I would like to take this opportunity to say thank you to Derbyshire Dales CLP and its members who have enabled me to write and publish my thoughts on these web pages. My first journal entry was general information about who I am and why I wanted to become involved, now I’d like to share how and what I have been able to do, so far, to reach my objectives.
Deciding to become more involved in political issues is the first step; the next steps have required a little patience and research. Finding some way of contributing has been more difficult than I anticipated but there is a way for everyone to contribute and I strongly believe that we all have a part to play. Social media is one of the tools these days employed by multi-million pound corporations, small businesses, and political movements, as well as individuals. The social media pages initially gave me the ability to link myself to Momentum, the movement that has helped to engage a wider audience in political discussion and which is supporting the Labour grass roots drive to put the party, with Jeremy Corbyn leading, into power. Social media has it’s pitfalls but it is an effective way to monitor how people are thinking and there are a great many people who are willing to help guide, offer support and provide links to information. It is through social media that I learned about the Labour party NHS campaign day, held on Saturday 26th November 2016 and to which I subsequently attended to support.
During the last few weeks, I have been able to connect with my branch secretary and am now able to attend branch meetings. ‘Branch’ is the smallest section or group of Labour party members, it is the local branch (BLP) that according to the Labour Party rule book has the responsibility of ensuring members are able to “participate”. For most people BLP is the first port of call in finding out what is happening in the area that they live in. Through attending the branch meetings I have learned that mundane matters are the ‘norm’ and that there are often ordinary but important jobs to be done like delivering newsletters, for which volunteers are always very welcome.
I have started to read information on Labour party web pages, especially that provided on membersnet. Membersnet is a resource available for Labour party members; it has a growing content of information and learning resources that I am finding extremely useful.
As I learn, I am finding it easier to understand political reports, jargon and issues at both national and local levels. My confidence is increasing and along with it my ability to “participate”, ask questions and share information.