Political Information

About GMB and Politics

Cath Speight, National Political Officer 

Mike Payne, Regional Political Officer for the Wales & South West Region -  Mike has been a Labour and trade union activist for over 30 years.  He has held numerous roles within the GMB and the Labour Party but is currently the Chair of Wales TULO, Chair of Welsh Labour and Chair of the Welsh Labour Party's Policy Forum - mike.payne@gmb.org.uk

Politics has always flowed through GMB because we know that politics is really everyday life. From how much you’re paid to what rights you have when you get to work, to the cost of childcare or even how late the pub stays open – it all comes back to a political decision someone, somewhere has made.

GMB’s Political department exists to help our members understand how politics influences our lives and in turn to influence politics to deliver positive change for us, our families and our communities.

GMB will continue to support the Labour Party as the party that best represents our policies, we will continue to provide political education for new shop stewards and run political awareness courses in regions when asked to do so. We also work with TULO to provide training and support for Trade Union members who aspire to become elected representatives in whatever capacity and in whatever political institution.

We will work with all our elected representatives to support and promote GMB policies.  We want more of you our members to get active in your branches and communities and any help and support you need to this just get in touch with either us or your regional Political Officer whose details are contained in these pages.

At our Congress in 2012, GMB passed a political strategy to help politics – and the Labour Party – look and sound more like the people it represents. 

GMB also runs a Labour Councillor Network. The Councillor pages are for elected GMB Labour Councillors only, so you will need to sign up to access them. Once you are in, there“s a range of useful information and materials including model motions and Best Practice from across the country. You can sign up to the Network by emailing your name, membership number, elected Local Authority to councillors@gmb.org.uk

On our political pages you can find information about national and regional political teams, information about how to get more politically involved and information about how GMB works with the Labour Party. You can get involved in our current campaigns

If you’d like even more information than that, head over to GMB Politics to see more about training courses and action you can take to make GMB’s voice heard with the people we elect to represent us. 


Join the Labour Party Now

As a GMB member you can join the Labour Party for only £1.80 a month, that's only £21.50 a year.

You can join the Labour Party immediately online now. Just visit http://tujoin.labour.org.uk/tu or download a Labour Party application form.

Once you have joined the Labour Party you can start changing its policies to reflect the things that you believe need to be done to make things better for the ordinary working people and GMB members in the UK.


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