The Labour Party has over 1000 members in Canterbury & Whitstable, and is continuing to grow. We are a diverse group of local people who believe our communities deserve better than a Conservative Government and their aggressive cuts to our public services and their failed economic plan.

The Constituency Labour Party meets quarterly but is supported by two branches, one in Canterbury and one in Whitstable who run local campaigns.

The Canterbury Branch is open to members from Canterbury, Blean and the surrounding villages.

Meetings take place on the second Monday of every month, 7.30 – 9.30 pm at the Quaker Meeting House near the Marlowe Theatre.

If you are a new member thinking about attending a meeting for the first time don’t hesitate to contact the branch secretary Derry Clarke by emailing [email protected]

Local branches have their own elected representatives who help organise our campaigns locally and ensure that local people’s views are heard.

The current Canterbury Chair is Dr Andrew Lambirth. You can email him about meetings, fundraising events and how you can get involved. His email address is [email protected]

Our local campaign lead is Callum Addams. You can email him to find out about our monthly street stalls and doorstep canvassing via [email protected]

We are proud to support and work with student societies at both Canterbury Christchurch and the University of Kent. These societies are independently run but many of their members are locally registered and involved in our campaigning.

Click here for information on Kent Labour Students at the University of Kent

Click here for information on CCSU’s Labour Group at Canterbury Christchurch University


Labour's Budget Response

Last night, Labour Group Leader at Canterbury City Council, Councillor Alan Baldock, gave our response to the budget and sought amendments. He focused on the need for greater compassion towards the poor and the vulnerable in the face of radical cuts to funding from central government. These cuts, to zero in 2019, mean we can no longer function in the way we have in the past and appear to face a Hobson’s choice between drastic

Opposing the council merger

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Massive tory complacency on Mountfield!

Canterbury Labour Campaigners Simon Warley and Mike Bland attended Canterbury City Council's Planning Committee meeting last night when the complacent Tory majority on the committee voted through approval of the hybrid outline planning and detailed first phase application for the massive Mountfield development in South Canterbury. Simon and Mike agreed the impressively united ranks of Canterbury Residents Associations from all over the city, together with individual objectors, presented the committee with clear, detailed, and convincing

Proposed boundary changes: submission to Boundary Commissioners from Canterbury Labour Party

We are most concerned about the current Boundary Review. It is based on out of date and flawed data and will therefore lead to flawed conclusions. It will shift power and influence away from areas with younger, more mobile populations to areas with older, settled home owners. It will clearly serve the electoral interests of one party only, but not the interests of democrats who believe in fair representation between young and old, renters and