August 16, 2016 at 7:27 pm #84990Bijou DrainsParticipantMinutes of North East Branch – Held 15/08/16
Minutes of North East Regional Branch Meeting to be held between 22nd April and 25thApril 2016
Present: S. Colborn, S Davidson, T Kilgallon, J Davidson,
Apologies: Eileen Colborn
1.Election of chair. S. Davidson Elected as Chair
2.Amendment/adoption of previous minutes. Minutes of previous meeting agreed Proposed T Kilgallon, Seconded, S Colborn
3.Matters arising from previous minutes
Cde Kilgallon updated the meeting about the current status of Cdes L and V Marratty (both Cdes have now moved to Central Branch)
4.Forms A and F
A discussion took place about the distribution and availability of EC minutes to members who do not have full access to the internet. It was proposed (S Colborn) and seconded (S Davidson) that the secretary should ask the Acting gen Sec to forward a copy of the EC Minutes in word format for distribution by the Branch Secretary (passed 4-0)
A further discussion took place about the decision taken by the EC with regards to the video developed by Cde V Marratty, as reported on the SPGB Forum. the following two motions were passed;
1 – "Could the EC please clarify why Rule 17 has been taken literally in the case of the video produced by Cde Marratty, when there have been many other instances of similar publishing of video and other materials by members of the party which have been tacitly accepted without being approved" – proposed S Colborn seconded J Davidson Vote 4-0
2 – "That this branch asks the EC to reconsider their decision with regards to the video produced by Cde V Marratty and instead refer decisions about audio visual matters to the AV committee, in a similar process to the one in which the SSPC are trusted to manage the production of the Socialist Standard". proposed S Colborn seconded J Davidson Vote 4-0.
T Kilgallon informed the branch that he was intending to attend the ADM this year (although he would be unable to attend the meeting for the afternoon session on the Saturday of ADM). It was agreed that Cde Kilgallon should attend ADM as the Branch delegate.
Several items for discussion were considered and it was agreed that the Secretary would draft the wording for two items for discussion for ADM, along with supporting statements covering the following two areas:
1 – the use of professional support for Party activity
2 – The application of Rule 17
It was agreed that drafts would be distributed with a view to inclusion in the ADM Agenda.
6. Correspondence – None
7. Propaganda and Branch Activity
The future of activity of the Branch was discussed in some depth and it was agreed that future "face to face meetings" should on a roughly 2 monthly basis, it was agreed that the current venue was a very suitable venue. Secretary to contact the venue with a view to booking the next four Branch meetings. It was also agreed to look at the development of Propaganda Meetings, it was agreed that attempts would be made to contact other political groupings with regards to developing either a forum style meeting or a formal debate.
it was also agreed that Cde J Davidson would examine the list of contact names in the North East, obtained from Head Office, with a view to establishing an up to date mailing list.
In line with this it was also agreed that attempts would be made to contact Cde Bissett to see if we still have access to a literature table and Party platform.
8. Treasurer's Report – Treasurer Cde J Davidson reported that he will begin taking steps to establish a Branch bank account, it was agreed that the Secretary should contact the Acting Gen Sec, to find out the process for applying for a grant for propaganda activities, branch expenses, room hire, etc
Meeting ended 9.15pmAugust 16, 2016 at 8:23 pm #121218lindanesocialistParticipant
Vin said: Sorry I couldn't be there but well done comrades on a successful face to face mtg and I appreciate your support for the video. I note you are sending a Geordie delegate to ADM. I have to say he will be harder to understand than a Mackem, so you will need to send an interpreter. Tim will represent the branch well, and we should not hold it against him that Newcastle are no longer in the Premiership.I have to say his minute writing is at least up to my standard. YFS Cheeky BugggaahAugust 16, 2016 at 11:01 pm #121219robert.coxParticipant
Hi ComradesI hope you will not mind me chipping in now your meeting is closed, just to give my congratulations for what I gather is the first face-to-face meeting of your Branch for many years, and for what appears to be a very positive meeting judging by the minutes, and may I offer my best wishes that long may they continue and thrive.As I learned from another thread this evening that members of the EC do not visit the Forum, it will be a nice surprise for them when your delegate takes his seat at ADM.NB Sorry if you do not forgive my chippings, I can only blame it on a bad upbringing, being a son and grandson of miners of Bedlington Station, and hope to get away with it. Not!August 16, 2016 at 11:23 pm #121220lindanesocialistParticipantrobert.cox wrote:I hope you will not mind me chipping in now your meeting is closed, just to give my congratulations for what I gather is the first face-to-face meeting of your Branch for many years,
Vin wrotewell no, we have had a couple of meetings about a year ago in the Alexander in sunderland and a pub in Seaham in 14but still great newsand fraternal greetings, ROB, keep up the good work in Kent
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