Resolution passed at CLP GC meeting on 27th Feb 2020
West Ham CLP recognises that a key lesson of the 2019 General Election is the wide gap between Labour’s policies and the understanding and support of the electorate. Labour Party branches and CLPs need to become more active as campaigning bodies and less like tick-box canvassing groups, finding innovative ways to build bridges to the wider population.
West Ham CLP believe that Labour’s policies cannot be simply unveiled during an election but need to be developed in advance with the active participation of trade unions, relevant pressure groups, and local communities. And then be campaigned for over a sufficient period of time.
To this end, West Ham CLP propose that Labour in cooperation with it’s affiliated trade unions: Launch a drive in every CLP to directly contact individual members on the doorstep, by phone or online, in order to obtain the following information:
· Their particular political interests/priorities (eg. housing, transport, NHS, education, environment) and if, and how, they would like to contribute in developing any appropriate campaigns.
· Employment ‘sector’ (eg. education, NHS, local government) disabled or retired and identify skills and qualifications etc.
· Union membership status.
This information to be used to:
· Help establish local and/or national sector-wide campaigns (eg. housing, social care, environment) together with relevant unions, trade councils, resident associations and existing campaigns etc. Such campaigns should seek to develop effective policies and build a mass movement in each sector.
· Actively encourage union recruitment and organising solidarity for union members in defence of their wages and conditions.