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SLL E-Bulletin #70 - 21 January 2022

Sheffield’s own “party gate” scandal 

Johnson’s party gate circus has made a surprise detour from Westminster to arrive in Sheffield. 

Sheffield Council’s shiny new chief executive, Kate Josephs, confessed – once asked – that she had a party in the Cabinet Office when leaving her post as head of a Covid taskforce enforcing regulations – at the height of Covid during lockdown. 

She had been asked days earlier whether she had attended any No 10 knees ups by a local journalist and, in denying she had, failed to admit her own drinks bash. She was finally outed by another media source. 

Josephs, now on leave to spend more time with her values, is clinging on to her job waiting to see which way Terry Fox, leader of Sheffield’s Labour/Green alliance, will jump. 

Of course, she has done nothing wrong in Sheffield so removing her would be difficult but the stench coming from her leaving do has left Labour’s political opponents with an open goal in calling for her departure. 

Fox responded with this decisive action “Because of Kate Josephs’ senior role as Chief Executive, we need to set up a cross-party committee to consider what steps, if any, should be taken next”! 

Rumours that Sue Gray has taken on the task of advising the committee are reported to be wide of the mark. 

Fox went to say: "I have heard strong and emotional views from across the city. I absolutely understand the reaction after all that Sheffield has been through these last couple of years. We now need to let the committee carry out this work, and we also continue to await the outcome of the Cabinet Office’s wider report.” 

So now Sheffield’s Labour leader thinks a report by a civil servant reporting to Boris Johnson should be a key factor in judging whether someone who broke the very rules she was monitoring is the right person to lead Sheffield’s workforce. 

Josephs was appointed by Fox’s predecessor, Julie Dore, so he may not be as wedded to her as other might think but as Labour lambasts the Tories in Westminster calling for Johnson to resign in wake of the tsunami of sleaze and corruption, Fox needs to think carefully. 

Just like Johnson, there is little for a committee to investigate. The facts are known – Josephs has confirmed them. 

Fox’s move in shuffling the decision off to a cross party committee can only be seen as an attempt to share the blame – whatever the final decision. 

It is a problem Sheffield could do without and questions need to be asked about what due diligence was done when Dore and her cabal appointed her – dazzled no doubt by her civil service CV. 

The city needs leaders committed to working in the interests of Sheffield for the people of Sheffield – politics does not need another self-serving individual only interested in preserving their position.

Yorks & Humber Regional Conference postponed - again.

If we didn't know better it would be easy to conclude something is amiss here.  The conference was previously postponed, which in the circumstances at the time did not raise any eyebrows.  But this second time, with a postponement of over 6 months is strange to say the least.  Should we be concerned that the numbers for the right were not sufficient to win?  Are we likely to see some elected delegates from the left conveniently suspended or expelled in the next six months?  We hope not, but wouldn't bet on it not happening.

'Dear

Labour Party Regional Conference 5/6 Feb - Postponement

Our Regional Board have met and taken the difficult decision to postpone an in person Regional Conference to Autumn 2022, date yet to be confirmed.

The board felt that unfortunately the cases of covid are too high and it would not be responsible to have hundreds of delegates gather together. Member, speaker and staff safety has to be our priority.

All nominations, conference applications and payments will now be carried over to the new conference date. Once the date is confirmed there will also be an opportunity to amend delegate names if the new date poses problems for individual delegates.

We will also reopen motion submissions nearer the time to cover any additional issues that might need to be considered.

With best wishes

The Yorkshire and the Humber Team'

Sheffield Labour Left


Sheffield Labour Left (SLL) is a network to help co-ordinate the genuine Labour Party left across the six CLPs covered by Sheffield.

We have a page on Facebook (www.facebook.com/SheffieldLabourLeft) and our own website (http://www.sheffieldlabourleft.org), where you can find an archive of our first 68 or so bulletins.

We are connected to no other group, but work alongside others whose aims we share to see elected a socialist-led government.


Want to get involved with SLL or become a member? Contact us at the email address below.
Labour movement events and meetings in January/February

Sunday 23rd January:  Rally in support of the JustEat/Stuart strikers.  Noon at Sheffield Town Hall, Pinstone Street.

Tuesday 25th January:  Sheffield Trades Union Council (STUC) monthly meeting. Starts at 7pm.  All trade union members welcome, only delegates can vote.

Saturday 29th January:  Sheffield Cuba Solidarity stall, noon until 2pm outside Debenhams, The Moor, S1 3LR.

Wednesday 2nd February:  South Yorkshire Unite Community Branch AGM.  6.30pm until 8.00pm, via zoom.

Wednesday 16th February:  Sheffield Labour Left AGM.

Tuesday 22nd February:  Sheffield Trades Union Council (STUC) AGM & monthly meeting.  Starts at 7pm.  All trade union members welcome, only delegates can vote.


Labour Party Meetings:

LCF monthly meeting held 2nd Tuesday of the month.

Brightside & Hillsborough CLP monthly meetings held 1st Thursday of the month.

South East CLP monthly meetings held 3rd Friday of the month.

Central CLP monthly meetings held 4th Thursday of the month.

Hallam CLP monthly meetings held 4th Thursday of the month.

Penistone & Stocksbridge CLP monthly meetings held 4th Thursday of the month

Heeley CLP monthly meetings held last Thursday of the month.
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