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Saturday, 05 December 2009 14:56
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.

Model Emergency Motions for Conference 2009 Print E-mail
Wednesday, 23 September 2009 14:04

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.

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).

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.


Contemporary Issues 2009 Print E-mail
Thursday, 27 August 2009 14:05

Read more for suggested Contemporary Issues for submission to the 2009 Annual Conference. Contemporary Issues must be 10 words or less and be recieved by the the Labour Party before the deadline of 12 noon on Friday 18 September.

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. 


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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