All Broxbourne members are invited to come and have a sociable day, meet like-minded friends, and hear how we can help Broxbourne Labour to campaign and win votes and seats at the Council Elections next year, including how to talk to voters on the doorstep.

An adviser from Regional Office will lead the programme.

Venue: The Labour Hall, Rye Road, Hoddesdon EN11 0JR.

Time: 10.30 to 3, including lunch. The day and lunch will be FREE, paid for by Broxbourne Labour.

Please could you email selinanorgrove@gmail.com by Saturday 18th January so that we can organise the catering and let me know your dietary requirements. 

Saturday January 23rd – Training Day

All Broxbourne members are invited to come and have a sociable day, meet like-minded friends, and hear how we can help Broxbourne Labour to campaign and win votes and seats...

Our first newsletter delivery was a great success but we still have more than half of Waltham Cross to cover so help would be greatly appreciated. 

We are meeting at 10.30 in the car park next to the bus station in Waltham Cross town centre.You will pass  KFC on your right in Eleanor Cross Road. Turn left into the car park entrance before the bus station (bus station postcode EN8 7LB) and you will find us in the car park. Parking is free on Sundays.

 Please contact Roy to let him know you are coming roy.wareham@o2.co.uk . He will give you a mobile number to use for contact on the day.

Please bring a rucksack or shoulder bag to carry newsletters.

Please come and help deliver newsletters in Waltham Cross on 10 January.

Our first newsletter delivery was a great success but we still have more than half of Waltham Cross to cover so help would be greatly appreciated.  We are meeting at...

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New member Nigel explains why he joined the Labour Party.

‘At the end of 2014 I hadn’t thought for a minute that 12 months on I would be a Labour Party member.  I had always referred to the party as ‘us’ or ‘we’ but had never joined.  An election was looming and in May I marched up to the Drill Hall as much out of residual loyalty, and fear and loathing of the alternatives, than any great enthusiasm. My expectation was, at best, an election result which would lead to 5 years of things not getting too much worse.  Then came that sickening moment after the exit poll was announced and the realisation that things would be getting a lot worse.

The next morning I wisely resisted the temptation to shout loudly on Theobalds Grove platform ‘Fellow travellers, I think that many of you may have made a mistake, please explain yourselves’ (or words to that effect) and thought that this energy/anger should be channelled more positively. I had been critical of many aspects of the Labour campaign, for example even my cat could see that the deficit was caused by the global financial crash and not building hospitals but we seemed inexplicably silent on this, but I had done nothing.  It was time to get off my backside and a few days later I joined the Labour Party.  Apparently, I was not alone.

It has been a decision that I haven’t regretted.  I have found the, increasingly well attended, Broxbourne Party meetings welcoming and refreshingly open. It has also been inspiring to see the surge in membership nationally and the energy generated by the leadership campaign. I have enjoyed contributing to the Party’s online presence and had my first taste of leafleting; good exercise and a lot more satisfying, although maybe less cathartic, than cursing at the TV during Question Time.  

Mostly, it is great to spend time with people who believe that austerity is not only sadistic but  is preventing the economy from growing. People who believe that foreign policy can be ethical and, not just narrowly self-interested, and who see through the nonsense that says that the top 2% of the population must be extravagantly recompensed to stir themselves into action while the rest of us have to ‘price ourselves’ into work in a race to the bottom in pay and security.  In short people who believe that things can and must get better.  (Must admit that I struggle to include Simon Danczuk in this category).

2016 is going to be tough, as any year under this government will inevitably be, but we have the challenge of local elections to look forward to as well as the inevitable spectacle of a Conservative Party in meltdown over the EU membership referendum.  So, there will be lots of opportunities for us to spread our message.  Bring it on!’

New member profile: Nigel

  New member Nigel explains why he joined the Labour Party. ‘At the end of 2014 I hadn’t thought for a minute that 12 months on I would be a...

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We would like to wish all our members and supporters an enjoyable and restful holiday break and a happy 2016.

Happy Christmas

We would like to wish all our members and supporters an enjoyable and restful holiday break and a happy 2016.

Broxbourne members are invited to come and have a sociable day, meet like-minded friends, and hear how we can all help Broxbourne Labour to campaign and win votes and seats at the Council Elections next year, including how to talk to voters on the doorstep.

An experienced adviser from Regional Office will lead the programme.

Venue: The Labour Hall, Rye Road, Hoddesdon EN11 0JR.

Time: 10.30 to 3, including lunch. The day and lunch will be FREE, paid for by Broxbourne Labour.

Members who would like to attend should email Selina please at: selinanorgrove@gmail.com letting her know if you have any dietary requirements.

Broxbourne Members Training Day: Saturday 23 January

Broxbourne members are invited to come and have a sociable day, meet like-minded friends, and hear how we can all help Broxbourne Labour to campaign and win votes and seats...

The Broxbourne Labour Newsletter, Winter 1415, can be viewed and downloaded here:  http://bit.ly/1T1SiiQ.   This has been a team effort but it couldn’t have happened without Selina’s  hard work and determination.

The Broxbourne Labour Newsletter is now online

The Broxbourne Labour Newsletter, Winter 1415, can be viewed and downloaded here:  http://bit.ly/1T1SiiQ.   This has been a team effort but it couldn’t have happened without Selina’s  hard work and determination....

Last Sunday morning 12 volunteers from Broxbourne Labour distributed over 800 copies of our newsletter to homes in Waltham Cross.   

There are many more homes in Waltham Cross to whom we want to distribute the newsletter and so we will be out again on 10 January.  All volunteers will be very welcome and we are meeting at 10.30 in the car park next to the Waltham Cross Bus Station.

If you would be able to come along on the 10th please email Roy at  roy.wareham@o2.co.uk.   Also contact Roy if you would be willing to distribute some newsletters in your own time.

800 newsletters distributed in Waltham Cross but please help us to do more

Last Sunday morning 12 volunteers from Broxbourne Labour distributed over 800 copies of our newsletter to homes in Waltham Cross.    There are many more homes in Waltham Cross to whom...

Kathy, our Party Secretary had a call from a Guardian journalist wanting info about the change in membership in our CLP since the election. He’s speaking to CLP secretaries all over the country for a possible article. Roy, our Membership Secretary, supplied this information.

Before the General Election we had 140 full members, now we have 295. The number of affiliated supporters have gone up a lot as well and we now have about 150.

 

Only 19 of the 155 new full members are under 21. Kathy told the journalist that some older members who left during Tony Blair’s years as leader have now rejoined, but that there is a wide range of ages; also that our new members come from all walks of life.

 

Kathy also told him that meetings are now attended by about 25 people, while it was 6 to 8 before the General Election, and that we discuss national issues as well as local ones. He wanted to know how people feel about Trident and Syria etc but Kathy told him that she can’t answer for our membership but that we hear support for both sides at our meetings.

 So watch this space – though the journalist said it would be a long time before the info is ready to go into an article.

 

Guardian asks about Labour membership in Broxbourne

Kathy, our Party Secretary had a call from a Guardian journalist wanting info about the change in membership in our CLP since the election. He’s speaking to CLP secretaries all...

 

Nick Bowen from Broxbourne CLP reports.

 

 

The launch meeting was held on 10 December at Enterprise House, Stansted Airport in front of an audience of about 50 people.

 

The proceedings were opened by Richard Howitt, MEP for the East of England, who commented on the needs of the east of England region and the advantages it gained from the European Union. He introduced RT Hon Hilary Benn, MP and Shadow Foreign Secretary who spoke for 15-20 minutes before taking questions from the Labour Party members and supporters. He stressed a number of key points in favour of the IN campaign: the economic advantages of European investment, trade and growth; the provision of jobs in the region and the country as a whole; the global influence secured by Britain within the EU; the long period of European peace since 1945 guaranteed by NATO and the EU; and the EU’s protection of employment and other rights, especially in the face of such Conservative measures as the Trade Union bill being considered in Parliament at the moment. Remember that Bryan Davies referred to this at our last meeting.

 

Hilary Benn answered a number of very good questions from members, including a final one from me. The questions included the extension of the franchise to people aged 16-18, the importance of facing the negative stories about the EU, such as the treatment of Greece, and social issues related to services and housing. I asked about the likelihood of the Conservative government being able to secure its supposed renegotiating points. Mr Benn’s answer indicated that there were real difficulties facing Mr Cameron since his room for manoeuvre was very tight and the opposition within his own party was so strong on certain key issues. I also showed him, and the meeting, a report called “The UK & Europe: Costs, Benefits, Options” (Regent’s University London, 2015 – Abridged & updated edition); he requested a copy which I passed on to him via the Regional Administrator of the East of England Labour Party.

 

Overall, it was a very good meeting and an excellent launch for members and supporters. Now, we need to get the message out to others in time to secure a Yes vote in the EU referendum.

The launch meeting for Labour IN for Britain – East of England

  Nick Bowen from Broxbourne CLP reports.     The launch meeting was held on 10 December at Enterprise House, Stansted Airport in front of an audience of about 50...

The Broxbourne Labour Party Winter 14/15 newsletter is ready and we need the help of members to deliver it to the people of Waltham Cross this coming Sunday morning 13th December. We will be very grateful for as much or as little time as anyone can spare.

We will be meeting in Waltham Cross at 10.30 a.m. at the car park next to the bus station, Waltham Cross town centre.  It would be helpful for people to bring a rucksack or shoulder bag to carry newsletters in.

Please contact Kathy Condon if you would like to help:   01992 468377.  kcondon@ntlworld.com

Broxbourne member Bektas is co-ordinating things on the day so if anyone has problems on Sunday please call him on:  07581 028484.

Directions to the Waltham Cross car park: You will pass KFC on your right in Eleanor Cross Road. Turn left into the car park entrance before the bus station (bus station postcode EN8 7LB) and you will find us in the car park. Parking is free on Sundays.

Help us to deliver the Broxbourne Labour Party Newsletter this Sunday (13 December)

The Broxbourne Labour Party Winter 14/15 newsletter is ready and we need the help of members to deliver it to the people of Waltham Cross this coming Sunday morning 13th...

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