National Policy Forum
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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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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The saga of Warwick II Print E-mail
Friday, 01 August 2008 00:00

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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