We may use other words and acronyms you don’t understand that aren’t on this list, if you’re ever in doubt please just ask!
Agenda and minutes – The agenda is a list of what we plan to discuss during our meetings, and minutes are a record of what is discussed.
AGM – Each year an Annual General Meeting will be held by the CLP and the BLPs. Elections for Executive positions are held at the AGM and the Executive should also report back on the previous year as well as discuss the vision for the forthcoming year.
All-Member Meeting/EC Model – this is one of the two forms of structure allowed for Constituency Labour Parties. It consists of meetings to which all members are entitled to attend and vote at, alongside an elected Executive Committee (EC) who are the officers in charge of running the day to day affairs of the local Party. The other form is Delegate/GC.
Association of Labour Councillors (ALC) – This is the national association which all Labour Councillors (except at Parish level) have to belong to. It provides training and, if necessary, legal advice to Councillors.
Branch or BLP – The CLP is split into smaller groups called the Branch Labour Party, made up of people living in your more immediate area.
Canvassing – This is what we called the action taken by Labour Party members that involves speaking to people in their local area to convince them to vote Labour, and recording their voting intention (this last is known as Voter ID).
CLP – The Constituency Labour Party is all the members of the Labour Party in each Parliamentary constituency, and is run by a group of volunteers called the Executive.
Delegate – a member who is elected to represent their Ward/Branch/Constituency Labour Party at other Party bodies, or at Annual Conference.
Delegate-Based/GC Model – this is the other form of organizational structure for larger Constituency Labour Parties. It consists of layers, each of which elects delegates to the higher level in the local Party.
For example, a Ward Party may elect 2 delegates to the Branch level. Those delegates which form the Branch committee then elect 2 delegates to the General Committee (GC) of the Constituency Labour Party. The General Committee then elects some of their number to form the Executive Committee which manages the day to day functioning of the local Party.
Division – each County Council is split into Divisions, which work in the same way as wards do for local councils
Executive/Exec/Executive Committee (EC) – This is the group of officers who are elected by the CLP each year at the AGM to manage the day-to-day running of the local Party. They include the Chair, Secretary, Vice-Chair and Treasurer. It can also include officers who concentrate on specific areas such as trade union, youth, black and minority ethnic (BAME) or lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender members and issues (LGBT). This varies from CLP to CLP.
Labour Group – This is a body made up of all the Labour Councillors on the local Council, and it is where decisions are made relating to Council business. The Labour Group also raises money to contribute to campaigning.
Local Campaign Forum (LCF) / County Party – This is the body which is responsible for overseeing and administering the County Council candidate selection process (in the case of the County Party), or District Council candidates (in the case of the Local Campaign Forum). It is made up of delegates elected by each Constituency Labour Party which the local authority area covers (boundaries between Councils and Parliamentary Constituencies rarely match!)
Mandating – The rule book is silent on this. It is entirely a matter for each CLP to decide on whether or not to mandate. Many CLPs do mandate, as do all trade unions
Membersnet – This is the Labour Party website for members, full of useful information and online training resources (including “webinars” or online videos teaching key skills) and other useful tools. You can access it here: https://members.labour.org.uk/
MemberCentre – Not to be confused with Membersnet! MemberCentre is where membership details for all Party members are stored. This is used by the Secretary and Membership Secretary to ensure members’ details are kept up to date, and to generate membership lists to check eligibility for candidate selections and internal elections.
Motion – A formal proposal put to a meeting or committee, which is not yet agreed. Click here for a guide on writing your own motions.
Point of order – may be raised if the rules appear to have been broken. This may interrupt a speaker during debate, or anything else if the breach of the rules warrants it. The point is resolved before business continues. The point of order calls upon the Chair to make a ruling.
Quorum – the minimum number of members or delegates that must be present at any meeting to make the proceedings of that meeting valid.
PLP – The Parliamentary Labour Party, our MPs
PPC – Prospective Parliamentary Candidate, where there is no sitting MP the candidate that members select to contest the seat are known as PPCs
Resolution – When a motion is accepted and adopted, it is then referred to as a resolution.
Riso / Risograph – The “dumb printing press” which forms the backbone of any local campaign requiring printed materials. Campaign materials can also be designed online and professionally printed by the national Party for a fee.
Standing Orders – These are the local rules which govern the business of the CLP. Essentially they are based on the Labour Party Rule Book, but they can be varied from one area to another to suit local needs. You should receive a copy of these soon after joining, but if not, please ask the CLP Secretary.
Ward – each local council is split into Wards, usually based around a community.