Brighton Pavilion Constituency Labour Party (CLP) is the official name of the Labour Party in the Brighton Pavilion constituency. We are more often referred to as Brighton Pavilion CLP, or Brighton Pavilion Labour, or just Pavilion Labour. Our CLP is managed by a General Committee (or GC) of delegates representing all Labour’s branches, affiliated organisations and trades unions active in Pavilion. The GC elects our Executive (or Exec) which is responsible for running our CLP day-to-day.
Any Labour member or supporter living in Brighton Pavilion constituency is part of our party – and very welcome. With over half a million members nationwide, Labour is now the biggest democratic socialist party in Europe, so don’t hesitate if you want to join the Labour Party or become a Labour supporter. You could be our millionth member! Most importantly, do make sure that you are registered to vote.
We have seven active branches – Patcham, Withdean, Hollingdean & Stanmer, Preston Park, Hanover & Elm Grove, St Peter’s & North Laine and Regency – covering every Pavilion ward.
These Branch Labour Parties organise local Labour events in their neighbourhoods, meeting regularly to discuss, debate and campaign on local and national issues – and to have fun! All members can attend their local branch events.
Across Brighton & Hove, Labour Party members also meet together in various groups and forums, including BAME Labour (more below), Young Labour forums for members aged under 27, Labour Students, and forums for women, LGBT+ members, Disabled members, and older people – an initiative where Pavilion Labour is taking a national lead. Sign-up with our forums to hear about their local events. Or contact Pavilion Labour to be put in touch with our local groups and forums. As a result of the Democracy Review, during 2019 our forums will be developing into full branches, and we welcome this change.
Brighton & Hove (B&H) Black Asian Minority Ethnic (BAME) Labour Forum is a city wide group to support BAME members of the Labour Party. All BAME Labour members from any of the B&H constituencies are very welcome. Meetings are held on the last Tuesday of the month at local Labour Party offices, currently alternating between 11 Dorset Street, Brighton BN2 1WA and 99 Church Road, Hove BN3 2BA. Topics will identify actions to address concerns of BAME residents in the city, and any shortcomings some may experience in the wider Labour party. These may include concerns about racism, representation or impact of government or local policy. Meetings are from 7-9pm. Refreshments are available.
We encourage all Labour members to join a TUC-affiliated union and get active with their local branch. All union members in Brighton & Hove can attend Brighton, Hove & District Trades Council meetings. These are usually held on the second Wednesday of alternate months at Brighton Friends’ Meeting House.
Brighton has a long tradition of radical politics, including some of the very first co-operatives and communal health care in Britain organised by Dr William King “the poor man’s doctor” of 1830s Brighton, who was also an early supporter of the Brighton Institute run by workers to educate the working class. This heritage informs our socialism today.