The Labour Party has nearly 800 members  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 Whitstable, Seasalter & Tankerton.

Meetings take place on the first Monday of every month, 7.30 – 9.30 pm at the Whitstable Labour Club on Belmont Road.

If you are a new member thinking about attending a meeting for the first time don’t hestitate to contact the branch secretary Naomi Smith 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 Whitstable Chair is David Rees. 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 Julia Seath. You can email him to find out about our monthly street stalls and doorstep canvassing via [email protected]

The Whitstable Labour Club is an independently run and managed members-only bar serving the Grimshill Estate and Central Whitstable. The club regularly hosts our meetings, fundraising events and provides a venue from which we can meet members and the local community.

Click here for information on the Whitstable Labour Club


Cllr Bernadette Fisher's letter denouncing the CCC's decision on the Oval development

Sir, Much has been said and written about the appalling decision on Tuesday April 26th by CCC's planning committee to approve the developer's plans for the Oval. In particular, it was suggested that there were 'no planning grounds' to object to the building of 'Manhattan-on-sea'.  This could not be further from the truth.  Every point made by objectors, including my fellow Gorrell Ward Councillor Clark, was based on the Local Plan, the Conservation Area Appraisal,

Tomorrow's line-up!

Our panel for the Education debate tomorrow is now as follows:

Joanne Bartley, Chair of Kent Education Network


Joanna Williams, Education editor for Spiked-Online (also UoK academic)


Phil Karnavas from The Canterbury Academy

Tim Luckhurst, school governor, journalist and academic @TCHL

The chair is John Wightman - Dean of Faculty of Social Sciences

This Monday - Important Public Meeting about the future of Whitstable

Come and have your say about what our town should look like. If we can set up a Neighbourhood Plan we have the legal right to influence decisions by Canterbury Council that affect us. Help us define the issues, geographical area etc. Monday 25 April at 7.30pm, St John's Methodist Church, Argyle Road.

Local voices, local choices – Whitstable debates!

Make your voice and views heard at a brand-new, free event, Whitstable Debates. The Whitstable branch Labour Party is hosting a series of public debates on key local issues – the first is on Tuesday 26th April at 7.30pm in St. Alphege CE Infant School Hall, Oxford Street, Whitstable, CT5 1DA.

The idea of local debates was first suggested by the late Richard Stainton, much-respected Whitstable resident

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