CLPD Executive statement, adopted unanimously at May 2018 EC meeting, with some 35 EC members in attendance

All party rules, codes of conduct, enforcement and disciplinary bodies acting against individuals and local parties must be accountable, and consistent with legal due process: natural justice, proportionality, presumption of innocence, fact-based verified evidence, transparency, reasonable time-scales and right of appeal, modelled on common law, Human Rights Law, and proposals of the Chakrabarti report. All individuals, whatever their standing in the party, must receive equal treatment. We call for guidelines and standards along these lines to be adopted by our Party.

"This is a party that was founded for working people, this is a party that I strive every day to make the party of working people" - Ed Miliband, 21 November 2014

"Left parties have lost office in Europe because of their inability to articulate an alternative to austerity and cuts. The right offers individualism, a huge and growing wealth gap and a mean and divided society. Socialism is the sharing of wealth, the contribution of ability for the common good, and unity in defending our achievements against attack. It's also our only hope" - Jeremy Corbyn, 6 January 2012

CLPD campaigns for:

  • a real policy-making Annual Conference

  • an effective and accountable NEC

  • the defence of the Trade Union link

  • more progressive Labour candidates for elected office who are women or BAME; and, generally, for an increase in candidates with a working-class background, to counteract the current unacceptable under-representation

  • a local electoral college for choosing leaders of council Labour Groups

  • an internal Party ombudsperson

  • a clear jobs and growth policy in sharp opposition to the Tories and austerity

  • CLPD supports the Charter for a Democratic Conference

    1. At least 50% of conference time should be reserved for contributions in policy debates by delegates

    2. The criteria for motions should be flexible and fair

    3. Conference should choose the right policies, not rubber stamp them

    4. Conference decisions and all papers should be available online to party members

    5. The structure of conference needs a review by the Conference Arrangements Committee

    Guide for new Labour Party members

    Taken, with thanks, from Momentum Sheffield. Click here to download pdf.

    Building the union link where you live

    Guide produced by TULO, November 2017. Click here to download pdf.

    CLPD Youth

    CLPD Youth was re-launched in 2018 with the intention of engaging young Labour members in issues of party democracy and reforming the youth structures of the party. Information below, or click here.

    Who are we?

    • We are CLPD Youth, the youth wing of the Campaign for Labour Party Democracy! We are a group of Young Labour activists who want to see a more democratic Young Labour and Labour Party. We want to inspire Young Labour members to campaign for these goals.
    • We want Labour not just to form a government but to irreversibly transform the balance of power and wealth in our society. We believe that in order to do this, a major step will be to transform the internal structures of our party to make them more democratic.
    What we campaign for

    • A transformed and democratic Young Labour and Labour Party, led by and accountable to its members and rank-and-file trade unionists.
    • Mandatory re-selection of all Labour representatives.
    • An annual, sovereign Youth Conference with standing orders and motions.
    • The implementation by a Labour government of the 2017 Labour manifesto, ‘For the Many, Not the Few’.
    Our Future Plans

    • Organise Young Delegates for National Party Conferences
    • Organise delegates for Young Labour conferences
    • Develop proposals for the way the structures of Young Labour might be transformed
    • Help to inform fellow Young Labour members about the often tricky internal structures and processes within the Labour Party
    • Develop a space for the debate of socialist ideas and how we would like to transform our party and our society
    Interested in getting involved?

    Quotes of the month

    "The average number of places available to children under five has fallen by more than 20% in the most deprived areas of England, while the number available to children under five in the least-deprived areas has increased by a third" - from report by independent research firm Ceeda. Observer, 28 October 2018.

    "Once a financial sector grows above an optimal size and beyond its useful roles, it begins to harm the country that hosts it... New research, published today, makes a first attempt to assess the scale of the damage to Britain - an oversized City of London has inflicted a cumulative £4.5 trillion hit on the British economy from 1995-2015. That ìs worth around two-and-a-half years' economic output, or £170,000 per British household" - Nicholas Shaxson, Guardian, 5 October 2018.

    "The recent report by the Media Reform Coalition examining coverage of Labour's revised code of conduct on antisemitism examined over 250 articles and broadcast news segments, and found over 90 examples of misleading or inaccurate reporting... The researchers conclude these were 'systematic reporting failures' that served to weaken the Labour leadership and bolster its opponents within and outside of the Party" - Letter in Guardian 1 October 2018 from Noam Chomsky, Yanis Varoufakis, Ken Loach, Brian Eno and 23 others.

    "Bitter experience teaches that high protective tariffs, whatever profits they may confer on capital... are to the poor and the poorest of the poor an accursed engine of robbery and oppression" - Winston Churchill (1903), Sunday Times, 23 Sep 2018.

    "When Theresa May promulgated the policy in 2013, she said she wanted to create "a really hostile environment".The standard formulation does not convey the full nastiness of her policy" - Dr Richard Carter, Guardian, 20 Sep 2018.

    "In the next crisis a breakdown of trust in the financial sector will be mirrored by breakdown in trust between governments. There won't be the same willingness to cooperate, but rather a tendency to blame each other for what's gone wrong. Countries have retreated into nationalist silos and that has brought us protectionism and populism. Problems that are global, as well as national and local, are not being addressed" - Gordon Brown, Guardian, 13 Sep 2018.

    "The far-right Sweden Democrats have slowly increased theìr share of the vote. Proportional Representation would probably have given UKIP the chance to make similar gains" - Letter in Guardian, 12 Sep 2018, from a long-term advocate of PR, who is having second thoughts, lots of them.

    "HM Revenue & Customs has admitted that it allows the most powerful members of society to escape prosecution for financial crimes... HMRC, however, continues to prosecute smugglers, small businesses and benefits cheats... HMRC has refused to assist a French investigation into the UK telecoms giant Lyca-mobile, citing the fact that the company was the 'biggest corporate donor to the Conservative Party'" - Sunday Times, 9 Sep 2018.

    "Andrew Adonis said a Centre Party would have no chance under Britain's first-past-the-post system and would need Conservative support" - Guardian, 25 Aug 2018.

    "The children at my old [private] school have 11.4 times as much spent on them as my son in a state school" - Clive Stafford Smith, Guardian, 29 Aug 2018.

    "Figures from the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development show that it would take the average UK full-time worker on a salary of £28,000 (median full-time earnings) 160 years to earn what an average FTSE 100 chief executive is paid in just one year" - Investors' Chronicle, 20 July 2018.

    "Tory MP and former children's minister Tim Loughton has blamed the government's 'woeful underfunding' of local authorities for a crisis in child protection that is putting the safety of vulnerable young people at risk" - Guardian 11 July 2018.

    "There should be a forensic, wide-ranging, and transparent inquiry into Islamophobia in the Conservative Party. The process should be published, those who are found wanting should be publicly named and membership withdrawn" - Sayeeda Warsi, Tory peer, Guardian 4 July 2018.

    "Britain's recent wars have all been aggressive, not defensive - in Afghanistan, Iraq, and Libya... Britain spends more than any European country on 'defence', but this has merely encouraged governments to engage in foreign intervention on the flimsiest of excuses" - Simon Jenkins, Guardian, 29 June 2018.

    "The only difference between free trade and protection is that under certain circumstances the latter might be a little worse than the former; but as remedies for poverty, neither of them is of any real use whatever, for the simple reason that they do not deal with the real causes of poverty" - Robert Tressell, The Ragged-Trousered Philanthropists, written in 1910.

    "Republicans are intensely loyal to Trump. Indeed, with the exception of George W Bush after 9/11, no other president has commanded this level of support from their own party since the Second World War" - Gary Younge, Guardian, 8 June 2018.

    "The past ten years have seen the weakest real wage growth since just after the Napoleonic War" - Larry Elliott, Guardian, 26 April 2018.

    "Over the course of this parliament the government is set to plough more than £40bn in grants, loans, and guarantees into supporting the private housing market in England, compared to just £8bn for affordable housing" - Private Eye, April 2018.

    "A new report from the Education Policy Institute and UCL Institute of Education found that selection... for grammar schools or streams or sets tended to widen the performance gap between better-off pupils and those from poorer backgrounds" - Guardian, 19 April 2018.

    "There is something strange in Labour's antisemitism row... if we cannot see or define the enemy, I cannot see how we can judge the scale of the threat. We really don't know if Labour is a victim of some devious twist..." - Simon Jenkins, Guardian, 20 April 2018. See the "dead bird" incident: Daily Mirror 17 April 2018; Kevin Maguire on Twitter; and the Worksop Guardian, 3 August 2012.

    "I am a Holocaust survivor, Jewish from top to bottom, and I have been exposing and fighting anti-semitism all my life. I have not come across any in the Labour Party. However, I see non-balanced media reports that increase fear in the Jewish community'' - Agnes Kory, Sunday Times, 8 April 2018.

    "About a quarter of GKN's stock ended up in the hands of short term holders-hedge funds and specialists who seek to profit from bid situatìons" - Agenda, Sunday Times, 1 Aprìl 2018.

    "Rising wages are a double negative for share prices because, if workers regain some of the bargaining power they have lost over the past 40 or so years, today's high profit margins will be unsustainable" - Investment Outlook 2018, Fidelity International.

    "Figures from the Office for National Statistics showed households became net borrowers, rather than savers, for the first time since 1987. The household savings ratio, which measures outgoing and incoming money, is at its lowest since 1963" - Richard Partington, Guardian, 2 April 2018.

    "Gambling is less regulated in Britain than just about anywhere in the world... In 1976 the Tote, then a government-owned bookie, suggested all bookmakers be nationalised. If it had happened we'd have had billions in government revenue and a controlled gambling environment. Instead we got high streets overrun with bleak betting shops" - Sam Wolfson, Guardian, 28 March 2018.

    Jeremy Corbyn recently said: "I want the public ownership of water, Royal Mail, and energy, but I don't want it to be necessarily a huge state model. I'd rather there was a co-op principle in the way it is run" - Labour Briefing (Co-op), March 2018.

    "When Right to Buy was introduced in 1980, there were 6.5 million council houses in the UK. There are now two million. 40% of homes sold to council tenants are now rented out by private landlords"- letter in Guardian, 8 March 2018.

    "Westminster home for sale, £17 million, council tax £1,376. Nottingham pensioner's bungalow, worth about £150,000, council tax likely to be £1,645" - Guardian, 3 March 2018.

    "Morality is a job for priests. Not PR men" - Lord Tim Bell, who, it is reported, was employed by Thatcher, Private Eye, 23 February 2018.

    ''More than £100m has been spent by the Department for Work and Pensions on administering reviews and appeals against disability benefits in little more than two years'' - Guardian, 12 February 2018

    ''The unnecessary policy of austerity, pursued over the last few years, has done more damage to the UK growth rate than any of the Brexit scenarios, and an end to austerity would more than compensate for any putative Brexit loss'' - Professor Tony Thirlwall, Guardian, 12 February 2018

    "On the day that celebrates 100 years of women's suffrage (pages and pages of fine words in Guardian), no women had their birthdays in said newspaper's column, it was all men'' - letter in Guardian, 7 February 2018.

    ''Markets now think that if they act irresponsibly and cause another speculative boom-bust the response from central banks will be zero (or negative) interest rates and another splurge of quantitative easing. The monetary authorities have created a massive moral hazard problem for themselves'' - Larry Elliott, Guardian, 5 February 2018.

    "Katherine Chapman, director of the Living Wage Foundation, said more than 5 million people in the UK did not earn enough money to meet their basic needs, despite being in work" - Guardian, 17 January 2018.

    "FTSE 100 companies paid out four times as much in dividends in 2016 as they handed over in contributions to their defined benefit (pension)schemes. 41 FTSE 100 firms could settle their pension deficits in full with the cash paid as dividends to shareholders in a single year. Carillion recently boasted it was 'well-positioned to continue funding the dividend'" - Guardian, 17 January 2018.

    "PFI contractors cut corners to save money whenever they could, because the bids put in to win contracts were barely enough to cover their costs. This was a race to the bottom, and Carillion won it" - Larry Elliott, Guardian, 20 January 2018.

    "Some serious economists have begun to advocate a wealth tax" - Investors' Chronicle, 5 January 2018

    "In January 1998 the average pay of a FTSE100 boss was 47 times that of the average worker. Now that figure is 160 times" - The Observer, 26 November 2017.

    "Since the Second World War there have been only 12 years in which the governments of the day have run a budget surplus - eight were Labour years and only four were Tory" - Reuters, 21 November 2017.

    "We are the fifth largest economy in the world" (Tory manifesto, June 2017). "Britain is the world's sixth-largest economy" (Philip Hammond in his Budget speech, November 2017).

    "The landowner reaps vast gains from land improvements by the municipality... he contributes nothing, even to the process from which his own enrichment is derived" - Winston Churchill, 1909.

    "Health spending will increase by only 0.75% a year to 2021. The slowdown - from the roughly 4% average annual rise since the NHS was founded in 1945 - began with the government's attempt to shrink the deficit in 2010" - Sunday Times, business section, 5 November 2017.

    "Wealth concentration is as high as in 1905" - Josef Stadler, head of Global Ultra-High Net Worth at UBS, Observer, 29 October 2017.

    If you allow a small minority to live in luxury and so arrange things that the maintenance of that luxury is directly dependent on the poverty of the majority, as we have done in the capitalist world, then undeniably the riches of the few are responsible for the poverty of the many" - George Lansbury, 1937, reprinted in the October 2017 issue of Chartist

    The argument that what is good for the super-rich is good for the rest of us has been demolised [by the IMF]. But don't expect the top 1% to give up without a fight" - business leader, Observer, 15 October 2017.

    "The magical quality of our faith in money and in economic growth is a deliberate mystification of the social exploitation that the capitalist - understandably - wants to cover up" - Rev Giles Fraser, Guardian, 6 October 2017.

    "In the late 1980s, South Africa dismantled all its nuclear weapons, the first nation to voluntarily give up its nuclear deterrent'' - letter in Guardian, 2 September 2017.

    ''Economists have failed to predict 148 of the past 150 recessions'' - Prakash Loungani of the IMF, Guardian, 2 September 2017.

    ''In 1945 Oswald Mosley and his men were released from prison. Undeterred and unrepentant they marched through the East End of London... They held public meetings-the message loud and clear was that Hitler had been right... In 1948 Mosley launched the Union Movement and contìnued to draw large crowds for another 18 years'' - Guardian 9 September 2017 and 16 September 2017.

    ''Corbyn asserted last week that his party's views were now the political mainstream.In terms of attitudes to business,that's unquestionably true'' - Iain Dey, Editor, Sunday Times Business Section, 24 September 2017.

    "There is a remarkable convergence of opinion across age groups for a return to public ownership - Water (83%), Electricity (77%), Gas (77%), Railways (76%)''. Opinion Poll conducted by The Legatum Institute and Populus, Observer, 1 October 2017.

    "Had we achieved the necessary TUC unity, the 1980s could have been very different. The Thatcher government's most effective ally was a union inside the TUC, the EETPU (general secretary Frank Chapple). That's what should be properly recorded in the TUC history, as we prepare for the TUC's 150th Anniversary" - Stevie Stevenson, former EETPU activist, who took on Chapple and his bag carrier, John Spellar (now an MP and the guru of the hard right Labour First). Morning Star, 11 August 2017.

    "In 2008, every man, woman and child in Britain handed over £19,721 each, to the bankers... You know what happened next... Debt racked up through the greed of financiers was dumped on the poor, on the young and on those with disabilities" - Aditya Chakrabortty, Guardian, 15 August 2017.

    "Andy Haldane, Bank of England's Chief Economist, has stated that a period of 'divide and conquer' has left workers in the UK less able to bargain for higher wages" - business leader, Observer, 9 July 2017.

    "The NEC has endorsed the tactic of ensuring the Tory Party is clearly seen as a toxic brand. The first stage is to ridicule them. Theresa May was adamant that if the Tories were to lose 'just 6 seats', then Jeremy would be PM. They are down 14 seats and yet May (now) claims she is 'strong and stable'" - Peter Willsman, CLPD secretary, July 2017.

    "Social housing is a game in which the tenants aren't players but pawns; it is a kind of purgatory where you are neither citizen nor consumer, caught in a limbo of impotence.. the housing serves only the interests of those who profit from it" - Zoe Williams. Guardian, 22 July 2017.

    "Who do the Blairites represent any more? Nobody. There is no strand of thought they represent that appeals to the public. They are devoted of purpose, meaning, and voter base" - Rod Liddle, Sunday Times, 9 July 2017.

    The zombie Blairites who run Haringey's Labour council "plan to stuff family homes, school buildings, its biggest library and much more into a giant private fund worth £2bn... Together with a property developer, [the council] will tear down whole streets of publicly owned buildings and replace them with a shiny town centre and 6,400 homes. As someone who grew up nearby, I can see that it needs investment - but this is something else entirely: it is privatisation... [The new] houses will almost certainly not be for the likes of [current council tenants]... the council told me that the private entity had no targets for building social housing... The HDV Business Plans prioritise a single move for residents rather than Right of Return" - Aditya Chakrabortty, Guardian, 3 July 2017.

    "[A progressive future] demands both an ideological and methodological shift from the orthodoxies of the past two decades. The PLP did not understand this.We should not assume those lessons have been learned now" - Gary Younge, Guardian, 17 June 2017.

    "Private schools will get tax rebates totalling £522 million over the next five years as a result of their status as charities". Guardian, 12 June 2017.

    "There can be no doubt that the world's biggest trading bloc(the EU) is essentially protectionist in nature... Some economists see it as a vestige of the age of mercantilism" - leading article in Investor's Chronicle, 9 June 2017.

    "In the UK the problem is shrieking rightwing hysteria". Thomas Frank, a visitor from USA. Frank anticipated the rise of Trump among rust-belt voters. Guardian, 8 June 2017.

    "The Tories have always proudly boasted that they build huge bonfires of 'red tape'.We now know what these look like". Pete Willsman, CLPD secretary, June 2017.

    "There is another world in our Movement, alas. A world of smears and plots. That is where you will find Tom Watson. When unity is required, Tom manufactures division... Tom is a product of the manipulative and authoritarian culture of the old trade union right-wing, for whom power was an end in itself, and all means were acceptable to attain it" - Len McCluskey, Huffington Post. CLPD congratulates Len on his victory over Tom Watson and John Spellar and their hard-right "Labour First" cronies. 21 April 2017.

    "A woman who always keeps her promises has called an election she promised not to, in order to obtain a mandate she says she already has, for a policy she said was a bad idea" - David Robjant, Guardian, 19 April 2017.

    "Asked on BBC News whether her country needed nuclear weapons, a North Korean woman said: 'If we do not have nuclear weapons, other countries' weapons will fall on our land'. his sounded paranoid... Britain has the same policy!" - David Butler, Guardian 17 April 2017.

    "The statement, 'Hitler supported Zionism', is not a fact. It is an interpretation... The real problem, in a way, is the tone of Livingstone when giving this interpretation. There's no sympathy. No compassion - no sense of the tragedy behind this... I am not a Zionist. I'm an atheist and I don't hold with religion being the basis for statehood... I do not support the appalling actions of the present Israeli Government" - David Baddiel, Guardian, 7 April 2017.

    "The Transfer Agreement... did happen. It is chilling to insist that a member of a democratic party (which believes in free speech) should resile from what is historical fact. As a Jewish member of the Labour Party, I feel I must support Livingstone and oppose the punishment imposed on him. If that means I will be expelled from the Party, so be it" - Dr Ian Saville, Guardian, 6 April 2017.

    "There is something seriously awry when Lord Mandelson, with total impunity, can publicly boast that every single day he deliberately does something to damage our Party's chosen Leader. And yet one comment by Ken Livingstone ìs formally considered by the NCC over several days, with two QCs, 800 pages of documents, witnesses etc. etc. Then, after some 96 hours of deliberation, the NCC hands down its considered judgement, which is final. Despite all this, there is still fuss being made about Ken Livingstone. But about Lord Mandelson's harmful (to our Party) comments - sweet FA" - Pete Willsman, CLPD Secretary, 5 April 2017.

    "Between 1946 and 1973 UK real GDP, per person, rose by 2.7% per year. But it rose only 0.9% per year in the 150 years to 1939. It could be that what we're seeing now is a reversion to the long-term norm" - Investors Chronicle, March 2017.

    "George Osborne... now picking up £650,000 a year for four days work a month at the fund manager BlackRock, pushed through benefit cuts that will mean some families will be £7,000 a year worse off" - Larry Elliott, The (dire) Guardian, 9 March 2017.

    "In 1997 Labour had 58.2% in Copeland and 66.2% in Stoke Central. In 2015 it was 42.3% and 39.3% respectively... If Labour fails in Copeland or Stoke, we will read that it was 'Corbyn's fault'. If, as I suspect, Labour succeeds, we will read that it was down to 'local factors'" - David Rosenberg, The (dire) Guardian, 22 Feb 2017.

    "Why should the pond life that dragged itself from the (council) estates to the ballot box be allowed to ruin everything for the rest of us?" - A direct quote from 'a member of the intellectual establishment', calling for Parliament to reject the Referendum result, Sunday Times 12 February 2017.

    Older "quotes of the month"

    For further news visit CLPD's sister website http://www.grassrootslabour.net. On http://www.grassrootslabour.net you will also find model draft submissions to the 2017-8 Party Democracy Review, for use by CLPs, Branches, and members; and NEC reports going back 15 years.

    Election for the six new CLP places on the NCC

    Annual Conference 2018 agreed an expansion of the National Constitutional Committee (NCC) from 11 to 25 members. The new positions were elected in November 2018 by a ballot of delegates to Annual Conference 2018. Each CLP was entitled to nominate up to six members to stand for these new positions. All the candidates supported by CLPD won.

    Division III (CLPs) results: Khaled Moyeed - 327,292 - 14% - ELECTED; Cecile Wright - 323,949 - 14% - ELECTED; Susan Press - 319,783 - 14% - ELECTED; Annabelle Harle - 315,693 - 14% - ELECTED; Gary Heather - 309,870 - 13% - ELECTED; Stephen Marks - 307,890 - 13% - ELECTED. The candidates not elected were: Steve Lapsley - 70,619 - 3% - Joanne Harding - 64,139 - 3% - Gillian Troughton - 63,936 - 3% - Caroline Hexter - 59,641 - 3% - Keith Dibble - 58,741 - 3% - Malcolm Cunning - 48,940 - 2% - Michelle Perfect - 27,161 - 1%. Total vote: 2,297,654

    Yellow Pages bulletins at 2018 Labour Party conference

    2018: Wednesday

    2018: Tuesday

    2018: Monday

    2018: Sunday

    2018: Saturday (women's conference)

    Joint statement by CLP reps on Labour's National Executive from NEC meeting 25 September 2018

    Click here to download pdf.

    Momentum/CLPD 2018 Labour Party conference guide

    Click here to download pdf.

    Labour NCC election 2018

    CLPD backed Daniel Blaney, who won the ballot of CLPs at Annual Conference with 79.87% of the vote. He was also supported by Momentum, Labour Briefing Co-op, Labour Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament (LCND) and Labour Assembly Against Austerity (LAAA).

    CLPD-backed candidates win NEC elections 2018

    The CLPD-supported candidates all won. The votes were DAR, Yasmine 88,176; WEBBE, Claudia 83,797; LANSMAN, Jon 83,072; GARNHAM, Rachel 81,702; ELMI, Huda 80,371; WILLIAMS, Darren 79,361; HENDERSON, Ann 79,176; MISHRA, Navendu 75,224; WILLSMAN, Peter 70,321 (all those elected); IZZARD, Eddie 67,819; BAXTER, Johanna 50,185; SINGH JOSAN, Gurinder 48,643; BLACK, Ann 45,566; BECKETT, Jasmin 43,955; PETO, Heather 43,774; AKEHURST, Luke 43,156; CAZIMOGLU, Eda 40,807; WIMBURY, Mary 40,507; BANES, Lisa 37,993; MASTERS, Marianna 35,061; FLETCHER, Jonathan 15,303; GUY, Stephen 14,985; MORRISON, Nicola 10,671; CRAIGIE, James 10,326; SPEDDING, Gary 9,854; STANNERS, Stephen 8,909.

    Report from London region Labour conference, 25-26 November 2017

    Click here for report from James McAsh, and here for the conference Yellow Pages (pdf)

    Reports from North West region Labour conference, 4-5 November 2017

    Click here for reports from George Downs and Jennifer James


    I’m an ex-Tory minister: only Labour grasps Britain’s desire for change, says Jim O'Neill - Guardian, 5 October 2018.


    A dossier of containing Islamophobic, homophobic and racist comments from the Conservative Debating Forum, a 2,700-strong Facebook group that can be joined by invitation or by permission of moderators, has been collected by the Red Roar blog. The story is told in an article by Michael Savage in The Observer of 10 June 2018. The Facebook group is now in lockdown, with 90% of its participants excluded. The Tories are desperately trying to hide the truth.

    "Basically, the Conservative Party is a self-perpetuating oligarchy" - from Our Fight For Democracy, by John E Strafford, 2009. John Strafford has formed the Campaign for Conservative Party Democracy. It is very small and ploughs a lonely furrow.


    CLPD Executive statement, adopted unanimously at May 2018 EC meeting, with some 35 EC members in attendance

    All party rules, codes of conduct, enforcement and disciplinary bodies acting against individuals and local parties must be accountable, and consistent with legal due process: natural justice, proportionality, presumption of innocence, fact-based verified evidence, transparency, reasonable time-scales and right of appeal, modelled on common law, Human Rights Law, and proposals of the Chakrabarti report. All individuals, whatever their standing in the party, must receive equal treatment. We call for guidelines and standards along these lines to be adopted by our Party.

    New wave of suspensions and expulsions

    "Eventually over 11,000 complaints were logged as well-resourced right wing hit squads scented a golden opportunity and began trawling through known Corbynistas' Facebook and Twitter accounts". Christine Shawcroft reports on the new wave of suspensions and expulsions, November 2016.

    Summary of the Chakrabarti report, 1 July 2016

    Click here to read a summary by Mike Phipps.


    "[Jeremy] Corbyn was only one of four MPs to sign a parliamentary early day motion in December 1989 congratulating striking workers in Czechoslovakia 'against the corruption and mismanagement of the Stalinist bureaucracy'" - Observer, 25 February 2018.

    "The idea that Corbyn is unpatriotic or worse whilst the Tories are patriots rests upon a very questionable conception of what is 'the country'"

    Click here for opinion piece on the "Stumbling and Mumbling" blog, 22 March 2018. The writer of the blog is an economist on the Investors' Chronicle.

    Labour can win. But first it must explain what Corbynism means

    Article by Jeremy Gilbert, professor of cultural and political theory at the University of East London, in The Guardian, 24 July 2017.

    Why Corbyn's moral clarity could propel him to no.10

    Click here to read the article by Danny Dorling, professor of geography at Oxford and author of many books including "Injustice: Why Social Inequality Still Persists", on Labour List.

    The Jeremy Corbyn phenomenon

    Speech by Unite general secretary Len McCluskey at the Oxford Union on Tuesday 9 February 2016


    Cuts of 40% or more

    "Post-industrial cities in the North of England, together with some inner-city London boroughs, have been hit by the deepest cuts to local government spending since austerity cuts started in 2010, says Cambridge University research... More than 30 council areas in England have seen cuts in spending of over 30% between 2010 and 2017, with Westminster, Salford, South Tyneside, Slough, Wigan, Oldham and Gateshead hit by cuts to spending of over 40%" - Guardian, 9 October 2018.

    Who will pick up the pieces?

    Read Aditya Chakrabortty's article from the Guardian, 13 August 2018.

    Dossier on irregularities in local government selections

    Click here to read a document (2018) adopted by Leyton and Wanstead CLP.


    Labour needs a Corbynista leadership in Scotland

    By Barry Gray, CLPD Assistant Secretary. Click here to read

    A mountain to climb in Scotland

    Article from Labour Briefing by Jim McKechnie, one of CLPD's organisers in Scotland


    Setting the record straight on Trident

    Letter to the Guardian by Ann Black, 16 January 2016. See also this statement from members of Labour's National Policy Forum.


    Trade unions and the gig economy

    Read The Tiny Union Beating The Gig Economy Giants, by Yvonne Roberts, in The Observer, 1 July 2018.

    The ideological war over the minimum wage

    Article by Peter C Baker in the Guardian, 13 April 2018.

    Gordon Brown on the Tory lies about poverty

    In a speech to the Child Poverty Action Group on 11 November 2015, former Labour leader Gordon Brown slammed eight Tory "fictions" about poverty and tax credits. Click here to read the speech.

    "Falling wages, savage cuts and sham employment expose the recovery as bogus"

    In the Guardian of 20 October 2014, economist Ha Joon Chang, writing under the headline Why did Britain's political class buy into the Tories' economic fairytale?, sums up the case against austerity and gives Labour a wake-up call.

    "Needed: a vigorous opposition to neoliberalism"

    In the Guardian of 3 November 2014, the paper's economics editor, Larry Elliott, bemoans the lack of "fundamental change since the global financial crisis" and concludes that a "collapse not just of communism but also of social democracy" has left an "ideological vacuum... being filled by nationalism, environmentalism and religion".


    The future of the trade union link

    By Pete Willsman: click here to read

    On illegitimate interference by party staff into our internal elections

    Statement by Pete Willsman on the conduct of elections at Labour conference 2013

    CLPD supports the Charter for a Democratic Conference

    Click here to read the Charter online.

    Click here to download the Charter as pdf.


    New research shows "gender quotas thus do not pose a threat to 'merit' at any stage of the political process

    "Instead, fostering diversity has contributed to a host of positive democratic outcomes", say researchers Mary Nugent and Mona Lena Krook: http://www.democraticaudit.com/?p=19728

    How to select or reselect your MP

    New edition by Dave Osland. £4.00 from left-wing bookshops or from Five Leaves Bookshop in Nottingham (0115 8373097): post free to mail order customers, pay via PayPal to bookshop@fiveleaves.co.uk. Right-click here for more information.

    How Labour's trigger works

    A CLPD briefing on the re-selection of sitting MPs


    Richard Price, CLPD Exec.: "Yes to majority Labour governments, no to the so-called Progressive Alliance"

    31 August 2017. Click here to read.

    Sam Pallis on PR

    "The lure of PR conceals many myths - instead the left must learn to escape its comfort zone", writes Sam Pallis on Labour List (23 August 2016). (Editor's note: PR wonks always claim that their motivation is "more democracy for voters". Nothing is more democratic than every voter being able to vote "yes" or "no" on an issue after a national debate. And yet, many of the wonks are demanding that MPs (elected by, what they claim, is an electoral system that is not very democratic) must overturn the democratic decision of the whole population on the EU. Beneath the veneer covering many a "PR-democrat" lurks a total hypocrite).


    Labour and the EU referendum

    See Keir Starmer on Labour List, 31 January 2017.

    Gary Younge: Brexit - a disaster decades in the making

    Click here to read the article.


    Ray Davison on rule changes at Labour Party conference 2014

    The Campaign, a BBC docudrama from 1983 about CLPD

    CLPD secretary Pete Willsman on the Daily Politics

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