The officers and coordinators of Suffolk Coastal Constituency Labour Party (CLP) are elected each year by members at our Annual General Meeting (AGM).
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)
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.
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.
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.
The Vice-Chair runs meetings on behalf of the Chair when the Chair is unable to attend.
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
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
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
Equality & Diversity Officer
The CLP Equality & Diversity Officer is the key representative of disabled, BAME, and LGBT members within the CLP, and works to ensure that these 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, BAME, and LGBT voters.
See also: Disability Labour, BAME Labour, LGBT Labour
Trade Union Liaison Officer
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
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
Communications, Social Media & IT Officer
The Communications, Social Media & IT Officer ensures the CLP has a positive, informative and inclusive presence online, working to increase the profile of the CLP, election candidates, and their campaigns in local media, social media and the CLP's website. They also work to make sure the CLP is making full use of digital technology and Labour Party online platforms to engage with all of its members, supporters, and the public.
Roger Cracknell (Blyth Valley)
Ian Ilett (Leiston)
Sue Bale (Woodbridge)
Mary Wyatt (Felixstowe)
Executive Committee roles (non-voting)
Contact Creator Local Administrator
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.
The Minute Secretary records the minutes of the CLP's all member meetings and meetings of the CLP's General Committee.
This page was last updated on Thu 07 Apr 2022