Your last chance to influence Labour's manifesto Print E-mail
Monday, 22 February 2010 14:51

We must do our best to ensure that the party’s manifesto for the election contains the policies which will best enable us to reconnect with our core voters without whom we will not win.  Party and trade union members have not been involved in a proper review of the party’s policies since the start of the biggest economic crisis in almost a century.  However, Ed Miliband, as co-ordinator of Labour's next manifesto, has invited the comments from CLPs and individual party members. 

Below are listed 50 ideas you may well support but, whatever your views, please send them to Ed Miliband at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it – you can cut and paste the ones you like and add other ideas of your own.


Please don’t delay – do it now.  It will not take long.




Grassroots Umbrella Network Conference Print E-mail
Sunday, 10 January 2010 09:48

Grassroots Umbrella Network Conference

March 6th 12 noon onwards

Conway Hall, London

Building a left agenda for the General Election and after



The Government is wrong on Royal Mail Print E-mail
Friday, 13 March 2009 16:15
By Billy Hayes

The publication of the document "The Future of the Universal Postal Service in the UK" by Lord Mandelson represents a serious mistake by the Government.

Not only does it represent a mis-step for the postal industry. It is a terrible blow to the credibility of Labour as a distinct party of Government. Both the Tories and Lib-Dems support the privatisation of Royal Mail,

We must lend every effort to changing the Government's mind before it pulls the trigger on its own head.

The Bill proposes to privatise Royal Mail by an initial instalment of 30%. Along with this minority share will come the effective management of the company by the "partner." Lord Mandelson has already suggested that the "gene pool" of British management talent does not include the ability to manage Royal Mail successfully. With the Bill it is clear, for example in Clause 4.16, that the partner will run the company on a day to day basis.

What is deeply damaging to the Government is to link this issue to the future pensions of postal workers. The employer (ie Conservative and Labour Governments) had a holiday from pension contributions for 13 years. This was undertaken on the understanding that there would be sufficient funding from the scheme without these contributions. Postal workers, of course, continued to contribute throughout this period. The scheme now has a substantial deficit, despite those long forgotten assurances. Instead of the Government simply honouring its contract with postal workers, it has engaged in an exercise of potential extortion. Submit to the Government breaking its commitment on privatisation, or face the loss of half of your pension. Some choice - some policy - fat chance.
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