Contesting elections on behalf of the Labour party is one of the most important activities Hexham CLP engages in. Election campaign work doesn’t begin a few weeks before an election. On the contrary, electoral campaigning kicks in well before an election is held and often well in advance of an election date being set. Campaigning goes through a series of phases, starting with an early low key approach that ensures that each branch has the necessary officers and arrangements in place to undertake a successful campaign. Preparing, planning and contesting an election requires as many CLP members as possible to take part. There are always plenty of tasks to perform, from canvassing and leafleting door to door to running street stalls and town and village centre leaflet campaigns. Increasingly social media, phone and text banks are used to spread the Labour message. Contacting the main stream media with letters and emails is a useful thing to get involved in and most effective when coordinated. There are many other activities to be involved in and friendly support and gentle training is always available. The final phase of the election campaign period is usually quite intense but it’s always up to the individual member how much time they are able to commit.

There are of course, many different types of election. Local elections range from town and parish to county council elections. These, like the Westminster general election and European Parliamentary elections, are intended to follow a four year cycle. By-elections can be called for a variety of reasons. In addition to these a police and crime commissioner is an elected position. Recently added to this list; is the role of North of Tyne Mayor covering Northumberland, Newcastle and North Tyneside. Local and national referenda may also attract campaigning along party political lines. In fact no two election campaigns are the same. Although they are nearly always held on Thursdays! Each campaign is defined by a specific set of considerations and requires a tailored approach to its undertaking.

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Telephone Canvassing

Telephone Canvassing

November 16, 2019

The new improved Dialogue system is up and running. Hexham CLP is running almost daily group sessions. Or you can choose to work from the comfort of your own home at times that suit you. You can select who to speak to in whichever ward. It costs you nothing. Watch the training video.

Campaigning for a Labour government – Canvass in Carlisle Sat Nov 16th – update

November 14, 2019

Campaigning for a Labour government – Saturday Nov 16th Canvass in Carlisle – key Tory marginal majority 2599 Cars from Newcastle Contact: Punita Goodfellow – tel. 078761 31208 2 car spaces available from Kirkwhelpington or nearby. Contact Chris Easton Train from Newcastle 9-23, calling at Prudhoe 9-41, Hexham 9-54, Haltwhistle 10-13 arrive Carlisle 10-44 Contact: … Read More

Campaigning for a Labour victory in 2019

November 10, 2019

With the election of Jeremy Corbyn as party leader, Hexham CLP has gone from strength to strength. It has attracted new members, and built a body of campaigners and activists that any constituency party would be proud of. In the general election of 2017 a well organised local Labour campaign came closer to catching Opperman … Read More

Newcastle and Northumberland stand firm for democracy

Newcastle and Northumberland stand firm for democracy

September 3, 2019

Whilst Jeremy Corbyn addressed an audience in Glasgow on Saturday August 31st urging them to stand firm against Prime Minister Johnston’s coup against democracy, activists gathered at Newcastle’s Monument. North of Tyne Mayor Jamie Driscoll, Councillor Rebecca Shatwell and University and College Union officer Joyce McAndrew amongst others offered a blistering critique of the Tory onslaught that … Read More

The Summer Campaign

The Summer Campaign

August 20, 2019

It was great to have Nia Griffith MP, Shadow Secretary of State for Defence, in Hexham today supporting Penny Grennan’s campaign to be the next Member of Parliament.

Persuasive Doorstep Conversations

Persuasive Doorstep Conversations

June 22, 2019

Thanks to Labour North’s Callum Bell for leading a very enjoyable training session on persuasive doorstep conversations this afternoon.  Thanks also to those Labour Party members who attended the training and then campaigned in Hexham East for Kim McGuinness, the Labour candidate in the Police and Crime Commissioner by-election on the 18th July.   

Kim will fight to keep our streets safe

Kim will fight to keep our streets safe

June 16, 2019

A weekend of campaigning in Prudhoe with Kim McGuinness, Labour’s candidate for Police and Crime Commissioner for Northumbria and the Town Council by-election on the 4th July. Good conversations were had on the doorsteps about Tory police cuts and the Conservatives being more concerned with fighting amongst themselves than making sure our police force have … Read More

Haltwhistle Meet The Candidate Campaign Event

May 13, 2019

    Many thanks to Haltwhsitle Branch Members and Supporters who attended this fine event. The Food was plenty, as well as delicious,  with members bringing their own liquid refreshments. There was plenty of excitement in the room and lots of chatter regarding our members Labour Party activism and  what was needed with the coming … Read More

Congratulations, Mayor Jamie!

Congratulations, Mayor Jamie!

May 4, 2019

A message from Bill Haylock,  Secretary of the Hexham Constituency Labour Party. Jamie Driscoll and his campaign team have scored an outstanding victory for Labour over the Tories in the first ever North of Tyne Mayor election. The result of yesterday’s election, after a second round run-off in which second preference votes were counted, is: … Read More

MP Candidate Elected

March 29, 2019

29/3/2019   Last night at the candidate husting at Hexham Mart,  Penny Grennan was elected to serve our community.  The All women shortlist had three strong candidates who all gave good speeches but on the night Penny came out a deserved winner. Haltwhistle Branch was well represented on the night and will support Penny on her … Read More