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Next lunch 01 May Can Pinet, Alcalali 1:00 for 1:30pm - wear something red!!!!! .......Next General Meeting: Tues 08 May ................ ....  


LICBN Forthcoming Events




Location / Information

01 May May Day Lunch
Can Pinet in Alcalali 1:00 for 1:30pm - contact Lesley 
16 May Poetry John and Anne's
8 May G.Meeting Ancora Playa, Arenal, Xábia 2:30

Agenda General Meeting - LI Costa Blanca North - 10 Apr 2018 held at Ancora Tenis, Avenida de Paris 24, Arenal, Javea 2:30 to 4:30

1.  Apologies for absence
2. Minutes of meeting 13th March 2018
3. Matters arising from the minutes
4. Notice of motion - circulated to Members based on George Stevenson's Feb letter 

Proposed: John MacKay
Seconded: Jill Morrison

5. Spanish News 
6. Rules and Standing Orders
7. Social Calendar
8. Red Rose Draw
9. Any Other Business
10. Date of Next Meeting May 8th with Speaker Monstse Villaverde on Gender Violence

  Letters from George Stevenson:

Discussion Documents

George Stevenson's Letter Oct 2017

George Stevenson's Letter Dec 2017

(For newer members George is a former MP and MEP who, along with his wife Pauline, were stalwarts of the Branch until their return to the UK due to Pauline's illness. George is our Hon President.)


if you wish to keep up to date on line with Spanish issues and Politics, go to http://progressivespain.com/


Also: Updates on Spanish Politics :
Kevin Bruton used to give a regular update at our monthly meetings over a number of years but Feb 2018 has been his last presentation. Unfortunately a copy is not available online yet. However you can still access any of earlier reports on our Spanish Politics webpage by clicking on Kevin's image in the right hand column on this webpage.  upto July 2016 with an analysis of the results of the 26 Jun Spanish General Election and the Impact of the Brexit Vote on Spain - well worth a look!


LICBN Membership List on line - see Menu


Library New Additions - (For a FULL LIST CLICK HERE TO go to the Library Page)

CAPITAL in the twenty first century by Thomas Piketty (Hardcover) translated from the French by Arthur Goldhammer

“ 'IT IS the economics book taking the world by storm. "Capital in the Twenty-First Century", written by the French economist Thomas Piketty, was published in French last year and in English in March of this year. The English version quickly became an unlikely bestseller, and it has prompted a broad and energetic debate on the book’s subject: the outlook for global inequality. Some reckon it heralds or may itself cause a pronounced shift in the focus of economic policy, toward distributional questions. This newspaper has hailed Mr Piketty as "the modern Marx" (Karl, that is). But what’s it all about?' ( Economist)



LICBN Meeting 08 Nov 2016 - Xábia Andy MacDonald MP Shadow Transport Secretary Guest Speaker




PS: At our November 2016 the meeting, Labour International Costa Blanca welcomed two Xabia PSOE counsellors and received a copy of a resolution moved by the Mayor of Xabia, Jose Chulvi, and carried unanimously at a plenary session of the Ayuntamiento.

The resolution is attached, and comprises a background to the motion and the motion itself - - click to view

We really appreciated the support for British citizens which has been given by the Ayuntamiento and share their wish to respect equally the social and political rights of Spanish citizens resident in the UK. The example set in the small town of Xabia serves as a model for the kind of treatment we would wish to see replicated throughout the U.K.

Please share this document with as many friends and colleagues in Labour Party branches and Trade Unions as you can. Fraternally, Moira John (Chair of the Meeting)


Spanish Local Elections

For more information on Spanish Elections go to:
http://www.lasprovincias.es/elecciones/municipales/resultados/2015/municipales/comunidad-valenciana/alicante/javea-xabia.html AND our Spanish Politics Page.




26 Feb 2015 - LICBN Members visit Historic Civil War Sites in Alicante 1938/9 organised by La Comisión Civica de Alicante

LICBN MEMBERS Celebrate May Day 2014 in Can Pinet - Click here to see the full report

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LICBN MEMBERS Celebrate May Day 2014 in Can Pinet

LICBN MEMBERS Celebrate May Day 2014 in Can Pinet - Click here to see more pictures

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LICBN MEMBERS Celebrate May Day 2014 in Can Pinet - Click here to see more pictures

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Two long serving Members of LICBN at the Christmas Dinner 2012 entering into the spirit of the occasion!



Labour International secretary Lorraine Hardy was one of three international guest speakers at Alfaz PSOE International Seminar held in the town’s Casa de Cultura last Saturday. The seminar came at the end of a week of cultural activity aimed at cementing relationships between the local Spanish and the many European and other expat communities in the town and surrounding area. The seminar was hosted by Alfaz socialist mayor, Vicente Arques. International speakers, included Hans Olof Svedbergh, General Secretary of the expat Norwegian Labour Party branch and Arnaud Leroy, one of the recently elected deputies representing French expats (Spain, Portugal, Andorra and Monaco) in the French National Assembly. Keynote speaker was Elena Valenciano, Vice Secretary General of PSOE, number two in the Party hierarchy after Alfredo Perez Rubalcaba. Secretary General of the Valencian Region, PSPV-PSOE, Ximo Puig also addressed the meeting. Alfaz PSOE is reaching out to left and centre-left expats from Germany, Rumania and, of course, the Latin American community. Lorraine Hardy said after the meeting “The seminar was a significant step forward in bringing together expat socialist and social democratic parties on the Costa Blanca with PSOE members. It is essential to build a centre-left opposition to the unnecessary austerity measures forced on Europe by the right wing Cameron-Sarkozy-Merkel bloc which is causing so much hardship in Spain, Greece and elsewhere. The recent election of François Hollande in France is the beginning of the campaign to shift Europe to the left by the time of the European Elections in 2014.”




	EASTBOURNE - Click here to see enlarged picture

From left to right Alan and Maureeen White, Caroline Flint, Tony and Viv Sullivan


Labour International Costa Blanca North May Day 2012 in Tarbena

LICBN Members in Alicante May Day 2012 - Click here to see enlarged picture 

Members once again attended Can Pinet in Tarbena where they welcomed the president of the International Brigade Remembrance Society in Madrid

Labour International Costa Blanca North May Day 2012 in Alicante

LICBN Members in Alicante May Day 2012 - Click here to see enlarged picture

Members attended the rally against governmental cuts in Alicante  -click on image for full size picture

Labour Costa Blanca North and PSOE Quiz


Twenty eight LICBN and PSOE members and supporters participated in a fund raising quiz at the Ancora, Xábia  on 19th April  2012 organised by George and Pauline Stevenson. Xábia's PSOE mayor José Chulvi attended to wish everyone success!


Spanish Local Elections Sun 22nd May - congratulations to José Chulvi and the PSOE team!!!!

Click here at javeamigos to see full election results.

May Day 2011 - Orihuela PSOE Celebrates with LI Costa Blanca Members

Go to News and Past Events page to see pictures  

NEC - 2011 Election Feedback Message from Ann Black, NEC

Latest thanks to everyone for election feedback, especially from Scotland, Wales and the north - I've tried to pass on as much as possible. A question put was:
“Is there a case for direct Welsh and Scots representation on the NEC?"
Thanks to candidates, activists, MPs, councillors, members and fellow-travellers for campaigning through the year - congratulations to our 800 new councillors, and commiserations to those who didn’t quite make it this time.
The NEC meets on Tuesday 17 May, and I’d appreciate feedback from all parts of the country on successes, setbacks, reasons for either, and what you need from the leadership and the NEC, so that this year is a genuine milestone towards winning the next general election and not a false dawn.
Also a reminder that consultation on Peter Hain’s Refounding Labour paper closes on 24 June - it is available on the party website, or I can send it as a .pdf file. ”

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14th April  - Quiz Night in support of PSOE

A quiz to raise funds to support PSOE's local election campaign took place on Thursday 14 April at Don Quijote's on the Moraira Benitachall Road.. €7 entry fee included a single course (chili con carne or similar). About 14 members and friends attended together with some 14 PSOE members, including the mayoral candidate, José Chulvi. The raffle raised over €200. The quiz was hosted by George Stevenson with a well selected mixture of questions to suit both the Spanish and British contestants. A very successful night in all!


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Spanish Politics Updates

Spanish Politics Updates by Kevin Bruton


UK Overseas Citizens - Voting in UK Elections

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LI Members Meeting Alicante

LI Members Meeting Alicante