CLP chair’s newsletter June 2018

Greetings from the retiring chair! Sincere thanks to all of you for making my short residency such a blast – I’m sorry that family commitments prevent me from continuing to give the role all the attention it deserves. See you again on the doorsteps…

Update on parliamentary candidate selection. Following the wide-ranging discussion at our last General Meeting the Secretary, Chris Cawthorne and I went to Regional Office to discuss the situation and the Selection Committee has met again to review how the process might be improved. Our Report will be put onto the website for members to see soon. We are still going to be an All women Shortlist and are waiting to hear from the NEC about when they think we should restart the process.

Our AGM on Monday 11th June at 7.30pm in the Guildhall is the opportunity for all members to help choose the right leadership team. If there’s a role you’d like to be considered for please send to your nomination to the Secretary.

Following the mixed results of the recent local elections, Campaigning continues – it is even more vital that the party has accurate info about voting intentions and is seen to be active and effective in areas that benefit from Labour policy and practice but don’t always get to the polls. We need candidates! Could you represent Labour in the May 2019 elections? Look out for information about how to put your name forward. Do you know someone who would make a great candidate? Have you told them yet????

For a couple of years we have been operating a Facebook members only group alongside the publicly accessible pages. The aim of this group is to allow members to post information about events and issues and debate with other CLP members. The Group is open to all paid-up members of Worcester CLP but currently only has approx. 150 people on it – the CLP has nearly 850. Volunteers help to manage the group and moderate it. Recently complaints have been made against posts in the FB group so the Executive Committee (EC) set up a small working group to consider these.

The working group found that, “breaches of the Labour Party Social Media policy had been committed by several of the people posting comments.” The EC has accepted the recommendations of the working group which are:

  1. A member of the EC, preferably the Membership Coordinator, will assume the role of Group Administrator.
  2. Membership of the Group will be carefully checked to ensure that only paid up members in good standing with the Labour Party are involved. Anyone who has left the party will be removed.
  3. The Administrator and Moderators will log all admin decision, creating a clear audit trail should decision need to be taken about membership of the Group.
  4. The terms of membership of the group will be enhanced to include all the main point of the Labour Party Social Media Policy and will be clearly displayed at the head of Group pages.
  5. Members will be reminded that it is possible to Report posts which they feel breach the terms and action will be taken where necessary.

We hope that these measures will encourage more CLP members to participate in the Group and use it as a means of political education, comradely debate and information sharing.

At the same time as the EC was considering this we received a letter from the Acting Deputy Regional Director, giving details of a separate complaint against posts in the Group and recommending that the Group be closed down. The EC has decided not to follow this recommendation but will be carefully monitoring the way the Group operates over the next few months.

And on a lighter note: Many thanks to Ruth, our fundraising Coordinator, and her team who are planning the Worcester Labour Summer Fayre on 23 June starting at 2pm at Worcester Auto Club, Perdiswell. Tickets are only £3 for a family! The team is still looking for offers of help, donations of stuff and loan of things like gazebos…

And then there’s the Christmas Fair – yes, even though we haven’t even started Summer proper, plans are being made and one way you can help is by donating prize vouchers for the Christmas fayre raffle. It might be for shops, books, theatres, meals, days out etc

To help with any of the above, see Chris Cawthorne, Vanessa or Ruth at a meeting.

Best wishes,

Ian C

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