Category Archives: Election campaigning

Brussels Labour goes local in the Belgian Communal Elections

Two Brussels Labour executive members running in the local elections; Jo Wood in the City of Brussels, and Keir Fitch in Etterbeek. Though neither won a seat, they both ran great campaigns and we would like to thank everyone who showed up to support them.

We were pleased to see PS win in the City of Brussels with Philippe Close as mayor However, for the rest of Brussels and Belgium we need to ensure that the PS and SP.A stay strong, particularly in the approach to the European elections. On the left, the greens made gains, whilst the far-right, though far from a successful night, did win the commune of Ninove.

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Get involved to get Brussels Labour elected

The Belgian commune elections are two weeks away and Brussels Labour members Jo Wood and Keir Fitch are standing, respectively, in Brussels 1000 and Etterbeek for P.S-s.pA.  If you would like to support their campaigns, here’s how you can get involved:

Wednesday 3 October

  • Place Ambiorix | 18:00: Evening canvassing
  • Etterbeek | evening: Addressing envelopes to send out election literature

Thursday 4 October 

  • Etterbeek | Evening: Leafleting or canvassing

Friday 5 October

  • Etterbeek | 8.00 :  Morning distribution of leaflets at Merode or Thieffry metro stations

Saturday 6 October

  • Place Amborix | 14:00 : Afternoon canvassing and leafleting with members of Islington North Labour
  • Etterbeek | afternoon: Leafletting
  • Marolles | 19:30 : Out and about with members of Islington North at Nuit Blanche.  Meeting point here at the info point at Place du Jeu de Balle.  Please RSVP by 4 October so we can book a table for dinner nearby

Sunday 7 October 

  • Square Amborix | 8:00 Brocante – Come and spend time meeting local residents – don’t forget to wear some RED!
  • Etterbeek | 11:00 : Meet the PS/s.pA candidates at Place Jourdan
  • PS final meeting  | 12:00 – 13:30 : 85 Boulevard Anspach – 1000 Bruxelles. All Brussels Labour are invited!

Thursday 11 October

  • European/Schuman quarter | all day : Massive leafleting session
  • Square Amborix | 18:00: Leafleting

Sunday 14 October 

  • Bar St d’Hic, Place Rouppe | 18:00 onwards Election  results

Any time you can give will be really appreciated by Jo and Keir. Contact if you’d like to get involved. We look forward to seeing you!

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Brussels Labour in the Belgian commune elections

Brussels Labour is keen not just to connect Labour supporters in Brussels but also to get involved with the local politics that affects its members.

This year Brussels Labour is practicing what they preach in Brussels’ commune elections. Not one but TWO members are on lists to become councillors in the city. Former Chair, Jo Wood, and executive committee member Keir Fitch are standing in the elections on 14 October.

Jo Wood is standing in the Ville de Bruxelles commune, which stretches from the centre of the city over to the European quarter. She is #36 on the Parti socialiste list for the commune.

“For the many in Brussels, not the few. Faisons de Bruxelles une ville diverse, vivante, accueillante, dynamique et connectée”

Take a look at Jo’s Parti socialiste page for her manifesto. Or be a hero and spread the word on Facebook and Twitter!

Meanwhile, Brussels Labour executive committee member Keir Fitch is 23 on the Parti socialiste list in Etterbeek, one of the communes that makes up part of the European quarter.

See the Parti socialiste website for the full manifestos for the commune elections.

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Vote where you live

Brussels Labour welcomes a guest post from the I vote where I live campaign.

We are a group of European citizens from different EU countries, living in Brussels. In 2016 we got together to create the I vote Where I Live campaign. We all are interested in politics, not only in our countries of origin but also in this city that we call home. Nearly 250,000 Europeans are affected by local policies in the 19 communes of Brussels.  We believe it is important that all residents of Brussels are engaged in Brussels’ local politics, and even more so with municipal elections on the agenda this year.

Our group’s primary objective is to raise the awareness of European residents to the political and institutional life of the territory and facilitate their integration and active participation in the Brussels communes, in line with the rights provided by European citizenship. We believe that the city of Brussels, for its history of diversity and its role in the European construction, is a privileged laboratory for an innovative and inclusive notion of political citizenship.

We consider participation in the local elections in the 19 communes of the Brussels-Capital Regions an important step towards better integration of European citizens and the emergence of a sense of community and belonging. We want to actively contribute to developing joint answers to local issues.

We have identified two main obstacles for Europeans for voting in the local elections, which our campaign seeks to tackle:

  • Awareness (of the institutional set-up of federal, regional, and local authorities, as well as the political issues on the table)
  • Logistics (which voting rights, procedures for registration etc.)

We are not starting from zero as a group. Already in June 2017, we created a Facebook page, I Vote Where I Live, with currently around 260 likes and followers, “and counting”. Within this group, we have already organised several events, for instance, on the rise of populism across different countries, on mobility in Brussels and a series of events called “Belgium for Dummies” where we address the questions of foreigners on how Brussels and Belgium work and what needs to be done to vote in October. Events were attended by between 40 and 80 participants.

  • Ilaria Maselli, Italo-Belgian, Uccle/Ukkel (contact person,, 0473787046)
  • Sandra Parthie, German, Etterbeek
  • Arnold de Boer, Dutch, Etterbeek
  • Gerard Rinse Oosterwijk, Nederlands, Elsene
  • Cathrine Hernández Festersen, Danish, Ixelles
  • Ivan Scannapiecoro, Italian, Woluwe-Saint-Lambert
  • Federico Mori, Italian, Sint-Jans-Molenbeek
  • Sabrina Iannazzone, Italian, Forest
  • Max Frey, German & Italian, Woluwe-Saint-Pierre
  • Adeline Rochet, French, Ixelles
  • Filippo Orlando, Italian, Brussels
  • Christine Jakob, French-German, Uccle

Commune elections in Belgium are coming up on 14 October. There’s no more direct means of being politically active than putting a cross in a box and it’s a great way to show that you’re integrated in Belgium 😉 Take a look at the website to see how you (or a friend) can register. Make sure you sign up by 31 July!  

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Join us for our general election campaign weekends

The Brussels Labour Executive Committee has been discussing campaigning activities ahead of the general election and has decided to propose three campaign weekends:


17- 19 April 2015 – South West, with campaigning activities centred around Bristol

It is likely that campaigning activities will start around 10am on the Saturday morning (18 April) in Bristol. Bristol West CLP has very kindly offered accommodation for the weekend. We very much hope that Brussels Labour members will be able to participate in this campaigning weekend – please inform the Secretary if you are able to come along (and if you need accommodation).


24-26 April 2015: London

1-3 May 2015: South East, with campaigning activities in a number of constituencies, including Dover and Deal and Thanet South (note that Friday 1 May is a public holiday in Belgium)


The Executive Committee proposes to set up a campaign fund of 500 EUR per campaign weekend to help Brussels Labour members participate in these campaigning activities. We welcome applications to this fund. Brussels Labour can provide financial support of up to 100 EUR each for five Brussels Labour members to take part in each campaigning weekend.

To apply, contact the Secretary specifying the dates when you plan to campaign. You can apply to take part for one day or for a weekend. If your application is accepted you will then receive a simple form to submit within a week of your return with proof that the trip cost at least 100 euro (e.g. a copy of the travel ticket), a short report (up to 250 words) and some photos of the campaigning activities that we can publish in our newsletter, Germinal. In justified cases, the payment can be made before you travel (on the basis of a copy of the travel ticket) and the report and photos submitted within a week of your return.


Further information about the London and South East campaign weekends will be posted in due course.

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Autumn dates for your diary

September means a return to work, a return to school… and a return for Brussels Labour.

Here are our upcoming events:

Wednesday 18 September – 19:30
Extraordinary General Meeting + Meeting on Scotland and the EU, and the Independence Referendum 
with Lord McConnell of Glenscorrodale, former First Minister of Scotland
at the Foundation for European Progressive Studies (FEPS), Rue Montoyer 40, 1000 Brussels

Sunday 22 September – 12:30-14:30
LME, Brussels Labour and the European Movement: Winning in Europe in 2014
with Emma Reynolds MP, Kathleen van Brempt MEP, Glenis Willmott MEP, Julian Priestley, David Schoibl, Jo Wood, Petros Fassoulas, and candidates and speakers from socialist societies and unions
at Screen 7, Odeon Brighton, West Street, BN1 2RE

Wednesday 16 October
John Fitzmaurice memorial lecture 2013
with Martin Schulz MEP, President of the European Parliament
at Press Club Europe Brussels, rue Froissart, 1040 Etterbeek
Please register at

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Support the PD Italian election campaign this Monday

On Monday 28 January, Hannes Swoboda, President of the S&D Group in the European Parliament will be present at an event with Brussels branches of progressive and socialist parties in Europe.

The event, which is held in support of the Partito Democratico campaign for the Italian elections on 24-25 February, will be held at Mediterraneo, Rue de Trèves, 40, 1050 Ixelles. It begins at 19:00.

For more information click here (link to Facebook)

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Reminder – Registration for the Communal elections

Should you wish to vote in the next local elections in Belgium on Sunday 14 October 2012, you will need to make sure you are registered by Tuesday 31 July 2012.

For Brussels residents, registration is very easy. Just print out and complete the application form in the link below and send it to your “Maison Communal” (see links below for your commune).

Anderlecht | Auderghem | Berchem-Ste-Agathe | Bruxelles Ville | Etterbeek | Evere | Forest | Ganshoren | Ixelles | Jette | Koekelberg | Molenbeek-St-Jean | Saint-Gilles | Saint-Josse-Ten-Node | Schaerbeek | Uccle | Watermael-Boitsfort | Woluwe-Saint-Lambert | Woluwe-Saint-Pierre

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Richard Corbett to speak to Brussels Labour on the financial crisis

The next Brussels Labour branch meeting takes place next week:

Richard Corbett – Member of the Cabinet of Herman Van Rompuy, President of the European Council

‘Out of its depth? The EU and the Crisis’

Tuesday 24 April – Horloge du Sud, Rue du Trône 141, 1050 Ixelles – 20:00

The meeting begins at 20:00. The venue opens at 19:30. If you would like to eat, please come early and order before the meeting starts.

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Forthcoming meetings include:

London Mayoral elections campaign day

Tuesday 1 May – Join Brussels Labour in Hackney and Islington and help get Ken Livingstone elected! A group of Brussels Labour members will be going to London to help Ken’s campaign – please contact the Secretary if you would like to join


Branch Meeting

Wednesday 30 May – Horloge du Sud – Further details tbc


Pascal Smet – Flemish Minister for Education, Youth, Equal Opportunities and Brussels Affairs

‘The Belgian communal elections’

Wednesday 20 June – Horloge du Sud, Rue du Trône 141, 1050 Ixelles – 20:00

The meeting begins at 20:00. The venue opens at 19:30. If you would like to eat, please come early and order before the meeting starts.

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