Labour Party jargon buster
Labour Party jargon buster

We all know the Labour Party loves a few acronyms and a bit of jargon. You’ll be a pro in no time with our Jargon Buster!

Trade union or socialist society with established formal links with the Labour Party based on common values. Affiliated organisations pay a subscription to the Labour Party on behalf of their members.

Affiliated Supporter
A supporter who signs up through an affiliated organisation. For example, a trade union.

Annual General MeetingIn Camberwell and Peckham this usually takes place in October and is the meeting at which our Constituency Labour Party (CLP) and branch (BLP) Executive Officers are elected.

All Member MeetingMeeting of the Constituency Labour Party open to all members in that constituency.

All Women ShortlistProcess to increase representation of women in Parliament by reserving 50% of winnable seats for women candidates.

BAME stands for Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic.

Back Bencher
A Minister of Parliament (MP) or a councillor with no front bench responsibility.

Branch Labour Party. All members from a particular geographical area, usually along the local government electoral ward boundaries belong to a branch. The Camberwell & Peckham branches are Camberwell Green, Champion Hill, Faraday, Goose Green & Dulwich Hill, Nunhead & Queens Road, Old Kent Road, Peckham, Peckham Rye, Rye Lane and St Giles. Find out more about our branches here.

Committee of senior government ministers/shadow ministers. Also the main decision making body of a Council consisting of the Leader/elected Mayor & councillors with portfolio responsibilities.

Conference Arrangements Committee. The committee that determines the shape of the agenda for Annual Conference, and rules on the validity of contemporary and emergency motions. Acts as the steering committee for Annual Conference. People are elected to the CAC by members periodically.

Also called “door knocking”.  This is a doorstep conversation with a voter; the gold standard of election campaigning. Here we find out the things that are important to voters and encourage our supporters to get out to vote.

Constituency Labour Party. The CLP is made up of several wards and based on the electoral area for the election of MPs. Our CLP is made up of ten branches in Camberwell, Peckham and Nunhead. Our MP is Harriet Harman.

Executive Committee. Elected officers at ward and constituency level form the Executive Committee. The elected members of the Camberwell & Peckham EC are here.

General CommitteeMeetings of the GC are where decisions are made for the whole
constituency. GC delegates are elected from the Labour Party branches, Union branches and affiliated socialist societies.

General Meeting. The General Meeting is where decisions are made for the whole constituency.

Get Out The Vote. You’ll hear a lot about this around election time. Throughout a campaign we identify Labour voters (through canvassing). We then encourage them to go and cast their vote on polling day.

Get Out The Postal Vote.

Labour Group
The group of Labour councillors in Southwark Council.

Local Campaign Forum. A borough-wide group of delegates from Camberwell & Peckham CLP, Bermondsey & Old Southwark (BOS) CLP and Dulwich & West Norwood (DAWN) CLP, together with delegates from the council formed to discuss campaign issues for the borough and facilitate the selection of local council candidates.

National Executive Committee. Find out more here Labour’s National Executive Committee.

National Policy Forum. Find out more here Labour’s National Policy Forum.

One Member One VoteBallot system used for Labour Party elections, such as
the Leader and Deputy leadership elections, where all Labour Party members are entitled to one vote and where 0all votes carry equal weight.

Parliamentary Labour Party. The group of all sitting Labour MPs.

Policy to ensure gender balance. For example, at least 50% of CLP delegates to the GC, EC and Labour Party conference must be women.

Registered Supporter
A supporter who paid £3 for a vote in the 2015 leadership contest; this expires a year after the date you joined unless you re-join as an Affiliated Supporter or full Member. You can re-join here.

Short Campaign
A period of time before election day during which all details of expenditure must be sent to the candidate for inclusion in their records.

Standing Orders
A set of rules governing the functioning of local Labour Party structures. The standing orders for Camberwell & Peckham CLP are here.

Trade Union Liaison Officer. A CLP or BLP officer elected to build links with local trade unions and lead local Labour Party campaigns supporting local trade unions.

Also called a branch. The basic geographical building block of the Labour Party. Camberwell and Peckham Labour has 10 branches that map on to the 10 electoral wards in Camberwell, Peckham and Nunhead.

Young Member
If you are under 27 you are automatically a member of Young Labour.

Women’s Forum
Part of the Labour Party’s equality structures. A constituency-wide body open to all Labour Party women members in the area.
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