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Your last chance to influence Labour's manifesto Print E-mail
Monday, 22 February 2010

We must do our best to ensure that the party’s manifesto for the election contains the policies which will best enable us to reconnect with our core voters without whom we will not win.  Party and trade union members have not been involved in a proper review of the party’s policies since the start of the biggest economic crisis in almost a century.  However, Ed Miliband, as co-ordinator of Labour's next manifesto, has invited the comments from CLPs and individual party members. 

Below are listed 50 ideas you may well support but, whatever your views, please send them to Ed Miliband at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it – you can cut and paste the ones you like and add other ideas of your own.


Please don’t delay – do it now.  It will not take long.




CLPD meetings at 2010 Labour Conference Print E-mail
Wednesday, 10 February 2010

Sunday 26th Septemeber 10.30am

CLPD Rally

Bar 38 Peter Street (adjacent to secure area) Manchester

Wednesday 29th September 6pm

Assessment of Conference

Bar 38 Peter Street (adjacent to secure area) Manchester


Advance Notice 2010 Print E-mail
Tuesday, 29 December 2009

CLPD  Fringe Meeting at TUC

Sunday 12th September 6pm

Jurys Inn Hotel, Manchester



Labour Party Conference 2009 – CLPD Assessment Print E-mail
Saturday, 05 December 2009
This Conference registered CLPD’s biggest victory for over 25 years, with a rule change being passed to introduce one-member-one-vote (OMOV) to the CLP section of the NPF. Despite being the Conference prior to a general election (with considerable pressure exerted on the conference to support the leadership) a majority vote from both the CLPs and affiliates agreed the rule change.

CLPD had campaigned for OMOV, because the previous method of election of CLP NPF reps (by delegates at Conference) has resulted in a highly unrepresentative NPF, with the CLP section well to the right of the party membership. The party’s right wing has disproportionate influence amongst the Conference’s CLP delegates, in part due to the large scale and illegitimate lobbying by party staff (one NEC member met two CLP delegates in the toilet and they commented that this was the only place they could go to escape the constant harassment from regional staff to vote against OMOV).

The centre/left advanced its share of the vote in the elections to the CAC although it did not win any seats – party staff were active in lobbying for the right wing incumbents.

Brown’s Leader’s speech made a number of modest pledges (such as on elderly care, child care and cancer treatment) and ministers drew out the differences between Labour’s past 12 years and the Tories. With strong support within the unions for a programme of investment to get out of the recession the party leadership angled its speeches in this direction, whilst having no plans to take effective measures to restore investment. This was a rhetorical shift from the situation prior to the Conference, when at the TUC the leadership extolled the “necessity” for a massive reduction in public spending - that Labour’s cuts to public services will start later than the Tories’ and will be more “caring”, not a way to rebuild economic growth and hardly the best terrain on which to fight the Tories in the coming election.

Grassroots Umbrella Network Conference Print E-mail
Sunday, 10 January 2010

Grassroots Umbrella Network Conference

March 6th 12 noon onwards

Conway Hall, London

Building a left agenda for the General Election and after



Shenanigans at Brighton 2009 Print E-mail
Monday, 28 December 2009

Yet again at the Party’s 2009 Annual Conference in Brighton there were many examples of full time regional officials putting illegitimate pressure on CLP delegates to vote in line with a right wing agenda. Under their terms of employment all Party staff are expected to be impartial civil servants. Unfortunately, all too often, many seem to see their role as acting as out riders for the Blairite and hard right Labour First caucus. Under Blair this despicable behaviour had the full support of No 10 and was particularly aimed at preventing CLP delegates from supporting ‘controversial’ motions from the Unions. The Brown office do not seem to be so keen on paid officials corrupting party democracy.

Model Emergency Motions for Conference 2009 Print E-mail
Wednesday, 23 September 2009

Emergency Motion on the promised review of "Extending & Renewing Party Democracy"

This Conference notes that when it agreed in 2007 to the constitutional changes proposed in the document "Extending & Renewing Party Democracy", its agreement was based on an undertaking that Conference would be able to review the changes in 2009. Conference regrets that the narrow limits imposed on the consultation have prevented party members from giving full consideration to the effects of the 2007 changes. In fact the NEC itself failed to review properly these proposals. As a result of the NEC decision this week to defer the debate, Conference is unlikely to be presented this year with the option to return to debating and voting on contemporary motions. In order to avoid delaying the possibility of implementing changes next year, this conference calls on the NEC to accept that the 2010 Conference will have the opportunity:
1. to express its view on matters of major political concern by restoring the right of affiliated organizations and CLPs to submit motions to be debated and voted on at conference, the subject of such motions not being restricted by the artificial and narrow criterion "contemporary" ;
2. to ensure that the right of affiliated organizations and CLPs each to choose four subjects for debate is guaranteed by a Priorities Ballot which selects four separate subjects from CLPs in addition to the four chosen by affiliated organizations;
3. to provide for voting in parts on lengthy NPF documents, instead of the current undemocratic practice of conference having to vote on a whole document on an "all-or-nothing" basis.

Emergency Motion on Honduras

Conference notes the return to Honduras of the country's democratically elected President Manuel Zelaya on 22nd September, following his expulsion imposed by the military coup of 28th June and the installation of regime led by Roberto Michelleti.

Conference condemns the violent attacks and human rights abuses that have taken place by the coup regime against peaceful protesters supporting President Zelaya since his return to Honduras . Conference notes with concern the widespread military and police repression that has occurred under the coup as reported by Amnesty International and others.

Conference welcomes the widespread international rejection of the coup government including from the UN General Assembly, Organisation of American States and the EU, which has withdrawn its Ambassadors and $90m of funding. Conference notes that the United States is the largest trade partner of Honduras and is concerned that the United States government, whilst cutting some assistance, continues to provide financial support to Honduras which if withdrawn would be a significant step towards ending the coup.

Conference calls on the Labour government to work to ensure the restoration of democracy to Honduras and the unconditional reinstatement of President Zelaya to the office of President, as elected by the people of Honduras.

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