At the 14 November AGM the Executive Committee will propose that we add an extra role to the committee – a Rural Affairs Officer. As a rural constituency we think that someone carrying out the duties would be an assets to the constituency.
The reason we are proposing this follows an email from Tiverton CLP who contacted the sectary:
An Organisation of Rural Labour motion was passed unanimously at South West Regional Conference in February, calling for all Rural CLPs and Branches to consider appointing a Rural Affairs Officer to their Executive Committees. The Rural Affairs Officer would not have a vote unless they also held a voting role, but would be an important role in the Rural CLP or Branch. The Rural Affairs Officer is the person who represents the local Labour Party to farming and food and other Rural Affairs businesses within your CLP or Branch area and who represents farming and food interests to your CLP or Branch and is ready to lead or support your other CLP or Branch officers on other Rural Affairs issues.
A draft role description based on best practice in Wells CLP where there has been a Rural Officer since 2017 can be found at the “Labour Rural Affairs” Facebook group: