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Minutes of the 54th meeting of the Kent & Sussex Regional branch of The Socialist Party of Great Britain held on 8th May 2016

The meeting started at 2.20pm and was held at the Muggleton Inn, High Street, Maidstone, Kent

Present: Mandy Bruce, Dave Chesham (Secretary) (from 3.40pm), Rob Cox (Treasurer), Dan Fabian, Jacqueline Shodeke

Apologies for absence: Marie Chesham, Hannah Dutton

1. Election of Chair
Motion 1. Cox & Shodeke “That Fabian be Chair”
AGREED

2. Minutes of the 53rd Meeting held on 10th April 2016 were before the meeting
Motion 2. Cox & Fabian “That the minutes be adopted”
AGREED

3. Matters arising from previous minutes

i) Video clips

It was AGREED to defer this item again, pending a report on related EC deliberations.

ii) Street Stalls

Reports were given on stalls in Canterbury on 16 April and Folkestone on 30 April. Both visitors and sales were low at both stalls, due probably to competition from other political groups at Canterbury and a torrential rain storm in Folkestone. However, significant quantities of leaflets based on the EU referendum text as agreed by the EC were distributed at both. A visitor to the Branch email address (Will from Lydd) appeared at the stall and is expected to attend a future Party meeting.

It was reported that the folding table being used in East Kent has developed a structural fault but there is a possibility of a repair. Meanwhile, Dave will supply the other Branch table as a replacement. Further dates for Folkestone stalls set for 28th May and 25th June.

Jacqueline apologised that she may be unable to attend meetings and events between June and October due to other commitments.

iii) Proposed Folkestone Discussion Group

Sunday 5 June, at 2pm has been set for the first meeting, with five local members confirmed and some others expected to attend. Venue to be the public bar area of The Guildhall Pub, 42 The Bayle, Folkestone CT20 1SQ

iv) 'How do we respond to Corbyn?'

Item held pending Dave’s arrival to report the outcome of last month’s decision ‘that the Secretary attempt to make contact with Corbyn via Twitter and Facebook’.

(Later in the meeting the Secretary reported that there had been no response to any of the invitations extended to Corbyn.)

v) 'Should the Party be more vocal about some issues?'

This item arose from our Item for Discussion to Conference and had been deferred from the last meeting. Unfortunately, members failed to recall the reason for deferral.

It was AGREED to ask the Secretary to highlight the issue in the Branch mailing before the next meeting and ask members to bring or submit suggestions for leaflets or campaigns for further discussion.

Some ideas discussed (in addition to those in the Conference item) included having publications more accessible to a larger range of people, such as cartoon and tabloid-style formats. This may include educational materials on topics such as Marxian economics (e.g. Labour Theory of Value).

vi) Branch bank account

The Treasurer reported that since last month’s decision in principle to move our account to Santander (due to the costs of remaining with Unity Trust bank), it had stated that it was unable to prevent a single signatory authorising transactions. Also, he was informed that Unity was not part of the “Switching” scheme, and therefore existing standing orders could not move automatically to any new provider.

As an alternative to Santander, the Treasurer reported on a number of other Banks which appeared to meet our needs without any charges for basic transactions..

Motion 3. (Bruce & Shodeke) “That a current account be opened at National Westminster Bank (Deal Branch) with the Treasurer, Secretary and Dan Fabian as signatories and further: It was resolved that a banking relationship be maintained with National Westminster Bank Plc (the Bank) in accordance with this mandate and that: The individuals identified as authorised signatories may, in accordance with the signing rules, sign cheques and give instructions for Standing Orders, Direct Debits, Electronic Payments, Banker's Drafts and other payments on the accounts even if it causes an account to be overdrawn or exceed any limit. Any authorised signatory may give other instructions or requests for information to the Bank in relation to the accounts; opening accounts with the same signing rules and authorised signatories; closing accounts; or other banking services or products. The Bank may accept instructions that do not have an original written authorised signature provided the Bank is satisfied that the instruction is genuine and subject to any other agreement the Bank may require for those instructions. The Organisation will provide to the Bank a copy of its constitution (if it has one) and any amendment to the constitution, certified as correct by the Secretary. This mandate will continue until the Organisation gives the Bank a replacement mandate. The Bank may act on the instructions of: Any two authorised signatories for unlimited amounts”
AGREED

The Treasurer pointed out that direct debit voluntary contribution payments were still being received in the name of Glenn Morris despite the fact he had transferred to Swansea Branch some months ago.  The Secretary said he would contact Glenn.

vii) Resignations As there had been no response to either of the letters which had been sent to the two members who had tendered their resignations it was AGREED that the Forms ‘F’ for Leslie Courtney (resigned – loss of interest) and Edward Mann (resigned – disagreement) be forwarded to the Executive Committee.

viii) Kent Miners' Festival

Contrary to what had previously been understood the Secretary had now learnt that the festival is to be “rested this year” due to the development of the new Kent Mining Museum and visitor centre, which is presently being built at Betteshanger Country Park.

It was AGREED that the Secretary make enquiries about any activities being arranged by the Robert Tressell Society.

ix) July 2016 SS proposal

An email had been received from Darrell Whitehead seeking support to instruct the Executive Committee to produce a special issue of the Socialist Standard to celebrate the centenary of the WSPUS.

The branch did not consider that the EC could be instructed and that in any case submissions would have had to be called much earlier considering the absolute deadline for articles would be the middle of June.

However, it was reported that the EC had agreed, at its May meeting, that the Socialist Standard's July 2016 issue mark the WSPUS's centenary.

x) Nomination for Party Assistant Secretary The Secretary had been in contact with Tristan Miller who said his personal circumstances had now changed sufficently for him to accept the branch’s outstanding nomination, if it still stood, for the position of Assistant Secretary.

Motion 4. (Chesham & Shodeke) “That Tristan Miller be nominated for the Party’s Assistant Secretary”
AGREED

4. Complaint against North London Branch

There had been an exchange with the Secretary of North London Branch regarding a reference in its own minutes to the resignation of a Kent & Sussex member before the branch had either accepted the resignation or reported on the matter itself.
NOTED

5. Forms 'A' & 'F'
NONE other than those already mentioned.

6. Branch membership transfers
NONE

7. EC minutes
NONE TO HAND

8. Brighton Discussion Group – 10-5-16
NOTED

9. Summer School – 22/24-7-16

It was reported that at least six members of the branch would be attending Summer School.

10. Future propaganda activities
NONE other than those already mentioned.

11. Any other business
NONE

Meeting adjourned at 6.40pm

Collection taken: £15.00

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Next meeting of K&SRB - Sunday, 12th June, 2016 at 2.00pm at The Muggleton Inn (Wetherspoon), 8 High Street, Maidstone ME14 1HJ (first floor)

AGENDA

Election of Chair

Apologies for absence

Adoption of minutes of previous meeting

Matters arising from the minutes

i) Video clips

ii) Street Stalls – report of Folkestone on 28 May and Canterbury on 11 June – Future stalls

iii) Report of Brighton Group meeting on 10 May – next meeting 12-7-16

iv) Report of Folkestone Group meeting on 5 June – next meeting ?

v) 'Should the Party be more vocal about some issues?'

vi) Robert Tressell Society events

Forms 'A' & 'F'

Branch membership transfers

EC minutes – May meeting – 7-5-16
                         June meeting – 4-6-16

Summer School - 22/24-7-16

Future propaganda activities

Any other business

i) Party Video

Collection

Adjournment

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Minutes of the 55th meeting of the Kent & Sussex Regional branch of The Socialist Party of Great Britain held on 12th June 2016

The meeting started at 2.15pm and was held at the Muggleton Inn, High Street, Maidstone, Kent

Present: Mandy Bruce, Dave Chesham (Secretary), Rob Cox (Treasurer), Dan Fabian

Apologies for absence: Marie Chesham, Hannah Dutton, Jacqueline Shodeke

1. Election of Chair
Motion 1. Cox & Fabian “That Chesham be Chair”
AGREED

2. Minutes of the 54th Meeting held on 8th May 2016 were before the meeting
Motion 2.
Bruce & Cox “That the minutes be adopted”
AGREED

3. Matters arising from previous minutes

i) Video clips

A considerable amount of time was spent discussing this subject paying particular regard to the videos produced by Vin Maratty and the Executive Committee’s response to the publication of these on YouTube.

The following motion to the EC was proposed, seconded and AGREED:

Motion 3. (to the EC) "Members of the branch were interested to see the video entitled 'PartyIntroSPGBMay2016' which we understand was recently submitted to the EC for consideration and has since been published by the 'whatissocialism.net' site. The branch asks whether the EC has given consideration to adopting this video as an official party publication and also whether enhancements may be possible (for instance to clarify that the opening sequences are a representation of life under capitalism rather than what some less-informed viewers may see as images of world socialism)"

ii) Street Stalls

Reports were given on stalls in Folkestone on 28 May and Canterbury on 11 June

In Folkestone, three comrades, augmented briefly by a fourth, spent over four hours handing out leaflets, back numbers of the Standard and chatting to passers-by. Three Standards and two pamphlets were sold.

In Canterbury, comrades sold three pamphlets, one SOYMB, three Standards and gave out some back issues. Lots of the EU leaflets handed out.

Had a lot of useful discussions; most people who approached us asked about our EU position and quite a few people stopped to read the EU text on the display. Most of the people we spoke to were very receptive of our ideas.

One person came up to ask the price of a Standard subscription, and two (one young, one middle aged) wanted to know what we were or what socialism was, and took leaflets.

One visitor bought 3 items (we got her contact details), an anarchist from Dover, who said she (and her friend with her) had hoped to get to our Folkestone meeting, but couldn’t make it. She mentioned that she and her associates look out for what the SPGB says on issues and usually are in agreement. She also mentioned the Ian Bone/SPGB debate. She bought the SOYMB – having earlier seen a copy on sale second-hand (at Burgate Books) for lot more than we were charging.

iii) Report of Brighton Group meeting 10-5-16

This meeting was very poorly attended with only five present. Nevertheless a useful exchange of ideas took place.

The next meeting has been fixed for 12 July. Same venue and time.

iv) Report of Folkestone Discussion Group 5-6-16

Not too bad a start for this discussion group with seven present including one visitor. Spent four hours chatting outside the pub in the glorious sunshine. Lovely.

Another meeting will be held next month - date to be arranged.

v) 'Should the Party be more vocal about some issues?'

Some ideas discussed (in addition to those in the Conference item) included having publications more accessible to a larger range of people, such as cartoon and tabloid-style formats.

In addition there were some slogans suggested which could be used on leaflets and posters. For example: ‘Save The Planet: Abolish Capitalism’ and ‘Your Employer Is Not Your Friend’.

Leaflet templates were also proposed where pre-printed slogans and other material could then have text added as and when required.

The following motion to the EC was proposed, seconded and AGREED:

Motion 4. (to the EC) "This branch considers that the party should have publications which are more accessible to a larger range of people, such as cartoon and tabloid-style formats. This may include educational material on topics such as Marxian economics (e.g. Labour Theory of Value)”

vi) Robert Tressell Society

The Secretary had made enquiries about any activities being arranged by the Robert Tressell Society. Apart from a couple of weekday afternoon talks no other activities were planned for this year.

4. Forms 'A' & 'F'
NONE

5. Branch membership transfers
NONE

6. EC minutes – May meeting – 7-5-16
NOTED

7. Future propaganda activities
NONE other than those already mentioned.

8. Any other business

Rob drew the attention of members to a price discrepancy and omissions in the latest edition of the pamphlet ‘Socialist Principles Explained’.

The following motion to the EC was proposed, seconded and AGREED:
Motion 5. (to the EC) "This branch is concerned that the recent reprint of the pamphlet 'Socialist Principles Explained' is incorrectly priced (£1.00 as opposed to 50p as agreed by the November 2015 EC) and does not contain an up-to-date list of our companion parties and overseas contacts"

Meeting adjourned at 7.00pm

Collection taken: £14.00
 

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Next meeting of K&SRB - Sunday, 10th July, 2016 at 2.00pm at The Muggleton Inn (Wetherspoon), 8 High Street, Maidstone ME14 1HJ (first floor)

AGENDA

Election of Chair

Apologies for absence

Adoption of minutes of previous meeting

Matters arising from the minutes

i) Party Video – Motion to EC

ii) Street Stalls – Canterbury on 16 July and Folkestone on 30 July

iii) Brighton Group meeting 12-7-16 - 'Out: real change or business as usual?'

iv) Folkestone Group meeting 17-7-16

v) 'Should the Party be more vocal about some issues?' - Motion to EC

vi) ‘Socialist Principles Explained’ - Motion to EC

Quarterly Financial Report

Autumn Delegate Meeting 15/16-10-16 – Items for Discussion

Forms 'A' & 'F'

Branch membership transfers

EC minutes – June meeting – 4-6-16
                         July meeting – 2-7-16

Summer School - 22/24-7-16

Future propaganda activities

Any other business

i) Rule 17

ii) Party Logo

Collection

Adjournment

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Minutes of the 56th meeting of the Kent & Sussex Regional branch of The Socialist Party of Great Britain held on 10th July 2016

The meeting started at 2.30pm and was held at the Muggleton Inn, High Street, Maidstone, Kent

Present: Mandy Bruce, Dave Chesham (Secretary), Rob Cox (Treasurer), Dan Fabian, Jacqueline Shodeke

Apologies for absence: Marie Chesham, Hannah Dutton

Visitor: Richard Harris (until 3.30pm)

1. Election of Chair
Motion 1. Shodeke & Chesham “That Cox be Chair”
AGREED

2. Minutes of the 55th Meeting held on 12th June 2016 were before the meeting
Motion 2. Bruce & Cox “That the minutes be adopted”
AGREED

3. Matters arising from previous minutes

i) Party video

In response to the branch’s motion to the Executive Committee – viz: "Members of the branch were interested to see the video entitled 'PartyIntroSPGBMay2016' which we understand was recently submitted to the EC for consideration and has since been published by the 'whatissocialism.net' site. The branch asks whether the EC has given consideration to adopting this video as an official party publication and also whether enhancements may be possible (for instance to clarify that the opening sequences are a representation of life under capitalism rather than what some less-informed viewers may see as images of world socialism)” the Secretary had heard from Vin Maratty who suggested a voice-over the ‘problematic’ part, as follows: “We now have the technological ability to produce enough for every man, woman and child on the planet, yet millions still suffer extreme poverty alongside extreme wealth.”

This suggestion has been conveyed to the July EC.

It was AGREED to discuss the matter further at the next branch meeting.

ii) Street Stalls

The stall in Folkestone on 25 June had to be cancelled due to bad weather.

The next stall in Canterbury will be on 16 July. Because it was not possible to guarantee sufficient support for the 20 August stall in Canterbury it was AGREED to bring the date forward to 13 August.

Dave to advise the SSPC of the change and also alter the calendar on the website and Meetup – Rob to prepare some slips for insertion in the current (July) Standard.

iii) Brighton Group meeting 12-7-16

The next meeting of this group will be on Tuesday, 12 July – same venue and time. Subject for discussion 'Out: real change or business as usual?'

The Secretary stated that he would no longer be attending the group meetings in Brighton on a regular basis. He had advised the members there that if they wished to continue activity in the area they would need to organise it themselves. In addition the branch had been financing the bi-monthly meetings in Brighton from the group’s inception but would be unable to continue doing so beyond the July meeting. If the group needed funds then a grant from Head Office would have to be sought.

iv) Folkestone Group meeting 17-7-16

The next meeting of this group will be on Sunday, 17 July – same venue at the later time of 3pm.

v) 'Should the Party be more vocal about some issues?'

Item deferred to next meeting pending a response from the Executive Committee.

vi) ‘Socialist Principles Explained’

Item deferred to next meeting pending a response from the Executive Committee.

4. Quarterly Financial Report

The Treasurer gave a quarterly financial report. It showed a surplus for the year ended June 2016 of income over expenditure of £27.58. The accumulated fund showed a balance of £403.10.

5. Autumn Delegate Meeting 15/16-10-16 – Item for Discussion

It was AGREED to submit the following Item for Discussion:

“Is Rule 17: a) relevant to the 21st century? and b) being applied correctly?”

A supporting statement will be written.

There will be a further opportunity to submit Items for Discussion at the branch’s August meeting. The last date for submission of items together with supporting statements to Head Office is 8 September. 

6. Forms 'A' & 'F'
NONE

7. Branch membership transfers
NONE

8. EC minutes – June meeting – 7-5-16
NOTED

9. Future propaganda activities
NONE
other than those already mentioned.

10. Any other business

i) Party Logo

Concern was expressed about the quality of reproduction of the new Party Logo, particularly in the Socialist Standard and on some leaflets. Speculation was offered that this may be due to a formatting issue.

It was AGREED to monitor the situation.

On the question of formatting the party’s Assistant Secretary had requested that the Logo be made available in a number of additional formats (i.e. vector versions – SVG, EPS & PDF) which would be necessary when using them in high-quality print media, and will also help members using them on the Web scale them to the appropriate size.

Mandy, who has played a pivotal role in the design and production of the Logo, said she would provide the additional formats and upload them to the Files section of Spintcom. They are to be found in the folder: Artwork - Party Emblem & Other Items.

ii) 2017 Conference date

Following receipt of information that the EC will be reconsidering the dates for 2017 Conference at its August meeting the following motion was submitted for consideration.

Motion 3. (to the EC) Chesham & Cox “That 2017 Conference be held on the weekend of 29/30 April”
AGREED 5-0-0 (five members present)

Meeting adjourned at 5.40pm

Collection taken: £17.00

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Next meeting of K&SRB - Sunday, 14th August, 2016 at 2.00pm at The Muggleton Inn (Wetherspoon), 8 High Street, Maidstone ME14 1HJ (first floor)

AGENDA

Election of Chair

Apologies for absence

Adoption of minutes of previous meeting

Matters arising from the minutes

i) Party Video – Motion to EC (deferred item)

ii) Street Stalls – Reports of Canterbury - 16 July and 13 August and Folkestone on 30 July

iii) Future Street Stalls - Canterbury - 17 September and 8 October

iv) Report of Brighton Group meeting - 12 July - 'Out: real change or business as usual?'

v) Brighton Public meeting - 13 September - ‘Post-Capitalism; what now?’

vi) Report of Folkestone Group meeting - 17 July

vii) 'Should the Party be more vocal about some issues?' - Motion to EC (deferred item)

viii) ‘Socialist Principles Explained’ - Motion to EC (deferred item)

ix) Party Logo (deferred item)

x) 2017 Conference date - Motion to the EC

Autumn Delegate Meeting 15/16-10-16 – Items for Discussion

i) Rule 17

Forms 'A' & 'F'

Branch membership transfers

EC minutes – July meeting – 2-7-16
                        August meeting – 6-8-16

Future propaganda activities

Any other business

Collection

Adjournment

 

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Minutes of the 57th meeting of the Kent & Sussex Regional branch of The Socialist Party of Great Britain held on 14th August 2016

The meeting started at 2.17pm and was held at the Muggleton Inn, High Street, Maidstone, Kent

Present: Dave Chesham (Secretary), Rob Cox (Treasurer), Dan Fabian

Apologies for absence: Mandy Bruce, Marie Chesham, Susan Chivers, Hannah Dutton, Jacqueline Shodeke

1. Election of Chair
Motion 1. Cox & Fabian “That Chesham be Chair”
AGREED

2. Minutes of the 56th Meeting held on 10th July 2016 were before the meeting
Motion 2. Fabian & Cox “That the minutes be adopted”
AGREED

3. Matters arising from previous minutes

i) Party video - Motion to the EC

The branch had been notified of a motion carried by the July 2016 Executive Committee - viz:

“The EC welcomes Cde Vin Maratty’s draft video ('PartyIntroSPGBMay2016') and notes the reported offer made via the Secretary of K&SRB to add clarification to the opening sequences. The EC looks forward to receiving an amended version for consideration of authorising for publication.”
NOTED

Rob then gave notice of a Motion to the EC.

“This branch notes the EC is reported on grounds of quality and content to have declined to approve a proposed introductory video. However, the EC has failed since May to take steps to encourage nominations in order to re-establish an effective Audio Visual Committee, following the resignation and removal of previous appointees. Is this action due to inertia or intent?”

ii) Street Stalls

Report of 16 July stall in Canterbury - Another good day - sold a fair bit of literature. Got a new contact and gave details of June’s Folkestone Discussion Group meeting to a few people. Had some pretty good chats. It was baking hot.

Final literature tally amounted to six copies of SOYMB, five Standards and three pamphlets. One 'customer' insisted on paying five quid for a Standard.

Report of 13 August stall in Canterbury - Canterbury was very quiet on this occasion, which, judging by the traffic bulletins, was due to most of the local population being on Margate beach (apart from a handful of Lib Dems who also had a stall). We still managed to sell three Standards, two books and two pamphlets.

Two hundred topical leaflets were distributed and several back issues of the Standard given away, mostly the July “US” issue, which were of particular interest to several US tourists and a young man we caught wearing a Eugene Debs election badge (even though he knew little about him).

Report of 30 July stall in Folkestone - Unfortunately this stall had to be cancelled due to inclement weather.

iii) Future stalls

Two more stalls are scheduled for Canterbury this season - 17 September and 8 October

iv) Report of Brighton Group meeting - 12 July

A really good meeting on this occasion with 10 present, including 5 new faces (2 of whom were members who had not attended previously) - engaging, insightful & most importantly, active; unanimously agreeing to carry on, but differently...

v) Brighton Group meeting - 13 September

A public meeting will be held in Brighton on Tuesday, 13 September. 

The upstairs venue room of the Victory Pub, 6 Duke St, Brighton BN1 1AH has been booked between 19.30 and 21.30. 

The working title is ‘Post-Capitalism: what now?’

vi) Report of Folkestone Group meeting – 17 July

This meeting was not well supported with only two members turning up this time. It was AGREED not to arrange further meetings for the time being.

vii) 'Should the Party be more vocal about some issues?' - Motion to the EC

The branch had been notified of a response by the July 2016 Executive Committee - viz:

“EC members welcomed the ideas, if we can find Comrades with time to develop them. It was AGREED to submit the suggestion to the Publications Committee and ask they report back to the EC, if possible as part of their report for ADM.” NOTED

viii) ‘Socialist Principles Explained- Motion to the EC

The branch had been notified of a response by the July 2016 Executive Committee - viz:

It was AGREED to ask the acting General Secretary to inform the Publications Committee of the re-admittance of the WSP(I) into the WSM [EC Minutes May 2014, Item 2(c) - Motion 2: Cox and Craggs “that the WSP (India) be accepted as part of the World Socialist Movement”]. Further that the EC needs to take responsibility to ensure Committees are kept informed of its decisions.”
NOTED

ix) Party Logo 

The overall appearance of the new Party Logo in the August 2016 Socialist Standard was still far from satisfactory. Mandy had provided the SSPC with alternative formats in an attempt to resolve the issue but the member responsible for the SS layout had claimed not to have been able to open the attachment sent by her. It was AGREED to continue to monitor the situation.

There then followed a long discussion about future prospects for the Socialist Standard.

x) 2017 Conference date - Motion to the EC

Rob reported that the EC had accepted the branch’s suggestion that Conference be held on the weekend of 29/30 April, 2017.
NOTED

4. Autumn Delegate Meeting 15/16-10-16 – Items for Discussion

At the last meeting it was AGREED to submit the following Item for Discussion:

“Is Rule 17: a) relevant to the 21st century? and b) being applied correctly?”

A supporting statement had been written and circulated to branch members prior to the meeting. Rob suggested the inclusion of an additional paragraph and, by a majority, this was accepted.

A further Item for Discussion was submitted and approved. A supporting statement had altready been written.

“Audio-Visual Productions -
In addition to recordings of talks and debates, which will be of interest to many but not all, is there a need to provide more audio-visual content to get our message across to workers?  If so, where should the balance lie between utilising whatever in-house capacity we have, albeit the quality may be less than perfect, as opposed to commissioning external producers (as with the 2014 election video)?  What should be the measure of quality and how much money if necessary should the Party be willing to invest in such productions?”


5. Forms 'A' & 'F'
NONE

6. Branch membership transfers
NONE


7. EC minutes – July meeting – 2-7-16
NOTED

8. Future propaganda activities
NONE other than those already mentioned.

9. Any other business

i) Gay Pride event in Canterbury


Rob mentioned that he seen a reference to this event and asked the Secretary to make enquiries.
AGREED

Meeting adjourned at 4.33pm

Collection taken: £7.00

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Next meeting of K&SRB - Sunday, 11th September, 2016 at 2.00pm at The Muggleton Inn (Wetherspoon), 8 High Street, Maidstone ME14 1HJ (first floor)

AGENDA

Election of Chair

Apologies for absence

Adoption of minutes of previous meeting

Matters arising from the minutes

i) Future Street Stalls - Canterbury - 17 September and 8 October

ii) Brighton Public meeting - 13 September - ‘Post-Capitalism; what now?’

iii) Party Logo

iv) Gay Pride - Canterbury

v) Notice of Motion - “This branch notes the EC is reported on grounds of quality and content to have declined to approve a proposed introductory video. However, the EC has failed since May to take steps to encourage nominations in order to re-establish an effective Audio Visual Committee, following the resignation and removal of previous appointees. Is this action due to inertia or intent?”

Member's correspondence

Call for nominations for Socialist Standard layout members

Call for nominations for 2017 Party Officers and EC members

Snap General Election possibility

Forms 'A' & 'F'

Branch membership transfers

EC minutes – August meeting – 6-8-16
                         September meeting - 3-9-16

Future propaganda activities

Any other business

Collection

Adjournment

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Minutes of the 58th meeting of the Kent & Sussex Regional branch of The Socialist Party of Great Britain held on 11th September 2016

The meeting started at 2.22pm and was held at the Muggleton Inn, High Street, Maidstone, Kent

Present: Dave Chesham (Secretary), Marie Chesham, Rob Cox (Treasurer), Dan Fabian

Apologies for absence: Mandy Bruce, Hannah Dutton

1. Election of Chair
Motion 1.
D.Chesham & Fabian “That Cox be Chair”
AGREED

2. Minutes of the 57th Meeting held on 14th August 2016 were before the meeting
Motion 2
. Fabian & Cox “That the minutes be adopted and the inquorate business conducted be retrospectively approved”
AGREED

3. Matters arising from previous minutes

i) Future Street Stalls

Two more stalls are scheduled for Canterbury - 17 September and 8 October

There was some discussion about the October stall as it falls on the same weekend as the branch meeting.

Rob said he would contact Mandy to see if she would be able to attend both the stall and the branch or whether she would prefer to change the date of one of them.

ii) Brighton Group meeting - 13 September

The upstairs venue room of the Victory Pub, 6 Duke St, Brighton BN1 1AH has been booked for a public meeting between 19.30 and 21.30. Title of the meeting is ‘Post-Capitalism: what now?’

A total of £84.23 had been incurred which related to the printing of handbills and postage.

Motion 3. (to the EC) D.Chesham & Fabian “That the EC be requested for a grant of up to £250 to assist with future activities in Brighton.”
AGREED 4-0-0 (four members present)

iii) Party Logo

The issues experienced with the reproduction of the party logo in the Socialist Standard over the last couple of editions now appear to have been resolved.
NOTED

iv) Gay Pride events in Canterbury & Margate

The Secretary agreed to check the appropriate website for details of future events.

v) Notice of Motion “This branch notes the EC is reported on grounds of quality and content to have declined to approve a proposed introductory video. However, the EC has failed since May to take steps to encourage nominations in order to re-establish an effective Audio Visual Committee, following the resignation and removal of previous appointees. Is this action due to inertia or intent?”

Rob, who had laid down this notice of motion, requested the permission of the branch to withdraw it.
AGREED

4. Member's correspondence

Both the Treasurer and the Secretary had received correspondence from Jacqueline informing the branch she would no longer be able to attend branch meetings or street stalls.

It was AGREED that the Secretary respond to Jacqueline.

A discussion about the future of the branch then followed and a number of options were suggested. It was AGREED to return to the subject at the next meeting.

5. Call for nominations for Socialist Standard layout members

The branch had been informed by the Acting General Secretary that the two Socialist Standard layout members would not be continuing after the end of this year and that volunteers are urgently called for.

The text of the statement from the two members was attached to the August EC minutes and it was AGREED that it be circulated to all branch members.

6. Call for nominations for 2017 Party Officers and EC members

The branch nominated the following members:

General Secretary: Keith Graham
Assistant General Secretary: Tristan Miller
Auditors: Rob Cox, Howard Moss
Executive Committee members: Rob Cox, Eddie Craggs, Mike Foster, Tim Kilgallon, Colin Skelly

AGREED

7. Snap General Election possibility

Motion 4. (to the EC) D.Chesham & Cox “This branch requests the EC seriously investigates arranging for Party election communications to be personally addressed to electors, in some or all future elections to public office in which the Party nominates candidates. This may: 1) Guarantee delivery to all electors; 2) Increase the chance of delivery and, depending on presentation, of being read. 3) Eliminate the risk of an inaccurate estimate of required volume of leaflets being printed.”
AGREED 4-0-0 (four members present)

It was AGREED to return to the subject at the next meeting.

8. Forms 'A' & 'F'
NONE

9. Branch membership transfers
NONE

10. EC minutes – August meeting – 6-8-16
                          September meeting – 3-9-16

Motion 5. (to the EC) D. Chesham & M.Chesham “This branch deplores the action of the August EC in agreeing that the Head Office Assistant attends the premises at his discretion rather than as stipulated by this sentence in the relevant Terms of Reference clause. viz: ‘Hours: The Head Office Organiser is asked to be at Head Office for eight hours three days each week for the purpose of section one below the days to be agreed with the EC at the beginning of the year.’”
AGREED 3-0-1 (four members present)

11. Future propaganda activities
NONE other than those already mentioned

12. Any other business
NONE

Meeting adjourned at 6.19pm

Collection taken: £10.00

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PLEASE NOTE CHANGE OF MEETING DATE TO FIRST SUNDAY (OCTOBER ONLY)

Next meeting of K&SRB - Sunday, 2nd October, 2016 at 2.00pm at The Muggleton Inn (Wetherspoon), 8 High Street, Maidstone ME14 1HJ (first floor)

AGENDA

Election of Chair

Apologies for absence

Adoption of minutes of previous meeting

Matters arising from the minutes

i) Street Stalls - Canterbury – Report of 17 September and future stall on 8 October

ii) Future Brighton activities including grant request

iii) Gay Pride - Canterbury

iv) Membership matters

v) Call for nominations for Socialist Standard layout members

vi) Call for nominations for 2017 Party Officers and EC members

vii) Snap General Election possibility

Autumn Delegate Meeting – Agenda and appointment of delegates

Forms 'A' & 'F'

Branch membership transfers

EC minutes – October meeting – 1-10-16

Future propaganda activities

Any other business

Collection

Adjournment

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