Description of Officer Roles
Local parties depend on leadership from the CLP Chair. Other officers look to the Chair to provide support and direction and members depend on their leadership to organise and inspire them in effective campaigns. Effective Chairs facilitate meetings, decisions and ensure the CLP operates fairly. The role requires impartiality, co-ordination, diligence and excellent communication and leadership skills.
A strong and dynamic CLP Secretary can ensure an outward-looking and vibrant local Labour Party. This role suits an organised individual who can work as part of a team, show initiative and is able to juggle many responsibilities.
As Secretary you will act as a Labour Party figurehead in your constituency and it will be you who makes your party a strong, vibrant, welcoming and effective unit.
The CLP Treasurer plays key role in every constituency, ensuring the local party complies with the party funding laws as well as helping the CLP to build the financial resources it needs to run effective campaigns by setting budgets and fundraising targets.
This guidance is designed to give an overview of your role and a summary of your responsibilities throughout the year. However, if you do have any questions then the Governance and Legal Unit are on hand to help. Email them at firstname.lastname@example.org and they will be happy to assist.
CLP Women’s Officer
An enthusiastic and committed CLP Membership Officer (also often known as CLP Vice Chair – Membership) can ensure a local party continues to grow, remaining vibrant, diverse and inclusive. This role suits an organised, personable individual who is committed to developing local membership and activity.
As CLP Membership Officer you will act as a direct liaison with our members to ensure your party is an effective unit and all members get as much as they possibly can out of their membership.
CLP Policy Officer
As your CLP’s Policy Officer, you will have a lead role in bringing the Labour Party’s people-powered policy making process, the National Policy Forum (NPF) to life. It is your responsibility to offer members meaningful opportunities to play their part in developing Labour Party policies, and to help members learn about and engage with current Labour Party policy consultations. You’ll act as a main point of contact in your CLP with the Policy Development Team based in Head Office and will liaise with your regional NPF representatives to help keep your CLP’s membership up to date with and involved in their work, and encourage members to play their part in the policy making process.
This role would suit those with an active interest in various aspects of politics, a sound knowledge of, or ability to become familiar with, current Labour Party policy priorities, the Labour Policy Forum website and the policy making process, good organisational and communication skills, and a commitment to empower members by encouraging them to help develop Labour Party policy.
A strong CLP Policy Officer will help to facilitate discussions around policy topics, inform members about the process of party policy formation, encourage members to take part in consultation events and formulate policy submissions around issues that are important to them and facilitate their submission to the Party.
CLP Communications and Social Media Officer
The CLP Communications and Social Media Officer plays an important role in ensuring the CLP has a positive, informative and inclusive presence online, as well as working with their regional or national office to increase the profile of the CLP and candidates, and their campaigns in local media. Working closely with other CLP Officers, this role has the opportunity to make a real, positive impact on local campaigns, to improve Labour’s electoral chances in that CLP and its local authority or authorities, and to empower members and supporters to get involved with digital campaigns.
This role is suited to someone with a good understanding of social media and local press, and great copywriting and networking skills, as well an eye for an interesting story and a great picture.
CLP Trade Union Liaison Officer
As TULO officer your role is to strengthen the link between the affiliated trade unions and the Party at a local level. Trade unions bring the collective voices of working people to the heart of our Party – and this role is an opportunity to build these relationships in your CLP.
This role is what you make of it – it is suited to someone who is passionate about the trade union link with great relationship building and networking skills.
CLP Political Education Officer
As Political Education Officer, it is your responsibility to offer members opportunities for political education, through interesting, informative and dynamic political discussions. It is your job, working closely with your CLP Policy Officer and other members of your EC, to help members to engage with Labour Party policy, and ensure that the campaigning work of the constituency reaches out and informs the wider community about Labour’s message and the importance of participation in politics.
This role suits someone with an active interest in various aspects of politics, a sound knowledge of current Labour Party policies, procedures and the party’s history, good organisational and communication skills, and a commitment to empowering people through political education.
A strong CLP Political Education Officer will help to provide a programme of relevant, interesting political education events and activities throughout the year. These events may be co-ordinated with CLP meetings, branch meetings, fundraising and/or campaigning activities, or have a purely educational purpose.
CLP Disability Officer
The Disability Officer is the key representative of disabled members within the CLP, and works to ensure that disabled members are fully involved in the work of the local party, as well as taking a leading role in making sure that the campaigning work of the constituency reaches out and engages with disabled voters.
You should be friendly and approachable, organised, able to run events and above all be prepared to work hard to ensure that disabled members have a strong voice within the local party.
CLP BAME Officer
As CLP BAME Officer, you’re the key representative of BAME members within the CLP, and you will work to ensure that BAME members are fully involved in the work of the local party, and you’ll take a leading role in making sure that the campaigning work of the constituency reaches out and engages with Black, Asian and Ethnic Minority voters.
You should be friendly and approachable, organised, able to run events and above all be prepared to work hard to ensure that BAME members have a real voice within the local party.
CLP Youth Officer
The role of Youth Officer in a local Labour Party is more important than it’s ever been. Their job is to welcome young members into the local Labour Party, help them feel engaged by putting on interesting events and socials, and turn them into active members who campaign for change in the community and to get Labour elected. Youth Officers are also responsible for making sure that the voices of young members are heard and respected within a local Labour Party. A good Youth Officer needs to be friendly and approachable, as well as organised – they should be able to take a lead on events and campaign sessions for young members. They also need to be good listeners, able to understand and represent the views of young members to the Executive of the local Labour Party. With a bigger youth membership than ever before, this job is both challenging and rewarding. This guide will tell you everything you need know; how to become a Youth Officer, how to reach out to young members and run successful events, how to turn young members into active campaigners, and what resources and support you can access to help you do the best possible.
CLP LGBT Officer
The LGBT Officer is the local representative of LGBT members within the CLP, and works to ensure that LGBT members are fully involved in the work of the local party. They also take a leading role in making sure that the campaigning work of the constituency reaches out and engages with LGBT voters in the community.
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