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National Executive Committee, 1 November 2011 Print E-mail
Sunday, 20 November 2011 08:54

The meeting after conference is always a marathon, reviewing the state of the party and planning the year ahead. First up was Tom Watson, deputy party Chair and campaign co-ordinator, praised for his tactics in the famous Hodge Hill by-election. Tom saw his role as mobilising members, consulting on policy and raising funds. At my suggestion he included a working return address in his latest e-mail, and had already replied to 500 messages. I said again that members want doorstep ammunition, visible leadership and rapid rebuttal of Tory lies. Others added hope in tough times: pensioners are losing part of their winter fuel allowance, the council tax freeze will cost more jobs, youth unemployment is at record levels and Labour cannot be neutral as public service workers defend their modest pensions.

The critical battle-grounds next year will be London, with the mayoral and assembly elections, and Scotland, where good council results would help to derail the independence bandwagon. Two weeks earlier the NEC’s organisation committee agreed to devolve many powers to the Scottish party, and authorised local organisation around Scottish rather than Westminster constituencies. This is the clear will of Scottish members, and I have asked only that the NEC is kept informed of developments.

National Executive Committee, September 2011 Print E-mail
Monday, 10 October 2011 07:44
NEC Meeting, Tuesday 20 September 2011

The NEC opened by expressing sympathy for the families of the miners who died in Neath, and Peter Hain reported that contributions to the appeal fund had reached £60,000 within hours.

This was the last regular meeting before conference, and Ed Miliband stressed that the focus must be outward, standing up for hardworking people under attack by the government. Big changes were needed in how the economy runs and in easing the pain of the deficit. The Tories showed during the 2007/08 crisis and since that they would never take on the banks or other vested interests

Refounding Labour: new attempt to stitch up constituency parties Print E-mail
Tuesday, 06 September 2011 07:54

by Jon Lansman

So far, Refounding Labour has meant proposing to dilute the influence of party members by enfranchising non-members who become “registered supporters”, attacking union influence, seeking to prevent proper debate and decision-making by having just one vote on a single package of reforms, and failing to publish submissions to the review. Now party officials have found a new scam to prevent constituency parties having an input to the party structure — ruling out of order several rule changes proposed by constituency parties themselves, without any discussion by the Conference Arrangements Committee and just days before they met.

Conference Alert 2011 Print E-mail
Monday, 29 August 2011 16:35

Annual Conference 2011

Delegates Alert!


Briefing on key rule change proposals from CLPs coming up at Liverpool

By Peter Willsman Secretary CLPD


At Liverpool delegates will be debating and voting on a wide range of changes to the Party’s Rule Book. Many of these will be tabled by the NEC as part of the Refounding Labour consultative exercise masterminded by Peter Hain (NPF Chair) and Ed Miliband. But there are also a number of very important rule change proposals tabled by CLPs. These were submitted last year, but under an obscure convention (known as the ‘1968 Ruling’) have been delayed for a year.

It is vital that delegates ensure that the CLP proposals are given a fair hearing and are not brushed aside. Many of them are in line with the general thrust of the Hain-Miliband document.

(The full Alert! can be downloaded here)

Conference 2011 Shenanigans Print E-mail
Thursday, 29 September 2011 11:02

Sunday at a Regional Briefing, delegates were treated to another dose of ‘liaison’ or the dodgy and illegitimate practice of telling delegates how to vote. The Regional Director started off by advising support for Refounding Labour and the rushed omnibus rule changes that went with it. Then a Peer, no less, told delegates which subjects to support in the priorities ballot and, yes, you’ve guessed it, they were the four selected by the Unions, which of course were automatically on the agenda. For CLPs to vote for these would be a waste of a vote. Surprise, surprise, the platform failed to explain this very pertinent point. Opposition to the blatant steer was made very unwelcome by the officials, who seem to have been closely watching the dissidents ever since.

27 September 2011

Conference session Chairs – political bias?
Tight elections for the six CLP seats on the NEC are due in 2012. Surprise, surprise: the sole CLP representative whose profile is being boosted by chairing a Conference session is the very one who only just scraped onto the NEC from the right-wing slate last time. Conference has the right to expect the selection of chairs to be non-partisan. Centre-left NEC members from the alternative slate should also be chairing Conference. They all have larger mandates from the membership than Luke Akehurst, who is well known for his strident support for the invasion of Iraq and is allegedly the joint secretary of the hard-right (and shadowy) organisation, Labour First. The latter organisation puts together the right-wing slate. Luke Akehurst controversially opposes party officials acting in a politically neutral way. He believes they ‘should give the left a kicking’. Unfortunately some officials seem to agree with this.

28 September 2011

More Shenanigans
Yesterday morning (Weds 28th) we were told by the platform that our Party officials are very trustworthy and would never depart from their conditions of employment . These lay down that paid officials must always act as impartial party servants. Almost at that very moment there was a vote to accept the CAC report. Of course only accredited delegates have the right to vote. But in at least one region the employed regional official sitting at the end of the row put his hand up to support the platform and vote in favour of the CAC Report.

29 September 2011

Reproduced from Campaign Briefing - Published daily at Labour Party Conference and on line at www.clpd.org.uk



Contemporary motions 2011 Print E-mail
Thursday, 01 September 2011 17:06
Each CLP can submit a Contemporary Motion to this year’s Annual Conference (closing date 12 noon on Friday 16 September), provided the CLP did not submit a rule change in 2011 (deadline was 24 June).

Contemporary Motions are one of the few opportunities that constituencies have to influence the Conference agenda and thus the Party’s policy making.

CLPD's model draft Contemporary Motions can be found here.

Labour CND's draft Contemporary Motions can be found here.
Conference Guide 2011 Print E-mail
Monday, 29 August 2011 16:32
CLPD's Campaign Guide 2011 can be downloaded here
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