Political Information

Pensioner Issues and Party Political Manifestos 2017


Tolpuddle Martyrs' Festival - The annual Tolpuddle Festival will this year take place from the 14th to 16th July in Tolpuddle, Dorset. Those GMB colleagues who wish to secure a place in the GMB campsite should email tolpuddle@gmb.org.uk.

Regards, Mike Payne, Regional Political Officer, 01792 467803,  @MikePayne110760,  @GMBPolitics,  @GMBCouncillors

Bevan Foundation

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The post is available for 6 months in the first instance, with continuation subject to funding. Salary up to £25,000 p.a. for full-time (37 hours p.w.), based in Merthyr Tydfil with travel elsewhere in Wales. We will consider applicants wanting to work part-time or on a secondment.

Interested? It is vital that you read the information here

Closing Date: 24th April 5pm, Interview Date: 4th May

Please feel free to circulate this information around your networks.

Our mailing address is: Bevan Foundation, 145a High StreetMerthyr Tydfil, Merthyr Tydfil CF47 8DP

About GMB and Politics

Cath Speight, National Political Officer 

Mike Payne, Regional Political Officer for the Wales & South West Region -  Mike has been a Labour and trade union activist for over 30 years.  He has held numerous roles within the GMB and the Labour Party but is currently the Chair of Wales TULO and the Welsh Labour Party's Policy Forum - mike.payne@gmb.org.uk

Politics has always flowed through GMB because we know that politics is really everyday life. From how much you’re paid to what rights you have when you get to work, to the cost of childcare or even how late the pub stays open – it all comes back to a political decision someone, somewhere has made.

GMB’s Political department exists to help our members understand how politics influences our lives and in turn to influence politics to deliver positive change for us, our families and our communities.

Following a very hard fought campaign in May, where GMB members came out in their thousands to support Labour party candidates, some of whom are also GMB members, the Conservative party were elected with an overall majority albeit only 12, but they are now as they put it, unfettered and unhindered by their coalition partners the Liberal Democrats, who were all but wiped out in the election returning only 8 Members of Parliament.

The Labour party’s numbers were swelled during the summer by registered supporters and trade union members signing up to become affiliated members to take part in the election of a new Labour leader and deputy leader. Jeremy Corbyn was overwhelmingly elected as leader and Tom Watson was elected Deputy.

The Conservative Government has wasted no time in their attacks on not only us in the Trade Union movement but also on the most vulnerable people in our society.

Since May’s election the government have introduced measures that will cut the Welfare Bill by removing working families tax credits (a measure that wasn’t in their manifesto) from people, those receiving this benefit were duped into believing that the £12 billion of cuts which was talked about before the election wouldn’t affect them because they weren’t sitting at home on benefits they were out working!

This is at the same time as introducing changes to the inheritance tax that will benefit millionaires.

They have introduced a Trade Union bill which is a fundamental attack on the whole of the Trade Union movement but also through the proposals contained in the bill that deals with our ability to keep and spend a Political Fund it attacks Her Majesty’s official opposition the Labour party.

GMB will continue to support the Labour Party as the party that best represents our policies, we will continue to provide political education for new shop stewards and run political awareness courses in regions when asked to do so. We also work with TULO to provide training and support for Trade Union members who aspire to become elected representatives in whatever capacity and in whatever political institution.

We will work with all our elected representatives to support and promote GMB policies.

We want more of you our members to get active in your branches and communities and any help and support you need to this just get in touch with either us or your regional Political Officer whose details are contained in these pages.

At our Congress in 2012, GMB passed a political strategy to help politics – and the Labour Party – look and sound more like the people it represents. 

GMB also runs a Labour Councillor Network. The Councillor pages are for elected GMB Labour Councillors only, so you will need to sign up to access them. Once you are in, there“s a range of useful information and materials including model motions and Best Practice from across the country. You can sign up to the Network by emailing your name, membership number, elected Local Authority to councillors@gmb.org.uk

On our political pages you can find information about national and regional political teams, information about how to get more politically involved and information about how GMB works with the Labour Party. You can get involved in our current campaigns

If you’d like even more information than that, head over to GMB Politics to see more about training courses and action you can take to make GMB’s voice heard with the people we elect to represent us. 

Join the Labour Party Now

As a GMB member you can join the Labour Party for only £1.80 a month, that's only £21.50 a year.

You can join the Labour Party immediately online now. Just visit http://tujoin.labour.org.uk/tu or download a Labour Party application form.

Once you have joined the Labour Party you can start changing its policies to reflect the things that you believe need to be done to make things better for the ordinary working people and GMB members in the UK.

Latest News

There are a number of events coming up which may be of interest to supporters and there are a few petitions to support.

Wales One World FilmFestival is at Chapter between 17th-19th March. This years theme is "Voices of Resistance" and aims to shed light on political and humantiarian issues in Palestine, Syria, Egypt and the Middle East. On Sunday 19th March at 11.30am you can watch Mohamed Jabaly's "Ambulance" a documentary following ambulance crews in Gaza during the last war. There will be a Q&A with Mohamed after the film - more details here http://www.wowfilmfestival.com/en/voices-of-resistance

The Palestinian Return Centre have launched a petition calling on the UK Government to apologise for the Balfour Declaration - Please sign https://goo.gl/0dzxVe

The Israeli Government is about to bulldoze an entire Palestinian community living near the ancient village of Bethany. The villagers intend to peacefully resist this by refusing to leave their homes - you can help stop the bulldozers by signing the petition - more than 222,000 people have already. https://goo.gl/OCbdbN

Photo of Mike Payne and Mick Antoniw AM at the Wales TUC launch of the Wales campaign opposing the Tories TU Bill - 14.10.15

Speech by Mick Antoniw AM - 14.10.15  Mick_Antoniw_AM_-_Individual_Members_Debate_-_Trades_Union_Bill_-_October_2015.pdf 

This autumn the Houses of Parliament are hosting Festival of Freedoms. Celebrating 800 years of rights and representation, 30 events+ are taking place in Westminster and across the UK.

If you’d like any further information about these events, please email parliamentinthemaking@parliament.uk or take a look at the Festival of Freedoms pages on the Parliament website: http://www.parliament.uk/about/living-heritage/evolutionofparliament/2015-parliament-in-the-making/get-involved1/festival-of-freedoms/

The Ragged Trousered Philanthropist - The Great Money Trick - comic version

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The HOPE not Hate magazine has now gone online.  The newly enlarged magazine is 56 pages and carries reports, investigations, analysis and interviews on the haters and hopers from across the UK, Europe and the US.  As a HOPE not Hate 'supporter' and 'friend' you will have free access to our magazine for the year.  You can view the magazine here