Labour Party Conference 2004 – draft proposals for rule changes
More NEC seats for CLPs
National Executive Committee: Representation of Scotland and Wales
Proposed Draft Constitutional Amendment
The Labour Party Rule Book 2003, Section A, Chapter 4 - Elections of national officers of the party and national committees, Subsection 4C Procedural rules for
elections for national committees, 4C.2 Election of the National Executive
2 members , at least three of whom shall be
3 women , to be nominated by their own CLP
4 and at least two other CLPs . The ballot for
5 these places shall be conducted among all
6 eligible individual members of the party by
7 means of a national one-member-one-vote
8 postal ballot conducted to guidelines laid
9 down by the NEC.
Line 1: Delete: “six” and insert: “eight”
Line 2: Delete : “three” and insert: “four”
Line 4: After “ballot for” insert:”six of”
Line 8: After “ballot.” insert: There shall be two separate ballots for the two
remaining places, one in Scotland and one in Wales. They shall be
conducted among all eligible members in Scotland and Wales
respectively by means of a one-member-one-vote postal ballot. All
three ballots to be”
Supporting Arguments: The Scottish and Wales Labour Parties have a separate identity to that in English Regions and each has its own General Secretary. In addition the Scottish and Welsh parties now monitor the work of the Labour Groups in Scottish parliament and Welsh Assembly. There is therefore a strong case for automatic representation on the NEC from Scotland and Wales.
Our suggested rule change increases CLP representation from six to eight. It would redress the loss of a seat from seven to six which CLPs suffered in 1997 when Partnership in Power was first introduced.