"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
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
National Constitutional Committee (NCC) - Chris Williamson
Treasurer - Diana Holland
Rhea Wolfson is former President of Oxford University Jewish Society; former Secretary of London Young Labour; current Women's Officer for Scottish Young Labour; current Co-op Party rep on UK Young Labour National Committee; and a full-time branch secretary for GMB Scotland.
Rhea writes: Britain needs a Labour Party that can deliver a confident and credible democratic socialist agenda; an alternative to the inequality of conservatism and the inertia of nationalism - with fairness and equality at its heart.
Labour must be the party that stands against austerity to improve the lives of working people across borders. Our party needs to be strong and united, with all levels of the party working in a transparent and tolerant manner.
I will work to empower members, local parties, and activists; to fight for a more democratic party that can deliver change - and ultimately, deliver victory.
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
CLPD AGM 2015 was on Saturday 28 February, from 11.30am at Conway Hall, Red Lion Square, London WC1R 4RL. To read a report, click here; and to read a report of the speech to the AGM by Billy Hayes, click here.
"Falling wages, savage cuts and sham employment expose the recovery as bogus"
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".