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Restore voting on Conference Motions! Print E-mail
Tuesday, 25 August 2009 13:46

Annual Conference to review 2007 changes

 

In summer 2007, shortly after he became Leader, Gordon Brown submitted a document (“Extending and Renewing Party Democracy”) to the NEC recommending a number of changes to Annual Conference procedures.  Both the NEC and later Annual Conference accepted these changes.  The main thrust of these proposals was to replace “Contemporary Motions” by “Contemporary Issues”. 

 

Before the advent of New Labour every CLP and Union could send motions and amendments to Conference and the whole agenda of Conference largely revolved around these motions.  Tony Blair changed all that.  Conference was downgraded to little more than a glorified rally, with only four motion subjects allowed onto the agenda for debate and vote.  A further restriction was introduced in that these motions could only be “contemporary motions”, in other words they had to cover an issue arising after the end of July in each year.

 

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Grassroots candidates for CAC election 2009 Print E-mail
Tuesday, 25 August 2009 13:39

Vote for Gaye Johnston and Gary Heather

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2009 Labour Conference Fringe Events Print E-mail
Wednesday, 22 July 2009 10:33

Saturday 26th Sept 4.30 pm
Delegates Reception

Organised by Grassroots Umbrella Network

The UMI Brighton Hotel
(on seafront near the Conference Centre)



Sunday 27th Sept 10.15 am
CLPD Rally and Delegates Briefing

The UMI Brighton Hotel
(on seafront near the Conference Centre)

Speakers:-
Tony Benn
Ann Black (NEC)
Prof. Keith Ewing
Kelvin Hopkins MP
Peter Kenyon (NEC)
Alan Ritchie (UCATT)
Christine Shawcroft (NEC)
Cat Smith (Compass Youth)
Gavin Strang MP
Peter Willsman (NEC)



Wednesday 30 Sept 6 pm
CLPD - Conference Assessment and the next steps

The UMI Brighton Hotel
(on seafront near the Conference Centre)

Speakers:-
Richard Ascough (GMB)
Ann Black (NEC)
Kelvin Hopkins MP
Peter Kenyon (NEC)
Christine Shawcroft (NEC)
Cat Smith (Compass Youth)
Peter Willsman (NEC)

 
PR and AV are problems not solutions Print E-mail
Saturday, 20 June 2009 07:41

by Peter Willsman
Secretary of the Campaign for Labour Party Democracy and member of Labour’s NEC.

The public’s disgust at the goings-on at Westminster is being exploited by the supporters of proportional representation (PR).  They are trying to suggest that the electoral system is somehow to blame and they put forward PR as a panacea to solve the problems.  New Labour is in a panic, and in their desperation to find something to take the heat off, many of its supporters are also opportunistically talking up the attractions of “electoral reform”.  All this ignores the convincing reasons why our Party has supported first-past-the-post (FPTP) for all these years.  It is because FPTP produces majority Labour governments.  People join Labour because they believe majority Labour governments offer the best hope for a progressive future.  In stark contrast PR means coalition governments and little or no chance of majority Labour governments.

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Disturbing stories - candidate selections Print E-mail
Sunday, 23 August 2009 09:13
The selection process for choosing Labour candidates to fight next May’s London council elections is currently taking place. I’ve had lots of very disturbing stories of good councillors and potential candidates being left off the panel, which means they are prevented from going to wards to be considered. In quite a few places, the Regional Party has been involved.
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CLPD model resolution on First Past The Post Print E-mail
Wednesday, 22 July 2009 10:22

WINNING LABOUR GOVERNMENTS

This …. notes that the widespread public disapproval of many MPs’ misbehaviour has been followed by calls for unspecified “change” in the electoral system for the House of Commons.

Such calls serve to distract attention from both the bad behaviour of the individuals concerned and also the unacceptable accounting practices under which they have been operating. These serious problems need to be addressed. They should not, however, be misleadingly attributed to our current electoral system.

Proponents of “change” remain significantly reluctant to clarify or agree which alternative system they favour. The truth is that all the main alternatives to First-Past-The-Post have serious democratic defects.

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Response to current party crisis - draft motion Print E-mail
Tuesday, 16 June 2009 13:57

In light of the June 4th election results and the recent disruption in the party, the Campaign for Labour Party Democracy (CLPD) have prepared a draft motion for local parties to consider sending to the National Executive Committee and to Gordon Brown.

Draft motion

This GC/Branch notes that Labour's electoral support has been badly hit in the recent council and European elections as a large part of the electorate is finding itself squeezed in the current economic crisis, because our core supporters feel that insufficient priority has been given to their needs by Labour in government, and because of the MPs expense scandal.

We welcome the defeat of the coup attempt that was launched by some MPs on the eve of these elections, as it offered no solutions to protect people from the recession, proposed no policy changes and was bound to damage the party?s electoral prospects.

We urge the party leadership, as a matter of urgency, to institute a change in policy direction that addresses these concerns, so that Labour can be re-elected at the general election.

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