VIEW FROM THE CHAIR – January 2017
SNAP Labour started the year with a bang as our speaker at the first branch meeting was Garry Hassell, the Health and Safety Officer for the RMT. He had been one of the speakers for the Lewes branch Open Meeting on the train dispute, and returned to Seaford to provide us with a real insight into why the guards were going on strike. He was so inspiring that we intend to hold a public stall in both Seaford and Newhaven if the strike continues into February.
We kickstarted our election campaigning for the ESCC by arranging a “phone tree” where virtually every member of SNAP was contacted by a group of active members and invited to a wine and nibbles party: one being held in Seaford and one in Newhaven. This PR activity proved useful in galvanising support from our core activists and recruited a few more.
A monthly SNAP Labour stall has been introduced to raise our profile in the community. One in December was to support the Labour NHS Day of action and our recent stall outside Seaford Library in January was anti Austerity with placards shouting “Austerity isn’t working – Stop the cuts!” The valuable one-to-one conversations held with local residents by a large number of members proved so useful that we recruited some new members. We were delighted to see this event recognised by Jeremy in the form of a promotional email from Head Office to all members. A second stall on the same subject will be made later in January in Newhaven Precinct.
Our social stretch now includes a monthly Politics in the Pub session, a monthly lunch alternating between Newhaven and Seaford, and a newly organised book group.
We have not only grown in number but built a strong community of socialists!
Please look out for our Annual SNAP dinner at the Seaford Head Golf Club on Saturday 25th February. Our guest speaker is Peter Kyle MP. Some tickets are still available.
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