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Organising for Change - building on the left victory in Young Labour Print E-mail
Monday, 08 June 2009 10:08

by Cat Smith
The dust has settled after a decisive result at Labour Youth Day in April. After years of campaigning for democracy in Young Labour we saw our first elections to the Young Labour National Committee, with the left making unprecedented gains.
The biggest victory of the day was the election of Sam Tarry as Young Labour Chair. Sam grasped the imagination and awoke the enthusiasm of a young left which organised effectively behind his campaign.

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No Love Lost For Labour's Hard Right Print E-mail
Saturday, 06 June 2009 15:35

The Guardian’s Comment is Free has published a contribution from Ken Livingstone this weekend on the situation facing the government. You can take part in the debate online by clicking here. If you are not already registered with the Guardian it’s quick and easy to do.
 
Ken's column is reproduced below.

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End dodgy parliamentary selection processes Print E-mail
Monday, 25 May 2009 12:36
by Gaye Johnston

 Equal opportunities selection processes for vital public sector jobs are now the UK norm.  The system was pioneered by Labour Councils in the 1980s when the author was a Darlington councillor. It is therefore surprising that, since 1994, one type responsible public post (which pays £64,000 per year plus generous expenses) has been filled using a selection process which resembles a very steep gradient playing field. These are the dubious Labour Parliamentary selection practices which have recently been uncovered in the selection at Erith and Thamesmead.  Fortunately the problems at this selection have now been fairly resolved but they were but the tip of a vast and long buried iceberg.
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Centre Left Grassroots Alliance backs Sam Tarry for Young Labour Chair Print E-mail
Tuesday, 14 April 2009 08:46

Young Labour Conference 2009

Why I’m Backing Sam Tarry
By Luke Pearce – Battersea CLP Youth & Student Officer, London Young Labour Executive

The choice won’t be a difficult one when it comes to electing the National Chair of Young Labour at the conference on 18 April. Sam Tarry has captured the enthusiasm of a broad swathe of young people in the Labour Party clamouring for change. It is this ability to build a popular coalition of supporters which is the surest proof of his suitability to lead our movement: Sam ‘gets it’ when it comes to youth politics and we should have every faith in him as a leader.
 
The reasons for Sam’s success to date are not just his policies, but his character. Sam understands the frustrations felt by many young people within and outside the Labour Party: that they don’t seem to have an organisation that will mobilise them for more than door-knocking and use its influence to campaign for real social change, whether on student debt, the climate crisis or fair wages for young workers.

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NEC Meeting 19 May 2009 Print E-mail
Monday, 25 May 2009 12:42
What had originally intended to be a short business meeting was eventually a long meeting dominated by an issue not on the agenda – namely MPs’ expenses – which was discussed on the basis of a tabled confidential report which was collected from NEC members at the end of the meeting.

A two hour discussion followed Gordon Brown’s report: he said how angry he was, that he would never have believed it possible, and if people don’t trust MPs, they cannot be expected to trust the government. Cath Speight (UNITE Amicus in the chair) allowed everyone to speak.
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Tuesday, 14 April 2009 08:57

The General Secretary has invited CLPs to comment on the implementation of Gordon Brown’s proposals for ‘Extending and Renewing Party Democracy’.  These were adopted in 2007 and a review was promised two years after their implementation.  The CAC’s amended document voted on at Conference 07 can be found under the Resources/Partnership in Power section of ‘Membersnet’.

CLPD model response

CLPD is suggesting the following model response to this review of ‘Extending ….’ on which CLPs may wish to base their own response.  Responses to these questions and any other comments you may wish to make can be sent in via the Membersnet section of the Party web-site (Resources/PiP) section) or by post to the Labour Party at Extending and Renewing Party Democracy, c/o The Policy Unit, The Labour Party, 39 Victoria Street, London SW1H 0HA.  The deadline for responses is 26th June 2009.  Please send a copy of your submission to Peter Willsman, CLPD, 10 Park Drive, London NW11 7SH or by email to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

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NEC meeting 24 March 2009 Print E-mail
Tuesday, 14 April 2009 07:30

It was the day of the Leader’s speech to the European parliament in Strasbourg so Gordon Brown wasn’t present. Ann Black, vice chair of the NEC as well as a CLGA CLP representative, chaired the meeting.

Europe

Glenis Willmott, MEP and Labour's Leader in Europe, presented the draft Euro manifesto. The working time directive has been a divisive issue in the Labour and Socialist Groups (where a majority of Labour MEPs oppose the British opt out as demanded by Minister Pat McFadden) and, although the issue would not be in the manifesto, she hoped an agreement outside the manifesto could be reached.

Glenis Willmott also talked about Tory MEPs leaving the European People’s Party (an alliance of Christian democrats) in favour of a far-right alliance with Polish & Czech MEPs who pursue homophobic policies, deny global warming, and one of whom described the election of Barack Obama as marking the “end of white man’s civilisation”.  She also reported her call for one of the three top posts of the EU to be filled by a woman.

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