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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Local Elections 2021: winning Hexham Constituency candidates

Local Elections 2021: winning Hexham Constituency candidates

9 May, 2021

We now have two Labour Councillors in Hexham Constituency, with gains from the Conservatives in Bywell and Prudhoe North Wards. Angie Scott beat Prudhoe Mayor Tracy Gilmore to the Prudhoe North Seat by 67 votes. Angie has worked hard in the community for years as a Town Councillor and is involved in multiple projects in … Read More

Prudhoe candidates campaigning for Kim

Prudhoe candidates campaigning for Kim

21 April, 2021

Kim McGuiness, Northumbria Police and Crime Commissioner candidate, Angie Scott, Northumberland County Council candidate for Prudhoe North, Jonathan Wheeler, Northumberland County Council candidate for Prudhoe South, and a Prudhoe branch member, canvassing for Kim McGuiness in Prudhoe last Sunday morning (18 April), in the sunshine. Vote Labour on 6 May (Promoted by Grant Davey on behalf of … Read More

Humshaugh Candidate – Milo Barnett

Humshaugh Candidate – Milo Barnett

17 April, 2021

Why I am standing for Humshaugh … Hello, I’m Milo Barnett and I am running for Labour in Humshaugh because I believe that only Labour can deliver the investment Humshaugh, as well as the whole of Northumberland, needs.  I grew up in this village which made me the person I am today and I understand … Read More

Ponteland & Heddon Candidate – Michael Clarke

Ponteland & Heddon Candidate – Michael Clarke

10 April, 2021

Why I am standing for Ponteland & Heddon … I have lived in Ponteland for 30 years. I worked as a doctor at the RVI before retiring last year. The events of the last 12 months have brought home the need for change both locally and nationally. Post pandemic in Northumberland, we need to create … Read More

Haltwhistle Candidate – John Temple

Haltwhistle Candidate – John Temple

6 April, 2021

Why I am standing for Haltwhistle … I was born and brought up in the North East, and for the last 16 years West Northumberland has been my home. I am now retired, having latterly worked locally in the social housing sector. I have previously served as a councillor on Tyneside. During this time, I … Read More

Hexham Haydon with Hadrian candidate – Dave Clegg

Hexham Haydon with Hadrian candidate – Dave Clegg

1 April, 2021

Why I am standing for Haydon with Hadrian … A Tyne Valley resident for 31 years, I’ve lived in Hexham and worked in Newcastle. I’m a family man, with four grown-up children and six lovely grandchildren. My working life has been spent in education, half in schools, and half in advice to schools, inspection (sorry, … Read More

Prudhoe North Candidate – Angie Scott

Prudhoe North Candidate – Angie Scott

25 March, 2021

“Our high street is the heart of the community” says Angie Scott, Labour Candidate for Prudhoe North  It’s been a tough year for Prudhoe Front Street but the traders have tried their hardest to weather the storm and support our community. They have provided an invaluable service to many of us during lockdown, and have … Read More

Prudhoe South candidate – Jonathan Wheeler

Prudhoe South candidate – Jonathan Wheeler

24 March, 2021

Why I am standing for Prudhoe South … “I am proud to be doing my bit to fight the spread of the virus” says Jonathan Wheeler, Labour Candidate for Prudhoe South  Jonathan is certainly doing his bit to fight Covid-19 by volunteering to administer the vaccine. He has completed specialist training and is ready to … Read More

Police and Crime Commissioner for Northumbria candidate, Kim McGuinness

Police and Crime Commissioner for Northumbria candidate, Kim McGuinness

23 March, 2021

Kim’s campaign launch on Saturday, 20 March 2021 Since you elected me as Police and Crime Commissioner for Northumbria in 2019, I have worked tirelessly alongside our MPs, councillors and local residents, to ensure that Northumbria Police continues to fight crime and prevent crime, on behalf of local residents.   I’m standing for re-election on Thursday … Read More