"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
"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
CLPD AGM 2017
Saturday 25 February, from 11:30 at Friends House, opposite Euston Station, London
"Yellow pages" briefings from Labour Party Conference 2016
Pete Willsman's guide to Labour Party conference 2016
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Right-click here for more information.
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). (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 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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