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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Across the North East the news of the closure of the Port Talbot steelworks in Wales was met with sadness and remembrance for the past damage done by the Conservatives to industry in our region. This compelling evidence of the Conservative’s failure to enact a meaningful industrial strategy, or support industries critical to our national … Read More
In a recent House of Commons vote on a crucial motion to rescue NHS dentistry, Guy Opperman’s lack of support is callous and disheartening. Communities across the Constituency and struggling to access dental care. The proposed motion by the Labour Party aimed at addressing the dental crisis includes: Creating 700,000 additional urgent dentistry appointments Offering … Read More
There’s been no let up in pace of campaigning this week. In Westminster Rishi Sunak’s disastrous government staggers under the weight of another crisis of its own making. Yet again Conservative MPs are openly talking a leadership contest. We could be at the polls sooner rather later. Some think May next year, others think a … Read More
This week UK Polling Report announced that Joe Morris and Labour are likely to win the Hexham Constituency at the next General Election. This would be a historic Labour gain, with the seat turning red for the first time in its 138 year history. This prediction was covered in detail by the Hexham Courant but … Read More
They say that a week is a long time in politics. The national news this week was full of the Conservative’s Autumn Budget statement. This was a predictably cliched, shallow pre-election affair, heralding so-called tax cuts, while freezing personal allowances and promising to usher in a new era of bitter austerity. Cold charity indeed for … Read More
Recent boundary changes have brought Callerton and Throckley, parts of the western edge of the Newcastle conurbation, into the Hexham Constituency for the first time at the next General Election. Residents and voters in these area have been moved from the safe Labour constituency of Newcastle North, served by the excellent Catherine McKinnell MP, to … Read More
Joe Morris, our Parliamentary Candidate, slammed the staggering Conservative mathematical incompetence that will see Northumberland Schools lose almost £2million a year. Last month the Department for Education admitted to miscalculating the amounts of funding due to be granted to state schools in England next year, admitting to a £370m error in the information they gave … Read More
A Happy and Spooky Halloween to our members, supporters and readers! The government chose today to announce that it will abandon its controversial plans to close hundreds of train station ticket offices, including Hexham, in a cost saving measure. It was an immensely unpopular policy that saw passengers, unions and disability rights groups united in … Read More
Our Parliamentary Candidate Joe Morris ignored the downpours this weekend to lead the CLP and its branches in campaigning across the Tyne Valley. On Saturday he was in Hexham with members of the Hexham Branch talking to local residents and listening to their concerns. Sunday morning he fearlessly led a team of campaigners in the … Read More
This weekend our parliamentary candidate Joe Morris and CLP members have been out campaigning across the constituency. Joe joined us in campaigning on the streets in Prudhoe, Hexham and Stannington where he knocked doors and introduced himself to residents. He listened to their stories of 13 years of disastrous Tory government: an underfunded NHS, broken … Read More