Eden & Penrith Branch
The Eden and Penrith branch re-formed in April 2016 after being inactive for more than ten years. It is the largest branch in the CLP, both numerically and geographically, which poses challenges for our development. So far meetings and events have taken place in Penrith but we aim to organise in all parts of the area eventually. Recently we decided to meet more frequently to get to know one another better and develop as activists.
We have around 400 members and a core group who have been coming to meetings. As well as discussing business we meet in a Penrith pub where all are welcome for friendly chat and political discussion. Since reforming we have campaigned on the EU referendum, including door-to-door leafleting, and more recently we leafleted and talked to the public in Penrith about Labour’s opposition to the expansion of grammar schools – the “Education not Segregation” campaign. We stood candidates in the May 2017 county council elections and worked to help our 2017 General Election candidate Lola McEvoy.
Our most recent was with the May 2019 elections for Eden District Council (EDC) and the Penrith Town Council. We fielded 6 candidates in the area covered by our branch and came very close to winning a seat. Even more positively, we had 5 members elected to the Penrith Town Council as labour Councillors.
Business meetings are normally in the Penrith Community Fire Station on the last Monday of each month (except August and December) from 7:15pm to 9:15pm. The AGM is usually in May.
Our chair is Dave Knaggs, the treasurer is John Woodman and the secretary is Mike Shepherd.
Easy Fund Raising
Whenever you buy anything online – from your weekly shop to your annual holiday – you can raise funds for your Labour Party branch in Penrith and Eden at no cost to yourself. This will enable us to do more leafleting, campaigning and even buy some banners.
- Either install the Donation Reminder on your laptop or PC. A reminder pops up whenever you are on a retailer’s site – simply click on “Activate donation” when buying something. NB you can’t install this on a phone or tablet.
- Or each time you want to shop, search first for a retailer at www.easyfundraising.org.uk – click on the link to ensure that we get a donation for your shopping at that site.
There are over 3,000 shops and sites on board ready to make a donation, including Amazon, John Lewis, Aviva, the trainline and Sainsbury’s. Remember: there’s no extra cost to you for doing this.