Branch Party Roles

Members in branch party roles should take the lead in organising, growing, campaigning and fundraising for the party in their ward. Branch officers are expected to support branch events, attend branch meetings and support fellow neighbouring branches.

 

Branch Chair (2-3 Hours/Month)

Branch parties depend on their Chair. Effective Chairs facilitate meetings, decisions and ensure that branches operates fairly. The role requires impartiality, co-ordination, diligence and excellent communication skills.

Key Responsibilities and tasks

  • Ensure monthly branch meetings are held for party members in your ward.
  • Ensure your branch meetings are held at a time and in a venue accessible to the largest possible number of members.
  • Ensure your branch meetings are held according to party rules in an open, fair and comradely manner.
  • Work with fellow branch officers to ensure members are fully informed of GC decisions, that key news and talking points within the CLP are known and that regular policy and procedure motions are sent to the GC for consideration and implementation.

 

Branch Secretary (2-3 Hours/Month)

Branch secretaries are vital to the health of a CLP. Their role is to contact new members, to communicate on behalf of fellow branch officers with the membership and to ensure the smooth running of the party in liaison with the CLP chair.

Key Responsibilities and tasks

  • Work in liaison with the branch chair to organise monthly branch meetings, book venues, write meeting agendas, and communicate the details of these to fellow members.
  • Work with the CLP secretary to ensure all branch members are aware of CLP business and events, encourage membership participation in campaigns and attend occasional meetings of all local party secretaries.

 

Branch Treasurer (2-3Hours/Month)

Branch treasurers are responsible for managing the financial accounts of local party branches in liaison with the CLP treasurer as branches may hold funds of up to £300 for minor campaign expenses, fundraising costs and room hire.

Key Responsibilities and tasks

  • Collect and hold funds from branch fundraisers before recording and depositing funds alongside the CLP treasurer.
  • Work in liaison with the CLP chair to monitor, record and hold branch funds (to a maximum of £300).
  • Ensure records of all incoming and outgoing branch funds are kept including a total balance held between the branch and greater CLP accounts.

 

Branch Women’s Officers (2-3Hours/Month)

Branch women’s officers work to ensure that women are fully involved in the local party, including in leadership, campaigning and officer roles. Women’s officers should be friendly and approachable, organised, able to run events and above all be prepared to work hard to ensure that women members have a real voice within the local party.

The key responsibilities of this role include:

  • Making sure that women members are included in all of the party’s activities and that meetings are relevant and accessible to women.
  • Reaching out to women in the wider community through local campaigns, and working with women’s organisations in the constituency to engage women voters, highlight issues, and get a better deal for local women.

 

Constituency Party Roles

Members in CLP roles are expected to be active and engaged members of the party who will lead, organise, fund and promote the party both locally and nationally. CLP officers especially are expected to support local branches, attend branch, CLP and EC meetings along with assisting in local and national campaigns.

 

General Committee Delegate (2-3 Hours/Month)

A delegate’s roles is to attend town-wide constituency party meetings and represent their branch’s views at constituency party level. Branches are permitted 1 delegate for every 10 members and on being elected a branch delegate become part of the constituency party’s General Committee (GC).

Hartlepool CLP’s General Committee meets monthly to discuss, review and vote on motions from local branches; vote on recommendations from the executive committee; and to plan, implement and review local campaigns and elections.

Key tasks and responsibilities

  • Attend monthly branch and GC meetings.
  • Represent and vote with the majority view of your branch.
  • Participate in CLP campaigns, events and fundraising.

 

2019 Brighton Conference Delegate (Sunday 22 September to Wednesday 25 September)

Annual Conference is one of the largest political gatherings in Europe, with 2018’s Conference drawing in over 15,000 attendees.

Annual Conference is a voting conference, attended by delegates from constituencies, trade unions, and socialist societies voting on policies put forward at the National Policy Forums, as well as a number of motions put forward by constituencies. In addition to the voting taking place in the main hall, there are also keynote speeches from all areas of the party, culminating in Leader’s Speech at the close of conference.

The role of our delegate is to represent and vote with the views of Hartlepool CLP at Conference. You’ll be expected to attend the full conference on our behalf (accommodation costs and travel costs will be covered), to attend meetings ahead of conference to listen to the views of members on specific issues, and to participate in all votes and debates at conference itself.

 

Constituency Party Officers

CLP Chair  (2-3 Hours/Week)

Local parties depend on leadership from the CLP Chair. Other officers look to the Chair to provide support and direction and members depend on their leadership to organise and inspire them in effective campaigns.

Effective Chairs facilitate meetings, decisions and ensure the CLP operates fairly. The role requires impartiality, co-ordination, diligence and excellent communication and leadership skills.

Key Responsibilities and tasks

  • Lead and build the strategic direction of the CLP.
  • Support and encourage an effective officer team.
  • The Chair should ensure all officers keep in regular contact with each other.
  • Provide a warm welcome for all members and ensure they have a stake in the direction of the CLP. Chair CLP meetings in a fair and open way in accordance with the Labour Party rules.
  • Have an overview of all roles within the CLP.
  • Work with other officers- especially the CLP Secretary, to put together a 12 month development plan for your CLP. This will help you focus on what you need to achieve over the year.
  • Organise follow up meetings to ensure they are sticking to your plan.
  • Ensure Standing Orders are up to date and comply with Labour Party rules.

 

CLP Secretary  (4-6 Hours/Week)

A strong and dynamic CLP Secretary can ensure an outward-looking and vibrant local Labour Party. This role suits an organised individual who can work as part of a team, show initiative and able to juggle many responsibilities.

As Secretary you will act as a Labour Party figurehead in your constituency and it will be you who makes your party a strong, vibrant, welcoming and effective unit.

Key Responsibilities and tasks

  • Work with other officers to put together a 12 month development plan, covering specific targets such as elections, campaign organising and capacity building.
  • Set up effective digital and traditional communication systems.
  • Maintaining accurate contact details for members through MemberCentre and providing membership information to other officers as required.
  • Working to ensure your CLP is welcoming and friendly to new people, well organised and an open and fair place where members feel involved and have a stake in the direction of the CLP.
  • Supporting the CLP to be an active, campaigning local movement where local members are encouraged to get involved as much as possible.
  • Developing a strong and consistent communications strategy, making sure that all of your members are well informed on party activity.
  • Ensuring Standing Orders are up to date and comply with Labour Party rules.
  • Working with branch officers where appropriate to ensure they are confident and supported in their roles.
  • Produce agenda and detailed minutes for CLP General Committee and Executive Committee meetings.

 

CLP Vice Chair (Membership) (2-3 Hours/Week)

An enthusiastic and committed Vice Chair (Membership) can ensure a local party continues to grow, remaining vibrant, diverse and inclusive. This role suits an organised, personable individual who is committed to developing local membership and activity.

As Vice Chair (Membership) you will act as a direct liaison with our members to ensure your party is an effective unit and all members get as much as they possibly can out of their membership.

Key Responsibilities and Tasks

  • Retain existing members.
  • Recruit new members.
  • Provide a welcoming and supporting environment to all members.
  • Ensure membership is at the heart of all CLP activity.
  • Have a good understanding of the different rates of membership, as well as the rights of Registered and Affiliated Supporters.

 

CLP Vice Chair (Campaigns) (4-6 Hours/Week)

Across the country the aim for every Labour CLP should be to campaign for change in our local communities and campaign to get our candidates elected.

The Campaign Co-ordinator is an important role within a local Labour Party in achieving this aim; it requires someone who is committed, reliable, strategic and able to carry the respect of everyone working in the CLP.

Key responsibilities and tasks

  • Putting together a campaign plan that should focus on the next set of elections but also look towards the one after as well.
  • Be outward looking and embrace community organising techniques in order to build campaigns that reflect our communities and increase our capacity to campaign.
  • Show leadership but also delegate, develop and create a team.
  • Motivating members, supporters and volunteers and developing the capacity/organisational ability on the ground, incorporating new campaign techniques using Contact Creator, Campaign Creator and Organise.
  • Identifying talent in others, encouraging and supporting those who want to get involved. Identifying training opportunities and requirements.
  • Working closely with candidates, elected representatives, Party Officers, neighbouring CLPs and existing structures to ensure that an effective, coordinated campaign is delivered in the area.
  • Building upon existing relationships across the Labour movement including Trade Unions and affiliates, and Registered and Affiliated Supporters.

 

CLP Treasurer (2-3 Hours/Week)

The CLP Treasurer plays key role in every constituency, ensuring the local party complies with the party funding laws as well as helping the CLP to build the financial resources it needs to run effective campaigns by setting budgets and fundraising targets.

Key Responsibilities and tasks

  • To keep accurate financial records throughout the year
  • Produce an Annual Statement of Accounts
  • Identify and check donations and loans received/taken out by the CLP and report them to head office at the end of each quarter. It should be noted that these duties are statutory requirements and are set out in the Political Parties Elections and Referendums Act 2000 (PPERA) which regulates all aspects of the Party’s finances from CLPs up to the national Party. The Treasurer shares the legal responsibility for the CLP’s finances with the CLP Chair who is also the Deputy Treasurer.

 

CLP Women’s Officer (2 Hours/Week)

The Women’s Officer is the key representative of women members on the executive of the CLP, and works to ensure that women are fully involved in the work of the local party, as well as, taking a leading role in making sure that the campaigning work of the constituency reaches out and engages with women voters.

As Women’s Officer, you need to be friendly and approachable, organised, able to run events and above all be prepared to work hard to ensure that women members have a real voice within the local party.

The key responsibilities of this role include:

  • Making sure that women members are included in all of the party’s activities and that meetings are relevant and accessible to women.
  • Reaching out to women in the wider community through local campaigns, and working with women’s organisations in the constituency to engage women voters, highlight issues, and get a better deal for local women.
  • Bringing women together to empower each other and gain the knowledge and skills they need get involved.
  • Running events for women members, including training, policy development and social events. Working to recruit more women into the Labour party and helping to make sure that women members make the jump from member to activist.
  • Listening to women’s views and ensuring that they are reflected in Labour’s policy making.
  • You will be on the CLP’s executive committee, and play a key role in decision making and strategy within your CLP.

 

CLP Youth Officer (2 Hours/Week)

The role of Youth Officer in a local Labour Party is more important than it’s ever been. Their job is to welcome young members into the local Labour Party, help them feel engaged by putting on interesting events and socials, and turn them into active members who campaign for change in the community and to get Labour elected.

Youth Officers are also responsible for making sure that the voices of young members are heard and respected within a local Labour Party. A good Youth Officer needs to be friendly and approachable, as well as organised – they should be able to take a lead on events and campaign sessions for young members. They also need to be good listeners, able to understand and represent the views of young members to the Executive of the local Labour Party.

Key responsibilities and tasks

  • Making sure that young members are included in all of the party’s activities and that meetings are relevant and accessible to young members.
  • Reaching out to young people in the wider community through local campaigns, and working with youth organisations in the constituency to engage young voters, highlight issues, and get a better deal for local young people.
  • Bringing young people together to empower each other and gain the knowledge and skills they need get involved.
  • Running events for young members, including training, policy development and social events. Working to recruit more youth into the Labour party and helping to make sure that young members make the jump from member to activist.
  • Listening to young people’s views and ensuring that they are reflected in Labour’s policy making.
  • You will be on the CLP’s executive committee, and play a key role in decision making and strategy within your CLP.

 

CLP Communications Officer  (2 Hours/Week)

Digital and social media content are becoming increasingly important in spreading the message of the Labour movement and in actively campaigning for Labour representation both locally and nationally.

The CLP communications role is now of great importance within any local Labour Party; it requires someone who is committed, reliable, strategic and able to deliver effective visual and written material in order to communicate the agenda and aims of the party.

Key tasks and responsibilities

  • Work with the CLP Campaigns Co-Ordinator to develop a media plan with weekly activity
  • Proactively and reactively draft social media content designed to inform both party members and the public of CLP Campaigns, achievements and any other matters regarding the party.
  • Develop material for the CLP's website along with local policy chairs, party officers and party members.
  • Develop content for digital platforms
  • Attend campaign and election meetings in order to ensure outgoing social media and press content supports ongoing local campaigns.

 

CLP TULO  (2-3 Hours/Week)

The unique link between the Labour Party and almost three million members of affiliated trade unions is one of the British labour movement’s greatest strengths and achievements.

The link is now more important and relevant than ever, as the labour movement faces a hostile Tory government determined to make life as difficult as possible for trade unions and working people. The TULO role is vital in ensuring we can fight back and win – unions and Labour together

Key tasks and responsibilities

  • Build strong links between the CLP and local trade unions, in order to give affiliated trade unionists an effective voice within the local Party.
  • Create a contact list for local affiliated unions, including full-time officials, shop stewards and local unionised workplaces.
  • Be the first line of communication between the CLP and union contacts.
  • Work to increase union affiliations to the local CLP, and to maximise attendance and involvement of those affiliated unions.
  • Grow the joint campaigning capacity of the local Party and affiliated trade unions.
  • Ensure dialogue between local affiliated trade union members, officials and Labour’s elected representatives.
  • Organise events and campaigning in order to increase and deepen the involvement of affiliated trade unionists.

 

CLP Political Education Officer  (1 Hours/Week)

The role of the Political Education Officer is to ensure that party members and activists are kept up to date with party policy, current political strategy, and to develop debate amongst party members through regular political discussions.

Political Education officers is also responsible for working alongside other CLP officers in identifying general training needs within the party.

Specific Duties:

  • Ensure that the local branch and CLP secretaries include a regular slot in each agenda for political discussion, led, where possible, by a guest speaker.
  • Ensure that the CLP makes time to consider putting forward motions or amendments to National Conference and/or the National Policy Forum.
  • Ensure that activists and members are informed on the details of existing party policy and current political strategy.
  • Ensure that new members are provided with information on party policy and structures whilst encouraging their active involvement within the CLP.
  • Identify general training needs and encourage activists to attend appropriate courses.

 

CLP BAME Officer  (1 Hours/Week)

As CLP BAME Officer, you’re the key representative of BAME members within the CLP, and you will work to ensure that BAME members are fully involved in the work of the local party, and you’ll take a leading role in making sure that the campaigning work of the constituency reaches out and engages with Black, Asian and Ethnic Minority voters.

You should be friendly and approachable, organised, able to run events and above all be prepared to work hard to ensure that BAME members have a real voice within the local party.

Key tasks and responsibilities

  • Making sure that BAME members are included in all of the party’s activities and that meetings are relevant and accessible to BAME members.
  • Reaching out to BAME communities through local campaigns, and working with BAME organisations in the constituency to engage ethnic minority voters, highlight issues, and get a better deal for BAME people.
  • Bringing BAME members together to empower each other and gain the knowledge and skills they need get involved.
  • Running events for BAME members, including training, policy development and social events.
  • Working to recruit more BAME members into the Labour party and helping to make sure that those members make the jump from member to activist.
  • Listening to BAME communities’ views and ensuring that they are reflected in Labour’s policy making.
  • Working closely with constituency and branch officers to ensure the concerns of the BAME community are reflected and included in policy debates.

 

CLP Fundraising Officer (1 Hours/Week)

Fundraising is of vital importance to the success of the Labour Party as ours is a self-funded movement which does not look to multi-millionaire donors or big business as our opponents do. Last year the Labour party collected more funds than the Conservative party for the first time - this is down to the hard work and dedication of our party members and supporters.

The CLP Fundraiser role is now of vital to any local Labour Party; it requires someone who is committed, reliable, and able to work with treasurer to deliver varied and profitable events.

Key tasks and responsibilities

  • To draw up a fundraising plan in conjunction with other EC members.
  • To assist the Executive in its on-going fundraising activities throughout the year – particularly important in the year running up to local/national elections.
  • Establish fundraising targets in-line with budget forecast.
  • Running fundraising events and dinners.
  • Ensure there is a range of fundraising activities to suit a variety of membership incomes
  • Ensure there is a range of activities that do not exclude members with certain cultural beliefs
  • Work with branches to ensure fundraising activities take place around the year.
  • Liaising with the MP/Leader of the Council/MEPs/AMs/Borough Organiser to develop high profile fundraising events.
  • Lead on fundraising projects (i.e. letters for donations for elections).
  • Work with the MP/AM to assist in securing fundraising assets (i.e. signed books).
  • Encourage talent and access from members to maximise fundraising activity (i.e. Karaoke skills).

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