My own personal blog. Newham Council Cabinet member for Housing Services & Chair of Investment & Accounts. Councillor for West Ham ward, UNISON Branch secretary, Regional Council Officer & NEC member, Pension & Charity Trustee, Centre left and proud member of Labour movement family. No trolls please.
Tuesday, August 11, 2015
West Ham Ward welcome to our new Labour Party members
Picture from last Thursday with West Ham ward officers busy filling out names and addresses on welcome letters to new members. We then went out and hand delivered the letters speaking to the new members whenever possible.
The new members I spoke to were really pleased that we had called. Let us see how many become active.
"West Ham Branch Labour Party
I hope that you are enjoying the summer. I am
writing to welcome you very warmly to West Ham Branch Labour party.
This has been a strange time for Labour supporters
in Newham: both proud of our Labour MPs who increased their majorities, but
also desperately sad and worrying for everyone who cares about protecting the
vulnerable, about education, about the NHS, about people in low-paid work,
about people who need benefits... and sadly the list goes on.
Here in West Ham we are determined not to take the
General Election result lying down. Now more than ever we need to show people
that we are a vibrant, passionate and compassionate alternative to the Tories.
Our residents, especially those who are suffering under the Tories' policies,
need to see us speaking out on their behalf. So we will be getting out and
about again, building up our presence and aiming to build our membership.
I am therefore asking you if you could do one or
more of the following?
·come to a
to a meeting
We normally hold monthly ward meetings on the first
Thursday of every month. This can be anything from a political discussion, a
joint discussion with a neighbouring ward and a speaker, nominating candidates
for various offices in the Local Constituency Party, to a social. Information
about each meeting is sent out in advance. If you have a topic you would like
to discuss, please do email or phone our Branch secretary John Whitworth with your suggestion.
According to some research most people join a
political party because someone asked them to. Think about your friends and
family, especially the ones who shared our dismay at the election result. Have
they joined the Labour party? Have you asked them to join? Might they be
interested in becoming a supporter for only £3 so they can help choose the next
Labour leader? All supporters, friends, well-wishers and hangers-on are warmly
If you've never been canvassing before, don't be
nervous! It's good exercise and great fun, and residents generally are pleased
to find someone has made the effort to knock on their door. But if you're
interested and want to come along, please email or call our Branch secretary
John Whitworth and we can make sure we keep you in the loop.
We really hope to see you soon. Please don't
hesitate to drop us a line if you want to get involved, if you have any ideas,
or any questions.