The Chair is the principal political officer of this Party and shall represent this Party as necessary in public, with the Borough Council Labour Group and all other public representatives of this Party including Members of Parliament. The Chair shall represent this Party as the principle contact with employed members of the Labour Party wholly or partly under the direction of the Reading and District Labour Party in consultation with the Secretary and Treasurer. The Chair shall preside at the All Member Meeting and the Executive Committee Meeting except for such constitutional matters as defined in Section VI.2. He or she shall be an ex-officio member of all sub-committees, policy forums and the campaign unit, but may if he or she wishes, delegate either of the Vice-Chairs or other EC member, to represent him/her. At meetings of sub-committees the Chair or nominee shall only exercise a vote as a casting vote. The Chair shall also act as deputy Treasurer of this Party and together with the Treasurer shall ensure that this Party meets its legal and financial responsibilities under the Political Parties, Elections and Referendums Act 2000.
Vice-Chair. The Vice-Chairs shall deputise and act on behalf of the Chair on such matters as the Chair shall determine and shall take on such other responsibilities as may be allocated by the EC. In the absence of the Chair, or in the event of the Chair wishing for whatever reason to vacate the chair, one of the Vice-Chairs shall deputise. In the event of a dispute as to which Vice-Chair will take the chair, the matter will be settled by the drawing of lots. The Vice-Chair for the appropriate constituency shall Chair all separate meetings of the individual constituencies held for constitutional purposes of:
- the selection of candidates or nominees for Parliament (providing he or she is not a candidate)
- disciplinary matters,
- any other such meetings as may be required by the rules of this Party or the Labour Party.
- The Treasurer shall be responsible in consultation with the Officers and, if appropriates, such Trustees as may be appointed from time to time for the finances of this Party. He/she shall ensure that a written report on the finances is given to each ordinary meeting of the Executive Committee. The Treasurer shall be responsible for ensuring this Party meets its legal and financial responsibilities under the Political Parties, Elections and Referendums Act 2000 in respect of donation reporting, the filling of accounts and, if applicable the auditing of accounts, and shall be the registered treasurer of the accounting unit, as notified by Party Head Office to the Electoral Commission.
- The Secretary shall be responsible for the administrative machinery of the Party in consultation with Officers and under the direction of the EC. He or she shall be an exofficio member of all sub-committees, policies forums and campaign unit. The Secretary shall be responsible for ensuring that minutes of the All Member Meeting and Executive Committee are taken, complied and held on file. The Secretary shall be the main point of contact for enquiries from members of this Party. He or she shall work to ensure membership of this Party remains a priority.
- The Women’s Officer. The Women’s Officer shall be responsible for liaison between the Executive Committee/All Member Meeting and the Women’s Forum when in being, and for advising on campaigns affecting women. The Women’s Officer shall act to maintain contact with other sympathetic Women’s organisations in Reading. The Women’s Officer shall monitor the level of Women’s involvement at all levels of this Party, including its branches, and among public representatives of this Party and shall report to the EC and make recommendations on such matters. The Women’s Officer, in collaboration with the EC, shall work to encourage women to become more active in the Party and to seek elected office, providing support to those so doing.
- The Youth Officer shall be responsible for liaison between the Executive Committee/All Member Meeting and Reading Young Labour and Reading University Labour Students, as well as advise on campaigns Reading and District Labour Party – Approved September 2012. Last Amended June 2015. 22 affecting young people in Reading. The Youth Officer shall work with Reading Young Labour and Reading University Labour Students to encourage the political education of young members and encourage them to both become active in the Party and to consider seeking elected office. The Youth Officer along with the Chair of Reading Young Labour and the President of Reading University Labour Students shall ensure that this Party maintains good links with the national Youth Labour and Labour Students organisations.
- The BAME Officer shall be responsible for liaison between the Executive Committee/All Member Meeting and the Ethnic Minorities Forum when in being, and for advising on campaigns affecting Black, Asian minority ethnics. The BAME Officer shall act to maintain contact with other sympathetic organisations representing ethnic minorities in Reading. The BAME Officer, in collaboration with the EC, shall work to encourage ethnic minorities to become more active in the Party and to consider seeking elected office.
- The LGBT Officer shall advise on campaigns affecting the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender community. The LGBT Officer shall act to maintain contact with other sympathetic organisations representing the LGBT community in Reading, as well as maintain good links with the national LGBT Labour association. The LGBT Officer, in collaboration with the EC, shall work to encourage members of the LGBT community to become more active in the Party and to consider seeking elected office.
Information Technology Co-ordinator
- The Information Technology Co-ordinator shall principally be responsible for maintaining and progressing this parties use of technology such as Contact Creator, Nationbuilder and Mosaic to ensure our continued electoral success. He or she shall stay abreast of the latest technological developments and provide assistance to members on how to use both Labour and nonLabour software to increase electoral success.
Fundraising and Events Co-Ordinator
- The Fundraising and Events Co-ordinator shall ensure that our Party maintains a presence at local events within the community and shall coordinate the Party Secretary and Chair to ensure that events are publicised. He or she shall also work with the Treasurer and Secretary to arrange fundraising events and dinners with the goal of increasing the party’s financial resources.
Trade Union Officer
- • Build strong links between RDLP and local trade union branches.
• Work to ensure that affiliated trade unions have an effective voice within RDLP.
• Develop relationships with trade union branches, trade union delegates, full-time officials, shop stewards and local unionised workplaces. The TULO is the first line of communication between RDLP and union contacts.
• Work to increase union affiliations to RDLP and to maximise attendance and involvement of those affiliated union delegates.
• Help to build joint campaigns together with RDLP and local affiliated trade unions and work to get trade union members and RDLP members campaigning together.
• Ensure regular communication between local affiliated trade union members, union representatives and Labour’s elected representatives.
• Organise events and campaigning activities in order to increase the engagement of trade union branches and delegates.
• Encourage every RDLP member to be a member of an affiliated trade union, to join their union’s political fund and get active in their union.
• Be an advocate for a strong relationship between RDLP and the trade union movement and support and defend the role that unions play in RDLP.”
- The Campaign Organiser shall be responsible, in consultation with the Chair, for the organisation of elections and campaigning. The Campaign Organiser shall be responsible for liaison with individual ward organisers concerning their electoral and campaigning arrangements. When parliamentary candidates are selected the Campaign Organiser shall be responsible for liaison with those candidates. The Campaign Organiser shall be responsible for ensuring that the Campaign Unit is convened and chaired and, with Chair, Group Press Officer/Comms, Deputy Organisers, Agents as appointed by the EC, and other appropriate officers, for executing decisions.
Chair of the Policy Forum
- The Chair of the Policy Forum is responsible for facilitating the policy process as set out in the rules and seeking to maximise the involvement of party members in the process.
The Disability Co-ordinator will be the key representative of disabled members within the Reading & District Labour Party (RDLP), and works to ensure that disabled members are fully involved in the work of the local party, as well as taking a leading role in making sure that the campaigning work of the constituency reaches out and engages with disabled voters.
The role is currently a non-voting co-opted member of the Executive Committee as requested by the members at an All Member Meeting on the 17 November 2017.