How it all works
Welcome to Islington North! In this section we’ll share information about how Islington North works, explain some jargon words (which we try not to use too much) and answer some questions you might have about getting involved.
The national Labour party website also has some great resources for new members – click here to find out more: https://labour.org.uk/members/
How Islington North Constituency Labour Party works
Islington North covers roughly half of the London Borough of Islington. The constituency is divided into eight wards or branches, the basic building blocks of the Labour Party. The wards are:
- Finsbury Park
- Highbury East
- Highbury West
- St Georges
Not sure what ward you’re in? Find out here: https://www.islington.gov.uk/your-area
Wards normally meet on the first Wednesday of each month. If you’re already a Labour Party member, look out for an email from your ward secretary. Members and Affiliated Supporters are welcome at these meetings.
The constituency holds a General Meeting each month. Each ward elects delegates to the General Meeting (GM). Equalities and affiliated trade unions can also send delegates.
The General Meeting is where decisions are made for the whole constituency. It normally meets on the third Wednesday of each month. Meetings start at 7.45pm and usually take place at St George’s and All Saints Church, Crayford Road, N7 0ND.
The GM elects a range positions including chair, secretary, treasurer and officers for BAME, Disability, LGBT, Women and Youth.
At the June meeting, the GM elects delegates to the Labour Party Annual Conference.
All members and affiliated supporters are welcome to attend general meetings, but only delegates can vote.
Islington Borough Council
Islington Borough Council covers both Islington North and Islington South constituencies. Each constituency consists of eight wards. Each ward elects three councillors, a total of 48 councillors overall.
Local Campaign Forum
Each ward in Islington North and Islington South sends delegates to the Local Campaign Forum. Equalities and affiliated trade unions can also send delegates. Councillors also attend.
The forum discusses matters relevant to local government and campaigning in Islington. It is also responsible organising candidate selection for local and general elections.