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Conference 2011 Shenanigans Print E-mail
Thursday, 29 September 2011

Sunday at a Regional Briefing, delegates were treated to another dose of ‘liaison’ or the dodgy and illegitimate practice of telling delegates how to vote. The Regional Director started off by advising support for Refounding Labour and the rushed omnibus rule changes that went with it. Then a Peer, no less, told delegates which subjects to support in the priorities ballot and, yes, you’ve guessed it, they were the four selected by the Unions, which of course were automatically on the agenda. For CLPs to vote for these would be a waste of a vote. Surprise, surprise, the platform failed to explain this very pertinent point. Opposition to the blatant steer was made very unwelcome by the officials, who seem to have been closely watching the dissidents ever since.

27 September 2011

Conference session Chairs – political bias?
Tight elections for the six CLP seats on the NEC are due in 2012. Surprise, surprise: the sole CLP representative whose profile is being boosted by chairing a Conference session is the very one who only just scraped onto the NEC from the right-wing slate last time. Conference has the right to expect the selection of chairs to be non-partisan. Centre-left NEC members from the alternative slate should also be chairing Conference. They all have larger mandates from the membership than Luke Akehurst, who is well known for his strident support for the invasion of Iraq and is allegedly the joint secretary of the hard-right (and shadowy) organisation, Labour First. The latter organisation puts together the right-wing slate. Luke Akehurst controversially opposes party officials acting in a politically neutral way. He believes they ‘should give the left a kicking’. Unfortunately some officials seem to agree with this.

28 September 2011

More Shenanigans
Yesterday morning (Weds 28th) we were told by the platform that our Party officials are very trustworthy and would never depart from their conditions of employment . These lay down that paid officials must always act as impartial party servants. Almost at that very moment there was a vote to accept the CAC report. Of course only accredited delegates have the right to vote. But in at least one region the employed regional official sitting at the end of the row put his hand up to support the platform and vote in favour of the CAC Report.

29 September 2011

Reproduced from Campaign Briefing - Published daily at Labour Party Conference and on line at www.clpd.org.uk



Refounding Labour: new attempt to stitch up constituency parties Print E-mail
Tuesday, 06 September 2011

by Jon Lansman

So far, Refounding Labour has meant proposing to dilute the influence of party members by enfranchising non-members who become “registered supporters”, attacking union influence, seeking to prevent proper debate and decision-making by having just one vote on a single package of reforms, and failing to publish submissions to the review. Now party officials have found a new scam to prevent constituency parties having an input to the party structure — ruling out of order several rule changes proposed by constituency parties themselves, without any discussion by the Conference Arrangements Committee and just days before they met.

Conference Alert 2011 Print E-mail
Monday, 29 August 2011

Annual Conference 2011

Delegates Alert!


Briefing on key rule change proposals from CLPs coming up at Liverpool

By Peter Willsman Secretary CLPD


At Liverpool delegates will be debating and voting on a wide range of changes to the Party’s Rule Book. Many of these will be tabled by the NEC as part of the Refounding Labour consultative exercise masterminded by Peter Hain (NPF Chair) and Ed Miliband. But there are also a number of very important rule change proposals tabled by CLPs. These were submitted last year, but under an obscure convention (known as the ‘1968 Ruling’) have been delayed for a year.

It is vital that delegates ensure that the CLP proposals are given a fair hearing and are not brushed aside. Many of them are in line with the general thrust of the Hain-Miliband document.

(The full Alert! can be downloaded here)

Campaign Briefing 2011 Print E-mail
Monday, 29 August 2011
CLPD's Campaign Briefing 2011 can be downloaded here
Contemporary motions 2011 Print E-mail
Thursday, 01 September 2011
Each CLP can submit a Contemporary Motion to this year’s Annual Conference (closing date 12 noon on Friday 16 September), provided the CLP did not submit a rule change in 2011 (deadline was 24 June).

Contemporary Motions are one of the few opportunities that constituencies have to influence the Conference agenda and thus the Party’s policy making.

CLPD's model draft Contemporary Motions can be found here.

Labour CND's draft Contemporary Motions can be found here.
Conference Guide 2011 Print E-mail
Monday, 29 August 2011
CLPD's Campaign Guide 2011 can be downloaded here
CLPD Fringe Meeting at TUC 2011 Print E-mail
Wednesday, 03 August 2011
Unions and the Labour Party - defending the link
CLPD Fringe Meeting

Tuesday 13 September 6pm

The Plough Pub, Museum Street (opposite British Museum)


Richard Ascough GMB
Jon Ashworth MP
Ann Black NEC
Sam Gurney NPF
Billy Hayes CWU
Carol Hayton NPF
Becky Hodgson NFP Youth rep
Diana Holland Unite and Labour Party Treasurer
Kelvin Hopkins MP
Christine Shawcroft NEC
Liz Snape Unison

Chair: Peter Willsman Secretary CLPD
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