CLP Disability Officer
The Disability Officer is the key representative of disabled members within the CLP,
and works to ensure that disabled members are fully involved in the work of the local
party, as well as taking a leading role in making sure that the campaigning work of the
constituency reaches out and engages with disabled voters.
You should be friendly and approachable, organised, able to run events and above all
be prepared to work hard to ensure that disabled members have a strong voice within
the local party.
Key tasks and responsibilities
• Making sure that disabled members are included in all of the party’s activities
and that meetings are relevant and accessible to disabled members.
• Welcoming new disabled members to your CLP; encourage your CLP to issue an
equalities monitoring form so disabled members can self-identify.
• Reaching out to disabled people through local campaigns, and working with
disability organisations in the constituency to engage voters, highlight issues,
and get a better deal for disabled people.
• Bringing disabled members together to empower each other and ensure all
members are equipped with the knowledge and skills they need get involved.
• Running events for disabled members, including training, policy development
and social events.
• Working to recruit more disabled members into the Labour party and helping
to make sure that those members make the jump from member to activist to
• Listening to disabled people’s views and ensuring that they are reflected in
Labour’s policy making.
• Working closely with constituency and branch officers to ensure the concerns
of the disabled community are reflected and included in policy debates.
• Acting as a CLP link to Disability Labour, the party’s national affiliate
representing disabled party members and promoting participation in their
national events within your CLP (their contact details can be found below).
This role is varied and exciting, and you can make a real difference to your local party
through this position. You can choose how to focus your role and what to make your
priority depending on what sort of activities that local members want to see.
At the heart of all your activity should be the aims of building an inclusive party for
disabled members and building campaigns with the disabled community in mind,
both in respect of internal Labour Party activity, and outward looking campaign
You will work closely with your CLP Secretary and Chair, as well as branch officers,
making sure party meetings are accessible and relevant to disabled members,
advising on things such as accessible venues and printed materials, and that disabled
members are encouraged to stand for the CLP executive and other positions. With
other CLP Officers, you should work to ensure the concerns of disabled people are
reflected and included in policy debates, particularly through organising local policy
forums or events.
The other part of your role involves looking outside of the party to your local
community, and exploring how your CLP can engage people with disabilities, and
those affected by disability in your local community.
You could get in touch with your local trade union branches and set up a meeting to
discuss how you can work together with disability trade unionists groups.
Think about making contact with local branches of disability organisations. You could
set up consultation meetings, exchange speakers and run a joint campaign in the local
community. Campaigns relevant to disabled people in the local area and you should
identify key stakeholders who can get involved, such as local disability charities and
As Disability Officer, it is your role to ensure disabled members are able to get fully
involved and that their views and concerns are reflected and listened to. Local
meetings are a fantastic opportunity to increase participation by disabled members in
the CLP. At each CLP meeting, you should:
• Actively encourage disabled members to get involved in meetings and
contribute to discussions.
• Ensure feedback regarding access and inclusion from disabled members is
passed onto the CLP executive.
• Report back on your activity, campaigns and community work and highlight any
forthcoming events or campaigning.
• Introduce yourself to any members with a disability attending a meeting for the
Useful Links and Information
• If you have any questions about the role of CLP Disabilities Coordinator get in
touch with the National Women and Equalities Officer on
• Disability Labour are the national affiliate group to the Labour Party that exists
to represent and support the interests of disabled Labour Party members and
supporters. (www.disabilitylabour.org.uk ; firstname.lastname@example.org).
• Remember, you can always refer an issue to your Regional Office and get in
touch with them for advice and help. You can find their contact details here>
• You can contact the Legal and Governance Unit by emailing
email@example.com or visit
• Our online training offer can be found at members.labour.org.uk/about-labour-
training you can subscribe to our regular training emails by visiting
• You’ll find lots of useful guides and resources on member engagement, as well
as membership forms and the full MemberCentre guide in the Membership &
Supporters area on Membersnet here> members.labour.org.uk/members--
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