2016 Annual General Meetings

The Morning Star is proud to be the only daily newspaper owned by its readers via a people's shareholding democracy called the People's Press Printing Society. Each Spring, the PPPS holds its Annual General Meeting in several different venues around the country to encourage the maximum possible number of shareholders to attend. Shareholders may attend one meeting only.

The AGM will discuss the critical issues of the day, receive the minutes of the previous AGM, receive a report from the Management Committee, approve the audited accounts and, vote to reappoint the auditors, consider resolutions and amendments, and elect one third of the directly-elected seats on the Management Committee.

It doesn't matter whether you have just a single share or a thousand, all shareholders have equal rights and get one vote each.

This AGM welcomes the positive changes taking place in the Labour Party under Jeremy Corbyn's leadership and the boost this gives to wider progressive campaigns for peace and social justice.

Additionally we welcome the retreats Labour's strong anti-austerity stance has forced the Tories into on issues such as the proposed cuts to PIP disability benefits, and will continue to support both the building of a national movement against austerity and the transformation of the Labour party into a campaigning organisation capable of winning in 2020.

Building readership and support for the Morning Star amongst CLPs will be critical to making this a reality.

Seconded by Ben Stevenson

 

To further strengthen the unique role of the Morning Star and help build local organisational strength this PPPS AGM agrees to the following actions:

1) Produce campaign packs for local MSR&SG

2) Produce training packs and encourage supporters to file news stories on relevant local issues. These 'worker correspondents' can help build links with multiple groups locally. (Consider MS ID cards with title "Community Reporter" or "Community Media")

3) Consider allowing these correspondents to publish work on a new community section of the MS web site.

4) Produce short 'How to' video clips on youtube on a range of activities including producing an effective news report.

5) Encourage local public meetings with LP speakers and others on a range of prominent issues, EU - In or Out, Immigration priorities, Trident. Prioritising issues of contention in the movement (Immigration, EU, Trident, Asylum) helps maximise turnout. Having 2 speakers - for and against, also encourages turnout and exposes people to arguments previously unheard.

6) Encourage supporters to interview striking doctors and others, file a story and submit to the Morning Star. Share this on social media.

7) Local groups can have difficulty finding speakers for public meetings. Create database of speakers willing to talk on MS platform and areas on expertise. Share this with local groups.

8) Encourage supporters to promote the paper via their own social media.

Seconded by James Reekie

The fight back against the Conservative Government's austerity and privatisation has continued to build since last May. The mass demonstrations in June in London, Manchester in October and London this April show that there is a mood to defend the welfare state, fight anti union laws, protect our NHS and campaign for both affordable and social housing.

The fight for jobs and industries continues as the greed of the capitalist class has caused collapses in retail firms and a major crisis in the steel industry. Workers and their unions remain willing to fight back as shown by the BMA's junior doctors striking against an unfair and dangerous contract to the National Gallery dispute of 2015. The rail unions and teachers remain to the fore in defending pay,terms and conditions and services. The election of Jeremy Corbyn to lead the Labour Party has resulted in a welcome return to the demonstrations and local action by Labour Party activists.

The holding of the Electoral position of 2012 has to be welcomed and should be a signal to the Blairites to let the new leadership get on with the job of winning the next General Election. The coverage and analysis by the Morning Star of all of this plus it's international and cultural coverage has to be applauded. Forward with building and supporting the growing struggle against austerity.

Seconded by Robert Griffiths

 

This AGM calls on all PPPS members and the wider labour movement to join with us in celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Morning Star.  Without in any way diminishing the magnificent achievements of the Daily Worker before it, our modern newspaper laid the basis for its success today in staunch support for working class struggles in the late 1960s and 1970s.

The widespread admiration it retains today inside the labour movement owes much to the clarity of the Morning Star’s defence of mining, and other, communities in the 1980s. Its trenchant critique, well ahead of its time, of the acceptance of neo-liberalism by 'new' Labour, and its unparalleled advocacy of the sweep forward of left politics in today’s Labour Party, evidenced by the success of Morning Star columnist, Jeremy Corbyn, all add up to a good reason why we should have a thorough-going celebration of 50 years.

Building upon the success of the 50th Anniversary Birthday Bash, the Morning Star@50 event on July 23rd in Clerkenwell from 12 noon onwards is not to be missed! With stalls and film showings kicking off the event, a retrospective of the last 50 years involving participants, a lively open-air rally, and cultural entertainment, these are just a few of the delights on offer.

Seconded by Ben Chacko

The Morning Star has key strengths which few other National daily newspapers can boast of, not least the loyalty of its readers. To that end, Star Readers & Supports groups ought to be encouraged to maximise this good will & support in local communities or workplaces, to win new readers & encourage people to discover for themselves the high quality of unique working class news that finds regular voice in the only Socialist daily newspaper in the English language.
 
Morning Star based events can bring a broad section of Left activists together, organised by Readers and Supports Groups who value the Morning Star's content and editorial policy. Events across Britain, held in the name of the Morning Star, ought to receive material support and assistance from our paper. It is a self-defeating situation if events designed to raise money for our Fighting Fund and seeking to win new readers and supporters, not to be adequately advertised & promoted within the paper they labour to build up financially & to secure its future. The level of support given to each individual event will continue to be determined by the Morning Star.

Seconded by John Foster

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