The branch structure within the Stroud Constituency Labour Party (CLP) is a vital part of the efficient and effective operation of the local party in meeting the needs of its constituents. The large and rural nature of the constituency makes the branch structure vital for reaching very diverse communities where they live, and to understanding their needs and concerns and then translating them into policy and action at ward and constituency level.
It is in the branches that important local issues are debated and knowledge and experience is shared.
Most branches hold a meeting once a month where they
- discuss policy issues at local and national level;
- receive reports from elected members of Gloucestershire County Council (GCC) and Stroud District Council (SDC);
- invite guest speakers;
- organise social and fundraising events;
- campaign and canvas on doorsteps both locally and further afield.
This is the place for new members to find out more about the party and meet like-minded people from their neighbourhood.
At times of local elections, the branches become even more active in selecting and supporting candidates for SDC and GCC in their bid for election.