Elect Michael Payne
to Labour's NEC

Elect Michael Payne to Labour's NEC

15 years

Labour Party membership

9 years

Elected office in local government

15 years

Trade Union membership

2 years

Parliamentary Candidate

15 years

Labour Party membership

9 years

Elected office in local government

15 years

Trade Union membership

2 years

Parliamentary Candidate

My priorities


 

Unity

Giving all members from all traditions a voice in how we put Labour back on a winning path toward Government and Keir in Number 10.


Diversity

Campaigning for greater representation for women, BAME, disabled and LGBT+ members at all levels in our party.

 

Campaigning

For a radically transformative Labour Government and more Labour councillors in every corner of the country.


Accountability

I’ll stand up for the rights of members and workers, hold national officers to account, visit CLPs nationwide and report back after every NEC meeting.

My priorities



Diversity

Campaigning for greater representation for women, BAME, disabled and LGBT+ members at all levels in our party.


Unity

Giving all members from all traditions a voice in how we put Labour back on a winning path toward Government and Keir in Number 10.


Accountability

I’ll stand up for the rights of members and workers, hold national officers to account, visit CLPs nationwide and report back after every NEC meeting.

Campaigning

For a radically transformative Labour Government and more Labour councillors in every corner of the country.

My Story


I know the positive changes a Labour government can make, I was the first in my family to attend university, studying Law at Lancaster University.

I've served as a Labour Borough Councillor since 2011 and County Councillor since 2013 - winning both seats from the Conservatives. Working with a fantastic team, I played an integral role in helping Labour secure an unprecedented three term Labour majority administration on Gedling Borough Council - never done before since the council’s creation in 1974.

In 2014, I was Labour’s parliamentary candidate for Newark CLP in Nottinghamshire, receiving the backing of the FBU, GMB, Unison & USDAW. I know how to take the fight to the Tories, contesting the 2014 Newark parliamentary by-election, substantially increasing Labour's vote share between 2014 and the 2015 General Election and taking Labour from third to second place.

Since 2017, I've served as Labour’s Deputy Leader of Labour in local government in England & Wales - representing all Labour councils, groups and over 6,000 councillors nationally. I travel the length of the UK helping Labour to win in local government.

I'm a lifelong campaigner for social equality. As one of the UK's first openly gay Deputy Council Leaders, I've campaigned relentlessly for more representation of BAME, LGBT, disabled and women members at all levels of our party and public offices. In 2018, I worked with LGBT+ Labour to establish LGBT+ Labour Councillors Network, and I'm serving as the inaugural chair.

Contact me

How can the party better support our grassroots, activists & candidates? How do we stay radical, relevant and win the confidence of the public?

What can we do to get more women, BAME, disabled and LGBT+ candidates and tear down the structural inequalities that still exist in society?

Finally, how can I represent you best and feedback my work on your behalf? I want to hear from you - please get in touch.

**🚨 COVID-19 TIER 3 RESTRICTIONS FOR GEDLING - FROM FRIDAY 30 OCTOBER 🚨**

Government has now formally announced that Nottingham and all of Nottinghamshire will be moved into Tier 3 'Very High' Local Covid Alert Level, this affects everyone in Gedling Borough and will come into force at one minute past midnight on Friday 30 October 2020.

Here's what the Tier 3 restrictions mean 👇🏻

▪️People must not meet socially with friends and family indoors in any setting unless they are part of their household or support bubble. This includes private homes and indoors in hospitality venues, such as pubs.

▪️People must not meet with people outside of their household or support bubble in a private garden or in most outdoor public venues.

▪️People can continue to see friends and family in groups of six or less that they don’t live with (or have formed a support bubble with) in certain outdoor public spaces, such as a park or public garden.

▪️All pubs and bars must close unless they are serving substantial meals, such as a main lunchtime or evening meal. They can only serve alcohol as part of a meal. Pubs, bars and restaurants must still close between 10pm and 5am.

▪️Wedding receptions will not be permitted, but people can get married with a maximum of 15 people at the ceremony (check with the venue for additional restrictions).

▪️Avoid travelling outside the Very High alert area or entering a Very High alert level area, other than for work, education or for caring responsibilities, or to travel through as part of a longer journey.

▪️Avoid staying overnight in another part of the UK.

As well as the main Tier 3 restrictions, Council Leaders have agreed the following additional local restrictions:

▪️All hospitality venues (cafes, restaurants, pubs, bars and social clubs) can only remain open to offer substantial meals, or must move to operate a delivery and takeaway service only. Alcohol can only be served with a substantial meal.

▪️The use of shared smoking equipment (such as but not limited to shisha) in hospitality venues will be prohibited.

▪️Betting shops, car boot sales and auction houses (with the exception of Livestock and agricultural equipment sales) must close.

▪️Alcohol sales must be prohibited after 9pm where alcohol is purchased to consume off premises, for example shops. Alcohol can continue to be purchased in hospitality venues where accompanying a substantial meal, up until 10pm.

▪️Indoor entertainment and tourism venues must close, except for ice-skating rinks, cinemas, concert halls, and theatres. Hotels and other accommodation can stay open.

▪️Outdoor entertainment and tourism venues can remain open, with the exception of their indoor attractions (such as animal attractions or landmarks).

▪️Saunas and steam rooms must close.

▪️Leisure and sporting facilities (such as leisure centres, gyms, fitness and dance studios, swimming pools and sports courts) can remain open. It is strongly advised that indoor group exercise classes (including dance and fitness classes) should not take place.

▪️Personal care settings such as tattoo parlours, tanning and nail salons, and piercing services must close. Hairdressers and barber salons can remain open but cannot perform services that are otherwise closed. It is advised that personal care services do not take place in private homes.

▪️Public buildings such as town and parish halls, community centres and libraries can remain open to run activities such as childcare and support groups. Public buildings should not host events for private hire, such as birthday parties or other social activities.

❗Government and local partners will closely monitor the impact of these new restrictions, which will be in place for 28 days from Friday 30th October and will be kept under review.

As well as the new restrictions, please continue to:

🧼 Wash your hands regularly and for 20 seconds

😷 Wear a face covering in indoor settings where social distancing may be difficult, and where you will coming into contact with people you do not normally meet

↔️ Stay 2 metres apart from people you do not live with where possible, or 1 metre with extra precautions in place (such as wearing a face covering, or increasing ventilation indoors).

People who have symptoms of Covid-19 – high temperature, continuous cough or loss of taste or smell – must self-isolate immediately and book a test online or by calling 119.

More information 👇🏻

We appreciate there is a lot of information to absorb. We are continuing to work through the guidance for these stricter/additional restrictions and will share more details, guidance and FAQs as soon as possible. This information will be posted on the council website.

More detail about the Tier 3 restrictions are on the Government website here:
www.gov.uk/guidance/local-covid-alert-level-very-high

This awful virus has affected us all and we must work together by following the new measures to save lives and protect our local health services.

Further restrictions will be tough for everyone but we the reality of the situation we all face is serious. 👇🏻

🔸 Transmission has increased in all age groups especially older people.

🔸 In the last month, the number of people in Nottinghamshire testing positive has risen sharply. This increase was seen first of all in Nottingham City and Broxtowe, Rushcliffe and Gedling. Other parts of the County are seeing similar increases. In some districts, the number of cases has trebled in the last fortnight

🔸 Also, a rise in transmission in people aged 60 or over in every district of Nottinghamshire; in some places this has been very steep. This is a grave concern because it is the group which is most vulnerable to serious complication associated coronavirus infection

🔸 These infections are leading to serious pressures in our local health and care system. Our local NHS and care system has prepared itself for this second wave but already at NUH (for example) the number of beds occupied by patients with COVID-19 exceeds the Wave 1 peak.

🔸 This has resulted in serious disruption to planned care of other patients. We face the prospect of similar pressures and disruption at Sherwood Forest and Bassetlaw Hospitals. Services beyond health and care are also experiencing severe challenges with increasing levels of staff absence due to sickness or isolation

🔸 To curb these increases, further action is required across the whole of Nottinghamshire. This entails moving to “Very High” Local Alert Level - with a package of restrictions which, taken together as a whole, are designed to slow down the spread

🔸 At present, our NHS is there for any and all of us who need it - they have good arrangements in place to diagnose and treat any one of us swiftly and safely – anyone with symptoms they are concerned about should get them checked out. But waiting longer to take action to stop the spread would threaten the NHS and care system and, with it, the health and lives of people in Nottinghamshire who depend on it.

🔸 The additional measures will last for 28 days and will not be easy for anyone. But it is essential that each of us gives our full support to them.

I may not have answers to all of your questions but I'm sharing all the information I can that is available to me from the Government and Public Health officials.

Please stay safe and look after yourselves. ❤️

** UPDATE 21.25pm 28 Oct 2020 **

Government's website has now been updated with Nottingham & Nottinghamshire specific guidance.

See link below 👇🏻

www.gov.uk/guidance/local-covid-alert-level-very-high-nottinghamshire
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**🥗🍝 DONATE TO GEDLING BOROUGH'S SCHOOL MEAL FOR CHILDREN FUND 🍝🥗**

This week Gedling Borough Council is providing free school meals for families across our borough. This follows the government's disappointing decision to vote against providing free school meals for children during the school holidays.

Any families who are currently receiving free school meals and need some support over half term can call Gedling Borough Council on 0115 901 3901 and they can organise for the delivery and/or collection of food from their nearest food bank.

Lots of residents have been asking me how they can help, so we've set up a FEEDING GEDLING FUND to help tackle child holiday hunger this half term, during the Christmas holiday and next Easter too.

Every penny raised will be spent on tackling child holiday hunger and helping children in our borough. Please donate whatever you can afford by clicking the link below:

www.spacehive.com/feeding-gedling-children-fund

A huge thank you to our local food banks, community groups, businesses, schools and generous individuals who are stepping up and showing compassion and leadership where the government has failed. You are all showing the very best of our borough's community spirit, kindness and love.

Thank you to Marcus Rashford for his leadership on this issue too. His compassion and care is a fine example to us all.

#EndChildFoodPoverty
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** REDHILL & ARNOLD REMEMBERS 2020 **

For the last two years our Redhill & Arnold lamp post poppies have been very well received so I'm spending today putting them up again in Redhill & Arnold. I donated to The Royal British Legion for these poppies for the community I represent on Gedling Borough Council & Nottinghamshire County Council. I'm putting them up on Mansfield Road, Redhill Road, Mellors Road and Church Street/Calverton Road too.

We owe those who serve our country an immense debt of gratitude and we must play our part in honouring their service and sacrifice.

This year, because of Covid-19 we will not able to pay our respects in the usual way at the Arnold Remembrance Parade, so it is more important than ever that we remember our heroes in other ways.

With Remembrance Sunday soon approaching we say thank you to those who serve; we say 'we will always remember' you to those who have lost their lives serving in our armed forces and we let the families of those who serve know that they are in our thoughts and prayers.

They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old:
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning
We will remember them. ❤️
... See MoreSee Less

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**🚨 URGENT ACTION NEEDED TO IMPROVE ROAD SAFETY OUTSIDE RICHARD BONINGTON PRIMARY SCHOOL 🚨**

Yesterday a young boy was injured in a road accident outside Richard Bonington Primary School on Calverton Road. My thoughts are with him, his family, as well as pupils, parents, staff at Richard Bonington Primary School and local residents. I sincerely hope the young boy makes a full and speedy recovery.

As the local County Councillor and Borough Councillor representing the Calverton Road area, I've previously made representations about the need to improve road safety outside Richard Bonington Primary School and along Calverton Road but sadly, no specific action was taken by Nottinghamshire County Council to address these concerns and improve road safety along this road.

Yesterday I wrote to the Chief Executive of Nottinghamshire County Council and the lead County Councillor responsible for highways and road safety to request urgent action to improve road safety outside the school and on this road, in order to help prevent a repeat of yesterday's awful incident.👇🏻

PLEASE SIGN & SHARE OUR PETITION TO URGE ACTION TO IMPROVE ROAD SAFETY OUTSIDE RICHARD BONINGTON PRIMARY SCHOOL ⬇️

chng.it/Nw2v8D9Z
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**🏦🏧 SIGN PETITION TO SAVE MAPPERLEY PLAINS AND NETHERFIELD TSB BRANCHES FROM CLOSURE 🏧🏦**

TSB has announced the closure of its Mapperley Plains and Netherfield branches in early 2021. This will leave the entire Gedling borough area without a single TSB branch, meaning residents will be forced to travel to Nottingham, Sherwood branch or even further afield.

Today Leader of Gedling Borough Council, Cllr. John Clarke and I have written to the Chief Executive of TSB calling on her to halt these announced closures immediately.

Please sign our petition to help save these two popular local TSB branches. ⬇️

📝 chng.it/8nt5ZPnJVQ

These proposed closures will disproportionately disadvantage older, disabled, financially excluded and socially isolated customers - we therefore call on TSB to re-consider its decision to close the Mapperley Plains and Netherfield TSB branches. We are also concerned for the hardworking staff in these two local TSB branches.

It is shocking this decision to close local branches has been made without any consultation with the local community and TSB's loyal customers - such action undermines TSB’s slogan - ‘Local banking for Britain’.

We urge TSB to listen to the people of Gedling borough and immediately halt plans to close Mapperley Plains and Netherfield TSB branches.

See our letter to TSB's Chief Executive below. 👇🏻
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Contact me

How can the party better support our grassroots, activists & candidates? How do we stay radical, relevant and win the confidence of the public?

What can we do to get more women, BAME, disabled and LGBT+ candidates and tear down the structural inequalities that still exist in society?

Finally, how can I represent you best and feedback my work on your behalf? I want to hear from you - please get in touch.

**🚨 COVID-19 TIER 3 RESTRICTIONS FOR GEDLING - FROM FRIDAY 30 OCTOBER 🚨**

Government has now formally announced that Nottingham and all of Nottinghamshire will be moved into Tier 3 'Very High' Local Covid Alert Level, this affects everyone in Gedling Borough and will come into force at one minute past midnight on Friday 30 October 2020.

Here's what the Tier 3 restrictions mean 👇🏻

▪️People must not meet socially with friends and family indoors in any setting unless they are part of their household or support bubble. This includes private homes and indoors in hospitality venues, such as pubs.

▪️People must not meet with people outside of their household or support bubble in a private garden or in most outdoor public venues.

▪️People can continue to see friends and family in groups of six or less that they don’t live with (or have formed a support bubble with) in certain outdoor public spaces, such as a park or public garden.

▪️All pubs and bars must close unless they are serving substantial meals, such as a main lunchtime or evening meal. They can only serve alcohol as part of a meal. Pubs, bars and restaurants must still close between 10pm and 5am.

▪️Wedding receptions will not be permitted, but people can get married with a maximum of 15 people at the ceremony (check with the venue for additional restrictions).

▪️Avoid travelling outside the Very High alert area or entering a Very High alert level area, other than for work, education or for caring responsibilities, or to travel through as part of a longer journey.

▪️Avoid staying overnight in another part of the UK.

As well as the main Tier 3 restrictions, Council Leaders have agreed the following additional local restrictions:

▪️All hospitality venues (cafes, restaurants, pubs, bars and social clubs) can only remain open to offer substantial meals, or must move to operate a delivery and takeaway service only. Alcohol can only be served with a substantial meal.

▪️The use of shared smoking equipment (such as but not limited to shisha) in hospitality venues will be prohibited.

▪️Betting shops, car boot sales and auction houses (with the exception of Livestock and agricultural equipment sales) must close.

▪️Alcohol sales must be prohibited after 9pm where alcohol is purchased to consume off premises, for example shops. Alcohol can continue to be purchased in hospitality venues where accompanying a substantial meal, up until 10pm.

▪️Indoor entertainment and tourism venues must close, except for ice-skating rinks, cinemas, concert halls, and theatres. Hotels and other accommodation can stay open.

▪️Outdoor entertainment and tourism venues can remain open, with the exception of their indoor attractions (such as animal attractions or landmarks).

▪️Saunas and steam rooms must close.

▪️Leisure and sporting facilities (such as leisure centres, gyms, fitness and dance studios, swimming pools and sports courts) can remain open. It is strongly advised that indoor group exercise classes (including dance and fitness classes) should not take place.

▪️Personal care settings such as tattoo parlours, tanning and nail salons, and piercing services must close. Hairdressers and barber salons can remain open but cannot perform services that are otherwise closed. It is advised that personal care services do not take place in private homes.

▪️Public buildings such as town and parish halls, community centres and libraries can remain open to run activities such as childcare and support groups. Public buildings should not host events for private hire, such as birthday parties or other social activities.

❗Government and local partners will closely monitor the impact of these new restrictions, which will be in place for 28 days from Friday 30th October and will be kept under review.

As well as the new restrictions, please continue to:

🧼 Wash your hands regularly and for 20 seconds

😷 Wear a face covering in indoor settings where social distancing may be difficult, and where you will coming into contact with people you do not normally meet

↔️ Stay 2 metres apart from people you do not live with where possible, or 1 metre with extra precautions in place (such as wearing a face covering, or increasing ventilation indoors).

People who have symptoms of Covid-19 – high temperature, continuous cough or loss of taste or smell – must self-isolate immediately and book a test online or by calling 119.

More information 👇🏻

We appreciate there is a lot of information to absorb. We are continuing to work through the guidance for these stricter/additional restrictions and will share more details, guidance and FAQs as soon as possible. This information will be posted on the council website.

More detail about the Tier 3 restrictions are on the Government website here:
www.gov.uk/guidance/local-covid-alert-level-very-high

This awful virus has affected us all and we must work together by following the new measures to save lives and protect our local health services.

Further restrictions will be tough for everyone but we the reality of the situation we all face is serious. 👇🏻

🔸 Transmission has increased in all age groups especially older people.

🔸 In the last month, the number of people in Nottinghamshire testing positive has risen sharply. This increase was seen first of all in Nottingham City and Broxtowe, Rushcliffe and Gedling. Other parts of the County are seeing similar increases. In some districts, the number of cases has trebled in the last fortnight

🔸 Also, a rise in transmission in people aged 60 or over in every district of Nottinghamshire; in some places this has been very steep. This is a grave concern because it is the group which is most vulnerable to serious complication associated coronavirus infection

🔸 These infections are leading to serious pressures in our local health and care system. Our local NHS and care system has prepared itself for this second wave but already at NUH (for example) the number of beds occupied by patients with COVID-19 exceeds the Wave 1 peak.

🔸 This has resulted in serious disruption to planned care of other patients. We face the prospect of similar pressures and disruption at Sherwood Forest and Bassetlaw Hospitals. Services beyond health and care are also experiencing severe challenges with increasing levels of staff absence due to sickness or isolation

🔸 To curb these increases, further action is required across the whole of Nottinghamshire. This entails moving to “Very High” Local Alert Level - with a package of restrictions which, taken together as a whole, are designed to slow down the spread

🔸 At present, our NHS is there for any and all of us who need it - they have good arrangements in place to diagnose and treat any one of us swiftly and safely – anyone with symptoms they are concerned about should get them checked out. But waiting longer to take action to stop the spread would threaten the NHS and care system and, with it, the health and lives of people in Nottinghamshire who depend on it.

🔸 The additional measures will last for 28 days and will not be easy for anyone. But it is essential that each of us gives our full support to them.

I may not have answers to all of your questions but I'm sharing all the information I can that is available to me from the Government and Public Health officials.

Please stay safe and look after yourselves. ❤️

** UPDATE 21.25pm 28 Oct 2020 **

Government's website has now been updated with Nottingham & Nottinghamshire specific guidance.

See link below 👇🏻

www.gov.uk/guidance/local-covid-alert-level-very-high-nottinghamshire
... See MoreSee Less

View on Facebook

**🥗🍝 DONATE TO GEDLING BOROUGH'S SCHOOL MEAL FOR CHILDREN FUND 🍝🥗**

This week Gedling Borough Council is providing free school meals for families across our borough. This follows the government's disappointing decision to vote against providing free school meals for children during the school holidays.

Any families who are currently receiving free school meals and need some support over half term can call Gedling Borough Council on 0115 901 3901 and they can organise for the delivery and/or collection of food from their nearest food bank.

Lots of residents have been asking me how they can help, so we've set up a FEEDING GEDLING FUND to help tackle child holiday hunger this half term, during the Christmas holiday and next Easter too.

Every penny raised will be spent on tackling child holiday hunger and helping children in our borough. Please donate whatever you can afford by clicking the link below:

www.spacehive.com/feeding-gedling-children-fund

A huge thank you to our local food banks, community groups, businesses, schools and generous individuals who are stepping up and showing compassion and leadership where the government has failed. You are all showing the very best of our borough's community spirit, kindness and love.

Thank you to Marcus Rashford for his leadership on this issue too. His compassion and care is a fine example to us all.

#EndChildFoodPoverty
... See MoreSee Less

View on Facebook

** REDHILL & ARNOLD REMEMBERS 2020 **

For the last two years our Redhill & Arnold lamp post poppies have been very well received so I'm spending today putting them up again in Redhill & Arnold. I donated to The Royal British Legion for these poppies for the community I represent on Gedling Borough Council & Nottinghamshire County Council. I'm putting them up on Mansfield Road, Redhill Road, Mellors Road and Church Street/Calverton Road too.

We owe those who serve our country an immense debt of gratitude and we must play our part in honouring their service and sacrifice.

This year, because of Covid-19 we will not able to pay our respects in the usual way at the Arnold Remembrance Parade, so it is more important than ever that we remember our heroes in other ways.

With Remembrance Sunday soon approaching we say thank you to those who serve; we say 'we will always remember' you to those who have lost their lives serving in our armed forces and we let the families of those who serve know that they are in our thoughts and prayers.

They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old:
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning
We will remember them. ❤️
... See MoreSee Less

View on Facebook

**🚨 URGENT ACTION NEEDED TO IMPROVE ROAD SAFETY OUTSIDE RICHARD BONINGTON PRIMARY SCHOOL 🚨**

Yesterday a young boy was injured in a road accident outside Richard Bonington Primary School on Calverton Road. My thoughts are with him, his family, as well as pupils, parents, staff at Richard Bonington Primary School and local residents. I sincerely hope the young boy makes a full and speedy recovery.

As the local County Councillor and Borough Councillor representing the Calverton Road area, I've previously made representations about the need to improve road safety outside Richard Bonington Primary School and along Calverton Road but sadly, no specific action was taken by Nottinghamshire County Council to address these concerns and improve road safety along this road.

Yesterday I wrote to the Chief Executive of Nottinghamshire County Council and the lead County Councillor responsible for highways and road safety to request urgent action to improve road safety outside the school and on this road, in order to help prevent a repeat of yesterday's awful incident.👇🏻

PLEASE SIGN & SHARE OUR PETITION TO URGE ACTION TO IMPROVE ROAD SAFETY OUTSIDE RICHARD BONINGTON PRIMARY SCHOOL ⬇️

chng.it/Nw2v8D9Z
... See MoreSee Less

View on Facebook

**🏦🏧 SIGN PETITION TO SAVE MAPPERLEY PLAINS AND NETHERFIELD TSB BRANCHES FROM CLOSURE 🏧🏦**

TSB has announced the closure of its Mapperley Plains and Netherfield branches in early 2021. This will leave the entire Gedling borough area without a single TSB branch, meaning residents will be forced to travel to Nottingham, Sherwood branch or even further afield.

Today Leader of Gedling Borough Council, Cllr. John Clarke and I have written to the Chief Executive of TSB calling on her to halt these announced closures immediately.

Please sign our petition to help save these two popular local TSB branches. ⬇️

📝 chng.it/8nt5ZPnJVQ

These proposed closures will disproportionately disadvantage older, disabled, financially excluded and socially isolated customers - we therefore call on TSB to re-consider its decision to close the Mapperley Plains and Netherfield TSB branches. We are also concerned for the hardworking staff in these two local TSB branches.

It is shocking this decision to close local branches has been made without any consultation with the local community and TSB's loyal customers - such action undermines TSB’s slogan - ‘Local banking for Britain’.

We urge TSB to listen to the people of Gedling borough and immediately halt plans to close Mapperley Plains and Netherfield TSB branches.

See our letter to TSB's Chief Executive below. 👇🏻
... See MoreSee Less

View on Facebook