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Weston-super-Mare Constituency Labour Party Autumn 2017 Newsletter

What a fantastic Summer it has been for Weston-super-Mare CLP! 

Our gazebo has been out and about in town and at events across the constituency and our membership has grown to well over 700!  


We’ve fought a fantastic general election campaign with Tim Taylor as our candidate; increasing our vote by 12,000 from the 2015 General Election and taking a strong second place that sets up up well to take the constituency from the Conservatives in the next Election. 

We've attended several high profile marches,in London and Bristol including #NotOneMoreDay and #BristolEndAusterity, and we continue to campaign against the overnight closure of Weston General's Accident and Emergency Department


The season culminated in our great win of the North Worle town and district election!  Congratulations to Councillor Denise Hunt on a fantastic campaign, and for taking both the town and district council seats from what was, formerly, an area considered to be natural Tory territory.


I am sure you are as excited as I am with the success of the party locally, and the changes we can help bring about.

We also had our AGM, with new Executive and Functional Officers elected.  If you want help, advice, or information about any aspect of your local Labour Party, please contact the Chair, Dave Townsend, or the CLP Secretary, Annie Higgs, who will put you in touch with the right officer.  We are a very active constituency and always welcoming to new members so please do get in touch with any ideas or suggestions.

In September, at the monthly all member meeting of the CLP, we had an illuminating presentation from the local WASPI group (Women Against State Pension Inequality) and a discussion on which of 5 motions we were going to enter for consideration at the Conference this year.


We believe there is something for everyone in our CLP, so as well as meetings, campaigns and political events, we run social events to keep people active and involved, as well as raise funds for the local party.  Please see the next few months events below and join in what you can!  We need yout attendance, support, and assistance if we are to continue to grow and to effect change in Weston-super-Mare.

SEPTEMBER 2017 - clothing collection
Throughout September we are collecting clothes, linens, bags, shoes, soft toys etc.  Please bring bags to any event/meeting or contact fundraising@westonlabour.org to arrange collection 

Every Wednesday - Cafe Politics at The Coffee House, High St, WsM - Social meetup, all welcome, not just members.

Wednesday 20th September - Politics in The Pub 7.30pm - The Imperial
A monthly social meet up to discuss current affairs and political perspectives.  Held at The Imperial Pub.  All welcome.

Thursday 21st September - Campaign Committee 7.30pm - Weston Working Men's Club
Monthly campaign planning committee

Saturday 30th September - National Campaign Day
National day of action, the subject is yet to be announced.  Details will follow be email.

NEW EVENT - Thursday 5th October 11am -  Cafe Politics at The Healthy Living Centre Lonsdale Avenue, Weston-super-Mare, BS23 3SJ
Social meet up, all welcome, not just members. This will be a monthly event that we hope will be as popular as our weekly Weston High Street meetup.

Thursday 5th October 7.30pm - CLP all members monthly meeting - Weston Working Men's Club

Where all the decisions are made - make sure you are there to have your say on what happens in your CLP! 

Saturday 7th October - QUIZ NIGHT 7.30pm - Weston Working Men's Club
Another chance to demonstrate your general knowledge, win some prizes and have a great time!  £1 per person, maximum of 6 per team.  If you do not have a team, come along and you will soon be snapped up and making new friends.  At the Working Mens Club, Orchard St, BS23.

Mid -October - BINGO NIGHT 8pm - TBA
Just come along on the night to win some great prizes.

Thursday 12th October - Women's Forum - Time (eve) and Venue to be Announced
Our meeting for all female members of our CLP. Come along on the night to discus what matters to you.  Please contact our Women's Officer Catherine Gibbons if you have any questions.

Wednesday 18th October - Politics in The Pub 7.30pm - The Imperial
A monthly social meet up to discuss current affairs and political perspectives.  Held at The Imperial Pub. All Welcome.

Thursday 2nd November 7.30pm - CLP all members monthly meeting - Weston Working Men's Club
Where all the decisions are made - make sure you are there to have your say on what happens in your CLP!

Saturday 4th November 8pm - BONFIRE BALL - Club Tabu
The big social event of the season - come along to Club Tabu for a night of dancing, music, food and fun.  £10 per person, tickets available from events@westonlabour.co.uk 

I hope to see you at one or more of the above.

Hopefully there is something for everyone.  If you would like to attend any events and have questions, want to run any events, or have any ideas for fundraising please contact events@westonlabour.org.uk

Thank you for your continued support

Dave Townsend 

PS: Remember - the easiest way to make a regular donation to the local party and be in a chance of winning cash prizes is to join the 500 club. This is our local lottery game, with a MUCH better chance of winning than any commercial lotteries on offer.  Most entrants donate between £5 and £20 a month.  Just set up a standing order for between £1-£500 per month.
Then contact fundraising@westonlabour.org.uk with your preferred contact details to receive instructions on how to set up a standing order and to receive your lucky numbers.

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