The officers and coordinators of Suffolk Coastal Constituency Labour Party (CLP) are elected each year by members at our Annual General Meeting (AGM). We’re waiting for the NEC to give us permission to hold our next AGM online. We’ll announce the date as soon as we can.

The CLP’s Executive Committee (EC) handles the day-to-day running of the CLP and is made up of the ten officers with voting rights and one delegate from each of the CLP’s four branches. At least half of the fourteen EC members must be women.

The CLP also elects a number of coordinators for specific areas of work. These coordinators attend EC meetings and report on their work but they do not have voting rights.

Executive Committee roles (voting)
Sue Bale pro tem

The Chair provides leadership for the CLP. In CLP meetings the Chair makes sure business in conducted in a fair and open way so that all members have a stake in the direction of the CLP. The Chair works with other officers, especially the CLP Secretary, to put together a 12-month development plan setting out what the CLP needs to achieve over the coming year. The Chair also shares responsibility for the CLP's finances with the Treasurer.

Vice Chair
Sue Bale

The Vice-Chair runs meetings on behalf of the Chair when the Chair is unable to attend.

Steve McElvanney

The Treasurer shares the legal responsibility for the CLP’s finances with the Chair. The Treasurer must keep accurate financial records, produce an Annual Statement of Accounts, and keep track of all donations made to the CLP. The Treasurer is a statutory role under the Political Parties Elections and Referendums Act 2000.

Steve Smedley

The Secretary is the CLP's main contact for members, the regional and national Labour Party, and the general public. Working closely with the Chair, the Secretary organises the CLP's meetings, produces all the paperwork, and makes sure members receive all the information they need to participate in the business of the CLP. The Secretary also handles most of the day-to-day admin that keeps the CLP running.

Membership Officer

The main responsibilities of the Membership Officer are to retain existing members, recruit new members, and ensuring that members get as much as they possibly can out of their membership.

See also: My Labour

Women's Officer
Sharon Miller

The Women’s Officer is the key representative of women members on the executive of the CLP, and works to ensure that women 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 women voters.

See also: Labour Women's Network

Policy Officer
Paul Richards

The Policy Officer's role is 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. The Policy Officer is the CLP's main point of contact with Labour's Policy Development Team and regional National Policy Forum representatives.

See also: Labour's National Policy Forum

Trade Union Liaison Officer
David Rowe

The TULO officer's role is to strengthen the link with affiliated trade unions and to build these relationships in the CLP. This includes increasing union affiliations to the CLP, encouraging trade union membership among party members, and promote a greater understanding among Party members of the historic and unique link between the unions and the Labour Party.

See also: Affiliated Trade Unions

Youth Officer

The role of Youth Officer in the local Labour Party is more important than it’s ever been. Their job is to welcome young members into the CLP, 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 the CLP.

See also: Young Labour

Social Media / Digital Media Officer

The Digital Media Officer ensures that the CLP is making full use of digital technology to engage with all of its members, supporters, and the public. This includes maintaining the CLP's social media accounts, supporting other officers in maintaining the CLP's website, and using digital tools in support of the CLP's campaigning activities.

Branch delegates
Roger Cracknell (Blyth Valley)
Phil Harle (Leiston)
Phyllis Palmer (Woodbridge)
Mary Wyatt (Felixstowe)

Executive Committee roles (non-voting)
Campaign Coordinator
Paul Richards

The Campaign Coordinator helps the CLP to campaign for change in local communities and to campaign to get Labour candidates elected. This involves putting together a campaign plan for forthcoming elections, motivating members, supporters and volunteers, and developing campaign capacity.

Political Education Coordinator
Sean O'Reilly

The role of the Political Education Coordinator is to help members 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. Responsibilities include organising regular political educations events and discussions, securing guest speakers to help inform policy debate, and looking out for political education opportunities in the local community.

Membership Recruitment and Retention
Philip Harle

This role supports the Membership Officer in retaining existing members, recruiting new members, welcoming new members, and encouraging members in arrears to renew their membership.

Contact Creator Local Administrator
Steve Smedley

The Contact Creator Local Administrator manages the CLP's access to the Labour Party's online campaigning database. This includes ensuring that electoral roll information is up to date, canvassing data is collected, and local campaigners get the voter information they need.

Minute Secretary
Malcolm Woolnough

The Minute Secretary records the minutes of the CLP's all member meetings and meetings of the CLP's General Committee.

BAME Coordinator

The role of the BAME Coordinator is work to ensure that BAME members are fully involved in the work of the local party, and to 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.

See also: BAME Labour

Disability Coordinator

Responsibilities of the Disability Coordinator include: making sure that disabled members are included in all of the party’s activities and that meetings are relevant and accessible to disabled members; reaching out to disabled people in the community through local campaigns; and working with disability organisations in the constituency to engage voters, highlight issues, and get a better deal for disabled people.

See also: Disability Labour

LGBT Coordinator

The LGBT Coordinator 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. The LGBT Coordinator takes the lead on projects such as getting in touch with local LGBT charities and voluntary organisations, and working out how the local party could have a presence in events in the community.

See also: LGBT+ Labour

Press Officer

The chief responsibilities of the Press Officer are: ensuring the CLP has a positive, informative and inclusive presence in print and digital media; increasing the profile of the CLP, election candidates and their campaigns in local media; and empowering members and supporters to get involved with digital campaigns.

Fundraising Coordinator

The Fundraising Coordinator is responsible for ensuring the CLP has the funds to meet its financial commitments and support effective year-round campaigning. Key tasks include: helping the Treasurer to produce and deliver a fundraising plan, identifying new opportunities to boost revenue and achieve fundraising targets; and planning, promoting and delivering a wide variety of fundraising events, from quiz nights and coffee mornings to summer BBQs and annual dinners.

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