mnmlist: Minutes from our AGM

We held our first AGM on 12 October 2011, which was well attended and as a result the society is pleased to announce it has elected 14 Executive Members. They are:

Chair: Arun Chopra
Vice Chair: Adam Spencer
Secretary: Andrew Gibson
Treasurer: Nicolas Redfern
Exec Officers: Laurence Turner, Amrit Caleyachetty, Sue Verel
Co-opted Officers: Maureen Pike, Daniel Turner, Brian Parbutt, Jamie McMahon
Website editor: Lee Garland
Newsletter and Press Officer: Kevin Quigley
Auditor: Kate Spencer (tbc)

The full minutes of the meeting follow:

Nottinghamshire Fabian Society AGM minutes

12th October 2011

Next meeting: Exec Committee- 2nd November- 7.30- Unison

1. Constitution adopted, based on a model prepared by the National Society. (see Arun Chopra for a copy)

2. Exec Committee elected:

Chair: Arun Chopra

Vice Chair: Adam Spencer

Secretary: Andrew Gibson

Treasurer: Nicolas Redfern

Exec Officers: Laurence Turner, Amrit Caleyachetty, Sue Verel

Co-opted Officers: Maureen Pike, Daniel Turner, Brian Parbutt, Jamie McMahon

Website editor: Lee Garland

Newsletter and Press Officer: Kevin Quigley

Auditor: Kate Spencer (tbc)

  • 1 year tenure, however some may stay on for the sake of continuity (will be decided at a future meeting)

Action

  • Approach Katie regarding interest in positions others suggested for them (AC)

3. Finances

Income: £213

Expenditure: £111 stated at meeting (actually this was £82, Maureen informed AC after the meeting)

Current Balance: £131

NB. Our primary outgoing has been on wine for the Maurice Glasman event.

Action

  • Consider fundraising measures, particularly relating to big events. (NR)
  1. CLP Affiliations
  • Arun proposed we affiliate with all local Labour CLPs, an advantage being that we can send a representative to CLP meetings.
  • However, this will be difficult if there is an affiliation fee, particularly after dues have been paid to the national Fabian Society.

Action

  • Enquire about cost of affiliation fee (AC)
  • Take the decision at a later date, based on boundary changes, cost etc. (exec committee)- up to 6 months to decide
  1. Purpose of the Nottinghamshire Fabian Society
  • Decision to stick to the basic aims of the Fabians: to promote a more distributive and just society through research, education and debate. As such, it will not be a ‘campaigning organisation’, despite an interest in improving policy.
  • Strong opinion voiced, and shared, that it should not become a vehicle for politically ambitious members and should not shy from hard subjects.
  • Apparent consensus that the local society can be used to take national issues/national-level research and test them through debate and engagement with local people/members/research.
  • Ways to do this: a) Combine local and national speakers at speaker events, b) draw on research produced locally at various universities and on the experience/research of local actors, c) publish local member reaction/analysis to Fabian publications and events (through the website and, maybe, as a print publication)

NB. Important there is some outward-facing vehicle for the society (ie. website)

  1. Plan for 2011/2012 events
  • 4 meetings/events, plus AGM.
  • 2 meetings are for major events with big name speaker(s) and public attendance
  • 2 are for in-depth policy discussion amongst Nottinghamshire Fabian Society members, perhaps including small presentations and pre-distributed articles/research/policy papers.
  • December 1st, 7.30pm (members), March, mid-to-late (public), June 13th (members), September (public)
  • Unison happy to provide rooms
  1. Themes discussed for events

Note from Secretary- I have grouped the many ideas/contributions into broad themes and have suggested an order. I would happily revise this rough plan, if it were felt necessary.

  • Early lives/social care/public health
  • Great local knowledge of these issues, particularly as Arun and Amrit are preparing a Fabian pamphlet on public health.
  • Other speaker suggestions included: Graham Allen (who has written report on early intervention)
  • Some interesting comments about fractured social policy, re: devolution

– Makes sense to be focus of December event

  • Immigration

-In spirit of facing tough issues and building on and reacting to Maurice Glasman event, immigration and/or integration theme proposed.

  • Recent research by well-known Fabians on theme: Sundar Katwala (former Fabian Gen Sec) has set up new think-tank and Sadiq Khan is leading a Fabian project with John Denham on integration issues.
  • Interesting research on public support for Far Right by local academic, Matthew Goodwin
  • Makes sense to be big event in March. Could draw attention and requires proper planning.
  • Intergenerational Justice- Economics/Technology
  • Two interesting questions were raised, which broadly relate to intergenerational justice: a) are younger people (who pay numerous types of tax, student loans etc.) worse off than OAPs, who are idealised in the media/politics? b) what is the effect of technological change on employment, particularly on traditionally ‘female’ jobs, and social interaction?
  • The Intergenerational Foundation has recently released a report on housing stock/‘wealth’, which may be relevant to the discussion
  • This theme chimes nicely with Ed Miliband’s idea of the ‘British Promise’.

– Makes sense to hold in June, as we have not done much thinking yet about this worthy topic.

  • Other ideas
  • Tom Watson on Murdoch.
  • Matthew Ashton from Nottingham Trent has expertise on various issues
  • Helen Goodwin, feminist critique of Glasman
  • Roy Hattersley
  • Ben Jackson
  • Richard Wilkinson (Nottingham Academic Health Inequalities)
  • Justine Schneider (Nottingham Academic Social Research)

Action

  • Exec decide order of themes/liaise with members
  • Kevin thinks about themes for newsletter and timing of newsletter, re: events (Kevin Q, via AG/AC)
  • Approach speakers (Exec discuss and enquire before and after Exec meeting- 2nd November)

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