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9th July 2015

July Branch Meeting Report

Maureen Bennison

Maureen is standing down as Minute Secretary and a new one is needed for the next meeting!

Despite this being a July and “traditionally” not a month we meet in due to holiday commitments of members, the decision was taken in June to meet as sufficient members expressed an interest in the branch gathering. So it was mildly surprising perhaps at the turn out which was impressively large! One of the best attended meetings this year I would guess?

Convener opened meeting and reported on attendance at a Bannockburn Rally and the National Council meeting. The Secretary also mentioned this and briefly mentioned the STUG2015 conference at Stirling Uni which he hadn’t been able to attend but was interested in the outcomes and pointing out that the STUG now outnumbers the entire Scottish Labour membership! On branch business the Convener intimated that Maureen is standing down as Minute Secretary and a new one is needed for the next meeting. Please contact Andrew directly via our contact page if you are interested in this role either short term or longer term. Maureen will remain in place as Equalities officer for the Branch.

Treasurers report was the usual mix of optimism and tragedy ( just kidding!) , funds have been depleted by recent campaigning but will recover quickly aided and abetted by our forthcoming fund raising efforts!

The council group reported that the summer recess was now in place but fed back to the branch on matters such as the proposal by the Labour/Tory administration to cancel future Stirling Hogmanay celebrations, and also on the shared services proposals and the report by Ernst and Young ( also mentioned by Branch Secretary).