Welcome to York Labour

The Labour Party prides itself on inclusivity and social fairness and we welcome members from all strata of society and all walks of life.

York Labour consists of two parliamentary constituencies. York Central is currently represented by our own Labour MP Rachael Maskell: the 'hardest working MP in Yorkshire'. York Outer is currently held by the Conservatives, but Labour gains in the last election suggest that it is a winnable target seat for the future. Luke Charters is the Parliamentary Candidate for York Outer.'
Within the two constituencies, the city is divided into 21 wards, each with branches across the city, so feel free to get involved in your area! Ward parties meet usually once a month, where your involvement and input in campaigning or working for local communities would be really welcome. You’ll quickly find yourself a valued member of the team.

Constituency level General Meetings occur monthly, usually on the third Friday of the month, where city wide policy is discussed and reports delivered by our MP and the leader of the Labour Group on the City of York Council, Claire Douglas. All members are invited to attend and debate at these meetings, although only appointed delegates from each ward can vote.

If you prefer not to commit to regular meetings, there are still countless ways you can help, by coming out canvassing on the doorsteps with us, manning street stalls, helping out at fundraising events, taking part in phone banks, delivering leaflets in your local area, or just by spending an afternoon stuffing envelopes. For more information on how you can help out, click here.

Decisions, as they say, are made by the people who show up, and we want to hear from you, no matter your experiences in life. York Labour is committed to equality, and to creating a fair world for all those who live in it. We want to get to know you, your own individual experiences and challenges, so that we can make York a better place for everyone. Join us by clicking here.
Rachael Maskell MP York Inner Photograph taken with Minster in the background
Rachael Maskell MP York Inner Photograph taken with Minster in the background

Rachael Maskell was elected as the Member of Parliament for York Central in 2015

Rachael graduated from the University of East Anglia with a degree in physiotherapy in 1994. On starting work, she rapidly became a trade union rep in the hospital, going on to becoming a Regional and then National Official for Unite, where she led many campaigns and was a strong voice in speaking out for those she represented.

On the national stage, Rachael led the union’s equality agenda, campaigning against discrimination and for equal pay. She then spent seven years representing the charity sector on improving voluntary organisations and the opportunities for those that work in the sector.

When the last Labour Government were elected, Rachael moved back into health to represent over 100,000 health workers and has been leading the campaign ever since to protect our NHS. Over the years she has stood up for working people to ensure that they get treated fairly at work.

In Parliament, Rachael works hard for her constituents in York, campaigning for a Real Living Wage, skilled jobs, a sustainable city, affordable housing and to integrate health and social care.

Rachael has served as a Shadow Defence Minister, the Shadow Rail Minister and the Shadow Minister for Charities; also serving in the Shadow Cabinet as the Shadow Secretary of State for the Environment and as the Secretary of State for Employment Rights.

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