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Submit rule change proposals from your CLP by 24 June Print E-mail
Friday, 27 May 2011 13:36

CLPD has circulated some suggested rule changes your CLP might wish to consider.

Please see them below.


Suggested rule change
Four plus four should equal eight

The Labour Party Rule Book 2011 (page 21), Section B, Chapter 3 Party Conference, 3C (Procedural rules for Party Conference), Conference Rule 2 – agenda, Clause 2C reads as follows:

‘All affiliated organisations and CLPs may submit one contemporary motion which is not substantially addressed by reports of the NEC or NPF to Conference. The CAC shall determine whether the motions meet these criteria and submit all motions received to a priorities ballot at the start of conference. The ballot will be divided into two sections. One section for CLPs and one section for trade unions and other affiliated organisations. At least the four priorities selected by CLPs will be time-tabled for debate, as will at least the first four priorities selected by Trade Unions and other affiliated organisations. Motions must be in writing, on one subject only and in ten words or less and may be supported by an explanation of why the motion should be prioritised. Alternatively, a constitutional amendment on one subject only may be submitted in writing. Contemporary motions and constitutional amendments must be received by the General Secretary at the offices of the party by the closing date determined by the NEC.’

Replace the fifth sentence which reads ‘At least the four priorities selected by CLPs will be time-tabled for debate, as will at least the first four priorities selected by Trade Unions and other affiliated organisations’ with the following:
‘At least the first four priorities selected by Trade Unions and other affiliated organisations will be time-tabled for debate, as will at least the first four priorities (excluding those selected by the Trade Unions and other affiliated organisations) selected by CLPs

Supporting Arguments
Partnership in Power structures introduced in 1997 limited members’ direct input into conference to only four subjects. In practice these were chosen by the unions. Thanks mainly to union dissatisfaction with the way conference was being ‘managed’, the 2003 conference passed a rule change which provided for four subjects also to be chosen by the CLPs. But when it came to voting for priorities, CLP delegates were often pressurised first by ministers in ‘briefing’ sessions, then by party officials, that they should vote for the priorities chosen by the unions because ‘there would not be time to debate more than four subjects’. The result has been that, in most years since, only one additional subject has been debated. The New Labour plan to avoid debate and the possibility of the platform’s defeat on controversial subjects was therefore largely achieved. This rule change would ensure that eight subjects are debated every year, four chosen by the trade unions and four additional subjects chosen by the CLPs. This would increase the role of CLPs and the influence of annual conference, the party’s sovereign body. The trade unions are generally very supportive of this proposal.

National Executive Committee, 29 March 2011 Print E-mail
Sunday, 17 April 2011 14:02
 After congratulating everyone involved with Saturday’s march, the NEC moved on to Labour’s various reviews.  A stormy meeting of the joint policy committee (JPC) had criticised Liam Byrne for giving a LibDem councillor a prominent role in rethinking Labour policies.  The NEC agreed emphatically, though Peter Hain argued for reaching out to LibDems who opposed the Tory coalition.  Around 65,000 people had participated in Fresh Ideas public consultations, with 2,000 at the final inspiring event in Nottingham. 
National Executive Committee, 15 February 2011 Print E-mail
Tuesday, 08 March 2011 13:08

NEC members were joined by colleagues from the joint policy committee, the conference arrangements committee and the national constitutional committee for an informal discussion with Peter Hain on his party reform project.  He explained that Liam Byrne was in charge of policy development, with shadow cabinet working groups feeding into the policy commissions and leading up to a national policy forum meeting, provisionally on 25 June 2011.  Members were disturbed by reports that LibDems were playing a key role in influencing policy, and he promised to pass this message on to Liam Byrne.

In addition to the review of Partnership in Power, Ed Miliband had asked Peter Hain to look at party organisation at every level, with nothing ruled in or out.  This was an opportunity to consider afresh whether a culture and structures rooted in the early 20th century were still fit for purpose.  He hoped that local parties would discuss the issues in May, after the elections, and respond by the second week of June.  Any rule changes would be considered by the NEC in July for this year’s conference.  He agreed to send the timetable to constituencies so that they can plan ahead.

A Living Breathing Party Print E-mail
Sunday, 06 March 2011 12:48

CLPD has launched it vision for a democratic twenty-first century Labour Party.

More information on the report can be found at http://www.leftfutures.org/2011/03/labour-left-launches-its-vision-of-a-new-party-structure-2/#more-3904

and A Living Breathing Party may be downloaded at http://www.leftfutures.org/wp-content/uploads/2011/02/A-Living-Breathing-Party.pdf

Nominate the Centre-Left Candidates for Labour Party internal elections 2011 Print E-mail
Wednesday, 09 March 2011 13:02

Centre-Left supported candidates have put their names forward for important elections taking place this year within the party.

Standing for the Conference Arrangements Committee, the body which decides the agenda of party conference, are:

Gary Heather (Islington North CLP)
and Catherine Donovan (Gateshead CLP)

Standing for the National Constitutional Committee is:

Mark James (Greenwich and Woolwich Labour Party)

Nominations for all candidates are needed to be made by 24 June. All CLPs may nominate and CLP Secretaries have been notified how to nominate.

Leaflets supporting these candidates can be downloaded:

The CAC leaflet is available at http://www.leftfutures.org/wp-content/uploads/2011/03/CAC-leaflet.pdf

and NCC leaflet is at http://www.leftfutures.org/wp-content/uploads/2011/03/NCC-leaflet.pdf

National Executive Committee, 25 January 2011 Print E-mail
Monday, 07 March 2011 13:04

Harriet Harman opened by thanking the hundreds of volunteers and staff who helped Debbie Abrahams win Oldham East & Saddleworth in challenging political circumstances and awful weather.  Efforts now turned to 5 May, with elections everywhere except London and Cornwall.  Labour would be the people’s voice in tough times, winning the economic argument and highlighting broken government promises on policing, student fees and the NHS.  Far from being negative, this message supported voters’ hopes and aspirations.  Before then, Barnsley is likely to see a by-election:  I was involved in shortlisting, and believe that local members made an excellent choice in selecting Dan Jarvis.

Some members suggested that under the alternative voting system Labour would have lost Oldham through Tories giving the LibDems their second preferences.  Harriet Harman said that she supported AV, but a referendum could only be won if it was held separately from the local elections to allow cross-party campaigning.  Later Ed Miliband also expressed his personal backing.  However a referendum on 5 May was not yet certain.  Labour peers were still fighting to amend the other half of the bill, which would impose 600 constituencies varying by no more than 5% from the average, cutting across council wards and natural boundaries, with very limited public involvement and ignoring millions of unregistered voters.  The NEC expressed appreciation of the peers’ discipline, stamina and dedication.

Report of Campaign for Labour Party Democracy (CLPD) AGM 2011 Print E-mail
Friday, 04 March 2011 10:14
CPLD held its Annual General Meeting on Saturday 19 February at Conway Hall in central London.  Given that the date clashed with Ken Livingstone’s Progressive London conference at Congress House nearby, it was good to see so many Labour Party (LP) activists opting to attend our conference. 
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