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Congress 2019 – Day 1

Today, Sunday 9 June 2019 saw the start of GMB’s Congress. The day was started by a speech from Tim Roache General Secretary and Barbara Plant GMB president.

Barbara’s speech included thanks to the whole of the GMB family for all the support she’s received over the years, both in relation to private tragedy and becoming President. Barbara also spoke of Mary Turner, who before her sad passing was the President for GMB. Mary worked for the members of our union for many years before sadly passing.

Alongside the day starting, S64 Branch has 3 delegates in attendance this year. Julie Bailey – Stoke-on-Trent City Council Convenor, Cheryl Barnet – Branch Equalities Officer and Steph Lowe – Branch Young Persons Officer and Young Members delegate for the YOUF Strand.

Our three delegates are attending alongside many comrades from the Birmingham and West Midlands Region. Colleagues from JCB, The Potteries, Newcastle Borough Council and many more. All those in attendance are either keen activists, representatives or branch officers.

Alongside our region, the other 8 regions are in attendance as well. Our very own Cheryl Barnet has given a speech today, and will give another later on in the week. This year sees many first time delegates who are also becoming first time speakers. One of these first time delegates and speakers will be our very own Steph Lowe. She will deliver her speech on the morning of Monday 10 June 2019. Tune into watch via

Updates for Congress will be given throughout the week.

Posted: 9th June 2019

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