"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
CLPD 2016 proposals for contemporary motions to Labour Party conference
Threat to Jeremy Corbyn and to the democratic decision of our Party's members
Constituency Labour Party nominations in the leadership election closed on 16 August, with Jeremy Corbyn securing 285 CLPs, 84.3% of those that made nominations. Owen Smith got 53, or 15.7%. This marks an increase of 133 from Corbyn’s total in 2015 – an almost doubling of support, despite 55 fewer CLPs choosing to make a nomination. Corbyn picked up the nominations of eight of the party’s 15 affiliated unions - Aslef, BFAWU, CWU, FBU, UCATT and TSSA, and the two largest unions, Unison and Unite. Young Labour’s National Committee voted to support Corbyn. Smith got nominations from the more traditionally right-leaning unions, Community and USDAW, as well as the Musicians’ Union and the GMB. Labour Party members and supporters should receive ballot papers, or credentials to vote online, by the end of August. Votes must be received by noon on Wednesday 21 September. The result will be announced at a special conference on Saturday 24 September.
"Owen Smith has become the willing dupe of the Labour right", writes Paul Mason on Mosquito Ridge
"A report by LSE academics found that Jeremy Corbyn was represented unfairly by the British press (broadsheet and tabloid) through a process of vilification that went well beyond the normal limits of fair debate and disagreement in a democracy... and poses serious ethical questions as to the role of the media in a democracy" - Guardian, 20 July
"A recent ComRes poll found that Labour voters think Jeremy Corbyn has a much better chance of winning a General Election than either Angela Eagle or Owen Smith [Owen who? - ed.] by a margin of 50% against 23% compared with Eagle,and 44% against 26% compared with Smith" - Guardian 20 July
"Those who object most violently to Jeremy Corbyn's leadership are precisely those who would lose the most personal power were he to be successful: sitting politicians and political commentators... The Labour establishment feared being made truly accountable to those they represent" - David Graeber, LSE professor of anthropology, The Guardian, 5 July
"We condemn the unwarranted attacks on [Corbyn's] leadership by an unelected media and call on those who want to see meaningful and progressive social change to stand behind Jeremy Corbyn" - Noam Chomsky and 126 other academic and cultural figures, right-click to read in The Guardian, 9 July
"Tony Blair's done all right for himself... That's why I like Corbyn, he's not for himself" - Trooper Elliot Cooper, who was part of the force that invaded in Iraq in 2003, speaking to The Guardian, 9 July
"The reason Labour's mass membership now seeks a clear and decisive break with the Blair-Brown model is no great mystery. By the end of Gordon Brown's premiership, it was clear that the neoliberal turn had been an abject failure" - David Wearing, right-click to read in The Guardian, 26 July
CLPD has been informed that the following CLPs have agreed resolutions supportive of Jeremy Corbyn, our elected leader.
CLPD fringe meetings at Labour Party annual conference
6pm, Saturday 24 September, and 6pm, Tuesday 27 September, both at The Yacht Club, Coburg Wharf, Liverpool
Sat 24th - Chair: Gaye Johnston (Chair CLPD). Welcome to Merseyside: Margaret Greenwood MP and Cathy Runswick (Merseyside Momentum). Speakers: Diane Abbott MP, Ann Black, Len McCluskey, Rachel Ward, Matt Wrack, Peter Willsman. (Special Briefing for Conference Delegates)
Tue 27th - Chair: Claudia Webbe (CLPD). Speakers: Cllr. Yasmine Dar, Kelvin Hopkins MP, Jon Lansman, Mark Serwotka, Christine Shawcroft, Dave Ward, Rhea Wolfson
National Executive Committee election results 2016
National Executive Committee - Division III (Constituency Labour Parties) result (6 to elect)
National Executive Committee - Division IV (Local Government) result (2 to elect)
PERRY, Alice: 2,991, Elected
FORBES, Nick: 2,510, Elected
BOTHAM, Andy: 480
BROWN, Matthew: 377
BOLTON, David: 332
DAVIES, Warren: 261
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)
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 makingClick 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
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
The Jeremy Corbyn phenomenon
A mountain to climb in Scotland
Setting the record straight on Trident
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 "Yellow Pages" bulletins at 2015 Labour Party conference
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
CLPD Annual General Meeting 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 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
On illegitimate interference by party staff into our internal elections
How Labour's trigger works
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
Reports of NEC and NPF meetings can be found on our partner site http://www.grassrootslabour.net/
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