The electoral constituency of Telford was created for the 1997 election, a breakaway from the long standing Wrekin constituency. A marginal seat since the 2001 election, contested primarily between Labour and Conservative candidates, it is most certainly a bellwether constituency. Lord Grocott was the first member of Parliament, leading to David Wright who won three consecutive elections until 2015 losing by just 730 votes.
In June 2017 a snap General Election resulted in the Labour Party selecting former Council Leader Kuldip Sahota as Labour’s Candidate for Telford. Kuldip ran a strong local campaign and hundreds of volunteers supported him. Whilst the Labour vote increased to a record level so did the Conservatives in Telford resulting in Kuldip missing out by only 720 votes.
This constituency is most certainly a must win for Labour and Telford residents at the next General Election.
WHAT TO EXPECT AS A MEMBER
As a member, you’ll be a key part of the team. You can help shape party policy, you can attend local meetings and you can even stand as a candidate.
So whether you want to chip in to help us reach our goals because you share our values, or because you have ambitions to change your community and country, the only place to start is to join local meetings, campaigning and meet fellow members.
Below is an explanation about how your membership works and fits into the wider Labour Party movement:
HOW THE LOCAL LABOUR PARTY IS ORGANISED IN TELFORD
Click Here for Telford Labour’s Standing Orders (Local Rules, made in accordance with Labour’s best practice)
Your local party, based on the ward boundaries for the election of councillors. A lot of Labour Party activity takes place at branch level. Labour members can take part in choosing local council candidates and organise local campaigning. They are grouped together to ensure that meetings are well attended and local groups can campaign together.
You will be a member of both the branch and the constituency in which you live and entitled to attend branch meetings:
Made up of North & South branch and based on the electoral area for the Telford Constituency. Your CLP, can choose the members from your area to represent you at the annual conference and you can help select your parliamentary candidate. All members are invited to meetings and can vote in business.
- There are many social and fundraising events.
- There are ad-hoc debates on important issues, we welcome members suggesting topics. We have speakers for and against.
- Meetings are held monthly (excluding, April if election, August & December).
- There is regular campaigning to support, councillors, and regional Labour representatives.
In Telford meetings are typically split into two parts. Part One would be a prominent local or national speaker discussing an important topic with members. Part Two consists of local party business, i.e. campaigning, events and engaging members.
Telford’s Local Campaign Forum (LCF)
Local Campaign Forums are based on council boundaries, allowing both Telford & Wrekin CLPs that are part of the same local authority area to meet together.
Membership comprises the Leader and Deputy Leader of the Labour Group of Councillors, representatives from CLPs and trade unions. Formerly known as Local Government Committees, LCFs recruit and shortlist potential candidates for council elections. They coordinate campaign activities and develop the election strategy locally. They also liaise with the Labour Group about local government issues and input into the manifesto for local elections.
LCFs recruit and shortlist potential candidates for council elections. They coordinate campaign activities and develop the election strategy locally. They also liaise with the Labour Group about local government issues and input into the manifesto for local elections.
Member of Parliament (MP)
Currently, Telford’s MP is a conservative candidate elected in 2017 with the small majority of 720 votes. It will be the task of the Telford Labour Party to put the case across to Telford residents that we are better off with a Labour MP.
Prospective Parliamentary Candidate (PPC)
In March of 2018 Katrina Gilman was selected as the Labour Party candidate for Telford. Katrina will take the fight to the incumbent Conservative MP when the next general election is called. You can find out more about Katrina here.
Labour Councillors (Cllr.)
All councillors represent Council Wards these are the boundaries used to form Labour Branches.
If members wish to stand in local elections they first apply to go onto the panel list. This is an interview and accreditation process undertaken by other councillors outside of Telford. Once on the panel list, you can apply for vacancies in wards or challenge an existing councillor. Then members of the Branch are asked to select their preferred candidate, ready for campaigning. This process usually takes some time before elections.
Trade Union & Affiliated Support
It is vital that we maintain and grow our links with Trade Unions across Telford & Shropshire. This is our link to thousands of working people. Trade Unionism and workers rights are the historic legacy of our values in action.
Telford is supported financially and through campaigning via the following Trade Unions and their respective members. Many of whom come out regularly to support Telford Labour and our councillors:
Telford Labour Party aims to instill the values of the party through the means of local activism, empowering members, winning elections and ultimately changing our community for the better.