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 party website also has some great resources for new members – click here to find out more.
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 which ward you live in? Find out here.
Each ward has its own committee and meets on the first Wednesday of each month. Each ward has three Councillors – a total of 24 across the constituency of whom 23 are Labour Councillors. All members are warmly welcome to attend their local ward meetings and a lot of what we do is organised at this level.
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.
On the third Wednesday of each month, we hold a General Meeting (GM) of the CLP. These usually have a speaker on a topical issue, as well as a report from our MP, Jeremy Corbyn.
The General Meeting is where decisions are made for the whole constituency. They are able to pass policy and to elect delegates to other bodies, such as the national Labour Party Conference amongst others.
The GM elects a range positions once year at our AGM including chair, secretary, treasurer and officers for BAME, Disability, LGBT, Women and Youth amongst others who form part of the Executive Committee (EC) and who collectively manage the day to day running of the local party.
At the June meeting, the GM elects delegates to the Labour Party Annual Conference.
All members can attend these meetings, but only delegates (who are elected by the CLP wards, affiliated unions and socialist societies) 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 across the two constituencies which the council covers. It is also responsible organising candidate selection for local and general elections.