Twas the Night Before Christmas 2016/17

Following last years brilliant take on the Poem The night before Christmas for the NHS Bursary campaign (available further down the thread list). David Collett on behalf of the LYON team presents this years poem with is a brief overview of 2016. We hope you enjoy and Merry Christmas and Seasons Greetings to all Young Labour Members , Lyon x


‘Twas the night before Christmas, things had changed in the house,

Tories ruled with majority while Lib Dems moved out.

Cameron had gone, succession plans made with care,

Not Boris not Gove but Theresa May in his chair.

The public had voted for Brexit instead.

While pollsters and experts left scratching there heads.

And Labour in turmoil Smith launched an attack,

But members were clear Corbyns not for the sack.

When out on the lawn there arose such a clatter,

New contracts for Doctors were rejected we gathered.

With threats to impose, Hunt stood strong and steadfast,

But a deal was achieved after talks with ACAS.

And as GOLD hung from necks of  Olympians Glows,

Andy Murray took Wimbledon with new baby in toe.

Then to our surprise and our wonder a new England manager appeared,

a nations hopes were renewed, BIG SAM ! he was here.

But after one win it was over so quick,

Stung by the media big sam had to quit.

And more rapid than eagles the obituaries came

As national treasures extinguished there flames.

First Lemmy ! and  Bowie ! then Rickaman and Prince!

with Wogan ! and Woods ! Then Ali : Long Live The King.

With tributes and Murals and plaques pinned up on walls

there Contributions to the world will be missed by as all.

And as leaves from the trees fall to ground as they fly,

Major Tim Peak shot up into to the sky;

above all the housetops the astronaught flew

186 days for GB, And got back safely too.

But then, in a twinkling, we heard from BBC news,

That Bake Off was cancelled and going to move.

As bakers in England picked them selfs off the ground,

it would appear the tent was channel 4 bound.

Paul said he’d go hoping the others followed suit,

but Mel Sue and Mary declined stood resolute.

Now not to break with tradition, with paws white and fur black,

A new pet for the foreign office, Palmiston the Cat.

His eyes—how they twinkled and whiskers a plenty,

But Larry of downing street wasn’t to friendly.

And over the pond trading blows too and throw,

As we all sat and watch the Clinton vs Trump Show.

Trump said Clinton lied, her emails they were seized.

While Hillary worked on morals, she said Trump was a sleaze !

But to our disbelief and the world just a plenty.

Donald Trump was victorious a political revolutionary.

While Nigel Farage made a name for him self.

Plans to make him ambassador to USA quickly shelved.

And with no plans for Brexit and no clue what lies ahead

trigging article 50 fills many with dread;

A hard or soft Brexit final plans were disturbed,

as the high court had ruled Parliament had to vote first,

As we await supreme ruling austerity continues and grows,

What awaits us in 2017 nobody knows.

With a new year dawning we await labours call

while we will always remember more unites us than divides us all.

Well i hope you enjoyed some festive delight,

“Happy Christmas to all, and to all a good night!”


14479769_559225714285777_6514873223860473242_n By Cllr David Collett.

The Left and the Break-Up Theory of Government

In today’s article, Alex Graham puts down his ice cream to explain that the factionism within the Labour Party is not a bad thing but actually a necessary part of the road back to government. 

We’ve all been there. The person you love, who means the world to you and who you’ve planned a bright and prosperous future with, sits you down one day, looks you in the eye and tells you that they don’t love you anymore and that things are over. You feel rejected and you know that the future you planned together has gone.

The question of what happens next is often answered in one of two ways. Depending on your preference, you spend a period of time either at the pub consuming a large number of alcoholic beverages or crying in front of a movie like Dirty Dancing whilst eating copious amounts of ice cream and looking at their picture. Occasionally, you’ll hold yourself together and pretend that it’s all ok. You’ll pretend that although you may have done the occasional thing wrong, you’re still the person you were when you were with your partner and you can DEFINITELY get people to like you again. Yet sooner or later, the whole edifice comes tumbling down. Regardless of what you try, whatever persona you take, everyone around you realises- even if you don’t- that you’re just a shadow of your former self and you definitely aren’t ready for a relationship any time soon.

Before anyone starts wondering whether LYON has suddenly become an advice blog for lonely singles I’ll get to my point. Losing power in a general election is, in some ways, just like a break up. The ‘person’ who fell out of love with the Labour Party and its vision for a bright and prosperous future was the British public. Our mistake, as a party was that we tried to hold it together under Ed Miliband. While we tried to convince ourselves that we were going to win, you can tell from hindsight that there was no more enthusiasm for Ed’s fads of ‘Predistribution’ or ‘Predators v Producers’ than anyone in the wider world had for any of my post break up attempts to try to be a ‘new Alex’. It’s almost as if we completely failed to acknowledge that we had been rejected by the electorate and so carried on as if it was business as usual but without the same enthusiasm as when we were in government.

I firmly believe that this is why Jeremy Corbyn was so appealing when he stood for leader in 2015. Jeremy’s 2015 campaign was a retreat into indulging our core values- the political equivalent of the aforementioned sad movie and ice cream. This is not a bad thing. It has made us feel better as a movement and it has done a lot to bring issues such as inequality and exploitation of unskilled labour to the forefront of the country’s political discourse once more. But this is not enough, just as the dumpee cannot eat ice cream forever, Labour cannot indulge itself in its core values forever.

But, as I said at the start of this piece, we’ve all been there. We’ve all been dumped but somehow we learn to love again. We may have to go through inner turmoil to ‘find ourselves’ but without this turmoil, we can’t pull ourselves together again and move towards the point where we can build another meaningful relationship.

Labour is currently in the stage of internal turmoil. The time of warring factions. Hardly a day goes by when those of us within the Labour bubble aren’t hit by another story about how Momentum is planning to deselect MPs or Labour First is crowdfunding for an organiser. On the face of it, this looks like bad news. There are currently a lot of people who have had had their noses put out of joint or been adversely affected by the fights and arguments within the party. But on a more macro party level, this debate and competition will be the storm that will make the seeds of a new and relevant platform for a future Labour Government grow.

Although it has not always been healthy, debate- when done in the right way- is good for the party and good for the process of recovery and the road back to government. It will eventually lead, as it did in 1964 with Harold Wilson and 1997 with Tony Blair, to a platform on which a charismatic leader can stand to make the changes, the metaphorical slimming down and suiting up, needed to take our message to the country and win an election. Then on that day- whenever it is and whoever the next Labour Prime Minister might be- we can truly celebrate that our road back to government- back to the favour of the country we love- is finally complete.

Until then, as January approaches, Labour- like many others all over the country- must put down its ice cream spoon, embrace the uncomfortable position that it’s in and slowly but surely make its way to the gym.

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Alex Graham

Twas the Night Before An NHS Bursary Christmas (2015).

Seen as it is nearly christmas we here at LYON thought we might spread some festive cheer. Here is last years take on the Night Before Christmas. Written By David Collett Young Labour member, Health Campaigner and Blackpool’s most recent Councillor. Be sure to keep an eye out for this years 2016 version coming soon.

Twas the night before Christmas. When all through the house, Ministers were lurking in the Department of Health. The budget compiled and cuts made with care, whilst Jeremy and George laughed sat in big chairs.

As Nurses lay patients all snug in there beds, whilst visions of pay rises danced round in their heads. And Students in homes filled out there UCAS, all settled down dreaming of that 1% cap.

When out in the statement arose such a clatter, the bursary was gone for all students we gathered. Replaced with loans it was gone like a flash, with reasons that loans gave students accessible cash.

The mood to this news by student nurses was low, as government said more debt was the right way too go. But what in dark times to our eyes should appear, but an online petition Keep The NHS Bursary was here.

Driven by nurses David and Kat, these cuts couldn’t stick and someone must act.

More rapid than eagles the signatures came with over ten thousand signed up in a day. Now Stafford Now Blackpool Now London went the petition. In Wales In Ireland In Scotland names written. Trending on Twitter and atop Facebook walls, shared liked and favorite it was seen by all.

As signatures rose near 100,000 with time, Kings College London Nurse Soc became mobilized. So up to the Westminster and DOH nurses flew with sleighs full of placards backed by unions too. But then in a twinkling we heard from the roof a debate was secured early but why and by who?

As NHS drew breath and all looked around, step forward Wes Streeting MP duty bound. Dressed in a suite from his head to his foot, stood between benches in the chamber he stood. With a speech for the nurses he launched the attack, when up stepped MP Ben Gummer to mount the fight back.

His eyes how they twinkled, and hair never messy he rose to outline why reforms necessary. Less places than applicants statistic will show, lifting caps on these numbers is why bursaries must go.

More reasons he gave with figures from sheets, but no one expected what came from beneath. University and apprenticeship routes to nursing a many, attracting the numbers we need this will gives us aplenty.

The right way to go government pleased with them self, left many dismayed no more information to tell. The meting was over wait for consultations they said, with proposed changes leaving future nurses with dread.

With not a word nurses and students return to there work, but footsteps and chanting 9th of January will be heard. With posters and unions to cuts they oppose, back with a vengeance bigger protests proposed.

11th of January bursary debate day, Parliament meets #BursaryOrBust its official, Please join our cause if you care just a little. And to all our supporters we exclaim in delight


Happy Christmas to all from those that oppose the cuts to the NHS Bursary 

Keep The NHS Bursary 



David Collett