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Leyton & Wanstead Labour Party

Constituency Officers 2014-15

Chair: Greg Eglin

Secretary: Liam Ronan

Treasurer: David Hayes

Vice-Chair: Kate Purcell

Campaigns Co-ordinator: Clyde Loakes

IT Co-ordinator: Andrew Lock

Political Education Co-ordinator: Richard Price

Young People’s Co-ordinator: Stephanie Akomeah

BME Co-ordinator: Lizzy Ali


To contact any of the above, email leytonwansteadclp {at} gmail(.)com


Welcome to the Leyton & Wanstead Labour Party!

We have over 700 members; men and women of all ages and backgrounds.

There are many areas of activity in which we are involved: political discussion, social events, fundraising events and, of course, political campaigning on local and national issues.

How can I get involved?

You can join the Labour party here, or if you don’t feel ready for that yet, then sign-up here for free to become a registered supporter.

You are helping the Labour Party simply registering your support, but there are many more ways of helping and getting involved. We are an active Party and would like you to join in some of our activities.

While there are many parts to the Labour Party the best way to find out what is going on and how to get involved is to go to your branch meetings. At branch meetings members all have a vote and can help influence Labour Party policy.

As well as attending meetings you can also attend or help organise social or fundraising events or help with our campaigning work.

To find out more about getting involved locally, then just email leytonwansteadclp {at} gmail(.)com

The Constituency and its Elected Representatives

Leyton and Wanstead constituency came into being in 1995 following boundary changes. Our first MP was Harry Cohen, previously the MP for Leyton. Leyton & Wanstead is unusual in that it falls within 2 Boroughs – Waltham Forest and Redbridge. Our MP is John Cryer. John was born in Yorkshire but moved to London when he was 18 and has spent most of his time since then in east London. In 1997 he became Member of Parliament for Hornchurch and quickly established a reputation as a hard-working local MP with very independent views.

John was elected as MP for Leyton & Wanstead in May 2010.

Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) are elected on a London-wide basis under proportional representation. Since May 2014, London has been represented by Labour MEPs Lucy Anderson, Seb Dance, Mary Honeyball and Claude Moraes.

Local Government

The Councils make decisions that affect all of us locally; our local councillors are elected every four years and each ward has three councillors. As well as attending Council meetings and meetings with the general public some Councillors also attend Labour Party meetings to discuss issues of importance to their council. In the period leading up to a local election everyone who has been a member in the constituency for six months has a vote in selecting the Labour candidates for the ward in which they live. They may also stand for selection as a council candidate themselves.

Leyton & Wanstead Labour Party Branches

Leyton & Wanstead Labour Party is made up of eight branches/electoral wards. Six are in Waltham Forest and two in Redbridge. The branches meet regularly once a month, although there are usually no meetings in August or December. Each branch elects its own officers once a year (usually in February) at its Annual General Meeting (AGM).

To find out more about which branch you live in, email: leytonwansteadclp {at} gmail(.)com

General Committee

The General Committee (GC) is the Constituency Labour Party’s governing body. It brings together delegates from all over the constituency – from branches and affiliated organisations. Our MP John Cryer and other party representatives also attend.

The GC meets monthly on the fourth Friday of every month (except August and December) at 7.30pm at a range of venues. At its AGM the GC elects officers to take responsibility for the various Party functions.

The GC decides Leyton & Wanstead Labour Party’s policy by discussing and voting on the resolutions put forward by branches and affiliates. It oversees the selection of the Party’s candidate for the general election and coordinates local campaigning, political and fundraising work. The MP and delegates to other parts of the Labour Party report on what has been happening and listen to members’ views.

All Leyton & Wanstead Labour Party members may attend GC meetings and are encouraged to do so, but only elected delegates may vote. Discussion often spills over beyond the end of the meeting and Leyton & Wanstead members can often be spotted having a late night discussion over a drink and/or curry!


Some of the most important work we do is campaigning. This might be a big campaign, like the part the Constituency played in the ‘Save Whipps Cross Hospital’ campaign or it might be something very local. But whatever campaigning work we do is important because it keeps us close to our community.

There should be regular year-round campaigning in all our wards and this includes meeting local residents on their doorstep, having street stalls and putting out newsletters to keep residents informed about what the local Labour Party is doing – newsletters need to be done regularly and we are always very glad to have extra people willing to deliver to a couple of streets.

The last thing we want to hear is any local resident saying ‘we only see you at election time’.

Which brings us on to …


Our main activity at election time is to maximise the Labour vote. We do this by identifying our supporters in advance of the election, checking who has voted on election day and reminding those who have not voted to get out and vote before the polls close.

We find out who our supporters are by canvassing – by knocking on people’s doors or telephoning and asking few simple questions about the forthcoming election including which Party or candidate they are likely to support.

As well as finding out who’s likely to vote Labour our canvassers make sure those voters who haven’t made up their mind are given positive reasons to support us. Canvassers also give supporters window posters and help people obtain postal votes.

Members who haven’t canvassed before always go with experienced canvassers.

There’s always a huge number of leaflets to deliver at election time too and usually in a very short period of time, so extra help is always appreciated.

And on election day itself we need people to knock on the doors of everyone who’s promised to vote for us to make sure they do! This is what it’s all been building up to, it can add hundreds of votes to our candidate’s total and make the difference between winning or losing an election.


All this activity costs money and members are encouraged to get involved with the fundraising activity of the Constituency and branches. There is usually a Constituency Dinner with a speaker as well as other events organised by the branches.


Need more information?

If there’s anything more you need to know, then you might like to take a look at the Labour Party’s website or feel free to contact us on leytonwansteadclp {at} gmail(.)com.









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