Don’t forget Labour in local democracy even in Wiltshire!

A glorious evening of dappled sunshine, a light breeze and blue skies welcomes members of Chippenham CLP to their AGM in the Church Hall of St Patrick’s Church in Corsham. Yet again another new community hall, funded by local fundraising efforts; a complement to local civic activists supporting the future of their community (and a…

Britain is a broad land, and Labour should organize to reflect that . . .

This weekend we met many members of Broadlands CLP in the Hellesdon Community Centre on the edge of Norwich to discuss the issues of policy and practice that Labour needs to best represent the communities of Broadlands, a constituency covering much of the Norfolk Broads, stretching from Norwich in the north west to Great Yarmouth in…

Meeting the Knebworth Branch Labour Party

Knebworth! Scene of many historic rock gigs, and last month an excellent Labour Party branch meeting – new, old and returning members met for an evenings discussion of ‘non-urban’ issues and how Labour could approach them on the road to winning in 2020. As is often the case many of the issues here – poor…

LCC Fringe – Conference 2015

Sunday lunch-time of the first day of Conference 2015 saw over 40 members from across England and Wales gather to reflect on what next for Labour in communities of coast and country.  After moving to a larger room to accommodate everyone more comfortably, a wide ranging discussion occupied those present for almost two hours. That discussion…

Sympathy to all Agents!

This is my first, perhaps only, foray into the role of Agent. This is for an excellent candidate in a safe Tory seat, with probably less than a dozen Labour activists across the whole sprawling constituency. No experience; no people; no money; no realistic hopes beyond unashamedly showing Labour’s colours and values to the heathen;…