CfS Executive Report – 06/10/18

Sederunt
Martyn Cook (Chair), Stephen Low, Mike Cowley, Alistair Craig, Mike Williams, Paul McNally (minutes), Lorcan Mullen, Siobhan Mcready

Dial-in: Laura McDonald, Carol Mochan

 

Apologies:
Cara Hilton, Maureen Sharkey, Sean Duffy

1. Chair report

 

Stevie Nolan from Unite is coming over 13th-14th October to contribute to our political education courses.  Our Highlands and Islands group ran the ‘History of labour in Scotland’ session, with Fife, Dundee and Glasgow to follow shortly.

 

Jess Galloway has finished working with Momentum and the executive wished to thank Jess for all her contributions and hard work, wishing her well in the future.  Noted that it is unlikely there would be a new organiser in the short term at least.

2. Treasurer report

 

The new required signatories have been agreed with the bank.

3. Matters arising at Holyrood

 

In light of recent events at Holyrood, it was noted that more work needs to be done to ensure that the left has a proactive message as opposed to responding. More work is required to coordinate the left’s approach, and strengthen the presence and voices of socialists in Scottish politics.

4. SLYS


Noted that there has been a break down in communications within SLYS after a report given by SLYS rep, Alistair Craig. It was agreed that the Chair of CfS would write to the committee on the first instance to propose a way forward.

 

5. U.K. Conference

 

Members there thought it was a good event for member involvement. Relationship to CLP’s and Unions needs some political education as many of the new CLP members and delegates were unaware of the role or presence of Trade Union Delegates.

TWT had some very good sessions, including our well attended session on Brexit and Federal politics. Agreed to look at organising a Scottish equivalent with TWT.

 

6. Motions from members and Edinburgh Momentum re procedures

 

The executive noted the motions which had been received but agreed that they could not be actioned. The executive would write back and confirm the details of this.

 

7. Relationship with Labour Briefing

Unfortunately Labour Briefing has posted and shared content which has been attacking CfS and the executive in particular. It is clear that we have reached different political positions and priorities, so it was voted on (9 in favour, 1 abstention) to end the formal relationship with Briefing.

 

8. Women’s Conference

 

Agreed that candidates nominated from the CfS women’s group would be endorsed.

 

 

9. Present and future campaigns

 

Agreed to promote and support the Coatbridge-by election. We would also in principle coordinate with local activists to have a CfS campaign day, provisionally on the 20th/21st.

 

11. AOB

 

Brexit and Freedom of Movement statement. Following on from our session at conference, and the leader’s speech, now would be a good time to action the AGM motion on Freedom of Movement. Draft text presented which called for action in CLPs to build solidarity with migrant and anti-racist organisations.

Next meeting: First Saturday of November.

CfS Glasgow Momentum AGM Minutes 2017

Glasgow Campaign for Socialism-Momentum

AGM Minutes

Thursday 31st of August

Attendance:

Sean Duffy, Martin Lennon, Michael Calder, Lauren Bryden, Sandy Burney, John Beattie,

Danny O’Neill, Matt Kerr, Paul McNally, Stan Crooke, Michael Muir, Willie Griffin,, Jess

Galloway, John Cork, Chris Cassells, Jim MacKechnie, Anna Dyer, M Davis, Christopher

Barbour, Kathryn Kelly, Gerant James, Martyn Cook, Hazel Nolan.

Motion A:

Two priority areas of work for Glasgow CfS-Momentum over the next 12 months are:

- Monthly all members meetings which have as their prime purpose political discussions

and education.

- Building CLP Youth Sections

Carried.

Motion B:

Glasgow Momentum CfS/ notes that both Unite (2016 Policy Conference) and the Scottish

Left Review new support the open reelection of Labour MPs. Open reelection is essential

to ensure that Labour MP’s and candidates represent the views of the membership, the

overwhelming majority of whom are support Corbyn. To that end, the incoming executive is

instructed to drag a model motion in support of open reelection and to coordinate and

organise support for the submission of said motion to Glasgow CLPs.

Carried

Motion C:

Glasgow Momentum recognises that the fight to defend workers’ rights if France against

President Macron’s attempt to amend the Labour code is important to workers throughout

Europe. We declare ourselves in solidarity with the works and youth fighting to preserve

rights under the current Labour code and we hope further issues in the course of the

struggle. Glasgow Momentum will take part in organising meetings, demonstrations and

other solidarity with the struggle for workers’ rights in France.

Carried.

Motion D:

Glasgow Momentum will aim to stand a left slate in every CLP AGM in Glasgow and a left

candidate for casual vacancies on CLP ECs and local bodies like the LCF where they

occur. The incoming executive to keep a view on the number of momentum supporters in

each CLP EC.

Carried.

Executive Proposal

The name of the group will be either:

1. Campaign for Socialism

2. Campaign for Socialism-Momentum.

3. Momentum.

1) 14 votes 2) 16 votes 3) 1 Vote.

The organisation will adopt the name ‘Campaign for Socialism-Momentum’

Adoption of Standing Orders

http://www.campaignforsocialism.org.uk/articles/2017/8/22/glasgow-cfs-momentum-agmand-

standing-orders

Carried

Election of Officer Roles.

Chair: Paul McNally

Secretary: Laura Dover

Social Media Officer: Callum Warwick

Data Protection Officer: Christopher Barbour.

CLP Officers:

Daniel O’Neill, Stewart Wakelam, John Cork, Mathew Jones,

Lauren Bryden, Kate Kelly, Michael Calder, Anna Dyer.