This is a chance for members and supporters new and old to get more involved with Southend Labour Party and get to know more about what we do.
Please see the agenda for the day below...
Southend Labour Party Open Day
Agenda – Saturday 25th July 2015
This is an informal meeting, where people are free to drop in for sessions as they wish to, or just simply come along for a chat. The below times are indicative only.
11:00am – Welcome and introduction
11:30am – Beyond the General Election – Cllr. Ian Gilbert and Cllr. Julian Ware-Lane
A reflection on the lessons from the recent general election and local council election results, and the next steps on how to move forward, and continue the fight for a fairer Southend.
12:00 – The Labour Party in Local Government – Cllr. David Norman
For most people in Southend, local councillors are the only politicians that they come into contact with, and have a key and essential role not only in running the council, but also in representing their party.
13:00 – 15:00 – Training Sessions
We will be providing training for members on a number of different party activities – members are free to choose a session which interests them.
Effective Canvassing – talking to people face-to-face on the doorstep about local issues which really matter to them is still the only real way to engage with large sections of the electorate. It’s an absolutely crucial aspect to our ability to win elections. During this session, you can find out what it’s like to canvass, and we’ll teach you some handy tips to carry out effective canvassing.
Digital Campaigning - the digital revolution is changing the way in which we interact with the electorate. It’s absolutely vital that we use the tools we have available to organise, target, and communicate to people online.
Being a Labour candidate – what does being a local election candidate involve? How do you win votes in areas which are not naturally Labour-supporting?
Capacity building – How do we grow the party and our movement even further, and make the most of our supporters in Southend?
15:00 – 16:00 – Workshops and networking
Young Labour - young people are being hit the hardest by the current-Conservative government, this is a chance for young Labour members and supporters to get-together and discuss how we’ll respond.
Rochford District – Rochford District Council faces boundary changes next year, with the entire council up for election in May! This gives us a good opportunity to dramatically strengthen our representation on Rochford District Council.
Southend Council – A chance to chat about Labour’s policies for administration in Southend, the challenges facing local government authorities and how we can respond to them effectively
All sessions are free to attend, although there will be a collection bucket for optional donations. Snacks will be provided – and people will be free to purchase drinks from the bar.