Local parties depend on leadership from the CLP Chair. Other officers look to the Chair to provide support and direction and members depend on their leadership to organise and inspire them in effective campaigns. Effective Chairs facilitate meetings, decisions and ensure the CLP operates fairly. The role requires impartiality, co-ordination, diligence and excellent communication and leadership skills.
Key Responsibilities and tasks
- Lead and build the strategic direction of the CLP
- Support and encourage an effective officer team. The Chair should ensure all officers keep in regular contact with each other
- Provide a warm welcome for all members and ensure they have a stake in the direction of the CLP
- Chair CLP meetings in a fair and open way in accordance with the Labour Party rules.
- Have an overview of all roles within the CLP
- Work with other officers – especially the CLP Secretary, to put together a 12 month development plan for your CLP. This will help you focus on what you need to achieve over the year
- Organise follow up meetings to ensure they are sticking to your plan
- Ensure Standing Orders are up to date and comply with Labour Party rules.