How does the Labour Party work?
From local Labour teams, right up to the National Executive Committee, Labour is a volunteer-led organisation. Explore the different teams within Labour and how we make policy.
Your local Labour team
The Labour Party is made up of smaller networks operating in all the different regions of the country. Through them, you can get involved with the party in your local area.
Constituency Labour Party (CLP)
Your CLP is your local party based on your constituency and it’s a hub of activity and community organising. Via your CLP, you can choose the members from your area to represent you at Annual Conference and you can help select your parliamentary candidate.
Branch Labour Party (BLP)
Many CLPs organise themselves into smaller units called branches. Branches get to choose the local council candidates to represent your area.
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There are several different ways policy is created in the Labour Party.
Local and regional Labour Policy Forums
As a member you may be invited to attend local and regional policy discussions throughout the year. Informal, friendly gatherings, each discussion makes submissions to the policy commissions via the Labour Policy Forum website.
Submissions to Labour Policy Forum do not have to stem from events. Anybody can share their views and ideas throughout the year on the Labour Policy forum website.
National Policy Forum (NPF)
The NPF meets several times a year to make sure that the direction of our policy reflects the broad consensus in the party. Between meetings, the representatives that make up the body liaise with the members, supporters and public who submit to Labour Policy Forum.
NPF representatives will respond to submissions made, ask questions and engage in ongoing debate about the issues that matter to you, feeding them back when the NPF meets to move our policy forward.
The National Policy Forum includes representatives of CLPs and regions, Labour Councillors, affiliated trade unions and socialist societies, the Parliamentary Labour Party (PLP), the European Parliamentary Labour Party (EPLP) and other groups within the Party.
Labour’s eight policy commissions are tasked with carrying out the detailed work developing our ideas within their specialist areas. They meet regularly to consider the submissions made through Labour Policy Forum and to hear evidence from experts, and are responsible for drafting the Challenge Papers and Policy Documents you will find on the Policy Forum website.
The membership of each of Labour’s policy commissions is drawn from our National Policy Forum, the Shadow Cabinet and our National Executive Committee, and reflects all parts of our movement, including grassroots Labour Party members, representatives of affiliates such as trade unions, and elected politicians.
The ultimate authority in the party, Annual Conference decides the policy framework from which the next manifesto will be drawn and sets party rules. Conference considers the policy papers prepared by the policy commissions after consulting local parties. Members choose delegates to represent them at conference – and those delegates could include you.
Our Shadow Cabinet is one of the top teams at Labour, made up of the Leader of the Labour Party and their chosen team who shadow the top government roles.
In the pursuit of transparency and accountability, you can explore details of previous Shadow Cabinet meetings with proprietors, editors and senior media executives below.
Our commitment to equal pay
We are committed to transparency on the gender pay gap, in line with our commitment to equality.
In June 2016, an inquiry into antisemitism and other forms of racism was chaired by the former Director of Liberty Shami Chakrabarti. You can read the findings report, below.
NEC Statement on All Women Shortlists, women’s officers and minimum quotas for women
On 22 May 2018, the Labour Party’s National Executive Committee passed a formal statement reaffirming the party’s position on All Women Shortlists, women’s officers and minimum quotas for women.