Kay Ecclestone - Vice Chair Membership & Social Media Officer
I am a professional librarian teaching information and digital literacy, so I spend most of my time online either for work or personal reasons. Although my husband had been a Labour Party member prior to the Blair years, I had never even thought of joining a political party until Jeremy Corbyn ran for the Labour Party leadership the first time. Suddenly here was someone talking my language about austerity and the effects on our NHS, our public services and the vast majority of people's lives. Like many other people, I joined originally as a supporter and then converted when Jeremy became leader. My husband re-joined as well and at the first CLP meeting we attended, we were greeted with warmth from the then Chair who asked if anyone knew anything about Twitter. Since then, I have increased the activity on both Twitter and Facebook, created this website and worked out how to use various Labour Party specific software. During the 2017 General Election campaign, I edited our candidate's Facebook and worked with him to sent the daily e-mail updates to you all and oversaw the start of the Facebook groups that played a critical role in building relationships between the campaigning teams. I have met more Labour Party people online than I had in person and although I hope that will change, I still believe that social media communications are critical for our Party and particularly in this CLP where our population is spread from North Coast to South Coast. A General Election may happen at any time and I know that this will take a huge commitment in terms of our virtual presence so I am really grateful to Ryan Chamberlain who is also our Campaign Coordinator and has volunteered to job share with me, Since her selection I have been working with Felicity Owen, our wonderful Prospective Parliamentary Candidate and next MP, getting her message out through her Facebook page as well as the St Austell & Newquay Facebook Page and via our Blog on the website. I look forward to continuing to build our online presence and to supporting our branches as the CLP membership continues to grow. I am easily contactable by e-mail, Facebook & Twitter so please get in touch.