Dear fellow members,
Hi, I’m Dan. For those of you that we have yet to meet personally, on behalf of myself and the other officers, may I take this opportunity to welcome every member, both old and new, to the Walton and Hersham Labour Party (WHLP).
It’s been an interesting and perhaps unprecedented month for UK politics.
Whether you are sat on the fence or are passionately on one side of the debate, politics is hard to ignore at the moment and this can only be a good thing.
I know that many of us have, for years, felt disillusioned by our political system and the politicians that serve it. Personally, I feel that it’s great that we have the opportunity to have this debate, even if ironically, we can’t officially/temporarily have it as the Labour Party.
But what is the debate?
For me, I believe it’s more important that we talk to each other, rather than what we talk about. Of course agendas are important, but we all share one thing in common and that is our humanity. Whatever personal and political views people have, we have the right to freedom of speech. As long as we can all be respectful of our differing opinions, then expressing our differences is what makes life interesting. So let’s start talking and getting to know each other. After all, is this not what grass roots politics is all about? Is it not down to us to help set the agenda and create the society we all live in?
So I put it to you, what do you want us to do?
For me, I want to know what’s important in local people’s lives? That’s why I’m pleased that as a branch we have been meeting regularly once or twice a week for informal meetings. I’m also pleased that this is now expanding to weekend gatherings, so that people who are unable to make our weekday meetings also have the opportunity to meet other local Labour Party members.
As a branch we will also be following in the footsteps of the Esher and Walton Constituency Labour Party (EWCLP) and creating an online forum, just for local Walton and Hersham Labour Party members, so that we have a safe place to share and discuss our views online.
Finally, I don’t mind admitting that I’ve not got a huge amount of experience in politics, some members will have, other may be like me. Either way, we’re all members of the Labour Party and that’s a great value to share. Our membership, both nationally and locally is growing and so there has never been a better time to get involved in our local Labour Party movement. Let’s take this opportunity to start rebuilding our local Labour Party community and hopefully in the process we can start to inspire some wider social change.
Chair – Walton and Hersham Labour Party