Anti Trump demo – June 2019

Some great banners and posters, including from Extreme rebellion and campaigners for Trans. rights

Joined in at the end.

Asked people to reflect on Trump’s reaction to the demos at Charlottesville, and how he said he wouldn’t choose, and how we say we can choose, and that we choose the anti-racists, and that we remember Heather Heyer.
Reflecting on other things about life in America –
– that they are over-dependent on oil;
– that some of the states are starting to take bad decisions about banning abortion;
– the latest campaign against Trans people, and that the far-right in America seem to want the state so small that it can fit into our bedrooms;
– that parents have to think through scenarios concerning shooters in their children’s school and classroom.
We in Britain can take some comfort in being in a better place.
But we do face a far-right challenge the form of Brexit and the Brexit Party, who may well have won in parts of Nottingham.
That support comes from communities where the confidence they used to have in getting a job with a living wage, fair terms and conditions, and a home has been lost; that on top of a quality education and a free health service.
We need the Labour movement to re-gain these.
And we face new challenges such as caring for the larger numbers of older people, and in tackling climate change, for which we can acknowledge the recent contribution of Extreme Rebellion.

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Meadows ward monthly report 01

Re-elected with an increased share of the vote.
Pleasing and gratifying; and in turn I am grateful.
Being pro-Remain did not hold me back.
Excellent results in Castle ward and Wollaton West ward. Not so good in Clifton.
Disappointed that the election issue had not been stopping austerity and the cuts to public services.

And then the European elections, which Remain won. In Nottingham, Labour held on to first, but supporters of Remain via a further referendum voted for other parties in sufficient numbers to make us third in a national election.
Oh, and Theresa May announced her departure date. And not in a nice way.

More optimistic was positive reactions to protests and campaigns on climate change.
At full council, we appointed our new Leader, David Mellen, who is to bring a new approach to listening to the public.
We also appointed an executive – with 7 out of 10 being women, and 3 being BME.
This by a Labour Group that is over 50% women for the first time, and with a significant BME membership.
I was elected as Chair of the Planning committee and seeing more green things are done is one of the hopes I have for the role.

New calling card, but missing the twitter – @MeadowsCllrMike – and the facebook – me4sd -and this web-site.

Nice to celebrate the 90th anniversary of the opening of The Council House.

Surprised to see the N Post say The Meadows is the safest neighbourhood in Nottingham, without showing the data. Concerns remain, because you can see the rough living in the area, with the abuse of BT phone boxes and the rough sleeping in hedges along Queens Drive.

More housing along Arkwright Walk and Blackstone Walk is being completed. More council housing is being started (former Clifton Miners Welfare). More apartments are being proposed (42 at the former Eagle Press site and 350 along Queens Road).

In the days after the elections, we are reviewing achievements made (including the new equipment Queens Walk Rec. just completed), current issues, aims, the progress of NCH environmental works and permit abuse on cricket days (oh yes).

Then how to write about poverty? The Daily Mirror chose to celebrate efforts in Nottingham, after a visit to Aspley where Michael Sheen met “Women for Women’s Sake“. Der Spiegel latched onto one family in particular trouble. And the Nottingham Post said “that is so unfair!

Salop finished the season inanely, whilst relegating Walsall, but with powerful memories of cup ties with Stoke and Wolves from the winter.
Notts County were relegated and its financial situation will become clearer in June.

Following the Walsall game, a steam engine turned up at Shrewsbury station and then the Black Fives of the sixties at Shrewsbury turned up on Youtube.

Hardly any time for the arts recently, but “The Stepmother” was worthwhile.

@MeadowsCllrMike

Changed to @MeadowsCllrMike from @BridgeCllrMike

Have changed my twitter handle.
Surprised I published as many as 10 tweets a month.
It’s partly cos I tend only to tweet my own material.
Then I tend to want to process a photo before tweeting, so Twitter is not a very instant media for me.


The web-site is trickier.
Many of the existing stories have “Bridge ward” embedded in their url so I need to learn how to convert the site.

Labour retain control of Nottingham City Council

Nottingham Post cover page photo capturing the moment Labour won Park ward, that had seemed designed so that Labour couldn’t win it.

Labour won 50 seats.
Nottingham City Council has published the list of 2019-2023 councillors.
The new Castle ward was unpredictable. The safe Conservative Wollaton West ward was all Labour this time, and resoundingly so.
The Conservatives therefore only returned 2 Councillors from the Clifton West ward which seemed designed for them.
But losing the Clifton Estate for the first time in its history will trouble us.

Most of the new Labour Group; the Meadows contingent were mainly ill and had to go home early; I’d worn myself out taking photos and combined with the after effects of a cold, was way too miserable. La de da.

20 of the new Labour Councillors are new.

27 are the 50 Labour Councillors are women, the first time women have been in the majority.
The council has a majority too, with one woman councillor from the Independents.

Labour win Meadows ward

A 46% share majority, nearly a thousand votes, on a 33% turnout (around 4 points above the city average).
The Conservatives came last.

Celebrated the nature of the win in my speech, but also pointed out how badly the Conservatives had cone across the city, and it was time they spoke up for Nottingham rather than supporting the direction of government money to Surrey.

Eunice, Terry, Jane, Nicola, Sue, myself and Lilian,

Also thanked the many helpers, organised by Terry and Eunice Regan.