Inverclyde Labour has had a long and proud history of representing Inverclyde at various levels of Government. From the UK Parliament, Scottish Parliament to local Council level, Inverclyde Labour has represented & constantly fought hard for the hard working people of Inverclyde.
Currently we represent the people of Inverclyde at regional level in the Scottish Parliament with Neil Bibby MSP, Paul O’Kane MSP, Katy Clark MSP and in council wards 1,2,3,4,6,7 in Inverclyde. At Council level our 8 Labour Councillors make up the ruling administration of Inverclyde Council.
How the party works
As a democratic, socialist party we welcome people to join the party from all walks of life, have their say and influence policy. We welcome membership applications from individuals, families, young people, students, workers, unemployed, older people – anyone with an interest in building a better Britain – a One Nation Britain.
To newcomers, working out how everything fits together can seem a bit of a maze – but don’t let that put you off as there’s a common goal: ensuring the party remains open and democratic and helps maintain contact between the party, the people and the government. Our structure, and our open policy development process enables more people than ever before to have their say.
Where you fit in
New ideas are vital if the party is to grow and develop – and we welcome your views and experiences. Your Britain, Labour’s new online home for ideas is just one example of how the party structure has been devised so that Labour Party members can have a say on policy and contribute to our next general election manifesto.
The Set Up
Based on the electoral area for the election of MSP’s & MP’s. Via your CLP, you can choose the members from your area to represent you at annual conference and you can help select your parliamentary candidate.
Scottish Policy Forum (SPF):
The Scottish Policy Forum (SPF) oversees and conducts consultation with Party members and outside organisations on all areas of devolved policy (e.g. health, education, local government, tackling crime etc) towards developing our Scottish Parliament manifesto.
National Policy Forum (NPF):
The NPF meets several times a year to make sure that the direction of our policy reflects the broad consensus in the party. Between meetings, the representatives that make up the body liaise with the members, supporters and public who submit to the NPF. NPF representatives will respond to submissions made, ask questions and engage in on-going debate about the issues that matter to you, feeding them back when the NPF meets to move our policy forward.
The National Policy Forum includes representatives of CLP’s and regions, Labour Councillors, affiliated trade unions and socialist societies, the PLP, the EPLP and other stakeholder groups within the Party.
Scottish Executive Committee (SEC):
Made up of representatives from each section of the party – MSPs, MPs, MEPs, councillors, trade unions and CLPs. Members vote for their CLP representatives in a ballot each year. The NEC sets the party’s objectives and oversees the running of the party in Scotland.
National Executive Committee (NEC):
Made up of representatives from each section of the party – government, MPs, MEPs, councillors, trade unions and CLPs. Members vote for their CLP representatives in a ballot each year. The NEC sets the party’s objectives and oversees the running of the party nationally.
The ultimate authority in the party, Conference decides the policy framework from which the next manifesto will be drawn and sets party rules. Conference considers the policy papers prepared by the policy commissions after consulting local parties. Members choose delegates to represent them at conference – and those delegates could include you.