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Cat Smith, MP for Lancaster & Fleetwood, officially launched Eli Aldridge’s campaign at the Castle Street Centre in Kendal on Wednesday 10th May.
 
Eli, who at 18 is one of the youngest candidates in this year’s election was selected to contest Westmorland & Lonsdale for Labour.
 
Cat who was appointed Shadow Minister for Voter Engagement and Youth Affairs by Jeremy Corbyn in 2016 said “I am thrilled to be launching Eli’s campaign.  It is so important that young people are engaged in politics.  The Labour Party now has more young members than the entire UKIP membership!  Eli is a tremendous candidate, showing that the Labour Party is on the up.”
 
Speaking to a packed room of supporters, Eli stressed the importance of education “The Conservative Party has shown a disregard for education.  Many local schools have seen massive cuts to their budget.  Stramongate Primary School will receive £471 less per pupil which could result in the loss of five teachers.  Labour recognises the importance of a properly funded education system.  A Labour Government will deliver a National Education Service which will provide people with access to education throughout their lives.”
 
Eli was born at Westmorland General Hospital on Christmas Day and is currently studying towards his A-Levels at Queen Katherine School in Kendal.
 
The Lord Clark of Windermere who chaired the meeting commented “I have known Eli for many years.  He is a passionate, principled man who has all the attributes to be a success in politics.”
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Eli with Cat Smith, Lord Clark of Windermere and Labour Supporters

Cat Smith Launches Eli's Campaign!

Cat Smith, MP for Lancaster & Fleetwood, officially launched Eli Aldridge’s campaign at the Castle Street Centre in Kendal on Wednesday 10th May.   Eli, who at 18 is one... Read more

Labour candidate for Westmorland & Lonsdale, Eli Aldridge, is today calling for more 18 – 24 year olds to register to vote.
 
Eli, who at 18 is one of the youngest candidates in this year’s General Election said “There are 2.4 million 18 – 24 year olds not registered to vote.  One of my core aims is to try and engage younger people in the political process.”
 
“The turnout for this age group has traditionally been poor in comparison to older voters.  It’s important that younger people lead the discussion on issues that affect them – such as tuition fees and restrictions on housing benefits.”
 
He continued “Polls show that the majority of younger people would prefer to see a Labour Government working for the many, not the few.  This can only be achieved through the ballot box.”
 
Registering to vote is a simple process and takes just 5 minutes.  To vote in the General Election on 8th June, you need to register by 11.59 pm on 22nd May 2017.  Visit www.gov.uk/register-to-vote and register to vote today.
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Pictured: Eli Aldridge, Labour Candidate for Westmorland & Lonsdale and young voters

Young People Have a Voice – They Must Use It!

Labour candidate for Westmorland & Lonsdale, Eli Aldridge, is today calling for more 18 – 24 year olds to register to vote.   Eli, who at 18 is one of...

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Eli Aldridge Selected as Labour Candidate

South Lakes Labour Candidates for Cumbria County Council Election on 4th May 2017
 
South Lakes Labour will be contesting this May’s County Council election.  Our candidates are detailed below:
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Labour County Council Candidates Announced

South Lakes Labour Candidates for Cumbria County Council Election on 4th May 2017   South Lakes Labour will be contesting this May’s County Council election.  Our candidates are detailed below:...

Are you tired of slow and unreliable broadband speeds? If so, South Lakes Labour is campaigning for Better Broadband throughout South Lakeland.

Better Broadband - Petition!

Are you tired of slow and unreliable broadband speeds? If so, South Lakes Labour is campaigning for Better Broadband throughout South Lakeland. Read more

Members of South Lakes Labour last night voted to nominate Jeremy Corbyn in the upcoming Leadership contest. 
 
48 members attended the nomination meeting at Abbot Hall Social Centre in Kendal.  Members were given 10 minutes to read statements from each candidate before taking part in a lively 30 minute discussion.  A proposal from the floor for South Lakes Labour to not nominate a candidate was defeated.
 
The Lord Clark of Windermere, who previously served in parliament with Corbyn, argued in favour of Owen Smith.  Other members spoke passionately for Corbyn, highlighting the socialist principals he has instilled in the Party and a strong sense of trust in him as an individual.
 
Following a brief recess the result was announced as follows:
Candidate # %
Jeremy Corbyn 31 64.58
Owen Smith 14 29.17
Abstained 3 6.25
Total 48 100
Regret was expressed that new members were excluded from the leadership contest.  Over 200 members have joined South Lakes Labour in recent weeks and a warm welcome was expressed from those present.
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 Pictured: Jeremy Corbyn & Owen Smith
 

South Lakes Labour Nominate Corbyn...Again!

Members of South Lakes Labour last night voted to nominate Jeremy Corbyn in the upcoming Leadership contest.    48 members attended the nomination meeting at Abbot Hall Social Centre in...

A week in the life of our Membership Secretary, Jo Magne...
 
Sunday 10th July 2016
We’re in disarray. At least the Tories are too. Members joining in droves. More welcome emails sent out.
 
Monday 11th July 2016
We’re off – Angela will challenge – I try and watch live. The Beeb show instead first an ad for BBC 4 and then a blue front door. It’s surreal already. Journalists have decamped, also to watch the blue front door.  In other news Andrea Leadsom quits.
 
Tuesday 12th July 2016
The Camerons books the furniture van.  The Tories are no longer in disarray. The NEC meet , have a conker fight, knock each other out and start crying. Jeremy’s on the ballot, but apparently lots of people can’t vote for or against him unless they fork out £25! Political meetings suspended. Search for official confirmation in vain.
 
Wednesday 13th July 2016
Jeremy puts on a suit and tie for Prime Minister’s Questions and thanks Dave’s Mum for the advice on sartorial elegance.  Debate options for engaging with new members. Social events, fundraising...
 
Thursday 14th July 2016
Theresa decides we need a laugh and starts appointing her cabinet. Gideon goes off, Gove dematerialises and Boris flies in on a trapeze.   Hunt stays . Just as it was going so well...
 
Friday 15th July 2016
The leadership election rules are on the Labour Party website at last. We can meet – but only to nominate. July’s meeting sorted except new members can’t play.  I get an email about it from head honcho Iain. More new members still hurtling in. Consult one –Iain hasn’t written to him. Decide new joiners should hear the bad news from us. Send out a couple of hundred more emails. Lots of responses - puzzled, angry, frustrated. Luckily none wanting to bully, intimidate or shoot the messenger.
 
Saturday 16th July 2016
Stick head above parapet by going down to our stall at the birdcage. Struggled to make time to have a personal word with all the people who came up to us. Remember why I volunteered to do this job!
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Pictured: Jo Magne, Membership Secretary
 

Membership Secretary Blues...

A week in the life of our Membership Secretary, Jo Magne...   Sunday 10th July 2016 We’re in disarray. At least the Tories are too. Members joining in droves. More...

South Lakes Labour would like to announce its continued support for Jeremy Corbyn as leader of the Labour Party.
 
At a meeting held on 29th June 2016 in Kendal, members voted in favour of supporting the leadership of Corbyn.    The lively debate attracted a high number of members from across South Lakeland with members speaking passionately for both sides.  Throughout the debate there was unanimous support for the policies Corbyn stands for – such as anti-austerity, social justice and climate change.
 
The debate was prompted following a motion of no confidence by the Party’s MPs.
 
Last year, South Lakes Labour nominated Corbyn in his successful bid to become The Labour Party’s new leader following the resignation of Ed Miliband.

South Lakes Labour Announces its Continued Support for Jeremy Corbyn

South Lakes Labour would like to announce its continued support for Jeremy Corbyn as leader of the Labour Party.   At a meeting held on 29th June 2016 in Kendal, members... Read more

Our first thoughts must be with Jo Cox's husband, Brendan, and her two young children who have been denied the joy of growing up with a loving mother. Jo was a brilliant MP, kind, understanding, hardworking and dedicated to the constituency she represented.
 
Jo was a brilliant community and charity worker, and a feisty Yorkshire-woman with a brilliant sense of humour and zest for life. Her death is a tragedy for the Labour family and our country.
 
South Lakes Labour has suspended all campaigning activities as a mark of respect to Jo and her family.
 
John Bateson - 17th June 2016
Vice Chair
South Lakes Labour

Official Statement on the Death of Jo Cox

Our first thoughts must be with Jo Cox's husband, Brendan, and her two young children who have been denied the joy of growing up with a loving mother. Jo was... Read more

South Lakes Labour understands that any decisions relating to the proposed cuts to sheltered housing provision in South Lakeland has been postponed until 2017.  This comes as a result of a petition organised by South Lakes Labour.

12 sheltered housing complexes in South Lakeland originally faced huge spending cuts as part of proposals by South Lakes Housing. 

Nick Cross, who organised the petition against these cuts would like to thank everyone who signed the petition and ensure them that South Lakes Labour will continue to monitor the situation

Nick said that the changes 'would have left some of the weakest and most vulnerable in our community without any support'.

The petition will remain active and people are encouraged to sign by following the below link:

http://www.southlakeslabour.org.uk/sheltered_housing_petition_2016

Sheltered Housing Petition Update

South Lakes Labour understands that any decisions relating to the proposed cuts to sheltered housing provision in South Lakeland has been postponed until 2017.  This comes as a result of... Read more

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