As your CLP’s Policy Officer, you will have a lead role in bringing the Labour Party’s people-powered policy making process, the National Policy Forum (NPF) to life. It is your responsibility to offer members meaningful opportunities to play their part in developing Labour Party policies, and to help members learn about and engage with current Labour Party policy consultations. You’ll act as a main point of contact in your CLP with the Policy Development Team based in Head Office and will liaise with your regional NPF representatives to help keep your CLP’s membership up to date with and involved in their work, and encourage members to play their part in the policy making process.
This role would suit those with an active interest in various aspects of politics, a sound knowledge of, or ability to become familiar with, current Labour Party policy priorities, the Labour Policy Forum website and the policy making process, good organisational and communication skills, and a commitment to empower members by encouraging them to help develop Labour Party policy.
A strong CLP Policy Officer will help to facilitate discussions around policy topics, inform members about the process of party policy formation, encourage members to take part in consultation events and formulate policy submissions around issues that are important to them and facilitate their submission to the Party.
Key Responsibilities and tasks
- Work with your local NPF Representatives and the Policy Development Team to communicate their work to members in your CLP, and support members to engage with the policy making process.
- Organise and facilitate regular policy discussions.
- Facilitate the formulation and submission of policy motions through member engagement.
- Keep yourself and others informed about current party policy consultations, procedures and strategies, as well as wider political matters.
- Work with other Executive Committee members (especially the Political Education Officer, if there is one) to deliver educational sessions on party policy consultations and procedures.
- Work closely with equalities officers in your CLP to ensure all voices are heard in the policy making process.
- Develop a strong understanding of Labour Party policy making processes and keep abreast of changes to this.
- Raise awareness of, and encourage members to make individual submissions to the Labour Policy Forum website regarding issues they care about.
- Ensure that policy development feeds into local campaigns and community organising activity and vice versa.
- Ensure that all those participating within the policy process are aware of the guidelines and code of conduct when discussing policy.