This month’s constituency party meeting was well attended by members at a new venue for us, Cambourne Church. This was the first meeting since the AGM and a chance to reflect on the initial activities of the newly reconstituted executive committee.
The executive committee has begun work on a 3-month plan which will form the basis of our annual development plan and new CLP secretary Darren Macey reported back on the early progress. In particular the CLP is looking for volunteers in a number of important areas, leading activities in the 4 new CLP regions discussed at the AGM, and helping out on one of the three proposed committees; campaigns, fundraising and membership.
The bulk of the meeting was given over to the visit of guest speaker Sam Feeney, LGBT officer from Huntingdon CLP who spoke passionately and in detail about issues around trans rights and how our members can be allies to the LGBT community. Our own LGBT officer Oliver Thornton introduced himself and is happy to discuss any issues members may want to raise. We filmed some of the session and the video is up on the South Cambs Labour Facebook group along with links to some useful related resources. We hope to continue filming guest speakers at our meetings so that those who are unable to attend don’t miss out.
Those in attendance discussed the need to add to the executive committee, with roles still available for a BAME officer and a membership secretary. It is very important that we improve the gender balance on the executive committee and we are looking to give priority to any women members of the CLP who would be interested in taking on these roles although anyone with an interest is encouraged to put themselves forward.
The executive committee also thanked Paul Atkinson for his hard work so far building our new website on the new Labour party network. We are intending to publish new blog content weekly and welcome any offers from members who would be interested in writing short blogs about local and national issues.
As is rapidly becoming standard operating procedure, a number of us visited the nearby Monkfield Arms for a brief post meeting social, this is proving to be a great way for people in the CLP to get to know each other better and share ideas in a more informal setting. We hope to see many more of you over the coming months!
To contact our LGBT officer Oliver Thornton, email firstname.lastname@example.org
To find out more about standing in any of the new roles, or to offer your time and assistance more generally email email@example.com
By Darren Macey, CLP Secretary