Delegates from Plymouth at this year’s Labour Party Conference in Manchester have reason to be cheerful after Plymouth Labour Party triumphed in the party’s National Best Practice Awards.
Plymouth Labour Party was picked by Tom Watson MP, Labour’s deputy chair and campaign co-ordinator, to win the Best Practice Award for campaigning.
Labour won all its target seats in May this year to take control of Plymouth City Council. Furthermore, Honicknowle Labour Councillor, Nicky Williams, is standing to be Devon and Cornwall’s first ever Police and Crime Commissioner.
Commenting on the award, Labour Council Leader Cllr Tudor Evans said: “Labour volunteers worked their socks off to win back control of the city council in May. To receive the recognition of Labour’s top brass for our efforts is incredible and will further inspire Labour members and supporters in the City as we approach the Police and Crime Commissioner elections in November. I’m thrilled – this is an award that every volunteer in Plymouth who helped Labour win can feel proud of, thank you.”
Alison Seabeck, Labour’s MP for Plymouth Moor View, who was part of the team who collected the award from Ed Miliband, the Labour Leader in Manchester said: “Labour members are out every week talking to people on the doorstep, listening to their views on our City. This award is brilliant news because it reflects the growing interest in Plymouth in Labour’s policies.”
Plymouth Labour’s campaign efforts were chosen after the party successfully recruited over 500 Registered Supporters in the run up to the May local elections. Registered Supporters is a new type of Labour Membership category allowing Labour voters to vote in Leadership elections and receive news from the party as a Labour Member would. Introduction of Registered Supporters was a reform driven through by Labour Leader Ed Miliband at last year’s annual Labour Conference to open up the way the Party works. In the two months leading up to the local elections in May Plymouth Labour signed up more Registered Supporters than any other local Labour party across the UK.
Here’s a video showing why Plymouth Labour won the award: