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

News

Electoral register falls by 13%.

Canterbury and Whitstable constituency has had the biggest drop in numbers of people on the electoral register in the country.  Last year over 12,000 people disappeared from the register locally, according to figures published by the Official for National Statistics on 22 February. Details and background information can be found here.

Tribute to Ron Pepper, former Labour Group leader and Deputy Leader of CCC by Julia Seath

(includes excerpts from Mercury Today and the Guardian newspapers)
My husband Trevor and I first met Ron and Jane through the Labour Party in the early 1990s after they moved back to his birthplace of Canterbury, the city for which he had a deep attachment and where he had grown up and was educated before, during and after the war.
Born in the City in 1934, the eldest of three children, Ron lived in Canterbury during the

Human rights action

On Saturday, January 30th the Labour Party will be taking part in the Canterbury and District Human Rights Network Joint Action Day at the Master's Lodge, 58 St Peter's Street (the courtyard next to Eastbridge Hospital) Canterbury, from 10.00am to 3.00pm. Please come along to support this important campaign against Tory plans to scrap the Human Rights Act and replace it with a weaker version.

Labour Opposes Boundary Review

As Labour councillors we are most concerned about the reduced electoral influence Canterbury voters will have resulting from the current review of Parliamentary boundaries.

Through sharp political practice by the Conservative Party, power will shift away from the young, the mobile and those living in rented accommodation towards those who are older, settled and home owners. Of course this is designed to benefit the Conservatives.

How is this happening?

The Boundary Commission is required by Parliament to review