For Labour Party members (new and old), it can be hard to keep track of discussions if people use acronyms or phrases you are unfamiliar with. Below is a short list of key terms that will help you navigate your way through the Labour Party.
- Annual General Meeting (AGM): The AGM is the annual meeting where Labour Party members elect the officers of the Executive Committee (see below).
- All Members’ Meeting (AMM): The AMM is a monthly meeting where Labour Party members can attend to receive updates about the work of the CLP and Labour representatives, vote on motions (if any are proposed) and engage in discussions about a variety of issues.
- Board-runner: When out canvassing (see below), the board-runner will have the information about who lives in the properties you are canvassing and will record the data you collect. They essentially lead the group of canvassers during the canvassing session.
- Branch: Where CLPs (see below) have very large memberships, they can be broken down into smaller branches.
- Canvassing: Canvassing involves going out and knocking on the doors of voters to find out what matters to them. There can be different reasons for canvassing – we might be wanting to find out if there are any problems in an area or we may want to find out how people are planning on voting in an election. We also canvass by phone, which is the same thing except we call people instead of knocking on their doors (this is sometimes called ‘phonebanking’).
- Constituency Labour Party (CLP): The CLP is the official organisational unit of the Labour Party in a particular constituency.
- Councillors: Hyndburn is in a two tier structure. Made up of Hyndburn district Councillors who are elected in thirds every year, with Lancashire County Councillor elections (excluding by-elections) every fourth year.
- Dialogue: The tool the Labour Party uses for phone-canvassing voters.
- Executive Committee (EC): The Executive Committee is the administrative body of the CLP responsible for the efficient running of the CLP and for coordinating activities across the CLP. Officers of the CLP are elected annually at the AGM. Not every CLP’s EC will have the same positions/number of positions, but each EC will have six key officers: Chair, Secretary, Treasurer, Vice Chair, Vice Chair (Membership) and Policy Officer.
- GOTV – Get out the vote: You’ll hear a lot about this around election time. Throughout a campaign we identify Labour voters (through canvassing), we then encourage them to go and cast their vote on polling day.
- Labour Group: The Labour Group is the group of local Labour councillors. They meet every six weeks to discuss council business, including which way to vote on motions, whether they are proposing motions or amendments and points they wish to raise in council meetings. The CLP has up to six members who act as observers at the meeting and can ask questions but cannot vote.
- Local Government Committee (formerly known as Local Campaign Forum (LCF): The Local Government Committee is responsible for finding candidates to stand in elections, which members then have the chance to vote for in selections. The LGC is being brought in in 2021 to replace what are LCF’s.
- National Executive Committee (NEC): The NEC is the governing body of the Labour Party. It is made up of elected representatives from every section of the Party – government, MPs, Councillors, trade unions and CLPs. It helps set the objectives of the Labour Party and manages its running.
- National Policy Forum (NPF): The NPF is the body that oversees policy development and helps ensure the direction of the Party reflects the broad consensus of the members. It features representatives from all sections of the Party.
- Phone-canvassing (sometimes called ‘Phonebanking’): Phone-canvassing works just the same as normal canvassing, except instead of speaking to voters on their doorstep we call them on the phone.
- Regional Executive Committee: The Regional Board acts in a similar way to the Executive Committee of a CLP, but it covers the entire region and is made up of people from CLPs, Unions and other groups and representatives.
- Voter Identification (VID): When we speak to voters whilst canvassing, the data we collect for the questions we ask is commonly referred to as “Voter ID”.
- Young Labour: Young Labour members are those aged between 14-26