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Monday, 03 November 2008
A report of some of the Shenanigans at Annual Conference in Manchester, September 2008

•    A delegate in the Yorkshire Region has reported to their GC that at Manchester regional full time officials recommended a slate for the Conference Arrangements Committee which included NPF Rep Andy Furlong (a so called ‘moderate’ in the West Midlands), but did not include the T&G candidate, Mick Murphy.
•    In the London Region a CLP Chair has complained to his CLP’s EC members that regional officials were texting some delegates with a recommended slate for the CAC.
•    In the Southern Region a delegate has complained to his GC that groups of delegates were taken out of Conference by regional officials to meet Minister, Pat McFadden, who told then why they should not support the unions over the abolition of the opt out from the European Working Time Directive.
•    In the Eastern Region a delegate has complained to their CLP’s EC members that regional officials were lobbying delegates as to how they should vote.
•    In the North West Region a delegate has complained to his CLP Secretary that a regional official strongly recommended voting for the two so-called ‘moderate’ candidates for the NCC on the grounds that ‘there are easier to work with’.
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The saga of Warwick II Print E-mail
Friday, 01 August 2008

This year, for the first time, following pressure from Unions and CLPs, backed by CLPD, the constituencies were given the right to submit textual amendments to the 6 final-stage NPF documents. CLPs were able to submit as many amendments as they wished. But, instead of going direct to the NPF at Warwick II (25/27 July), they went instead to one of eleven regional meetings (each consisting of 7 NPF reps – 5 regional CLP reps and 2 reps elected by the whole region). Altogether over 200 CLPs submitted a grand total of some 4,000 amendments.The large majority of these sought a change of direction towards more progressive policies. At the regional meetings the 7 reps were under no obligation to progress the amendments, but they were generally encouraged to pick them up and submit them to the NPF in their own names. Around 1,500 of the CLP amendments were picked up and progressed to Warwick II. Given that there was considerable duplication of amendments, it seems likely that the vast majority of the CLP amendments were progressed. In addition, the other members of the 190-strong NPF were able to submit textual amendments to Warwick II. Many took this opportunity, especially the trade unions and the four CLGA – supported members of the NEC (Ann Black, Christine Shawcroft, Peter Willsman and Walter Wolfgang). Altogether over 2,000 amendments were submitted to the NPF.

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