Bridgwater Branch Labour Party

YOUR HELP is NOW NEEDED for the Elections

Friday, 14 April 2017Leave a reply

Please can members and supporters have a look at the dates and options below and see if and when they can lend our hard working candidates a hand with the County Election campaign and the 2 Eastover By elections.

Generally at this stage we are looking for help knocking on doors, canvassing, and especially offers to put up ‘I’m Voting Labour‘ posters.

On Thursday 4th May we will need help staffing the polling stations.

If you can help with any of these get in touch with the candidate or direct at .

Or call the Labour campaign number on 07487 300802

Labour County Leader Cllr Leigh Redman


Candidate Leigh Redman says “We are heading for the home stretch, If you can give me a hand to distribute my second leaflet I would be grateful, if you want to do some in your area then let me know so that I can drop a few to you.Thank you in advance, your time & support is really helpful.”

28th April 1400hrs Wills road Shops (Bowerings and Allen road area)

Call me to help – Leigh 07971 484039

Tony Heywood, Labour candidate for Bridgwater West


Candidate Tony Heywood says “I am focusing on canvassing and asking for people to contact me directly on 07919 166355 and I will work around their availability – I am also happy for individuals who are prepared to deliver leaflets  in a specific area to contact me and I will provide the leaflets”.

The Bridgwater West ward includes Victoria (Kendale road/Chilton st,carnival estate) along with Wyndham Ward – including Durleigh, co-op estate etc.

With no UKIP candidate standing to confuse voters Tony is working hard to recover lost labour voters and needs our help to regain this ward for labour.

Out canvassing Saturday 29th April Meet Admirals Landing 10.30. Then again 3.00 Meet Victoria Park Community Centre. Tuesday 5pm Meet Admirals Landing.

Needs help staffing polling stations on May 4th.
On the day, we will be knocking up after work. We would really appreciate any help.


Candidate DIOGO RODRIGUES says he needs help as follows;-


Any offers of specific streets welcome


Saturday 29th 11am till 1pm


Door knocking week beginning 24th April – locations and times to be circulated at a later date – all members please come along and help



Help is needed on the day in Eastover staffing polling stations but also knocking on doors and canvassing in the week ahead.



Jane Grenfell -North petherton


To help candidate JANE GRENFELL

Final leaflet drop
On Saturday North Petherton 9.30am in the car park
Saturday North Petherton 2.30 in the car park
On Sunday 11am mop up Stockmoor (not much needed)
On Monday
North Newton 11am for 2 hours final personal leaflet drop.
If anyone can help with transport to or deliveries in the Lyngs or Broomfield over the weekend that would be fab


Philip King is looking for help delivering small batches of leaflets to one or more of the many rural areas around this vast constituency. Contact us on for help

Bridgwater Labour Members out supporting County Election Campaign

Tuesday, 11 April 2017Leave a reply
Tony Heywood’s team out in Bridgwater West

Local Labour Members and Supporters have been out in force this weekend to help Bridgwater West Candidate Tony Heywood win in the upcoming elections.  They have been doing leafleting, dropping off cards and helping voters to register to vote.  Also, they have been canvassing out on the doors.

The response has been phenomenal so far.  Out in the seat, the Labour vote is definitely there and the team have been listening to voters’ concerns.  Many voters have said they are fed up with the tories in County Hall and are ready for change.  Many voters were unaware of UKIP’s collapse here in Bridgwater as they aren’t fielding any candidates and the Lib Dem’s poor showing over previous elections.

Continue reading “Bridgwater Labour Members out supporting County Election Campaign”

Southampton MP to visit Bridgwater

Tuesday, 14 March 2017Leave a reply
Eastleigh by-election.Alan Whitehead MP stock.Saturday 23rd February 2013.

On 25th March Southampton Labour MP Alan Whitehead will be speaking at Unity House, Bridgwater at 1-2pm for a question and answer session. All members are invited..

Womens officer Chelsea Chadwick said”MP Alan Whitehead will be visiting us for a social event and to do some campaigning afterwards for county council candidate and Bridgwater & West Somerset Young Labour chair Diogo Rodrigues in his Bridgwater East ward. We have invited members from Taunton and Bristol to come along so hopefully it should be a great event in Bridgwater!

To read more about Alan click here

Energising Labour in the South West: Learning from Momentum

Tuesday, 14 March 2017Leave a reply

YEOVIL CLP OPEN MEETING: 20th March 2017, sponsored by Yeovil CLP

“Energising Labour in the South West: learning from Momentum”

19.30 – 21.00 (doors open at 19.00; refreshments available)

Yeovil Rugby Club, Dorchester Road, Yeovil BA22 9TR

We are very pleased to welcome Jon Lansman and Gary Tucker to talk to us so that we can learn from the success of Momentum and be more effective in taking the Labour message into our communities.

The meeting is open to all.

Jon Lansman

Jon founded Momentum, was the leader of Jeremy Corbyn’s election campaign, and is the editor of website “Left Futures”. Jon will talk about how Momentum has been so successful in motivating its membership.

Gary Tucker

Gary is one of the founders of Momentum Somerset and a recent re-joiner of the Labour Party after being disaffected with it during the Blair Years and the decision to go to war with Iraq.  As well as working as an activist in his local CLP in Bridgwater where he is the newly elected  branch secretary, he works online to engage Labour supporters and members through email campaigns and Social Media.

Bridgwater Branch AGM Report

Wednesday, 8 March 2017Leave a reply
Bridgwater Branch Labour Party holds it;s AGM

At tonight’s Bridgwater Branch Labour Party AGM some new faces were elected, some old faces retained and some others shuffled around. Here are the scores on the doors….


Branch Secretary GARY TUCKER


Branch Treasurer LEIGH REDMAN

Branch Press Officer BRIAN SMEDLEY Continue reading “Bridgwater Branch AGM Report”

County Election Leafleting

Wednesday, 22 February 2017Leave a reply

With the County Council elections in May, Labour has got off to a flying start by delivering our newspaper,laying out our position and introducing our candidates. We have set out a timetable of dates to deliver in each area and where to meet and we now really do need the support of ALL of our vast army of new members and supporters to get out there and help us on whichever days they can.

Continue reading “County Election Leafleting”

Call to action for Labour members

Tuesday, 31 January 2017Leave a reply
Labour MP Kerry McCarthy will speak to Bridgwater Young Labour on Sat 4th Feb

At this weeks Bridgwater & West Somerset  GMC  meeting it was agreed to call on members to get involved right now in building the party and pushing the Labour message locally. There are several key events which we need your support at.

Saturday 4th February Bridgwater Labour Youth are holding a launch event in Unity House and Bristol MP Kerry McCarthy will be speaking. The meeting will start at 12.00 and will be held in the Dance Studio on the first floor. Although the meeting is designed to launch the youth group we ask as many members as possible to come along to support the event.

Also on Saturday we will be holding a meeting to agree the content of the election material for the County Council campaign. This meeting will be held at 1100 in the downstairs meeting room Continue reading “Call to action for Labour members”

Labour Youth Group established in Bridgwater

Sunday, 15 January 20171 Reply
Cllr Diogo Rodrigues

Bridgwater & West Somerset Youth and Student Officer Diogo Rodrigues (also a Bridgwater Town Councillor and a candidate for the Somerset Council elections, has chaired a meeting to establish a Young Labour group in the Constituency. Diogo says  “It was great to see young people passionate about the Labour Party and full of great ideas. The committee has been set up so now we can really move forward and think of great ways to get more young people actively involved in the party and campaign on issues that really matter to them. We would really encourage any young member (ages 14-26) to come along and be a part of this exciting new group.”

The group has set up a Facebook site and young members from across the County within that age range are invited to sign up to it and to support the events.

Find the Facebook site here. Continue reading “Labour Youth Group established in Bridgwater”

Bridgwater Branch Actions Launch 2017

Wednesday, 11 January 2017Leave a reply
Members were virtually nose to nose at a packed meeting at Unity House

The first Bridgwater Branch meeting of the New Year has seen a major policy discussion on a Transport Strategy plus the launch of a series of action days to step up Labour’s campaigning profile in the area.

On Saturday 14th January members are welcome to come to Unity House at 1030 to meet County Council candidates and help us draw up our County Election Strategy and pick out what we want to use from the newly published Manifesto and what other local issues we want to concentrate on. Anyone who wishes to contribute is welcome.

To view the County Labour Manifesto click here

Cllr Diogo Rodrigues (far left) announced his Labour Youth meeting this saturday

At 1200 on the same day our Youth & Student officer Cllr Diogo Rodrigues will be holding a meeting for Labour Youth. Diogo will be planning future activities including an official launch on February 4th with MP Kerry McCarthy. Anyone interested is welcome to drop in to Unity House and get involved.

On Saturday 21st January Bridgwater Labour Party will be taking part in the National Campaign Day on the subject of the NHS and Social Care. This will take place on the Cornhill, Bridgwater from 11am to 1pm. All welcome to join us.

Julian Taylor (chair) and Liz Leavy (secretary) attempt to control the unruly yet organised socialist hordes

On Monday 23rd January Labour members are urged to attend the Anti-Fracking film  presentation  (‘Groundswell Rising’) at the Victoria Park Centre (7pm)  and seek common ground with anti fracking activists to launch a major campaign in the area.

The next Bridgwater Branch meeting will be on Wednesday 8th February when the key policy subject will be Energy (7.30 Unity House)

Christmas Socials as Labour Prepares for the Campaigns ahead

Friday, 9 December 2016Leave a reply
Chelsea and Jane get the news that they have been selected as candidates for Labour in the 2017 County Council elections
Chelsea and Jane get the news that they have been selected as candidates for Labour in the 2017 County Council elections

Seasonal greetings to everyone out there. Especially our many new members and supporters who have yet to become members or who just want to help build Labour in the years ahead.

Next year is the Somerset County Council elections and we have now selected our 7 candidates for the Bridgwater area.

Bridgwater South LEIGH REDMAN

Bridgwater North & Central DAVE LOVERIDGE

Bridgwater West TONY HEYWARD

Bridgwater East & Bawdrip DIOGO RODRIGUES

North Petherton JANE GRENFELL


Cannington PHIL KING

Campaigning will start in January 2017. Until then there’s a couple of Labour social events where everyone has the chance to get to meet each other, the candidates, the sitting councillors, members, friends and so on.

Labour Party social and quiz night at Bridgwater Arts Centre
Labour Party social and quiz night at Bridgwater Arts Centre


The Labour Party Social at the BRIDGWATER ARTS CENTRE. This is a Free event and will start at 7.30 with a brief introduction to what’s going on in the party locally and nationally and followed by a fun general knowledge quiz by Brian Smedley. The bar will be open and nibbles will be available. Please feel welcome to just turn up and bring Labour leaning friends along with you




The SPICE CLUB Indian restaurant in Eastover,run by Labour Party member Karim Miah, has offered us a Banquet evening (£10 a head – includes poppadums, starters,main meal, rice or bread) for as many members as can turn up. Banquet will be served at 6pm. So if you are interested please contact us by Monday  12th on to reserve a seat.