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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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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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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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Report of the National Policy Forum held on 28 February 2009 Print E-mail
Tuesday, 17 March 2009 12:09
Leader’s Presentation

Gordon Brown outlined the Government’s strategy for confronting the economic crises.  He said he was determined that the London Conference in early April of the leaders of the major industrial countries would agree a united response that involved much tighter international regulation.  He emphasised that there was no contradiction between economic growth on the one hand, and protecting the environment on the other.  The creation of ‘green’ jobs could help us get out of the recession through a low-carbon recovery.  In relation to Royal Mail, Gordon argued that private investment was needed to maintain a six-day service, at a single price.  In response NPF reps made several important points.  It was highlighted that the Post Office closures are massively unpopular and that the amount of financial support required by Royal Mail was peanuts compared to the shed loads of money the Government is shovelling out to the failed banks.  The Royal Mail pension deficit has arisen because the Government allowed the employers to take many years ‘holiday’ in relation to making contributions into the pension fund.

NPF reps from the Unions called for urgent action to protect temporary/agency workers.  NPF reps, who are local councillors reported rising repossessions and stressed the important role of councils in building homes and creating jobs.

Before the Leader’s speech the CWU circulated a document to all NPF reps setting out the reasons for their opposition to Peter Mandelson’s latest proposals in relation to Royal Mail.  The CWU pointed out that the Minister is breaking the Warwick II agreement, signed with the Unions only last July.  This agreement stated – “we have set out a vision of a wholly publicly – owned, integrated Royal Mail Group in good health, providing customers with an excellent service and its employees with rewarding employment.”  In response to the CWU Ministers circulated a Briefing setting out their argument in support of the par privatisation of Royal Mail.
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