Hi, I’m Dan,
At our weekly coffee morning earlier today we were discussing how to be more inclusive with our 240+ members locally, so I thought I’d do a quick introduction to Labour Party politics locally.
The Labour Party Structure
The Labour Party is traditionally a grass roots (bottom up) movement, so starting from the top and working our way down to us, we have:
The PLP (Parliamentary Labour Party)
The Parliamentary Labour Party – Love them or hate them, these are the duly elected members of Parliament, that represent their constituencies in Westminster.
These MPs are selected by and represent their CLPs.
The CLP (Constituency Labour Party)
The Constituency Labour Party – As members of the WHLP, you and I are automatically members of our local CLP. Our CLP is made up of local branches like the WHLP.
For example, the Esher and Walton Constituency Labour Party is comprised of the following branches:
- Cobham, Downside, Oxshott, and Stoke d’Abernon Labour Party
- Claygate and Esher Labour Party
- Dittons and Hinchley Wood Labour Party
- Molesey Labour Party
- Walton and Hersham Labour Party
The WHLP (Walton and Hersham Labour Party)
If you are a member of the Labour Party and live in either Walton-on-Thames or Hersham then this is your local grass root Labour Party.
Just to complicate matters a little further, branches such as the WHLP are typically made up of Wards, which are simply smaller areas within the Branches’ boundaries.
In Walton and Hersham, the following Wards exist:
- Walton North
- Walton Central
- Walton South
The WHLP Executive Officers and members of the Executive Committee can be found on our About Us page.
If you would like to contribute then please Contact Us or get involved in the conversation online. There is plenty of opportunity for us all to Work Together for Real Change both locally and nationally and every little helps.
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