Bridgwater Branch Labour Party

Campaigning Resumes for General Election

Thursday, 25 May 2017Leave a reply
Wes Hinckes back on the campaign trail

After a short gap in campaigning due to the tragic events in Manchester, we have now been given the go ahead to start campaigning again. At last nights campaign meeting we outlined a programme of events and activities which members can get involved in. Check down below for how you can help.


Wes’s election address has hit the letterboxes today, but our main  leaflet will be the next edition of the Bridgwater and West Somerset Rose . An A3 sized newspaper for the whole district. Our priority will be getting it out. If you can help please look at the timings below or keep instantly up to date by logging onto and joining the Facebook group ‘Bridgwater and West Somerset Campaigners’

A series of leaders for each area was agreed, these people would be responsible for taking the newspapers to the meeting place and identifying which streets to do and then reporting that back to Unity House.


Day Time Subject Meeting place Co-ordinator
Fri 26th 1200-1800  Rose available for collection Unity house Gary
Sat 27th 11am-1pm Labour Stall at the Cornhil Cornhill,Bridgwater 11am Hadrian
  2pm-4pm Leafletting in WEST STREET West street shops 2pm Kath
Mon 29th TBC Porlock Leafleting   Katherine
  6-8pm Leafleting Rhode Lane Bridgwater Rhode Lane shops 6pm Wes
Tues 30th  1030 leafletting of Eastover Triangle La Kage, Eastover 1030 Dave
  6pm-8pm Leafletting of Taunton road Taunton rd shops 6pm Liz
Wed 31st 2pm-4pm Leafletting of Westover Splash car park 2pm Brian
  6pm-8pm Leafletting Duck Estate Mallard close 6pm Dave
Thurs 1st 6pm-8pm Leafletting Bristol road Sainsburys 6pm Brian
Fri 2nd 10am-12 Labour stall in Minehead   Hadrian
  6-8pm Leafleting in Wellington rd , Railway station 6pm Dave
Sat 3rd 11-1pm Labour Stall at Cornhill Bridgwater Cornhill Bridgwater 11am Hadrian
  2-4pm Leafletting on Parkway Parkway shops 2pm Brian
Sun 4th 2-4pm Leafleting in Woolavington Woolavington co-op 2pm Wes
Mon 5th 9-5pm Porlock Monday TBC   Katherine
  6-7pm Leafleting in Westonzoyland Rd Co-op westonzoyland rd Wes
Tues 6th 6-8pm Leafletting in Bower manor Tesco express 6pm Wes
Wed 7th 9-5pm #onlylabour campaigning   Katherine
Thurs 8th   Polling day organisation   Brian


The following people have agreed to take a limited number of ROSES and arrange distribution in the following areas. Maybe you could also offer to take some for your area?? Contact us or drop in to Unity House during the opening hours (scrawl down)

Laura Costello Kendale road
Jane Grenfell Stockmoor
Barry Leathwood Cannington & Combwich
Kath Pearce Co-op estate-selected streets
Molly Warren Docks and Chilton street
Brian Smedley Town Centre



Tony Heywood was in charge of getting out posters and poster boards.


Brian Smedley would co-ordinate the staffing at Unity House during the campaign

Day Time staff staff
Fri 26th 0900-1800  Gary, Brian
Sat 27th 11am-1pm Labour Stall at the Cornhil Hadrian
  11am-2pm Pat  
Sun 28th   Bank holiday  
Mon 29th      
Tues 30th 10am-1pm Hadrian Gaye
  2-5pm Tony  
Wed 31st 11-1 Dave  
Thurs 1st 10-2 Brian  
  2-4pm Liz  
Fri 2nd 10-1 Tony  
  1-5 Jane  
Sat 3rd 9-11am Laura  
  11-1pm Labour Stall at Cornhill Hadrian
  11-2pm Pat  
Sun 4th      
Mon 5th 9am-1pm Leigh  
  1-5pm Glen  
Tues 6th 9am-1pm Leigh  
  1pm-5pm Brian  
Wed 7th 10am-1pm Dave  
  1pm-5pm  Glen  
Thurs 8th   Polling day organisation  

We are arranging wifi   Duties will be maintaining a Labour presence in town centre building and advising people on how they can help with leafletting rotas, door knocking,events etc


Brian Smedley will be in charge of co-ordinating polling day activities. This will largely mean volunteers to cover the polling stations. Local Labour councillors will be asked in the first instance to arrange cover for their regular stations , Brian will then fill in the gaps

Polling stations 7am-10pm      
Westover Town Hall Westfield church Trinity Hall  
Eastover All Saints terrace Railway club    
Hamp Hamp infants      
Victoria Victoria park CC      
Fairfax Sydenham CC      
Bower Infants school      
Dunwear St Johns & st Francis      
Wyndham St Marys school St Josephs school Westover green school  
Woolavington Woolavington CC      
North Petherton Somerset bridge school NPCC    


There are a series of events during the election which members are welcome to help with or participate in, these include the leafletting etc above, but also specific events to promote Wes Hinckes and suggested socials

Day Time Subject
Fri 26th 9-11:30pm Somerset Wildlife Trust YMCA (The Canal + Meads Eco-Park)
  12-2pm Bridgwater College Fiona Kolley
  2-3:30pm Bridgwater Food Bank Bridgwater
  6-7:30pm Door knocking on Taunton road Bridgwater
Sat 27th 1-1pm Labour Stall at the Cornhil Bridgwater
Mon 29th TBC Porlock Leafleting
Tues 30th 10:30-1pm Federation of Small Businesses Holiday Inn, Taunton
  7-10pm NFU Hustings  Wheddon Cross
Wed 31st 9-12pm Williton Wednesday TBC
  10-11am Northfield House (Residential Home) Tower Hill TA4 4JR
  11-12pm Williton Library or Social Club TBC
  1-2pm SHAL Housing and Summerfield Housing Development Watchet
  1-5pm Watchet Wednesday TBC
  7-10pm Bridgwater Talking News (Charity Commitment)
Thurs 1st 3-5pm EDF Education Programmes Bridgwater, Mallard Way
  7-9pm YMCA Hustings tickets on a first come first served basis!
Fri 2nd 10am-12 Labour Stall in Minehead
Sat 3rd 10-6pm Just Living Conference (Personal as Attendee) Taunton
  8-10pm Spice Club with Labour Team (Contact Laura
  11-1pm Labour Stall at Cornhill Bridgwater
Mon 5th 9-5pm Porlock Monday TBC
Tues 6th 6-8pm World Cafe @ The Engine Room  ,Bridgwater
Wed 7th 9-5pm #onlylabour campaigning
Thurs 8th 7am-10pm Polling day organisation

For general queries or to be directed to the right contact email


Meet the Labour Candidate for the General Election

Saturday, 6 May 20171 Reply
Wes Hinckes

With the Local elections over and our Local Labour candidates now safely re-elected we need to focus on the General Election set for June 8th. This time round the candidate hasn’t been chosen by the local membership but instead by a panel of 3 set up by the National Exec and South West Regional office.

The candidate for Bridgwater and West Somerset will be WESLEY JOHN HINCKES, a Bridgwater based Sedgemoor District Councillor.

Bridgwater Branch secretary Gary Tucker says “Bridgwater Branch has   arranged a Campaign meeting for when the Branch Meeting was due to take place (before meetings were suspended).  It is this Wednesday 10th May at 7.30pm in Unity House, Dampiet Street, Bridgwater.  

Continue reading “Meet the Labour Candidate for the General Election”

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.

Dave, Chelsea and Tony are seeking volunteers to staff 4 polling station at different times of the day from 7am until 10pm. These include the Boys club on All Saints terrace, The Railway Club on Wellington road, Sydenham Community  Centre and St Johns and St Francis.

Contact Dave to confirm your availability

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”