Falkirk CLP Meeting *Updated*

The Meeting of Falkirk CLP will take place on Sunday 17th June 2012 at 7pm in Camelon Labour Club.

Please note the change from the previous AGM announcement. This is going to be an all members meeting instead. We will be holding the AGM later on in the year once the changes to CLP/boundaries have taken place, all will be explained in more detail at the meeting.

All members are encouraged to come along and participate.

Also in attendance will be Catherine Stihler MEP. More detail of her work in the European Parliament can be found here:



Scottish Labour Conference

CLP Chair Martin Murray and Vice Chair Gray Allan will be attending the Scottish Labour conference in Dundee as elected delegates of Unison’s Labour Link.

Martin is Labour Link for West Lothian, while Gray is Unison Branch Secretary for Falkirk.

Conference 2011: Miliband vows ‘new bargain’ for UK:

David Cameron represents the “last gasp” of an old system that does not work anymore, Ed Miliband has told the Labour Party conference in Liverpool.

The Labour leader claimed Britain was crying out for a new kind of society in which the right people – responsible “grafters” – are properly rewarded.

And he vowed to fight for “a new bargain in our economy so reward is linked with effort”.

The Tories said Mr Miliband helped create the culture he was attacking.

And he was a “weak leader telling his party what they wanted to hear”.

The Labour leader was speaking against a backdrop of falling poll ratings and attacks from union leaders leaders angry at his decision not to support a TUC day of action over pension changes.

‘Wrong values’

But he opted to eschew big policy announcements in favour of setting out his personal philosophy and why he feels the country needs to change.

Some delegates booed at the mention of former Labour Prime Minister Tony Blair – something that was later criticised by former cabinet ministers Alistair Darling and David Blunkett.

Mr Miliband praised both his predecessors, Mr Blair and Gordon Brown, but stressed: “I’m my own man and I’m going to do things my own way.”

He also sought to humanise his public image by joking about his “nose job” and speaking warmly about his new wife Justine and his two young sons.

He admitted that Labour had “lost trust” on the economy but he said he was determined to regain it – and he vowed that the “next Labour government will only spend what it can afford”….

Source: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-15078960

Quiz Night

Comrades, there will be a St Andrew’s Quiz night on Friday 26th November at 7:30pm at the Camelon Labour Club. All members and non members welcome. Teams will consist of no more than four people costing £10. Nibbles and great prizes on offer as well as a raffle.

Hope to see you all there and bring others along too so we can support the CLP, we need the funds! If you need any more information don’t hesitate to give me a call.


Terrie Hay.

Ed Balls coming to Falkirk

Labour leadership contender, Ed Balls, is having a Q&A session this Friday at 6.30pm in the Camelon Labour club. During the last local party meeting the Falkirk CLP agreed to nominate Ed for leader of the Labour party.

This is your chance to hear from one of the most influential politicians in our party. You will have a chance to put your point and questions to him. If you want to learn more about Ed Balls beforehand please visit his website at http://www.edballs4labour.org/

Falkirk CLP supports Ed Balls for Labour Leader

At an all-member’s meeting this evening, Falkirk Constituency Labour Party held our leadership ballot of which Ed Balls came out the winner. This was a closely contested ballot which resulted in Ed Balls securing our nomination for Labour leader.

Ed Balls also has the support of our MP for Falkirk, Eric Joyce.

Here follows the candidate statement from the Labour website:

Ed Balls is the Labour and Co-operative MP for Morley and Outwood and was previously MP for Normanton (2005-2010). He was Labour’s Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (2007-2010) and Economic Secretary to the Treasury (2006-2007).

Ed brought together schools and children’s policy for the first time in the Children’s Plan and pushed through radical and progressive policies including raising the education and training age to 18, reform of the social work profession, establishing the support staff negotiating body and extra investment in youth services and short breaks for disabled children and their families.

In opposition (1994-1997) and then as chief economic adviser to the Treasury (1997-2004) Ed worked on policies including independence of the Bank of England, the windfall tax and New Deal jobs programme, Sure Start, tax credits and the national minimum wage.

Ed is proud to be a member of Unite, Unison and the Co-operative Party. Born in Norwich in 1967, his family moved to Nottingham when Ed was 8. He attended Crossdale Drive primary school and then Nottingham High School. Ed went on to study at Keble College, Oxford, and the John F Kennedy School of Government, Harvard.

Ed has been a teaching fellow in the Department of Economics, Harvard (1989-90) and a columnist for the Financial Times, Guardian, New Statesman and Tribune.

Ed is married to Yvette Cooper MP. They have three children – Ellie, Joe and Maddy – and live in Castleford. His interests include music, cooking and playing football with his children.

Steven Gale
Secretary – Falkirk CLP

Labour Leadership

The contenders for the Labour leadership have been confirmed –

Diane Abbott

Ed Balls

Andy Burnham

David Milliband

Ed Milliband

Falkirk CLP will be having our say on who we wish to support for the leadership by holding a debate and vote. You can still join our discussion and vote by joining the party today.

Lets fight for a better future,

Steven Gale
Secretary – Falkirk CLP