Clayton West and Scisset Branch Labour Party minute book DDL/8

Dated Nov 1979- Dec 1986

Extent: 1 volume

Minute book for the Clayton West and Scissett Branch Labour Party from Nov 1979 to Dec 1986 (there is a gap in the minutes between Feb 1985 and Apr 1986, when it seems that the minutes were recorded elsewhere). The minutes record the Party's work to ensure the upkeep of the constituency's facilities such as public toilets, playing fields, local party membership drives, fund raising events, care of war memorials, drains and sheltered accommodation. The minutes record the decreasing membership numbers and money raised by the Party over the majority of this period.

The minutes also record: the merger of the Emley Branch with the Clayton West and Scissett Branch in Oct 1982 before then merging with Skelmanthorpe in 1987; the boundary changes to the Denby Dale area; and the nominations of candidates and the subsequent canvassing work and campaigns for the parliamentary, parish, district party, constituency party, county party, euro-constituency party, and central organisation elections.

On 1 Oct 1981 the minutes record the decision of the quarterly Constituency General Meeting which mandated the National Conference Delegate to vote for Tony Benn in the election for the Deputy Leader of the Labour Party. The minutes of this meeting also record that the Branch went against the Labour Party's national appeal to distribute 100 fund appeals to people in the area because they believed that it may put people off the party by looking too 'mercenary'. In 1984 the minutes record the Branch's invitation to the local reps from the NUM (National Union of Mineworkers) to address the Branch Party meeting regarding the miners' dispute.

Minutes and committee papers

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