Dartford Labour Party exists to promote democratic socialist politics for the parliamentary constituency of Dartford; part of the Southeast regional division of the European Parliament; six divisions of Kent County Council; the 45 seats of the Borough council area; and for various parish and town councils within that area.
Our prospective parliamentary candidate is Simon Thomson, presently a BBC journalist. Labour holds one of the six county seats (Tom Maddison in Dartford North); eleven seats on Dartford Council, where Geoff Prout is Labour leader and leader of the Opposition. Annaliese Dodds has recently been returned as Labour MEP for the region.
Members meet monthly, and contribute to making national policy through all-member meetings and policy forums. The National Policy Forum collates this work and reports to the National Conference each September. Full membership is open to anyone over the age of 15, who are prepared to subscribe to the principles and policy of the party. Affiliated organisations include many Trade Unions; the Co-operative Party; and socialist societies such as the Fabians.
Labour values are expressed in the statement of aims in the Party Constitution:
The Labour Party Constitution
Clause 4 – Aims and Values
1. The Labour Party is a democratic socialist party. It believes that by the strength of our common endeavour we achieve more than we achieve alone, so as to create for each of us the means to realise our true potential and for all of us a community in which power, wealth and opportunity are in the hands of the many not the few; where the rights we enjoy reflect the duties we owe and where we live together freely, in a spirit of solidarity, tolerance and respect.
2. To these ends we work for:
(a) a dynamic economy, serving the public interest, in which the enterprise of the market and the rigour of competition are joined with the forces of partnership and co-operation to produce the wealth the nation needs and the opportunity for all to work and prosper with a thriving private sector and high-quality public services where those undertakings essential to the common good are either owned by the public or accountable to them.
(b) a just society, which judges its strength by the condition of the weak as much as the strong, provides security against fear, and justice at work; which nurtures families, promotes equality of opportunity, and delivers people from the tyranny of poverty, prejudice and the abuse of power.
(c) an open democracy, in which government is held to account by the people, decisions are taken as far as practicable by the communities they affect and where fundamental human rights are guaranteed.
(d) a healthy environment, which we protect, enhance and hold in trust for future generations.
3. Labour is committed to the defence and security of the British people and to co-operating in European institutions, the United Nations, the Commonwealth and other international bodies to secure peace, freedom, democracy, economic security and environmental protection for all.
4. Labour shall work in pursuit of these aims with trade unions and co-operative societies and also with voluntary organisations, consumer groups and other representative bodies.
5. On the basis of these principles, Labour seeks the trust of the people to govern.