"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
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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
"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 žs 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"
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CLPD Fringe Meetings at Labour Party conference 2017
Saturday 23 September at Quaker Meeting House; Monday 25 September at Queen's Hotel, on the front, both at 6.30pm. Chairs Lizzy Ali and Rachel Ward. Speakers include: Iona Baker (NPF), Richard Burgon MP, Kelvin Hopkins MP, Clive Lewis MP, Paul Mason, Cat Smith MP, Jon Trickett MP, Steve Turner (Unite), Mick Whelan (ASLEF), also several CLP Reps from NEC, including CLPD Secretary Pete Willsman, who will give a special briefing for delegates.
8 June 2017: Labour's people-power defeats Tory fat-cats
and now the celebrations!
Our Party's members and all our part-time and full-time staff have achieved a result that will be positively highlighted in the history books. Jeremy's modus operandi has always been: 'We can achieve the impossible quite quickly, miracles may take a bit longer.'
What better way to celebrate than to humiliate the so-called 'political commentators' on The Guardian and The Observer (not to mention all the other doom-mongers and naysayers). These writers pick up their fat pay packets under false pretences. These are also among the ignoramuses who discerned that two-party politics would never return. Almost every day one encounters commuters on the bus with more political nous than this lot.
But first, a quote from a journalist who seemingly has some perception:
'If Jeremy Corbyn does take Labour to 40%, he will have done more to increase Labour's vote share than anyone since Clement Atlee in 1945' - Fraser Nelson, political commentator for The Spectator.
Now for the inferior stuff:
And now the epilogue.
On the eve of polling, The Guardian (8th June) reported that, 'most Labour insiders believe they are unlikely to advance on Ed Miliband's 2015 tally of 232 seats. Many Labour candidates say Corbyn's leadership is still problematic among voters, and the most pessimistic believe May could still secure a much increased majority of 80-100 seats.' These 'comrades' have such hostility to JC and the Labour Left that their grasp of reality is totally distorted.
Finally, we have the Leader of the political party that The Guardian and The Observer are invariably echo chambers for: ''I cannot resist the temptation of taking on Jeremy Corbyn and the Labour Party - the most ineffective opposition in interplanetary history.'' Tim Farron putting words into Theresa May's mouth when she decided to call a General Election. The Guardian, 22nd April.
Of course, many journalists in the Guardian stable are excellent. And also, right at the end, The Guardian did come out for Labour - unlike 2010, which will never be forgotten or forgiven. Nevertheless, there is no excuse for the poor quality of the material from a significant minority of their 'political commentators'.
Pete Willsman, CLPD secretary, 9 June.
Guide for new Labour Party members
Taken, with thanks, from Momentum Sheffield. Click here to download pdf.
Report from CLPD AGM 25 February 2017Read the report here.
"Yellow Pages" briefing from London regional Labour Party conference, 12 November 2016
"Yellow pages" briefings from Labour Party Conference 2016
Pete Willsman's guide to Labour Party conference 2016
SUSPENSIONS, EXPULSIONS, LABOUR PARTY DISCIPLINARY PROCEDURES
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.
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.
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.
Summary of the Chakrabarti report, 1 July 2016
Labour can win. But first it must explain what Corbynism means
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
A mountain to climb in Scotland
Setting the record straight on Trident
CAPITALISM, SOCIALISM, AND POVERTY
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".
LABOUR PARTY STRUCTURES
The future of the trade union link
On illegitimate interference by party staff into our internal elections
CLPD supports the Charter for a Democratic Conference
SELECTIONS, RESELECTIONS, AND THE TRIGGER MECHANISM
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 email@example.com. Right-click here for more information.
How Labour's trigger works
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
Gary Younge: Brexit - a disaster decades in the makingClick 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
Reports of NEC and NPF meetings can be found on our partner site http://www.grassrootslabour.net/
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