North West Durham Constituency Labour Party (CLP) is your local Labour Party based on your constituency and is 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 and council candidates. You can also get involved with contributing to the development of policies and promoting current Labour policies in campaigning activities.

How we work

North West Durham CLP is a member led organisation who meets regularly in All Member Meetings (AMM’s) to decide our policies. Our CLP works according to the Labour Party rule book and a letter of understanding between the constituency and the NEC from 2011 when the All Member Meeting system was adopted, together with some other minor amendments.

At our Annual General Meeting (AGM), we elect an executive committee of officers to manage the day to day affairs and activities of the party.

The current officers of the party are:

Chair – Fiona Nicol
Secretary – Stephen Baker
Vice Chair – Patrick Wilkins
Vice Chair Membership – Andy Walker
Treasurer – Jack Simons
Women’s officer – Linda Acres
Campaigns officer – Charlotte Warris
Political education officer – Jane Hedges
Disability officer – Jo Casey
LGBT+ officer – Yvonne Hardman
BAME Officer – awaiting election
Youth officer – Declan Mulholland
Policy officer – awaiting election
Fundraising officer – Emma Heenan
Social media and communication officer – Calvin Bone
Trade union liaison officer – awaiting election

Additional non-voting positions are:
Labour Group Observer – Laura Nicol
Auditors – Allan Ranson / Bill Broad

North West Durham CLP also organises into smaller units called branches. Branches get to choose the local council candidates to represent your area and have elected representatives to the executive committee.

The current representatives are:

Burnopfield & Dipton – Cllr Ivan Jewell
Consett – Yvonne Hardman
Consett – Brian Harrison
Consett – Linda Acres
Consett – Marje Hopper
Consett – Michael Twiss
Consett – Morgan Hardman
Consett – James Colwell
Consett – Jo Casey
Crook – Alan Myers
Crook – Cllr Andrea Patterson
Willington & Hunwick – Cllr Olwyn Gunn
Willington & Hunwick- Ursula McArdle
Lanchester, Burnhope & Castleside – Brynnen Ririe
Lanchester, Burnhope & Castleside – Cllr Jude Considine
Lanchester, Burnhope & Castleside – James Batty
Weardale – Janet Matthews
Weardale -Sarah Hudspeth
Tow Law – Fiona Nicol
Tow Law – Patrick Wilkins

There are also other additional members of the executive committee that are appointed by trade unions or affiliated bodies who make small financial payment annually. This is a measure of solidarity but also gives them rights in selecting/re-selecting our candidates for elected representatives.

The current representatives from affiliated bodies (appointed by regional trade union boards) are:

Dave Telford – Unite
Brynnen Ririe – Unison
Tom Clark – CWU
Colin Raffo – USDAW
Fraser Tinsley – Fabians

Our branches meet regularly to discuss local party business. Our current branches and their secretaries are:

Willington & Hunwick – Olwyn Gunn
Crook – Alan Myers
Tow Law – Fiona Nicol
Weardale – Owain Gardener
Lanchester, Burnhope & Castleside – Sarah McCormick
Consett  – awaiting election
Burnopfield – Ivan Jewell
Langley Park (Esh) – Jane Hedges (operating informally)

Durham County Councillors:

Willington & Hunwick – Cllr Fraser Tinsley
Willington & Hunwick – Cllr Olwyn Gunn
Crook – Cllr Andrea Patterson
Tow Law – Cllr Richard Manchester
Lanchester, Burnhope & Castleside – Cllr Ossie Johnson
Lanchester, Burnhope & Castleside – Cllr Jude Considine
Delves Lane – Cllr Jane Brown
Delves Lane – Cllr Malcolm Clarke
Burnopfield & Dipton – Cllr Joanne Carr
Burnopfield & Dipton – Cllr Ivan Jewell

Other bodies you may hear about:

  • Local Campaign Forum (LCF) – The LCF organises campaigning on county wide matters such as Durham County Council and Police, Crime & Victim Commissioner elections.  We are represented on this body (ex officio) by the CLP Secretary, Stephen Baker and the CLP Campaign Co-ordinator, Charlotte Warris.
  • Labour North – Labour North is the body of the party which co-ordinates the party across a regional basis. The North region includes Durham, Tyne & Wear, Northumberland, Tees Valley, Cleveland and Cumbria. The work of Labour North is carried out by paid staff answerable to the NEC and General Secretary.  The democratic structure and policy making of Labour North is conducted by a biannually regional conference to which we send delegates to and a regional board elected by the regional conference.  Our current representatives on the Regional Board are Sheila Williams and Chris Turner, both from City of Durham CLP
  • NEC – The National Executive Committee (NEC), runs the Labour Party between conferences.  It is made up of around 30 members from a range of sections and nations of the party.  Information about members can be found on the follow link –
  • NPF – The National Policy Forum (NPF), helps prepare policy for agreement by Conference.  Representatives are elected at the beginning of each cycle of policy review by all members.  In North Region, we have six representatives: Clare Williams, Mary Foy, Denise Robson, Harry Cross, Lewis Atkinson, Linda Hobson and Simon Henig. All members have the chance to contribute to the National Policy Forum through its website and other consultations.
  • Annual Conference – This is where the Labour Party agrees their rules and policy.  Each CLP has a vote at conference and can send delegates to vote and represent their views on policy making decisions.
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