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Saturday, 28 September 2013


Labour’s ‘trigger’ system, part of the overall process that decides whether a sitting Member of Parliament stands again at the next general election, has now started in local constituency parties – with some already having concluded their re-selections. Re-selection of MPs, whose introduction CLPD successfully campaigned for in the 1970s to replace the automatic re-adoption of sitting MPs as candidates, provides local parties with a mechanism to hold their Labour MP to account. Whilst the current trigger mechanism is a watered down version of the mandatory re-selection CLPD initially won, it remains the principal means of making MPs democratically accountable to the Party.

Labour Conference 2013 - Daily Campaign Brieifngs Print E-mail
Friday, 27 September 2013

Below are links to the daily Campaign Briefings at Annual Conference 2013









Contemporary motions 2013 Print E-mail
Friday, 30 August 2013

Each CLP can submit a Contemporary Motion to this year’s Annual Conference (closing date 12 noon on Thursday 12 September 2013), provided the CLP did not submit a rule change in 2013.

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.

Campaign Briefing 2013 Print E-mail
Friday, 30 August 2013
CLPD's Campaign Briefing 2013 can be downloaded here
Report of the national executive committee (NEC) meeting held on 17 September 2013 Christine Shawcroft Print E-mail
Friday, 20 September 2013

The NEC before Conference is usually dominated by conference arrangements, arguing about constitutional amendments, and so on, but this meeting was overshadowed by the Collins review of party “reform”. Not that anyone’s seen it yet.

What I find hard to take is the sheer disingenuousness of those who support the proposed changes. During the debate, speaker after speaker waxed lyrical about the need to have a mass membership party, and how important it is to get working class people into the Party and selected as representatives. I don’t know anyone who would disagree with these aims, but how is getting rid of the vast majority of our affiliated members going to achieve it?

CLPD's Conference Guide 2013 Print E-mail
Friday, 30 August 2013
Peter Willsman’s Conference Guide 2013 can be downloaded here
CLPD meetings at Labour Party Annual Conference 2013 Print E-mail
Friday, 30 August 2013

CLPD rally and delegates’ briefing

Saturday 21 September 6pm, Royal Albion Hotel (very near pier)
Entry £3 (conc £1)

Speakers: Diane Abbott MP,  Ann Black NEC, Katy Clark MP, Michelle Collins (Young Labour National Committee), Gary Heather (CLPD), Kelvin Hopkins MP, Jon Lansman
(CLPD) launching CLPD’s Charter for a Democratic Conference, Michael Meacher MP, Christine Shawcroft NEC, Mick Whelan (ASLEF), Peter Willsman (Special Briefing for
Delegates), Chair: Lizzy Ali (Chair of CLPD)

CLPD Conference Assessment and review of the week

Tuesday 24 September 6pm Royal Albion Hotel (very near pier)
Entry £3 (conc £1).

Speakers: Tony Benn, Ann Black (NEC), John Cryer MP, Professor Keith Ewing, Bryan Gould, former Labour Shadow Cabinet member, Billy Hayes (CWU), Kelvin Hopkins MP, Conrad Landin (Young Labour national committee), Kate Osamor (CLPD), Mark Seddon (CLPD), Christine Shawcroft (CLPD), Salma Yaqoob (journalist and broadcaster), Chair: Peter Willsman (CLPD Secretary)


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