Friday, September 07, 2007

The First Southwark Labour Conference and International Weekend in Football and Rugby!

On Saturday we will be holding our first Southwark Labour Party Conference!

The Conference promises to be an exciting one, with speakers including Harriet Harman MP, Tessa Jowell MP, Hazel Blears MP and Valerie Shawcross AM. We will also be holding a range of working group discussions which will help to shape our Labour vision of Southwark. The Agenda for the day is below:

The first Southwark Labour Borough Conference – 2007
In:Spire Centre, Liverpool Grove
Saturday 8th September
9:45am to 4pm

09:45 Arrival and Registration(Tea and Coffee available)

10:00 Session 1 Chair: Cllr Martin Seaton. Please be seated promptly to ensure that we have as much time as possible to hear from our speakers and debate the issues.

* Welcome from Cllr Peter John, leader of Southwark Labour Group.

* Rt. Hon. Harriet Harman MP. Deputy Leader of the Labour Party, Leader of the House of Commons and Secretary of State for Equalities.

* Message of support from Amicus London Regional Political Committee from Ellie Reeves, constituency representative on Labour’s NEC and a member of the committee.

11:00 Working Groups

11:50 Session 2

Chair: Martin Chapman, Chair of Southwark Labour’s local government committee.·

Rt. Hon Tessa Jowell MP, Cabinet Office Minister for the Olympics

12:30 Lunch Break, Buffet & Tea and Coffee provided

13:15 Session 3

Chair: George Foulkes, Chair of Bermondsey and Old Southwark Labour Party·

Rt. Hon Hazel Blears MP, Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government

14:15 Working Groups

15:00 Session 4

Chair: Cllr Susan Elan Jones, Southwark Labour Group Deputy Leader·

Feedback from Working Groups·

Val Shawcross, Member of the Greater London Assembly for Lambeth and Southwark·

Cllr Kirsty McNeill, Labour’s Parliamentary Spokesperson for Bermondsey and Old Southwark·

“Socialist” Raffle draw·

Concluding remarks from Cllr Peter John, Southwark Labour Group Leader

I shall be facilitiating a Working Group on Community Safety and am looking forward to a very positive and productive day!
It is an International weekend and Scotland have two critical games over the next week which will really decide whether we can qualify for the Europen Championships or not, a home game on September 8th against Lithuania and of course an away game in Paris against the French on September 12th. I suppose 4 points out of the six would be a good result but with France and Italy now finding form we really need to consider taking at least one point of the French!! A tough call but difficult in a group with the two World Cup Finalists !!
The Rugby World Cup opens tonight and Scotland play their first game which is against Portugal in St. Etienne on Sunday!
Should be a fairly straightforward win with the All Blacks to come!!