Members wanted to know what they could do NOW to restore democracy. It was impressed on them that the first step was to change the rules of engagement. At present the party leadership could ignore contemporary resolutions but it can’t ignore the rules. Last year Conference voted against Foundation Hospitals but the government went ahead with them. But Conference also voted to change the rules so that alongside the first four subjects in the Priorities Ballot timetabled for the unions, the top four subjects chosen by CLPs would also be timetabled. Thus CLPs will have more say at 2004 Conference. This change is a success to chalk up for CLPD. It’s a change for which CLPD has long campaigned and it demonstrates the importance of persevering over several years in the demands we make.
Individual members were therefore asked to get their CLP to pass one of the Constitutional Amendments [Rule Changes] CLPD is currently promoting. These are as follows:
(1) Direct amendments at Conference to NPF
to give CLPs the right to submit amendments to NPF documents direct to Conference with no prior “sifting”.
the choice between all or nothing
to allow reference back of parts of policy documents without rejecting the document as a whole.
(3) More NEC seats for
to increase CLPs’ seats on the NEC by two: one for a representative from Scotland and one from Wales.
(4) Ministers to be ineligible to serve
to abolish the right of ministers to be on the CAC.
(5) Westminster Parliamentary Candidates: Let members choose (1)
(6) Westminster Parliamentary Candidates: Let members choose (2)