"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
"The findings from this study by the University of Oxford tell us once and for all - the more people benefit-sanctioned, the more people need food banks" - Trussell Food Bank Network, Guardian, 27 Oct 2016.
"A further Orgreave question demanding a public answer: why, as Tam Dalyell reported, was the head of MI5 there?" - Tom Dougan, Guardian, 5 Nov 2016.
"Syria has increasingly become a proxy war between global rivals, each unwilling to allow the other victory" - Glen Rangwala, Labour Briefing (LRC), November 2016.
"The Lucas Plan overcome the way in which wokrers and peace and environmental activists are set against each other by the capitalist system" - Dave King, Labour Briefing (Coop), November 2016.
"The Liverpudlian Paul Nuttall of Ukip tries to make out that Jeremy Corbyn is an 'out of touch metropolitan figure'. Jeremy Corbyn reportedly had an audience of some 5,000 when he recently spoke in Liverpool. Let's see how many Nuttall attracts to his Liverpool meetings" - CLPD official statement, 1 December 2016.
"Focusing working-class anger on an even more marginalised group has been the default tactic of the ruling class for centuries" - Ruth Knox, Guardian, 5 December 2016.
"Let's see if Greens and Lib-Dems practise what they preach and stand down in Copeland, like they wanted us to do in Richmond Park, in support of a 'Progressive Alliance'. Let's also hear the same demand from Compass and the dire Guardian" - statement from CLPD, December 2016.
"CLPD has today awarded Ken Loach our unique New Year's Honour of a lifetime's honorary membership of CLPD, in recognition of Ken's awesome letter supporting Jeremy Corbyn published in the dire Guardian on 27 December. Details of the awards ceremony to follow" - CLPD Awards Sub-committee, 1 January 2017.
"Fat Cat Wednesday (4 January). After just two and a half days Britain’s top bosses passed the UK average salary of £28,200 by around mid-day" - High Pay Centre. Six in ten employees identify CEO pay as an issue which demotivates them at work.
"Being an MP is a public service. It is not like other jobs... Accepting the role of MP implies giving up the right to walk away..." - Fiona Twycross, London Assembly member, Labour List, 16 January 2017.
"The unremitting wrecking strategy of the Blairites only confirms the very low opinion most Party members have of those interlopers. They are now up to their necks in the dustbin of history. It is time (metaphorically) to close the lid and sit on the top" - CLPD statement, 17 January 2017.
"The total amount paid out by banks for various malfeasances since the financial crisis stands at £250bn and rising... Despite these offences, banks have been the big beneficiaries of quantitative easing... City bonuses will be good this year" - Larry Elliott, The (dire) Guardian, 30 January 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.
"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.
"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.
Nominations for CAC and NCC
The Conference Arrangements Committee (CAC) has a crucial role in influencing the running of conference, and therefore requires candidates who will represent the wishes of members. CLPD urges CLPs to nominate Seema Chandwani and Billy Hayes for the two CLP reps on the Conference Arrangements Committee (CAC). Seema Chandwani is a CLP Secretary (Tottenham CLP, Labour Party Membership Number: L1187007); and Billy Hayes is the former General Secretary of the Communication Workers Union (Mitcham and Morden CLP, Labour Party Membership Number A065571). The election for these reps will be by a One Member One Vote ballot this summer.
CLPD also urges CLPs to nominate Anna Dyer and Emine Ibrahim for the two CLP reps on the National Constitutional Committee (NCC). Anna Dyer is a sitting member of the NCC (Glasgow Maryhill and Springburn CLP, Labour Party Membership Number L0081865) and Emine Ibrahim is a CLP rep on the London Region's Labour Party Board (Hornsey and Wood Green CLP, Labour Party Membership Number L0150489). The election of these reps will be by CLP delegates at the Annual Conference in September.
CLPD Fringe Meetings at Labour Party conference 2017
Saturday 23 and Tuesday 26 September, both at 6.30pm at Friends Meeting House, Ship Street, Brighton. Chairs Lizzy Ali and Rachel Ward. Speakers include: Iona Baker(NPF), Richard Burgon MP, Kelvin Hopkins MP, Cat Smith 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.
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
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
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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
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