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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



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

    Friday 24 June 2016 - very urgent - Threat to Jeremy Corbyn and to the democratic decision of our Party's members

    CLPs should immediately send Emergency Motions to the General Secretary (for the NEC) demanding that Labour MPs unite behind our elected Leader in the face of this historic opportunity when the Tories are falling apart.

    Further information to use when preparing your Emergency Motions: The Tooting by-election result was the best Labour percentage there ever except 1997 The Oldham West and Royton by-election result was an even better Labour percentage than 1997 In the EU referendum, Jeremy Corbyn's Islington went 75.2% for Remain. Gloria de Piero's Ashfield went 69.8% for Leave. Vernon Coaker's Gedling went 56% for Leave. Jeremy Corbyn's local voters had confidence in him. De Piero's and Coaker's had no confidence in them. And these wreckers have the cheek to call for a vote of no confidence in Jeremy Corbyn!

    These disloyal Labour MPs are making a strong case for bringing back full-blown mandatory reselection.

    Support all six CLGA candidates for NEC

    Download pdf leaflet here.

    Congratulations to all the many good comrades in Almond Valley CLP who have unanimously nominated their member Rhea Wolfson to stand for the NEC. Now it's up to all of us to work flat out to get Rhea and her five comrades elected to the NEC to back up Jeremy Corbyn - there can be no excuses!

    The Centre Left Grassroots Alliance is supporting Rhea Wolfson, alongside Ann Black, Christine Shawcroft, Claudia Webbe, Darren Williams, and Peter Willsman, for the NEC. Nominations close on 24 June.

    Ballot papers for the NEC constituency section election will go out on 11 July, and the ballot will close at noon on 5 August.

    CLGA is also supporting:

    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 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.

    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 fringe meetings at Labour Party annual conference

    6pm, Saturday 24 September, and 6pm, Tuesday 27 September, both at The Yacht Club, Coburg Wharf, Liverpool

    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.

    CLPD "Yellow Pages" bulletins at 2015 Labour Party conference

    Sunday

    Monday

    Tuesday

    Wednesday

    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

    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

    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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