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Centre-Left Grassroots Alliance pre-election statement Print E-mail
Sunday, 21 March 2010 14:58

The CLGA links all Labour Party centre and left democratic-socialist groups and newspapers, all of whom will be working for a Labour General Election victory. As the 2010 Manifesto consultation draws to a close we are backing the following approach:

1.    For Labour to win the election, it has to set out a clear agenda of public investment in contrast to Tory cuts.  Investment will restore economic growth which is necessary to rebuild government revenues and so reduce the public deficit.


2.    Labour should make a clean break with market dogma, deregulation and privatisation. Everyone who shares Labour values can see the difference between public provision inspired by service, and private sector greed. That's why Royal Mail must remain wholly in the public sector and train operation brought back into it.


3.    Equality, fairness and social justice can only be achieved by Labour making a much bigger investment in council housing for rent. Greening the economy is vital to tackle climate change and create more jobs. Fair pensions for all must be a right. Spending has to be increased in the NHS, state education, renewable energy and public transport.


4.    Wealth creation goes hand in hand with more redistribution to boost living standards of the low-paid, unemployed, disabled, elderly and anyone  disadvantaged. High pay should face higher rates of tax, and low pay lower rates. Union rights to help safeguard employees from exploitation should be strengthened. Personal liberties are as important as national security.


5.    The whole of the financial sector, including retail and investment banks, must be taxed to pay for the global bailout. Savers and investors have to be better protected from wanton greed. Lending for social purpose must be ensured.


6.    Our international aid must be increased to 1% of GDP, and paid for by abandoning Trident, and bringing troops home from Afghanistan. Social Europe must be strengthened, and our commitment to the rule of international law never put in doubt again.

 
REPORT OF CLPD AGM 2010 Print E-mail
Wednesday, 24 February 2010 09:25
by Mick Loates

Campaign for Labour Party Democracy (CLPD) held its Annual General Meeting on Saturday 20 February at Conway Hall in central London. It was as lively an event as ever, with a number of decisions taken in preparation for this year’s and next year’s Labour Party annual conferences. Pete Willsman, a member of Labour’s National Executive Committee (NEC) and CLPD secretary, gave a report on the activities of CLPD over the last 12 months and an overview of last year’s Labour Party conference.
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CLPD meetings at 2010 Labour Conference Print E-mail
Wednesday, 10 February 2010 09:51

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 15:01

CLPD  Fringe Meeting at TUC

Sunday 12th September 6pm

Jurys Inn Hotel, Manchester

 

 

 
Your last chance to influence Labour's manifesto Print E-mail
Monday, 22 February 2010 14:51

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.

  

SUGGESTED PROMISES FOR THE MANIFESTO

 

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Grassroots Umbrella Network Conference Print E-mail
Sunday, 10 January 2010 09:48

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 14:59

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.

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