and we very much hope he will stand again very soon. Watch this space!

Michael pledged to:

  • Listen to residents' views and help build support on the parish council
  • Campaign for the promised new Heatherwood Hospital  
  • Campaign for excellence in local healthcare provision
  • Make sure the Neighbourhood Plan reflects local wishes – keep developments on a small scale and ensure infrastructure to support the population is planned well to meet demand 
  • Defend local schools from cuts so they continue to deliver excellence in preparing our young people for life

After the election Michael wrote:

Big swing to Labour in Tory stronghold

Many Torys changed to vote Labour saying it's time for a change.

No Torys were out canvassing and only put leaflets out after ours appeared. They did not stand at the polling stations. They only showed their faces ‘after dark’ and after the doors closed 10 mins before the count and brought several ‘guests’ in to the count; I thought they were only allowed one guest according to the rules; we should check this!

The Torys relied on the early postal vote before canvassing and leafleting had got underway to get the small and eroded margin they clutched on to. Many voters told us they would have voted for us if they had had the chance to meet us earlier. They voted in the way they had out of habit and not knowing what the alternative was

Greens and Lib dems voted for us.

Labour voters came out saying they voted because of the move to the left.

Our team did a fantastic job and I am actually convinced with more time we could have won this. There are some very encouraging lessons to be learned from this that we can build on and take into all the other battles to come. This is an example of what can be achieved, even in one of the strongest Tory enclaves and least politically educated areas.

I am ready for the next challenge wherever that may be and believe with our great team we will do even better.

Thanks to everyone involved for your unwavering energy and support. You made this possible.

Kind regards,

Michael 

 

 

 

Michael didn't waste any time getting into the local press too with this very informative "Thank you":

GETTING TOGETHER:

 Our annual fundraiser (below) in July was a great success with a record twenty five members and friends enjoying a delicious meal at a local Indian restaurant, Rajbhoog in Sunninghill. 

 

 

UK GENERAL ELECTION RESULT FOR WINDSOR, JUNE 8th 2017

Vote share nearly doubled since last election!

 

A huge thank you to the many members who joined forces to make this such a successful result for Windsor! 

and..............

a particular thanks to our wonderful, hard-working and enthusiastic candidate, Peter Shearman, and campaign manager, Spike.

 

 CANDIDATE PETER SHEARMAN

Peter Shearman is Windsor Constituency's candidate for the General Election on June 8th.

Peter lives with his wife and family in Eton Wick and works in technology innovation and research. As part of a major multinational technology company, Peter works with many Thames Valley technology companies. Previously, as part of the UK's broadband think tank, the Broadband Stakeholder Group, Peter developed government policy for superfast broadband. 

Peter believes in government's ability to support the lives and aspirations of the individual, and to create a fair and just society.

 

If you are not registered to vote you have until May 22nd to do so in order to vote in this election.

If you are already registered to vote you do not need to reregister. 

VOTER REGISTRATION

If you haven't registered to vote, it only takes a couple of minutes. Go to   gov.uk/register-to-vote

INFORMATION FROM THE ELECTORAL COMMISSION WEBSITE

Who can register to vote?

  • In England and Wales you can register to vote if you are 17 years old. However, you can only vote when you become 18. You can vote in local elections and elections to the UK (and European) Parliament when you are 18. 
  • British, Irish or qualifying Commonwealth citizens. This means Commonwealth citizens who have leave to remain in the U.K. or do not require such leave.
  • Citizens of the Republic of Ireland or other European Union (EU) member states. 

Am I registered to vote?

If you would like to find out if you are registered you will need to contact your Electoral Registration Officer. You can find their details by entering your postcode on Your Vote Matters

 

 


Windsor By-election in Clewer North Ward: May 4th 2017

Result of the Clewer North By-Election:

Members from both Ascot and Windsor joined forces to support an excellent young candidate from Clewer North ward for this local by-election. Michael is energetic and enthusiastic and loves talking to people about their concerns and local issues - just the right ingredients for a politician in the making.

Labour managed to raise their share of the vote by over 4%, with a 39.5% turnout. Wisdom da Costa, the Independent candidate, won with 805 votes, on an eventful evening which saw two recounts. The Conservatives came second with 784, followed by the LibDems with 405 and Michael for Labour with 273 votes.

Michael said, "Really can't thank you all enough for your hard work, I think we raised some important issues in this election about mental health provision here locally and enthused some non-voters and had quite a few 1st time Labour Voters... "

 

Local and National Campaigns:

A march and stall were held in Windsor town centre on January 21st followed by a march down Ascot High Street on January 28th. March 4th saw many of us in London joining the huge march to Westminster demanding proper funding for the NHS. An estimated crowd of 250,000 attended.

 

 

Ongoing Local Campaigns:

  • Heatherwood Hospital and the NHS
  • Fair Funding for All Borough Schools

     SAVE HEATHERWOOD HOSPITAL

 

 

      SAVE HEATHERWOOD HOSPITAL

   

 

 

 

2016: Dates we Remember:

​Battle of Cable Street Remembered in October 2016 

An Ascot Branch member joins hundreds of others marching through east London to mark the 80th anniversary of a landmark street fight against fascism. 

 

 

 

 

                              

               


Summer 2016

 

 

 

 

 

June 23rd, 2016.

By-election Sunninghill & South Ascot ward (Royal Borough of Windsor & Maidenhead).

The Labour Party candidate was Spike Humphrey, a South Ascot resident with strong commitment to local community life. Spike ran an excellent campaign to become a Borough Councillor, coming a satisfying second, for the first time beating the LibDems into third place with a very respectable 24% to their 10% of the vote, though the turn-out was still quite low, at just under 53%. 

Labour's campaign to remain in the EU: "Labour IN for Britain" 

 

We held four successful street stalls in Windsor and one in Ascot High Street. Eager walkers also delivered 2000 Labour IN leaflets to homes in Windsor Constituency and helped out with Bracknell deliveries too. We clearly got our positive message about remaining in Europe across to the people of Windsor and Maidenhead who voted REMAIN by a margin of 53.9% to 46.1%. The turnout was 79.7%. A great many thanks to all those taking part and to all those making their voices heard. 

 

 

 

2017 Ascot Branch Meeting Calendar 

Jagz (The Station Inn) at Ascot Station, unless otherwise noted.

 

January 18th Annual General Meeting at King Edward's Hall, King Edward's Road, Ascot. SL5 8PD

February 8th Branch Meeting at Jagz

March 8th Branch Meeting at Jagz

April 12th Branch Meeting at Jagz 

May 10th Meeting cancelled 

June 14th Branch Meeting at Jagz

July 12th Fundraising Social at Rajbhoog Restaurant, Sunninghill High Street - starting 7.30pm

August - no meeting - summer break

September 13th Branch Meeting at Jagz

Oct 11th Branch Meeting at Jagz tbc 

Nov 8th Branch Meeting at Jagz tbc

Dec 13th Social/Branch Meeting at Jagz tbc

 

2018 Ascot Branch Meeting Calendar

Jan 10th AGM - venue tba 

(Pending ...)

Feb 14th Branch Meeting at Jagz

Mar 14th Branch Meeting at Jagz

Apr 11th Branch Meeting at Jagz

May 9th Branch Meeting at Jagz 

June 13th Branch Meeting at Jagz 

July 11th Fundraising Meal tba 

Aug - no meeting - summer break

 

NB: Please check announcement on home page as venue may vary month to month.

Time: 8.00pm – 10.00pm

Agenda Monthly Branch Meetings 

  • Welcome and Apologies
  • Discussion e.g. of Policy Review documents etc.
  • Minutes of the previous meeting
  • Matters Arising
  • Local Issues and Activities
  • Campaign Reports
  • Windsor Constituency Report
  • Bracknell Constituency Report
  • Parish Council Reports
  • Membership Report
  • Treasurers Report
  • Website Report
  • Fundraising Activities
  • AOB