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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

"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



    Quotes of the month

    "Polly Toynbee wonders whether Clegg was 'venal or just a political idiot'. If we used language like that in the Labour Party, we wouldn't be allowed to vote" - Letter in The Guardian.

    ''In 1797 a shocked magistrate, Patrick Colquhoun, calculated that a pawnbroker's 3 pence loan could accrue an interest rate of 850%. In 2014 Wonga offered loans at nearly 6,000%. Wonga's website describes 1,509% as 'representative'" - Prof. Rebecca Earle, Guardian, 8 Sep 2016

    "The MPs who voted no confidence in Jeremy Corbyn, and then voted for his challenger in the leadership election, set a massive example of deselection politics at the highest level of the party. They cannot now protest if other party members stand against them for selection in their own constituency parties" - letter from James Marc Leas, who follows UK politics, clearly very astutely, from Vermont, USA, Guardian, 29 Sep 2016

    "The answer is to build more affordable homes... In the old days, these were called council houses; the trouble is that councils aren't building houses" - Jonas Crosland, property sector expert, Investors' Chronicle, 30 Sep 2016

    "If opposition to Trident is a 'surefire vote-loser', why has this not lost votes for the SNP? The SNP is as firmly opposed to Trident as Jeremy Corbyn" - letter in Guardian

    "The findings from this study by the University of Oxford tell us once and for all - the more people benefit-sanctioned, the more people need food banks" - Trussell Food Bank Network, Guardian, 27 Oct 2016.

    "A further Orgreave question demanding a public answer: why, as Tam Dalyell reported, was the head of MI5 there?" - Tom Dougan, Guardian, 5 Nov 2016.

    "Syria has increasingly become a proxy war between global rivals, each unwilling to allow the other victory" - Glen Rangwala, Labour Briefing (LRC), November 2016.

    "The Lucas Plan overcome the way in which wokrers and peace and environmental activists are set against each other by the capitalist system" - Dave King, Labour Briefing (Coop), November 2016.

    "The Liverpudlian Paul Nuttall of Ukip tries to make out that Jeremy Corbyn is an 'out of touch metropolitan figure'. Jeremy Corbyn reportedly had an audience of some 5,000 when he recently spoke in Liverpool. Let's see how many Nuttall attracts to his Liverpool meetings" - CLPD official statement, 1 December 2016.



    For further news visit http://www.grassrootslabour.net and www.leftfutures.org and www.your-party.co.uk

    CLPD AGM 2017

    Saturday 25 February, from 11:30 at Friends House, opposite Euston Station, London

    "Yellow Pages" briefing from London regional Labour Party conference, 12 November 2016

    Click here to download pdf

    "Yellow pages" briefings from Labour Party Conference 2016

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    Pete Willsman's guide to Labour Party conference 2016

    Click here to download

    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.

    Scottish Labour Party Conference CLPD Fringe Meeting

    Summit Room, Mercure Perth Hotel, West Mill Street, Perth. Friday 24 February 2017 at 5.45pm. Speakers to be announced.

    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.

    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).

    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

    Gary Younge: Brexit - a disaster decades in the making

    Click here to read the article.

    CLPD opposes new expulsions of left-wingers from the Labour Party

    CPLD fears that a new wave of expulsions of Corbyn supporters from the Labour Party may indicate that right-wingers and irreconcilables are using bureaucratic means to try to undermine the overwhelming majority decision of the Party to elect Jeremy Corbyn as leader. We call for a change of Labour Party rules to provide a fair process and for Labour to welcome as members all those who support the Labour Party. Click here to read the statement.

    Summary of the Chakrabarti report, 1 July 2016

    Click here to read a summary by Mike Phipps.

    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.

    CLPD Annual General Meeting 2016

    Click here to read report of the CLPD AGM 2016 (Saturday 19 March, at Conway Hall, Red Lion Square, London WC1R 4RL).

    CLPD proposals for rule changes to be submitted in 2016

    Click here to download the rule changes and supporting arguments and click here for covering letter from CLPD secretary Pete Willsman.

    The Jeremy Corbyn phenomenon

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

    A mountain to climb in Scotland

    Article by Jim McKechnie from Labour Briefing

    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.

    CLPD opposes expulsions of left-wingers from the Labour Party

    CLPD has agreed a statement opposing the expulsions of Labour Party members on the basis of association with the Alliance for Workers Liberty, and calling for a change of Labour Party rules to provide a fair process and for Labour to welcome as members all those who support the Labour Party. Click here to read the statement.

    Scottish Labour Party conference 30 October and 1 November 2015

    Jim Mackechnie reports.

    Ray Davison on rule changes at Labour Party conference 2014

    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.

    Campaign Briefing 79: autumn 2015

    Click here to download pdf

    View on BBC iPlayer

    "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

    How Labour's trigger works

    A CLPD briefing on the re-selection of sitting MPs

    The Campaign, a BBC docudrama from 1983 about CLPD

    CLPD secretary Pete Willsman on the Daily Politics

    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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