Acronyms, jargon and technical terms: Learn to speak Labour

  • Affiliated Supporter (of the Labour Party): a supporter who signs up through an affiliated organisation. e.g., a trades union
  • AGM: Annual General Meeting – Wards, the CLP and the LCF all hold AGMs at which officers are elected and finances reviewed. Ward AGMs are in September, the CLP in October and the LCF in January
  • AMM: All member meeting (a meeting that all our members are invited to e.g. CLP meetings)
  • AWS: All Women Shortlist
  • B&G: Beauchief and Greenhill Branch – one of the 5 branches within our CLP
  • BLP: Branch Labour Party or Ward
  • board, running the board: named after the clipboard on which the organiser records information canvassers have learned from talking to the electorate whilst named after the clipboard where the organiser writes down any details canvassers have learned from talking to the electorate whilst doorknocking
  • Campaign Co-ordinator: Ward Campaign Co-ordinator or Organiser, elected at the AGM, responsible for organising canvassing sessions
  • canvassing (also called “doorknocking”):  talking to members of the public to ask how they will vote or persuade them to vote Labour
  • CLP: Constituency Labour Party. Our local Labour Party is Heeley CLP.
  • Contact Creator: the Party’s national voter database
  • doorknocking (also called “canvassing”): talking to members of the public to ask how they will vote or persuade them to vote Labour
  • EC: Executive Committee (of the CLP or LCF)
  • ex officio: because of one’s office e.g., the MP and their Agent are ex officio members of the CLP Exec
  • GC: General Committee; previous term for CLP meeting
  • GM: General Meeting (of the CLP) – meets on the last Thursday of every month except August and December, usually has an external speaker along with a report from the MP; all members are welcome.
  • GOTV: Get Out The Vote
  • GOTPV: Get Out The Postal Vote
  • Group: the group of Labour councillors on Sheffield City Council
  • GV: Gleadless Valley Branch – one of the 5 within the CLP
  • LCF: Local Campaign Forum – a city wide group made up of delegates from each Sheffield CLP, all members can attend although only delegates may vote on issues.
  • Member (of the Labour Party): A full member of the Labour Party paying the Standard, Reduced, Youth, Student, Armed Forces or affiliated Trades Union rate. See
  • MembersNet: MembersNet is where you can manage your membership, update your contact details, find out about national training and campaigning resources. MembersNet includes a series of recorded webinars aimed at new members
    To access MembersNet go to and register using your email address and party membership number; thereafter log in as you would to any other site. Your membership number can be found on your membership card and membership-related correspondence or by contacting the national Party ( ; 0345 092 2299). See also
  • NEC: National Executive Committee – find out more here
  • NPF: National Policy Forum – find out more here
  • OMOV: one member, one vote
  • PPC: Prospective Parliamentary Candidate
  • PLP: Parliamentary Labour Party
  • Registered Supporter (of the Labour Party): A supporter who paid £3 for a vote in the 2015 leadership contest; this expires a year after the date you joined unless you re-join as an Affiliated Supporter or full Member You can re-join at
  • short campaign: A period of time before election day during which all details of expenditure must be sent to the candidate for inclusion in their records
  • TU: Trades Union A list of trades unions affiliated to the Party can be found here
  • Ward: the geographical area in which councillors represent. Sheffield CLP is made up of 5 wards; Beauchief & Greenhill, Gleadless Valley, Graves Park, Park & Arbourthorne and Richmond
  • young member: if you are under 27 you are automatically a member of Young Labour

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