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CLPD- Fringe Meeting 2013 TUC Congress Print E-mail
Wednesday, 07 August 2013
Campaign for Labour Party Democracy - Fringe Meeting at 2013 TUC Congress
12.30 Tuesday 10th September
Hermitage Hotel (opposite Conference Centre)
Exeter Road
Bournemouth BH2 5AH

Diane Abbott MP
Professor Keith Ewing 
Billy Hayes (CWU)
Len McCluskey (Unite)
Steve Murphy (UCATT)
Hazel Nolan (GMB rep on Young Labour National Committee)
Mick Whelan (ASLEF)

Peter Willsman (CLPD)

National Executive Committee, 16 July 2013 Print E-mail
Tuesday, 06 August 2013

The NEC welcomed Jonathan Ashworth MP, who replaces Tom Watson, to his first meeting, and thanked Tom for his contribution in various capacities over the years.

Matthew McGregor of Blue State Digital gave a presentation on digital strategy, aimed at reaching beyond members to supporters and sympathisers. Every time Labour featured in the media, people should be asked to sign up: over 700 did so after Ed Miliband’s speech on party changes. The most effective messages were real stories about real people, inspired by Ed’s vision. Labour councils were making lives better, and local parties had a wealth of knowledge. Broadening our base could raise money from tens of thousands of small donors, giving each a chance to own a piece of the campaign.

Draft model motion on Defend the link Print E-mail
Wednesday, 31 July 2013

This CLP notes that the Labour Party was founded as an alliance between trade unions and socialist organisations to provide a political voice for working people. With the current attacks on working people it is most important that the Labour Party and trades unions work effectively together - poor working conditions and low wages require more union organisation and legislation to protect workers.

National Policy Forum 22 & 23 June Print E-mail
Saturday, 29 June 2013

George McManus' report of the National Policy Forum on 22 and 23 June can be read here.


Draft model motion: Keep the party Labour – No to primaries Print E-mail
Wednesday, 31 July 2013

This CLP notes that Ray Collins is reviewing the use of primaries in the selection of Labour’s candidate for London Mayor and for other elections.

This CLP notes from the experience of the US that primaries: drive up the cost of seeking selection; favour wealthy candidates; reduced the input of grassroots members; and strengthened the influence of right wing media in candidate selection.

Defend the union link Print E-mail
Friday, 12 July 2013

July 2013: For hour-by-hour information and comment on the moves against Labour's union link, see www.leftfutures.org

Analysis and contributions from Jon Lansman, Peter Willsman, John Edmonds, Michael Meacher, Dominic Curran, and others..

National Executive Committee, 21 May 2013 Ann Black Print E-mail
Sunday, 16 June 2013

This was one of the shortest meetings on record, at just three hours. Iain McNicol, Harriet Harman, Tom Watson and Ed Miliband thanked all who worked in the May elections. Labour gained nearly 300 councillors, retaking control in Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire, coming close in Lancashire, Staffordshire and Northumberland, winning the mayoral contests in Doncaster and Tyneside and electing Emma Lewell-Buck as the new MP for South Shields.

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