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ANNUAL CONFERENCE 2009 GUIDE FOR CLP DELEGATES AND CLP SECRETARIES Print E-mail
Wednesday, 26 August 2009 14:00

Peter Willsman's Guide

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The Conference Agenda
The following business will comprise the Conference timetable:

•    The National Executive Committee (NEC) Report and possible late NEC statements that can be issued to delegates during conference.

•    Reports from the six policy commissions, together with separate annex reports, which will cover the progress (or otherwise) that has been made at the relevant Policy Commission in relation to each of the Contemporary Issue subjects remitted at the 2008 Annual Conference.

•    Contemporary Issue subjects and Emergency Motions that cover matters that would not otherwise appear on the conference agenda.

•    A report of the recent review and consultation that has been carried out in relation to the changes to Conference procedures that were agreed at the 2007 Annual Conference (“Extending and Renewing Party Democracy”).  These changes were controversial and Conference should have the opportunity to vote on a range of possible ways forward arising out of the review.

•    Proposed rule changes from the NEC and from CLPs. (The rule change proposals from CLPs were submitted last year, but by convention are not tabled until this year.  This convention does not apply to rule change proposals from the NEC).

•    Elections for the Conference Arrangements Committee (CAC) and National Constitutional Committee (NCC).

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Red Alert! Print E-mail
Wednesday, 26 August 2009 13:54
Important Rule change proposals on the agenda at the 2009 Annual Conference

 

Delegates at this year’s Conference at Brighton will have an opportunity to vote on several vital rule change proposals that will be moved by constituency reps. These were submitted last year, but under an obscure convention (known as the ‘1968 Ruling’) they are first referred to the NEC for its considered opinion and are not timetabled for debate and vote until the following year’s Conference.  This may seem a sensible procedure, but in practice it has not lived up to the intentions of its originators in 1968.  The NEC was supposed to give thorough consideration to all proposed rule changes, but in fact the NEC hardly looks at them and every year invariably rejects all rule change suggestions from CLPs. 

 

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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)

 
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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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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