Party culture

Why do people leave?

Each year, political parties will attract new members. You will also have people leave your organisation without necessarily telling you the reasons why, and you shouldn’t assume their reason was because they disagreed with policy of the party. Many people who leave parties will have faced significant barriers to involvement in politics. They may actually feel that changing the party and challenging barriers wasn’t possible or be angry at the discrimination they received.

To create a supportive culture, you should be surveying ex-members to find out more about the reasons why they don’t want to be involved anymore and what might have prevented them leaving. You can use this information to identify trends in the barriers to involvement in the party and take actions to make your activities and culture more inclusive.

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