19/03/2016 – Mid Sussex Newsletter March 2016
Welcome to our March newsletter, especially to all new or recently re-joined members-we hope that you enjoy your membership of the party and that you will be able to take part in the activities in Mid Sussex.
Current CLP Officers:
Chair – Pam Haigh
Vice-Chair – Suzanne Nicholson
Vice-Chair Membership – Alexi Demetriadi
Secretary – Dave Chalkley
Treasurer – Greg Mountain
Youth Officer – Josh Freeman
Women’s Officer - Annie Railton
Ethnic Minorities Officer - Alexi Demetriadi
Trade Union Liaison Officer - Linda Gregory
Burgess Hill Branch Secretary - Dave Chalkley
East Grinstead Branch Secretary - Tess Fensterheim
Haywards Heath Branch Secretary - Ian Winterflood
Contact any of the above at
Our next All-Members Meeting
Our next quarterly all-members meeting will be our Annual General Meeting held on Wednesday 15 June in Ardingly, details will be emailed to members nearer the date. At this meeting we will also be appointing our delegate to the Labour Party Annual Conference and considering other Conference issues including nominations to national committees.
Police and Crime Commissioner
Crawley Councillor Michael Jones has been selected as the Labour Candidate for the Police and Crime Commissioner election. Please support Michael Jones by voting Labour on 5 May.
Property and Finance
The refurbishment of the flat above our office in Burgess Hill has been delayed by West Sussex County Council not granting an early licence to install the required gas supply, as this involves digging up the road.
We will be planning a number of fundraising activities over the next few months so that we can increase our campaigning activities. We are investigating setting up a ‘100 Club’ and Branch Secretaries will be contacting members with information shortly.
County Council Elections
West Sussex County Council elections will be held in May 2017. We are looking for candidates for all of the ten divisions in Mid Sussex. If you are interested in being one of our candidates contact your Branch Secretary or email
European Union Referendum
Our EU Champion, Greg Mountain, provides this initial information on why we should vote to remain in the EU in the referendum on 23 June:
The vote is to "Remain or Leave". Every vote counts— there is no party political split and it will be a simple majority. Labour’s campaign, led by Alan Johnson, is to Remain, which 213 Labour MP support, with only 5 supporting Leave.
The consensus at the recent Mid Sussex all-members meeting was to support the Remain campaign. Remain receives full support from the South East Labour MEP, Anneliese Dodds, and also Clare Moody (South West), Seb Dance (London) & Richard Corbett (Yorkshire), who provide information for Mid Sussex.
5 Myths about the EU
- It is Undemocratic—WRONG. All 28 member states elect MEPs every 4 years
- It’s Bureaucratic—WRONG. It brings together 28 sets of regulations into 1 code
- It Imposes Laws—WRONG. EU Parliament must approve them and less than 13% of our legislation comes from EU
- It Creates Migration—WRONG. It's wealth and economic success that attracts people
- It is expensive—WRONG, We get in much more than we pay out directly through grants for science, education and farming; and indirectly through lower air fares and mobile phone costs.
5 consequences of leaving the EU
- Uncertainty over economy, finance
- Unknown impacts on jobs, employed and self employed
- increased risk of reliance on world economy
- Increased threat to security
- Ordinary lives hit: roaming charges on mobile phones, costs of visas and air travel will all rise
5 Reasons to Remain in the EU
- EU helps preserve European peace, remember France only joined NATO in 2009
- Workers rights, equal pay, maternity/paternity rights, paid holidays, working hours directive and health and safety all agreed within EU.
- EU influences more than UK alone, e.g. working to secure peace in Lebanon and helping member countries improve human rights records and their own economies.
- Right to effect EU decisions e.g. trade agreements, fighting the proposed dispute procedure sought by USA, Labour is working with German legal reps
- We have control over our borders now, and as we are not part of Schengen treaty, we have our own Border Force.