13. Stand for Cornwall Council
Cornwall Council get paid an allowance and the minimum commitment is 8 meetings a year. However if you were to do the bare minimum you wouldn't be a great councillor and you wouldn't last very long.
St Austell & Newquay Labour contested 5 of the 22 seats that made up the constituency last May. The next election there will be less Cornwall Councillors due to changes by the electoral commission. I'd personally like to see Labour members stand in all of the seats. The earlier we get started, the better our chances. All the data we collect will feed into general election campaigning.
14. Stand for Parliament
Any Labour member can throw their hat into the ring. If you fill out a form and are approved by the NEC then you can stand at a hustings event to be selected by the CLP membership.
12. Run for Town/Parish Council
The Conservative Party pride themselves on having the most local councillors. Becoming a councillor isn't a huge commitment and like many volunteer roles it's what you make of it. I'd say a local council might take 10 hours a month; this can be a huge commitment if you're working full time.
Many local councils aren't contested by election instead lots of local councils co-opt members of the community. I get the impression that a lot of these councils are "clubs". (I must stress not through anyone I've met.)
11. Become an Officer/ Executive
Branches and Constituency are both run by executive officers. The executive officers make the decisions on the behalf of constituency between meetings and put into action decisions that the membership makes, The volunteer executives are chosen by the membership at the AGM or as and when the role becomes available.
St Austell & Newquay Consituency Labour Party have also elected other officers whi report to C:P. Officer roles can be shared.
The executive meet once a month for a couple of hours to plan the constituency meeting.
10. Join a sub committee.
It doesn't sound fun but this is where the work of the CLP gets done. St Austell & Newquay Labour currently has:
A fundraising committee
A membership committee
A campaign committee
A constitutional committee.
A NHS committee
9. Attend Constituency Labour Party Meetings
The constituency labour party (CLP) is where a lot of the decisions are made which affect all the members in Constituency (not just the branch).
The constituency officers report, motions are moved and often guest speakers are invited to speak.
Constituency meetings are 2 or 2,5 hours a month.
7 .Join the Labour Party
If you're not a member yet please consider it. The Labour Party exists to win parliamentary seats, we're the biggest party in Europe and we're the only Democratic Socialist option. Democratic means we believe everybody ought to have a say in the running of our country and Socialist means we want to put society first. (but you probably knew that if you got this far. Next week 5 tips on how to teach your grandma to suck eggs.)
6. Attend Social Events and Fundraising
The Labour Social and Fundraising Events are relaxed evenings where Members and campaigners meet and have fun. Obviously the talk is generally Labour Party orientated but you're in a room with like minded people, the most challenging time of the night will be Jeff's mystery game. All the funds raised at the Social will go to Constituency.
3. Follow and Share our Social Media
If you use social media then sharing our content makes a difference. I know that we're all slaves to the algorithm and sites like Facebook only show us what we want to see but social media is a good platform for engaging with your friends and family. If we share to our friends, they may share to their friends and the message goes beyond the usual echo chamber.
2.Register for a Postal Vote
It's easy to do, it's free and the Labour Party want you to do it. Having a postal vote means that no matter whats going on in your life you can get your vote in. It also means that you are free to help Labour on Polling Day without worrying about your own vote. This year 2017 we lost a council seat by-election by 5 votes - we're pretty sure that we have members who couldn't make it out that day. Plus if you do forget to post it, you can take it on the day.
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