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