New members joining the Branch often express surprise that the Labour Party is alive and thriving in a place such as Harpenden. This is easy to understand as superficially, at least, Harpenden appears to be a one-party state. All 16 members of the Town Council are Tory. All 12 councillors representing Harpenden on St Albans Council are Tory, both councillors representing the town on Hertfordshire County Council are Tory, and the MP for Hitchin and Harpenden is Tory. But despite this monopoly in political representation, or, perhaps, because of it, Harpenden Branch has more members now than it has had for many years. At a time where interest in politics is perceived to be at a post-war low, the Branch is very active. It holds monthly meetings, publishes a members’ monthly newsletter, sends delegates to Hitchin and Harpenden Constituency Party, St Albans District Party and the County Labour Party, and holds a variety of social/fund raising events through the year.
Despite having a reputation for affluence, not everyone in Harpenden can afford private education or private medical care. The Branch supports the call for more school places for residents’ children and opposes the government’s so-called reforms of the NHS. The lack of affordable housing for our young people is another issue which the Branch takes very seriously.
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