Why I joined Colchester Labour – Colchester Labour Members
Why do people join?
People join the party for hundreds of different individual reasons – from being fed up with the status quo or wanting to make a difference in their local community to wanting to shape policy and have a say in the direction of the Labour Party. Below are some stories from our latest members on why they joined our people powered revolution
We need a country that works for all of us, where the law is equal before all of us. To quote George Orwell “All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others”. I feel like this quote emphasises the feelings of many people in our country especially with the recent events of Corona and the Cummings Scandal. Some of us are fed up of austerity and the damage it has already done to our society. Joining labour has given me a voice to express my concerns. Labour are the party of progress formed to give ordinary people a better life. Providing protection by sealing up the cracks which our ancestors fell through. The creation of the NHS, the formation of a welfare state, Improvement of housing conditions, education and social insurance.
Other historic moments that led me to join the labour party are the end of the death penalty, the decriminalisation of homosexuality, bringing in legislation to fight racial discrimination and the national minimum wage. Labour also introduced Civil Partnerships, the Equality Act, the Human Rights Act.
Another reason for me joining is Sir Keir Starmer, a stalwart human rights defender. I have the utmost respect for him from his previous background as Director of Public Prosecutions and head of the crown prosecution service. I too have a background in law and love his want to use his skills for public betterment. In 2005 Sir Keir Starmer persuaded the House of Lords to make evidence obtained by torture inadmissible in court. Some of his appeal cases led to the abolition of the abolition of the death penalty in Caribbean countries. In 2013 he led an inquiry which led to extra protection for rape and child abuse victims. His ability to dissect an argument and come up with an astute response is neigh on incomparable. I believe this is shown in the recent poll changes and I hope they continue in the same vein.
Too often people are excluded from politics, they feel like it is a world in and of itself. I don’t want it to be that way. We need to make politics more open; it needs to be less elitist. Labour strives towards that goal.
Am I eligible to join?
If you’re 14 or over, not a member of another political party, and are a British citizen or have lived in the UK for a year or more, then absolutely; come on in. We need your passion, your experience and your voice in our movement.
How much does it cost?
As little as £3 a year. Most members pay our standard rate of £4.38 a month and many choose to pay more to support our campaigns.
We’re built on the contributions of our many dedicated members. Your membership fees pay for the posters, leaflets, rallies and events that you see up and down the country. Every penny is put to good use. Without our members’ contributions, we simply wouldn’t be able to run the Labour Party.
Keep an eye out for a membership pack in the post. Your membership card is in there – along with a whole host of useful information about what you can get involved in. As soon as that arrives, you’ll be a card-carrying member of the Labour Party.
You’ll have a say in our policy and vote in internal elections. We’ll provide you with all the tools and resources to get involved in events, campaign days and rallies and introduce you to a huge movement of other like-minded members. By joining, you’ll also become a part of your local Labour Party, who will be in touch with ways you can get involved with loads of different campaigns and events near you. You can get involved in everything from policy making to campaigning to social events right away.