Role of the Branch

The Branch

The local branch is there to bring the Labour Party to the community. Branch members, variously, are involved in residents associations, youth clubs, sports clubs, trade unions and other bodies. Much of the time at branch meetings is taken up with discussing local problems and national politics. The branch keeps the Labour representatives informed about local issues and the views of the members about national issues.

The branch is involved in distributing literature on behalf of the Party and sometimes publishes its own newsletter.

The branch is involved in collecting money for the Party and sends this each year to Head Office. This is known as National Collection.

The Branch selects delegates to represent it at Constituency General Committee and at National Conference. All members of the branch have a vote in choosing candidates for local and national elections.

Branches invite Labour Councillors, trade unionists and other public representatives to their meetings to keep in touch with their work. Branches usually meet once a month.

At election times, the branch plays a vital role. It uses all its resources to work for the election of Labour Representatives.

Before the Campaign, members help select the candidate. During the campaign, which lasts about three weeks, members work day and night electioneering which includes canvassing, postering, issuing statements and leaflets in support of the Party and its candidates.

 

Mark Farwell
18 June 2016

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