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Wednesday, 15 March, 2017 - 20:15

Hey all,

Across the UK local elections will soon be taking place. If you've ever considered a future in politics, this is the perfect place to start and flex your muscles.

Human Rights No, Corporate Rights Yes?

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It’s become a hallmark of British Government that they say one thing and do another. Rarely is it ever so cut-and-dried as with the current Conservative government.

Much has been made over the last few weeks about the desires of the Prime Minister to leave the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR). Cameron has said he wants to bring more powers back to London, because he doesn’t like the way it ‘hands power’ off – powers we British have given to that court more than 60 years ago. Most notably, he doesn’t like the way it often deals with his right wing agenda of disenfranchising people, and creeping towards a police state, but seems to be championing the way with misinformation.

 

It’s quite surprising to note then, that he has not been an outspoken critic of the Transatlantic Trade & Investment Partnership (TTIP) or the Comprehensive  Economic and Trade  Agreement (CETA) which was released yesterday. In fact, he has been portrayed as a massive supporter of the TTIP, and CETA.

“Why is that surprising?”, you might ask, and the answer is simple. The entire thrust of his anti-ECHR campaign, has been that the court takes power ‘out of London’. He has no problem with ‘Human Rights’, but wants to somehow bring it entirely inside the UK, no matter the outside cost (there may well be significant consequences to leaving the ECHR). In essence, he wants a UK subservient only to UK judges. 

I'm looking for a promotion...

Hello all,

Way back when, in 2011 I said I wanted to help get the party working, especially with regard to elections, fix some of the issues we'd identified coming out of the 2010 General election, work on policy and do a few other bits and pieces before hopefully standing as a candidate. Well, I think that time has come. So, I've tendered my resignation as campaigns officer and will now be doing more with the Party in Sheffield. 

To be clear, I will remain in post until the election is run and will be able to offer both a handover and ongoing support where it is needed. 

That will mean I'll have less time for the national, I won't be spending anything like as much time in Manchester, but I will  follow my own advice and start on the local. As well as putting the time I need to into my family and work, my energy and time will be focused on Sheffield.

What I'd really like to do what I wanted to do some time ago. Stand as a candidate, if the party in Sheffield will have me.

I'm actually really pleased that I can do this, the party is on a solid footing.

The office in Manchester underscores that. what we have achieved in terms of elections in the last two years makes it clear that we have changed significantly, we've stepped up. We aren't fighting fires, we are starting to light them.

Obviously the timing here is important, I obviously considered staying on until the next NEC elections, but I think I can do more in the General Election at the sharp end than I can do in support. I also happen to know that there are a few people who are interested in taking over the running of campaigns now that the additional tasking has been split out to other people.  That means now is the ideal time to make this change, it gives me and any future campaigns officer enough time to get themselves in post and ready for the General Election. 

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