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his year’s GMB Congress was a massive success for the Yorkshire and North Derbyshire region. More than 600 GMB delegates, visitors

and guests took part, converging on Brighton from all over the UK on Saturday 9 June. Our region’s 40-strong delegation led the

way, with speakers (including many first- timers) taking the rostrum again and again to talk passionately on motions put forward by branches from all across the region.

Guest speakers included the shadow

chancellor, Ed Balls, and chief secretary to the treasury, Danny Alexander. Both were dealt some fierce questions from our region during the Q&A session, leaving them red-faced and flustered on a number of occasions! On Sunday afternoon, Congress adjourned

All in all, more than 230 motions were put to the delegation, on everything from

rights at work to

the condemnation of the coalition government’s

“Our delegates, staff and of icers did us proud.”

decision to endMAKING A DIFFERENCE funding for International Labour

INSPIRED CHOICE Nicola Sharpe collected the award for most inspirational project.

Organisation projects.

for the sectional conferences, and once again our delegates played a major part in the discussions and debates. At the commercial services sectional conference, Colin Hampton from the Derbyshire Unemployed Workers’ Centre was presented with the Dave Lyons Outstanding Activist Award, in recognition of the brilliant work he does in his job and in the community to promote workers’ rights.

WELL DONE COLIN! Colin Hampton won the outstanding activist award.

Awards and acclaim for Yorkshire and North Derbyshire as GMB celebrates another successful year in Brighton!

Black and Asian communities. Nicola Sharpe from Shef ield MCP and Light branch

accepted the award on behalf of the region. The runner-up

for this year’s Daniel Dennis Health and Safety Award was Stacey Booth from the Leeds Local

Government branch.

Stacey has helped to put in place new safety procedures and training for community support assistants in Leeds, which has led to risk assessments being completed properly and better guidance for members working in a dif icult environment. Off the back of this, Stacey has also managed to increase membership levels considerably.

The region was also joint winner of the award for Most Inspirational Project for Making a Diff erence at Work, for its exemplary work delivered within the Muslim, Polish, and

“All our delegates, staff and of icers had a fantastic Congress and did the region proud,” said regional secretary, Tim Roache. “I was honoured and humbled to have spent time with such a professional and enthusiastic team. They are a credit to the region.”


CENTRE STAGE Regional secretary Tim Roache led the delegation.

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