Role Description for Working Class Officer
Eddisbury CLP Working Class Officer Role
The motion debated at Eddisbury CLP on Weds 17th March 2021 sets out the evidence in relation to the steady decline of working class engagement and visibility within the Labour Party, which is well-documented and acknowledged by the Labour Party formally, within the rule book and the Democracy Review. Its approval establishes a commitment from the CLP to create a dedicated officer role to begin to pro-actively address this, thereby improving democratic representation within the CLP and providing a suggested roadmap for other CLPs that may wish to do likewise.
Role-Holder Values and Insight
Candidates for the role of Eddisbury CLP Working Class Officer must self-identify as working-class (as opposed to middle class or affluent), long-term low-income or unemployed or working long-term in routine or manual (as opposed to professional or managerial) work. Under-represented members within this social grouping may also be from a low-income background, be a care leaver, the first in their family to go to university, or be living/raising children at or below the poverty line.
The role will be appointed by the CLP annually with a remit to work to improve working class inclusion and representation within the party at all levels, with recognition by the CLP that just as working class engagement with the party has declined over decades, it will also take time and effort from all within the CLP and across all levels of the party to rebuild this relationship.
As with all liberation positions, it is important the CLP selects a person who identifies with and understands first-hand the interests, issues and many class-based barriers that need to be acknowledged and addressed and who is willing to champion this agenda whole-heartedly. Such a position is urgently needed in the context of plummeting working class electoral support for the party and engagement with politics overall.
Candidates for this role can self-nominate and will need a seconder. The main criteria will be that they identify as having been disadvantaged by class/income-based discrimination, are determined to effect change on this issue within the Labour Party and society more widely, are willing to reach out pro-actively to offer support to others who have been similarly affected and are willing to challenge denial of the problem alongside any practices and structures that either actively or passively exclude or deter working class and low income people from full involvement in the Labour Party on an equal basis as necessary.
This is a new role. Within a party that is now predominantly populated by middle class people, those raising this issue can sometimes come under attack. The values and insight of the role-holder along with the support of CLP colleagues will determine the effectiveness of the role.
CLP Working Class Officer - Key Tasks: