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CLPD AGM

CLPD AGM 2017 was on Saturday 25 February, from 11:30 at Friends House, opposite Euston Station, London. Morning session (order of speaking): Kelvin Hopkins MP, Christine Shawcroft NEC, Claudia Webbe NEC. Afternoon session (order of speaking): Diana Holland (Labour Party Treasurer and Unite), Tosh McDonald (ASLEF), Special Guest, and finally the one and only Mark Seddon (CLPD). Read the AGM report here.

CLPD AGM 2016 was on Saturday 19 March, from 11.30am at Conway Hall, Red Lion Square, London WC1R 4RL. Click here to read report.

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.

CLPD AGM 2014 was held on Saturday 29 March, from 11.30am to 4.30pm at Conway Hall, Red Lion Square, London WC1R 4RL. Click here to read a report

CLPD AGM 2013 was held on Saturday 23 February, from 11.30am at Conway Hall, Red Lion Square, London WC1R 4RL. Read the report here.

CLPD AGM 2012 was held on Saturday 18 February at Conway Hall. Click here to download a report, and here to read Jim Kennedy's speech on the role of the trade unions.

Campaign Briefings

Campaign Briefing no.79: autumn 2015

Campaign Briefing 78: autumn 2014. Extra: article by Ann Henderson on "Organising for Labour in Scotland".

Campaign Briefing No.77, autumn 2013

Campaign Briefing No.76, 2013: special 40th anniversary issue

Campaign Briefing No.75, autumn 2012

Extra: Jim Mackechnie on "Glasgow scapegoated"

Extra: Comments on Campaign Briefing 75 by Ann Phillips.

Campaign Briefing No.74, autumn 2011

Campaign Briefing No.73, 2010

Campaign Briefing No.72, 2009

Campaign Briefing No.71, 2008

Campaign Briefing No.70, 2007

Campaign Briefing No.69, 2006


Pete Willsman's guide to Annual Conference

Pete Willsman's guide to Annual Conference 2016

Pete Willsman's guide to Annual Conference 2015

Pete Willsman's guide to Annual Conference 2014

Pete Willsman's guide to Annual Conference 2013

Pete Willsman's guide to Annual Conference 2012

Pete Willsman's guide to Annual Conference 2011


Left Platform, 2015

CLPD supported the "Left Platform" meeting on 7 February 2015 (11am to 4pm at the University of London Union, Malet Street, London WC1E 7HY). Left Platform is a roundtable discussion with the aim of bringing together Left MPs, PPCs, Left Trade Union Representatives, Elected Local Government Members, representatives from Left Labour organisations, and a number of key Left academics, policy analysts, commentators and activists to discuss and determine the key bottom lines in policy terms that we will be campaigning for Labour to adopt in Government and as base lines in any coalition negotiations if Labour goes down that road. The link is here: http://leftplatform.com/. The sponsors: http://leftplatform.com/leftplatform-schedule/


The Collins Review, 2013-4

"Yellow Pages" for special Labour Party conference 1 March 2014: Click here to download pdf.

Labour Party "reforms": reasons to vote against: From "Defend The Link". Click here to download pdf.

Collins Review: Miliband successfully digs himself out of hole. Labour remains in hole, by Jon Lansman: click here to read

The battle for the soul of the Labour Party (part 47 - the unions are sold a dummy), by Jon Lansman: click here to read

Unite offers Miliband an olive branch, with clear red lines, by Jon Lansman: click here to read

"Defend the Link" - model response to the Collins review: Click here to download.

The Hidden Agenda behind Collins: By Barry Gray and Pete Willsman: click here to read.

CLPD supports the "Defend the Link" statement

CLPD model motions on the union link and on primaries for the Collins review: click here to read online

Proposals for rule-change submissions and contemporary motions to Labour Party conference

CLPD's 2016 proposals for contemporary motions to be submitted to Labour Party conference and click here for an additional contemporary motion on education, in response to the Tory plans to revive the 11-plus.

CLPD's 2016 proposals for rule changes to be submitted to Labour conference: click here to download the rule changes and supporting arguments

CLPD's 2015 proposals for contemporary motions to be submitted to Labour Party conference.

CLPD's 2015 proposals for Rule Changes to be submitted to Labour conference - read them online or download them as pdf

CLPD's 2014 proposals for contemporary motions to be submitted to Labour Party conference.

Policy submissions 2014 - Click here to read them

CLPD's 2014 proposals for Rule Changes to be submitted to Labour conference - click here to read them

CLPD's 2013 proposals for contemporary motions to be submitted to Labour conference.

CLPD's 2013 proposals for Rule Changes to be submitted to Labour conference - click here to read the suggested Rule Changes online; and click here to download the suggested Rule Changes as pdf.

CLPD's 2012 proposals for contemporary motions to be submitted to Labour conference

Other publications, reports, and statements

Scottish Labour Party Conference CLPD Fringe Meeting, Friday 24 February 2017. Summit Room, Mercure Perth Hotel, West Mill Street, Perth. at 5.45pm. Speakers: Alex Rowley MSP, Deputy Leader of the Scottish Labour Party; Anna Dyer, Member of the National Constututional Committee (NCC); Rhea Wolfson, Member of the National Executive Committee (NEC).

National Executive Committee constituency section elections 2016. CLPD called for support for all six CLGA candidates for NEC: download pdf leaflet here. The Centre Left Grassroots Alliance supported Rhea Wolfson, Ann Black, Christine Shawcroft, Claudia Webbe, Darren Williams, and Peter Willsman, for the NEC. CLGA also supported: National Constitutional Committee (NCC) - Chris Williamson; Treasurer - Diana Holland.

National Executive Committee election results 2016

National Executive Committee - Division III (Constituency Labour Parties) result (6 to elect)

BLACK, Ann100,999Elected
SHAWCROFT, Christine97,510Elected
WEBBE, Claudia92,377Elected
WILLIAMS, Darren87,003Elected
WOLFSON, Rhea85,687Elected
WILLSMAN, Peter81,863Elected
REEVES, Ellie72,514
IZZARD, Eddie70,993
BAILEY, Bex67,205
BAXTER, Johanna60,367
DHANDA, Parmjit53,838
AKEHURST, Luke48,632
WHEELER, Peter44,062
GALLAGHER, John22,678
GUL, Amanat14,693

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

CLPD's 2016 proposals for rule changes to be submitted to Labour conference: click here to download the rule changes and supporting arguments

February 2016: CLGA leaflet presenting centre-left candidates for the 2016 Labour Party NEC, NCC and Treasurer elections: download pdf leaflet here

January 2016: CLPD 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.

Labour leadership 2015: CLPD recommends first preference backing for Jeremy Corbyn and Angela Eagle, 9 June 2015: Click here to read more.

Labour leadership 2015: CLPD calls on Jon Trickett MP to stand for the Labour leadership, 29 May 2015: Click here to read more.

In 2015 CLPD backed Katy Clark and Jon Lansman for Conference Arrangements Committee; Gary Heather for NCC. Click http://home.freeuk.com/clpd/150225clark_cac.pdf to download Katy's letter to CLPs; and http://home.freeuk.com/clpd/150225lansman_cac.pdf Jon's; and letters of support from Pete Willsman and the CLGA. The NEC has confirmed that each CLP can make two nominations for the CAC. The CAC election is by one-member-one-vote. The nomination deadline has been extended to 31 July. Gary Heather has written to all CLP secretaries, asking CLPs to nominate him for the NCC. The NCC election is by conference delegates. Click here to download Gary's letter.

In 2015, for London Mayor, CLPD recommended first preference for Diane Abbott, second for Sadiq Khan. Click here to read more. Ballot papers for this election (and also for leader, deputy leader, CAC, NPF) went out on 14 August, and the ballot closes on 10 September.

CLPD's 2015 proposals for rule changes to be submitted to Labour conference - read them online - download them as pdf

"Labour executive elections: best Left result since 1980s with 55% of members' votes", by Jon Lansman (from Left Futures, 20/08/14)

"Trade unions vote against ending austerity in 2015", by Jon Lansman (from Left Futures, 21/07/14)

How Labour's trigger works - a CLPD briefing on the re-selection of sitting MPs, September 2013

CLPD's call for nominations for CAC, 2013

NEC and NPF election results 2012

CLPD's 2012 proposals for Rule Changes to be submitted to Labour conference

CLPD guidance notes on Policy Review 2012

Material for National Policy Forum, 2008

Model response to Partnership in Power review, 2004

November 2000 - January 2001 - 21st Century Party Consultation


"Yellow pages" briefings from Labour Party Conference


London regional Labour Party conference, 12 November 2016: click here to download pdf


2016 annual conference: Wednesday

2016: Tuesday

2016: Monday

2016: Sunday


2015: Wednesday

2015: Tuesday

2015: Monday

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2014: Wednesday

2014: Tuesday

2014: Monday

2014: Sunday


"Yellow Pages" for special Labour Party conference 1 March 2014


2013: Wednesday

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2013: Monday

2013: Sunday


2012: Thursday

2012: Wednesday

2012: Tuesday

2012: Monday

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2011: Thursday

2011: Wednesday

2011: Tuesday

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2010: Thursday

2010: Wednesday

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2009: Thursday

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2008: all bulletins


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"The Campaign", a BBC docudrama from 1983 about CLPD: click here to watch it

Vladimir Derer, 1919-2014: A tribute by Jon Lansman


CLPD Newsletter No.65 (Contemporary Resolutions Edition) September 2002 -Call a Moratorium on PFI (PFI) pdf download

CLPD Newsletter No.64 July 2002 -Challenge New Labour's assumptions (National Policy Forum Documents) pdf download

CLPD Newsletter No.63 September 2001 -Stop Labour's privatisation (PFI/PPP)

CLPD Newsletter No.62 July/August 2001 -Landslide?

CLPD Newsletter No.61 (Labour Party Conference Edition) September 2000 -No Ceasefire (The 21st Century Party 'consultation')

CLPD Newsletter No.61 -Forging 'consensus' (National Policy Forum report)

CLPD Newsletter No.46 (Conference Edition) September/October 1992 -The long march backwards (Annual Conferences, 1981-91)

CLPD Newsletter No.34 (Conference Edition) September 1986 -Behind closed doors (The NEC restricts the recording of their votes)

CLPD Newsletter No.26 (Conference Edition) September 1982 -Open the NEC books (The recording of NEC votes)

CLPD Newsletter No.25 (Conference Resolutions Edition) April 1982 -CLPD: the Alternative Strategy for Socialists, by Vladimir Derer, Victor Schonfield

CLPD Newsletter No.10 August-September 1977 - Reselection - conference must decide (Reselection of MPs, and the 1977 Conference)

The attempted leadership coup against Jeremy Corbyn, 2016

Result announced on 24 September 2016:

Jeremy CORBYN: 61.80% of valid votes; Total 313,209; Members 168,216; Registered supporters 84,918; Affiliated supporters 60,076

Owen SMITH: 38.20% of valid votes; Total 193,229; Members 116,960; Registered Supporters 36,599; Affiliated Supporters 39,670

Constituency Labour Party nominations in the leadership election closed on 16 August 2016, with Jeremy Corbyn securing 285 CLPs, 84.3% of those that made nominations. Owen Smith got 53, or 15.7%. This marks an increase of 133 from Corbyn's total in 2015 - an almost doubling of support, despite 55 fewer CLPs choosing to make a nomination. Corbyn picked up the nominations of eight of the party's 15 affiliated unions - Aslef, BFAWU, CWU, FBU, UCATT and TSSA, and the two largest unions, Unison and Unite. Young Labour's National Committee voted to support Corbyn. Smith got nominations from the more traditionally right-leaning unions, Community and USDAW, as well as the Musicians' Union and the GMB. Labour Party members and supporters were to receive ballot papers, or credentials to vote online, by the end of August. Votes to be received by noon on Wednesday 21 September.

"Owen Smith has become the willing dupe of the Labour right", writes Paul Mason on Mosquito Ridge

"A report by LSE academics found that Jeremy Corbyn was represented unfairly by the British press (broadsheet and tabloid) through a process of vilification that went well beyond the normal limits of fair debate and disagreement in a democracy... and poses serious ethical questions as to the role of the media in a democracy" - Guardian, 20 July

"A recent ComRes poll found that Labour voters think Jeremy Corbyn has a much better chance of winning a General Election than either Angela Eagle or Owen Smith [Owen who? - ed.] by a margin of 50% against 23% compared with Eagle,and 44% against 26% compared with Smith" - Guardian 20 July

"Those who object most violently to Jeremy Corbyn's leadership are precisely those who would lose the most personal power were he to be successful: sitting politicians and political commentators... The Labour establishment feared being made truly accountable to those they represent" - David Graeber, LSE professor of anthropology, The Guardian, 5 July

"We condemn the unwarranted attacks on [Corbyn's] leadership by an unelected media and call on those who want to see meaningful and progressive social change to stand behind Jeremy Corbyn" - Noam Chomsky and 126 other academic and cultural figures, right-click to read in The Guardian, 9 July

"Tony Blair's done all right for himself... That's why I like Corbyn, he's not for himself" - Trooper Elliot Cooper, who was part of the force that invaded in Iraq in 2003, speaking to The Guardian, 9 July

"The reason Labour's mass membership now seeks a clear and decisive break with the Blair-Brown model is no great mystery. By the end of Gordon Brown's premiership, it was clear that the neoliberal turn had been an abject failure" - David Wearing, right-click to read in The Guardian, 26 July



CLPD was informed that the following CLPs had agreed resolutions supportive of Jeremy Corbyn, our elected leader.

Islington NorthAirdrie and ShottsBirmingham Hall Green
BlaydonBromley and ChislehurstCalder Valley
North West CambridgeshireCrewe and NantwichHastings and Rye
Leeds EastLewisham West and PengeNottingham East
SevenoaksSheffield HallamShipley
Aberconwy and Swansea EastTottenhamBerwick upon Tweed
EdmontonMeridenSolihull
Hampstead and KilburnEast DevonLancaster and Fleetwood
HenleyWaveneyUxbridge and South Ruislip
Brigg and GooleHull West and HessleWorthing West
BroxtoweMid BedfordshireSaffron Walden
Hull NorthTotnesKenilworth and Southam
PooleSouth DerbyshireScunthorpe
Hereford and South HerefordshireBexhill and Battle
Reported to CLPD, but not yet confirmed
Bolton WestCleethorpesDundee City
North East FifeLewesSutton and Cheam
South West NorfolkLeyton and Wanstead
Newcastle CentralCardiff WestHarborough
Penrith and the BorderCarlisleEpsom and Ewell
Sheffield HeeleyStretford and UrmstonNewark
Chingford and Woodford GreenCeredigionLagan Valley
Derbyshire DalesBrent CentralShrewsbury and Atcham



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