A new year, a new beginning.
Following the AGM yesterday I wanted to thank all those members who attended.
I have been a member of the Broadland Executive Committee for two years, first as Trade Union Liaison Officer and then as Political Education Officer.
During these two years I have learned first hand of the challenges facing our Party in Broadland.
I look forward to working with you all in the next year to take on the Tories and win for Labour.
In May 2019 we have the Broadland District Council elections, where we will have to contest 29 seats within our Constituency boundary.
We have identified 12 target seats where we will concentrate our resources with a view to gaining Labour Councillors on Broadland DC.
But we have to find members willing to stand for election in order to do this.
If you are interested in representing your community and want a Labour voice on the Council, then please get in touch with Philip our Secretary (contact details below).
In addition to our target seats we intend to have candidates on the ballot in all the other Broadland seats so that Labour voters have somewhere to place their X.
So please get in touch if you are willing to be a candidate in a non target seat.
Working together we can achieve great things. We have over 900 members and affiliated members in Broadland.
Just think if we all gave one hour to canvass and leaflet, what we could achieve in those 900 hours.
The reality is that most of the time the same thirty or so people turn out. We do our best with this small team of volunteers, but we could do so much more with your help.
Over the next ten months we will be organising more canvassing sessions, so look out for our campaign bulletin giving dates and locations.
If you haven’t done it before you will be able to shadow a more experienced member of the team.
Working as a team brings us together. We make new friends and we can have fun too.
Like the rest of the country our membership has trebled in the last three years. We have an opportunity to shake the complacency of rural Broadland and to give the local Tories a shock.
Together we can do it.
My personal aims
In my election address I laid out some of the things I want to achieve during the next twelve months;
- I intend to re-energise our campaigning activity.
- I will do my best to develop member involvement and activity in those parts of the constituency which have been least active.
- I will continue to develop our Local Policy Forum activity building on the work of my predecessor.
- I will continue the work we have started to make better use of social media to engage members and supporters.
- I will seek to re-engage with former members who have lapsed or resigned.
- I will endeavour to make our meetings more relaxed and less daunting for new members attending for the first time.
- With our Women’s Officer Louise, I will look at ways in which members with young families can be encouraged to attend our meetings.
- With our Trade Union Liaison Officer I will seek to increase the number of trade union members who pay the political levy and encourage affiliated members to play a more active role.
- I will work closely with our Political Education Officer to ensure that new members are able to access information about the Labour Party nationally and locally.
In essence I want to turn Broadland Labour Party into a machine which can take on the Tories and win.
Your new Executive Committee
|Vice Chair (membership)||Imogen Bruce|
|2nd Vice Chair||Tony Hemmingway|
|Women’s Officer||Louise Baldry|
|Equality and Diversity Officer||Jonathan Rackham|
|Youth Officer||Toby Jarman|
|Political Education Officer||Charlotte Savage|
|Trade Union Liaison Officer||Vacant|
|Press and Communications||Marianne Gibbs|
|Fundraising Coordinator||Imogen Bruce|