The Labour Party is proud of its diversity and works hard to encourage as wider a membership as possible. At a local level we have officers and forums which particularly encourage women and young people to get involved.
The Women’s Group meets quarterly and is a way to engage with as many women in our branches as possible and listen to the issues that matter most to them. We are aware it is a very difficult time for families and particularly women as the Government cutbacks and austerity plans have hit them the hardest. Women are more likely to be overlooked for promotion or pay rises in the workplace, are yet to achieve full equal pay and often struggle to make ends meet.
Canterbury and Whitstable Young Labour was formed before the election to involve young Labour supporters and members in local and national campaigns. We meet in the middle of each month on a Thursday at the Whitstable Labour Club from 8pm. In the past, we have campaigned (both door-knocked and leafletted) for 2015 parliamentary candidate Hugh Lanning, we have helped at street stalls in Whitstable High Street, campaigned for Will Scobie, the 2015 Labour candidate in South Thanet against Nigel Farage, and a group of us attended the June protest against Austerity in London. We work closely with the Labour Groups at the University of Kent & Canterbury Christchurch University.