Local Party Structure

YOUR LOCAL PARTY

 The following document has been produced by Lancaster & Fleetwood Constituency Labour Party. It will be updated as necessary, and hopefully it will provide useful information to members, both new and longstanding.

 

Our Values

We are a welcoming, inclusive, campaigning party where a range of views are respected and a range of party activity is possible.

 

Our Constituency MP: Cat Smith

Contact details:         http://action.catsmith.co.uk/contact    (website)

                                      cat.smith.mp@parliament.uk      (email)

 

Constituency Labour Party offices: Scotforth Labour Hall, 47 Scotforth Road, Lancaster, LA1 1SA

 

News & Events:

News:       http://www.lancasterandfleetwoodlabour.org

Events:       http://www.lancasterandfleetwoodlabour.org/events

Meetings:       http://www.lancasterandfleetwoodlabour.org/lancaster_meetings

Useful Links at Constituency level:

Website:       http://www.lancasterandfleetwoodlabour.org

Facebook:       Lancaster & Fleetwood Labour Party
(closed group, which you are urged to ask to join)

Lancaster Branch:      https://www.facebook.com/LancasterLabourParty/ (open group)

Fleetwood Branch:    https://www.facebook.com/fleetwoodandistrictlabourparty/

and for National Level:

Take Part In Generating Labour Policy:      https://www.policyforum.labour.org.uk/ 

MembersNet:       https://members.labour.org.uk/

Facebook Page:       https://www.facebook.com/labourparty

Membership enquiries:       labourmembership@labour.org.uk

 

Regular events  

Constituency meetings are held every other month, alternating between Lancaster and Fleetwood. They often feature a guest speaker, receive our MP’s report and handle other business.

The CLP Annual General Meeting, at which officers are elected, is usually held in February.

 

Lancaster Branch meetings are normally held monthly, alternating between discussions of policy issues and business meetings, which include reports back from Labour City and County Councillors. The branch AGM is held in January.

 

Fleetwood Branch meetings are held every second Wednesday of the month, excluding August and December, currently at the North Euston Hotel.

 

Each branch organises social and fund-raising events from time to time. Check for email announcements and website for upcoming events.

 

Canvassing

Door-to-door canvassing

Takes place both in the run up to elections and in between elections. The purpose of this is to discover people’s concerns and, where appropriate, pass them on to Councillors and our MP. It also enables the local party to know where our supporters are. We may also campaign on key local issues (e.g. threatened NHS closure).  Details of scheduled canvassing sessions appear on the website.

 

Phone canvassing

Phone bank canvassing sessions are held at Scotforth Hall, Lancaster, where people will have access to phones, a list of voters and a script. This is particularly important in the dark winter months, when door-to-door canvassing is less easy.

 

Training for canvassing

Training sessions to help members understand why and how we canvass are held in Lancaster: see Events on the website.

 

How We're Organised Locally

For those who are relatively new to the Labour Party, here is a quick overview of how we are organised locally.

 

Your Constituency Labour Party (CLP)

Your Lancaster & Fleetwood Constituency Labour Party (CLP) is based on the electoral area for the election of MPs and covers a wide geographical area:

At CLP meetings, selections of the delegates to represent the CLP at Annual Conference are made, and also delegates to the Local Campaign Forums. Before a General Election, you can participate in the selection of your parliamentary candidate.

 

Your Branch (BLP)

Within the CLP there are 2 branches of the Labour Party: Lancaster BLP and Fleetwood BLP.

Your local branch is based on the ward boundaries for the election of councillors and as Labour members you can take part in choosing local council candidates for your ward.  A lot of Labour Party activity takes place at branch level.

 

Your Ward

There are 17 wards in total for Lancaster & Fleetwood CLP.

Which ward you are in will depend on your postcode. Look at the electoral wards maps online, or feel free to ask us.

For Lancaster City Council area enter your postcode or street on:
http://www.lancaster.gov.uk/the-council-and-democracy/voting-and-elections/ward-maps
 

For Fleetwood use ‘Local Government Information’ on

http://mario.lancashire.gov.uk/agsmario/default.aspx  

 

Branch Officers

BLP Level – Lancaster Branch

Branch Chair

John Whitehead

j.whitehead263@btinternet.com

Branch Secretary

Nick Moule

nickbaggie2010@hotmail.co.uk

Branch VC (Membership)

Sue Clark

sueclark86@gmail.com

Branch VC (Campaigns)

Anna Lee

anna@annalee.org.uk

Branch Treasurer

James Groves

james.groves@zen.co.uk


BLP Level – Fleetwood Branch

Branch Chair

Clive Grunshaw

clive.grunshaw@lancashire-pcc.gov.uk

Branch Secretary

Mary Stirzaker Belshaw

marystirzaker1968@gmail.com

Branch Vice-Chair

Ronnie Shewan

ron.shewan@lancashire.gov.uk

Branch Treasurer

Caroline Maclaughlin

caroline.lesley@icloud.com

Branch Membership Secretary

Cheryl Raynor

chezzraynor34@sky.com

 

Constituency Officers and Organization

Annually at the AGM the constituency party members elect officers to carry out the organisational and campaigning priorities of the party:

CLP Chair

Clive Grunshaw

clive.grunshaw@lancashire-pcc.gov.uk

CLP Secretary

James Groves

james.groves@zen.co.uk

CLP VC Membership

Alison Love

Alison_Love@yahoo.com

CLP VC Campaigns

Anna Lee

anna@annalee.org.uk

CLP Treasurer

Anne Whitehead

j.whitehead263@btinternet.com

Youth & Student Officer   

Robyn Ashton

robynlashton@gmail.com

Women’s Officer

Cheryl Raynor

chezzraynor34@sky.com

 

 All these office holders are automatically members of the Executive Committee (EC) of the constituency and form a core team that helps the party work effectively.


There are also a number of other officer posts that are essential for the party’s development. These officers are now also voting members of the executive committee:

Political education & policy co-ordinator  

Deborah Finn

finnble@gmail.com

Fundraising officer

Sue Clark

sueclark86@gmail.com

IT & Communications officer

Helen Gallagher  

hgallagher50@gmail.com

Ethnic minority officer

vacant

 

Trade union liaison officer

Ron Shewan

ron.shewan@lancashire.gov.uk

Disability officer

Joe Adams

joeradams@googlemail.com

LGBT officer

Eliot Gallienne

elgallien@mail.com

 

The membership of the Executive Committee is rounded out by a number of delegates from each branch (Fleetwood branch, and Lancaster branch). The role of these members is to ensure that the EC takes account of the needs of the branches, and to support the engagement of local branch members with CLP activities.

In addition to the Executive Committee, the following action groups are in the process of being created. Membership of these groups is open to interested members of the CLP. Meetings of the group are convened by the relevant officer.

If you are interested in participating in one of these action groups, please contact the convenor:

Action Group

Convening Officer (names above)

Campaigns

VP Campaigns

Membership Engagement

VP Membership

Policy

Political Education and Policy Co-ordinator

Fundraising

Fundraising Officer

Communications

IT&C Officer

 

For more details of the responsibilities of these officers, follow this link.

 

 

How does your Local Constituency Party relate to the City and County Council?

Rather confusingly, local government boundaries do not match constituency boundaries.

Lancaster City Council is made up of parts of Lancaster & Fleetwood constituency and Morecambe & Lunesdale constituency. The Labour Group on the Lancaster City Council, which currently holds just over 50% of the seats, draws members from ‘both sides of the Lune’.

Fleetwood comes under Wyre Council, which is based in Poulton-le-Fylde and covers areas such as Preesall, Garstang, Thornton-Cleveleys, etc. The Labour Group currently holds 14 seats (against the Conservatives’ 36): 11 of the Labour councillors represent Fleetwood wards.

Lancashire County Council: the entire constituency is in various Electoral Divisions in Lancashire County Council. Labour lost control of the County Council in the May 2017 elections. The County Council is now controlled by the Conservatives, who have 45 seats to Labour’s 30.  To find your county electoral division, use ‘Local Government Information’ on

http://mario.lancashire.gov.uk/agsmario/default.aspx

 

Labour Councillors:

To find Labour County Councillors, Lancaster City Councillors and Wyre Borough Councillors, follow links under Lancaster or Fleetwood on the website:

http://www.lancasterandfleetwoodlabour.org/lancaster_city_councillors

http://www.lancasterandfleetwoodlabour.org/county_councillors

http://www.lancasterandfleetwoodlabour.org/wyre_borough_councillors

http://www.lancasterandfleetwoodlabour.org/fleetwood_county_councillors

 

Local Campaign Forums  (LCFs)

Local Campaign Forums are based on council boundaries, enabling several CLPs that are part of the same local authority area to meet together.  Membership comprises the Leader and Deputy Leader of the Labour Group of Councillors, representatives from CLPs and trade unions. Formerly known as Local Government Committees, LCFs recruit and shortlist potential candidates for council elections. They co-ordinate campaign activities and develop the election strategy locally. They also liaise with the Labour Group about local government issues and input into the manifesto for local elections.

Within Lancaster & Fleetwood CLP we can elect representatives to three LCFs: Lancaster LCF, Wyre LCF, Lancashire County LCF.

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