Congleton Constituency covers a large mainly rural area in Cheshire. It is part of the Cheshire East unitary authority. The constituency includes five towns – Alsager, Holmes Chapel, Middlewich, Sandbach and Congleton Town itself – and numerous rural parishes. Unfortunately the constituency has a long history of returning Conservative MPs to Westminster. However the tide is turning. Party membership has more than doubled since the general election.
These are interesting times for the Labour Party nationally and locally. There are strong feelings that the Party’s position on a range of national policies needs to be clarified and strengthened, such as the NHS, education, defence, taxation, local government, devolution, Britain’s role in the European Union. Discussion of responses to the civil war in Syria makes it clear that Britain’s global obligations and responsibilities need to be urgently re-evaluated.
All these and other matters generate energetic debate in monthly meetings of the Congleton Constituency Labour Party, often initiated by speakers from the Party and other agencies, which lead to CLP motions contributing to development of national Party policy. In the next few months we will select our candidate for the general election – a process that always concentrates the mind on how the Party should be represented locally as well as nationally.
We hold monthly all members meetings at the Market Tavern in Sandbach. The meetings are on the first Monday of each month, August excepted, and start at 7:30pm.
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