Lewes Branch

At the AGM on February 23rd, the following were elected to the Branch Executive Committee:

CHAIR – TONY ADAMS

VICE-CHAIR – EMILIA BOLIN RANSOM

TREASURER – RICHARD BASKOTT

WOMEN’S OFFICER – MAGGIE SYMONDS

DELEGATES TO LEWES CLP GC – MICHAEL KEANE AND PAM LEWIS

AUDITORS – JERRY GOULD AND GABY WEINER

MINUTES SECRETARY – PAM LEWIS

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VIEW FROM THE CHAIR – March 2017

I was very honoured to be elected chair of The Lewes branch of the Labour party on 23rd February at our AGM. It will be a huge task to fill the shoes of our last Chair, Vincent, who has worked tirelessly on behalf of Lewes Labour, throughout a particularly lively time for our party, and growth in our branch – by membership our Lewes Labour is now the biggest political party in Lewes with almost 1,500 members.

Vincent won’t be leaving us though, he’s promised to help as I find my feet, and keep me on track. So thank you ever so much Vincent from all of us in the branch, and I shall try my very best to keep up the great standards you have set.

So what can I offer Lewes Labour in the coming year?
Well, a commitment and passion to ensure that all our members have a voice, and that no well-directed enthusiasm is stifled. To determine that the branch is a beacon of best practice which nurtures community-based initiatives whilst engendering a healthy respect for informality. And despite what our mainstream media would tout, to show through our words and actions that there is a positive Democratic Socialist alternative to the Tory’s austerity programme. That there is such a thing as society, and that ‘US’ is so much more powerful than ‘ME’.

Whichever ‘division’ you are in, I’d ask you to support our four dynamic Labour candidates for the East Sussex County Council Elections on May 4 by leafleting, campaigning, putting posters in your windows and of course voting: Nick Belcher (Chailey Division), Belinda Chapman (Ringmer and Lewes Bridge), Emily Clarke (Lewes), and Jerry Gould (Ouse Valley West and Downs). With your help we really can make huge inroads locally. So thanks and good luck to Nick, Belinda, Emily and Jerry.

We’re working hard to ensure that there are many ways to engage with Lewes Labour, from our Labour Neighbour initiative to our sponsoring of young talent for a career in politics. So we’d love you all to be involved in some way with your branch. But it’s entirely up to you how you engage. As well as a branch meeting every month, where we can discuss the latest hot topics, we also have a couple of lively Facebook groups, and Twitter for those whose views can be expressed within 140 characters. And, as we’re lucky to have so many wonderful hostelries why not come and join one of our friendly, relaxed ‘Politics in the Pub’ evenings.

Hopefully, I’ll get to know more and more of you as the year progresses, but in the meantime if you have any questions just email me at chair@leweslabour.org

This is all getting very exciting!.

Tony