Ways to get involved
There are many ways you can get involved in the party, but the three most common activities are campaigning, attending local meetings and coming to socials or fundraisers. While we can now talk to voters on the doorstep, our other events and meetings are all held virtually at the moment due to the Covid-19 pandemic. The constituency always tries to ensure that we have a programme of activities that interest everyone. if you’re a member of our CLP, look out for fortnightly CLP newsletter emails from us which will update you on the different events you can join.
The most important responsibility for the local party is to organise campaigns to elect Labour candidates in local, regional and national elections. In addition, the local party organises a wide variety of campaigns from big borough or London wide campaigns on issues that are going to affect our constituents to smaller more focused campaigns within each ward. Campaigns can include a number of activities from leafleting, to street stalls to knocking on doors and community surveys.
One of the most important activities is canvassing, especially in the period in the run-up to an election. This involves talking face to face with voters by knocking on doors and allows us to identify existing Labour supporters to encourage them to vote and so we can speak to undecided voters about Labour’s platform and our candidates. Knowing where our supporters are means that there is a greater chance of getting them out to vote on election day.
Campaigning is a great way to support the local party and meet fellow members. If you have not campaigned before you will usually be paired with someone more experienced for your first couple of sessions. Most people find they quickly get the hang of it and find it a fun and interesting way to speak to voters.
There are, however always other way members can support local campaigning. We have plenty of opportunities for people to deliver leaflets in their own time or to take part in phone bank sessions to call potential voters. And, outside of election time, there are also chances to get involved in local community campaigns or national campaigns.
If you want more information about upcoming campaigning sessions or want more information about how you can be involved, please contact our organiser at email@example.com.
Attending meetings and other events
Branch meetings: The first port of call for many members is attending their local branch meeting. These will typically be held every month and all the members of that branch will be invited. These meetings will often involve a mix of local politics and smaller policy debates. They will also cover local activism and campaigns. Any member of the ward is invited to attend and participate in a ward meeting.
If you have practical suggestions about what your branch or the constituency should be doing, you should contact the most relevant officers. It is best to contact the chair and the secretary who between them are responsible for deciding the agendas of meetings. Branch meetings often consider a mixture of local matters and national policy, which are discussed alongside planning fundraisers and campaigning activities.
Your local ward councillors attend the branch meeting to give a report and to follow up and advise on how to take local issues forwards. e.g. it might be possible to invite a councillor with specific responsibility or expertise to talk to the branch at a future meeting.
If you want advice, it might be helpful to discuss it with your chair and/or secretary. You can contact our organiser on firstname.lastname@example.org and they can put you in touch with your branch officers if don’t know who they are.
GC: Once a month, all Holborn & St. Pancras constituency members are invited to attend GC. These meetings are much bigger than branch meetings and often have speakers or debates about policy. They are usually attended by the local MP who will provide a report back from Parliament and take questions. They are a great way to meet other members from across the constituency. These are currently held on the 4th Tuesday of the month and at the moment GC meetings are conducted virtually. Although all members are invited to attend, only delegates that have been elected to represent their branch are able to vote on constituency business.
CLP Social & Fundraising Events: Throughout the year the CLP runs a variety of social and fundraising events, such as dinners, barbeques, quiz nights, drinks and other special events. Smaller, local social events are organised by branches. Social and fundraising events are a great way to meet and get to know other members within the local party, even though we are now holding these events virtually. Money made from fundraising efforts goes towards the cost of campaigning and towards running the local party.