Welcome to new members

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Following the General Election 2015 we are delighted to have a large number of new and returning members and supporters join us – this is fantastic and a big welcome to all of you! You are joining us at a very exciting time as we work to revitalize our party.

When I joined a few years ago I had no idea how the Labour Party worked, locally or nationally, and understood the procedures involved in becoming an active member. I often sat in meetings very confused by all the acronyms and frequently mumbled questions to the person next to me such as “what on earth does ‘CLP’ mean?” (answer is Constituency Labour Party).  Acronyms are very popular so be warned! So in order to help everyone understand how things work we are developing a host of materials and online resources that we hope will be useful to our members (new and old!). So keep an eye out for those.

As our AGM (Annual General Meeting – I make no assumptions, every acronym will be defined!) is next Friday I thought it would be an idea to do a brief outline so people know what to expect. Everyone should have received the agenda but if someone has been missed out we will have copies available on the night.

Firstly, if you are planning to come please look on our Events page and RSVP (répondez s'il vous plait – okay, maybe I am pushing it now), as it will help us to know what numbers expected. Due to the large numbers expected we are holding the event at the Holy Trinity Community Centre (the Catholic Club – use the side entrance) London Road at 7.30pm. I will be at the door to welcome you and show you where to sign in. Everyone is very friendly so please just introduce yourself and get chatting.

The agenda is typical of the usual AGM, and we will be electing various officers and committee members including the Chair, Vice-Chair, Secretary, Trade Union Liason Officer, Womens Officer and for a variety of other roles and committees. Nominations were made by each of the branches a few weeks ago and not all positions will require a ballot as only one person will have been nominated. It is difficult to know who to vote for if you are new of course. If time allows each nominee will have the chance to stand and introduce themselves to you.

We then usually have a variety of reports with one from the Treasurer, the membership secretary and we will have the MPs report from Paul Farrelly, which always proves a very fascinating insight into the shenanigans of parliament.

This year, once the meeting closes, we will be having a social event in the bar and hope everyone will stay for a drink and a chat. It will be a great opportunity to get to know people, ask questions, put forward ideas and also to offer your skills!

See you next Friday!

 Allison Gardner

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