Minutes available here.
Brussels Labour has its own campaign fund, which allows us to offer support to the Labour Party and candidates in elections in the UK, support our sister parties in elections in Belgium, and to host events at Labour Party annual conference.
Should you wish to make a donation, the account details are:
Account number: 036-1269593-77 | IBAN: BE80 0361 2695 9377 | BIC: GEBABEBB
Account name: Brussels Labour Party Group | Bank: BNP Paribas Fortis
Communication: ‘[name] Campaign fund donation‘
To read more about Brussels Labour’s campaign activities, read the posts below.
The next Brussels Labour event will be on Wednesday 27 January from 19.30 at Arthur’s, 26 Rue de Treves.
Our guest speaker will be Jason Anderson, WWF Brussels Head of Energy and Climate, speaking on ‘What next after Copenhagen?’
For future events, we hope to have a joint social evening in February with sister parties. We are planning a crash course on online campaigning, with Jon Worth as our tutor.
And the AGM is scheduled for Wednesday 24 March. Further details all these events will be shown here once they are firm.
Sarah Millar, our Secretary, has left Brussels to take up a post in the UK Department of Energy and Climate Change: their gain and our loss! We are delighted for Sarah and wish her every success as well as thanking her for her dedication to Brussels Labour.
Her replacement will be elected at the AGM and, until then, Emma Eatwell will be the acting secretary. Any mail can be sent to her on email@example.com
We were very pleased to welcome UK Trade Commissioner Baronness Cathy Ashton to speak at our meeting on November 10.
The annual John Fitzmaurice Leture was given on 14 October at the Centre by ETUC President John Monks. A full report will appear in Germinal, but click here for the text of his speech.
Brussels Labour again hosted a fringe meeting with EPLP at Labour Party conference. Chaired by Brussels Labour honorary President Lord Kinnock, on the subject of “Trade and Aid – European responses to global poverty”, it should be a fascinating debate. Speakers were European Commissioner for Trade, Cathy Ashton, Europe Minister Glennys Kinnock and Michael Cashman MEP – or three peers and a queer, in Michael’s memorable description of the panel!
September 9. We had a speaker from the Irish Labour Party on the forthcomming Irish referendum on the Lisbon Treaty.
June 2 – we welcomed Labour’s new MEP, Derek Vaughan, as speaker. He gave his thoughts on the election campaign, and his hopes for his first term.
May 27 – European Election campaign leafletting
April 29 – Joint hustings with Brussels Liberal and Conservative associations – Brussels Labour was ably represented by Richard Corbett MEP
The Brussels Labour Exec was invited to a brief private meeting with Harriet Harmann whilst she was over to meet the EPLP in February – read more here
And here is a preview of three articles for the next edition:
- The German SPD- After the Federal Elections 2009 – by Frank Michlich from the Brussels SPD Branch
- Standing in the Brussels Regional Elections 2009 – by Yonnec Poulet
- The Sp.A (Flemish Social Democrats) Convention 2009 – by Belinda Pyke
The PES is probably of particular interest to members of Brussels Labour.
Individual members of Europe’s Socialist, Social Democratic and Labour Parties – and thus of Brussels Labour – are all members of the PES through their national party membership. They can now become directly involved in the PES by becoming PES activist. This important decision was taken at the PES Council in Vienna in June 2005 with full support of the member parties.
Being PES activist offers a new level of involvement for members, complementary to that on local, regional or national level.
Activists can ask questions directly to politicians, take part in discussions with other European socialists and social democrats on a variety of topics, give input on PES policy discussions, establish political links with local individuals and branches in other PES member parties, receive information on what other European socialists and social democrats are up.
In addition, there are opportunities to attend events such as the PES Congress and Summer University.
Go to www.pes.org for more details on how to become a PES activist – and also for information on PES events and activities.