Here’s an informal summary of the second LICC meeting.
At our first meeting we distributed responsibilities to everybody. During the past week, we have been orientating ourselves in our fields. Fortunately, we also have Lorraine to provide continuity and help us along. However, the usernames and passwords for the Labour International website, the Labour International Facebook page and the twitter account were outside her control and were not handed over. Labour Party HQ provided us with new access to the website. We are putting routines in place to ensure a smooth handover in future.
David has started looking through the books. As soon as he has figured out what the abbreviations in the accounts mean, he will present a readable summary of last year’s accounts and a budget for this year.
This and much more will appear on the LI website, which Rowan is in the process of salvaging. Not much was left of it the day after the LICC election. She is also trying to reconnect with our old facebook page (which had some 1700 likes) and the facebook discussion group. We discussed maintaining the unofficial facebook discussion group as a semi-independent place for discussion. A sort of village pub meeting place with its own landlords. At the same time, we could open an official discussion boards for deeper discussions that do not disappear down the feed within days. In any case, we will consult with members before deciding about this.
We also broached the question of widening the LICC by coopting members. We will work out some clear criteria for doing so. This far, we decided we needed to widen the LICC geographically and bring in people for particular tasks.
Because a whole number of people have indicated their interest in starting a trade union group, Colin was giving the task of bringing them together. Similarly there are several people who have already expressed an interest in working with social media together with Rowan. We are hoping for people to come forward to establish Women, LGBT, and BAME groups. A youth group has also been raised.
Apart from all this we touched on the work with the National Policy Group, accommodation at Labour Party conference, a draft statement responding to the triggering of Article 50, the anti-AfD demo in Cologne 22 April, and the threat to Ruskin College.
Next report in a weeks time…