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"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

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



    For further news visit http://www.grassrootslabour.net and www.leftfutures.org

    CLPD Annual General Meeting 2015

    CLPD AGM 2015 will be on Saturday 28 February, from 11.30am at Conway Hall, Red Lion Square, London WC1R 4RL. Non-members welcome as observers. CLPD AGM 2014 was held on Saturday 29 March, from 11.30am to 4.30pm at Conway Hall: click here to read a report.

    Pete Willsman seeks CLP nominations for Conference Arrangements Committee

    CLPD secretary Pete Willsman has written to all CLP secretaries, asking CLPs to nominate him as CLP rep on the Labour Party's Conference Arrangements Committee. The closing date for nominations is Wednesday 10 June. The election is by one-member-one-vote. We understand the ballot papers will go to all members early in July (closing date of ballot 29 July). Click here to download Pete Willsman's letter.

    CLPD supports "Left Platform" meeting 7 February

    Left Platform: Saturday February 7th 2015 from 11am to 4pm at the University of London Union, Malet Street, London WC1E 7HY.

    Left Platform is a roundtable discussion being hosted on the 7th of February 2015 with aim of bringing together Left MPs, PPCs, Left Trade Union Representatives, Elected Local Government Members, representatives from Left Labour organisations, and a number of key Left academics, policy analysts, commentators and activists to discuss and determine the key bottom lines in policy terms that we will be campaigning for Labour to adopt in Government and as base lines in any coalition negotiations if Labour goes down that road.

    The link is here: http://leftplatform.com/

    The agenda here: http://leftplatform.com/leftplatform-schedule/

    The sponsors: http://leftplatform.com/leftplatform-schedule/

    Latest sponsors include TSSA and ASLEF nationally and CLPD.

    London Labour Party conference exposes democratic deficit

    Jon Lansman reports on the London Labour Party conference on the weekend of 30 November.

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

    In the Guardian of 20 October, 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, 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".

    "Yellow pages" bulletin at Labour Party conference 2014

    Sunday 21 September

    Monday 22 September

    Tuesday 23 September

    Wednesday 24 September

    Campaign Briefing 78: autumn 2014

    Billy Hayes on "looking ahead with the unions to a Labour victory", Pete Willsman on issues at Labour conference, and much more. Click here to download pdf. Click here for article by Ann Henderson on "Organising for Labour in Scotland".

    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

    How Labour's trigger works

    A CLPD briefing on the re-selection of sitting MPs

    The Campaign, a BBC docudrama from 1983 about CLPD

    Click here to watch "The Campaign"

    CLPD secretary Pete Willsman on the Daily Politics

    Click here to view

    CLPD supports the Charter for a Democratic Conference

    Click here to read the Charter online.

    Click here to download the Charter as pdf.



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    Reports of NEC and NPF meetings can be found on our partner site http://www.grassrootslabour.net/



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