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CLPD on Local Campaign Forums Print E-mail
Tuesday, 13 March 2012

The party has circulated an Implementation Guide for CLPs and Party stakeholders concerning the setting up of Local Campaign Forums which replace Local Government Committees

Some CLPD Reflections on the Guide can be found here

The way forward for Young Labour Print E-mail
Monday, 05 March 2012

by Dominic Curran

On the weekend of 24/5 February, Labour Students held its National Conference in Manchester. At this conference really important motions were discussed in terms of reforming the organisation’s internal workings. Aberystwyth University Labour Club had sent in a motion to introduce one-member-one-vote in elections to national committee. The motion passed but with amendments from national committee to investigate the financial viability of such a plan. Although many members may well be disappointed by this result considering the amount of great campaigning that went into it, it is a clear sign of democratic progress in Labour Students.

CLPD AGM 2012 discusses trade unions Print E-mail
Friday, 24 February 2012

The Campaign for Labour Party Democracy (CLPD), formed in 1973 by a group of rank-and-file activists, held its Annual General Meeting last Saturday at Conway Hall in central London.

A report of the CLPD AGM can be read here

Jim Kennedy's speech on the trade union link can be found here


National Executive Committee, 24 January 2012 Print E-mail
Sunday, 05 February 2012

Peter Hain, Chair of the national policy forum, gave a report. He circulated a list of shadow cabinet review groups, though these had not been updated since the reshuffle and it was still not clear how to engage with them. A shining exception is international development, where Ivan Lewis has written:

“Following my appointment as shadow secretary of state I have been contacted by many grassroots Labour members across the country who passionately believe as we do that Labour should continue to vigorously fight for the rights of those living in poverty across the world.”

He invites people to sign up for their newsletter at http://fresh-ideas.org.uk/international-development or by emailing This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Hopefully others will follow his initiative.

The policy-making cycle would start in earnest after conference 2012, following the review of Partnership into Power. Several of us again pointed out that in two years the NPF has held only two rushed one-day meetings. Conference calls and e-mails are useful, but not a substitute for direct dialogue. No dates have yet been set for 2012, and I wondered if the party could afford the NPF in any meaningful form. The latest joint policy committee was again poorly attended. NEC members, particularly the new trade union contingent, suggested that consultation documents should be open to formal amendment, and asked where final authority lay: with the NPF, the JPC, the NEC, conference, or elsewhere?

Report exposes 'Progress' Print E-mail
Friday, 24 February 2012

A report has been published this month on Labour's right-wing 'Progress' organisation.

The heavily funded organisation campaigns for the Labour Party to tie itself to a Blairite policy framework.

It supported David Miliband for the party Leader and Oona King for London Mayoral candidate.

It puts its resources behind the right-wing slate of candidates for election to the NEC and NPF.

The report can be found here

Parliamentary Selections – Drop the Pilot Print E-mail
Wednesday, 08 February 2012

By Peter Willsman, Secretary CLPD

Regular visitors to Left Futures will be aware that the Party is piloting a revised and truncated procedure for the selection of Prospective Parliamentary Candidates (PPCs). This is currently being operated in 26 seats identified by the NEC as ‘early bird’ marginals. The NEC’s Organisation Committee has given an undertaking to properly review the Pilot. A thorough review is vital because the Pilot has major deficiencies, which I will come to in a moment.

There has already been disquiet amongst Party members in several of the ‘early bird’ CLPs. The Pilot was not flagged up in the Refounding Labour documents, but it seems that it is being swept up under that general heading. Indeed, senior party officials took advantage of the cover provided by the rule change on Refounding Labour to illegitimately delete the whole of the procedure for selection PPCs from the Rule Book. Clearly certain officials have already made up their minds about what will happen.

National Executive Committee Update, December 2011 Print E-mail
Tuesday, 13 December 2011

Several subcommittees and working groups have met since the NEC awayday in November, and some notes are below.

Refounding Labour to Win

Peter Hain chaired the first meeting of the implementation group, and emphasised the importance of moving fast on registered supporters. Unless we reached 50,000 by conference 2012, the project would be seen as a fuss about nothing. Over 500 had already signed up through the national website, and tick-boxes will be included on leaflets for the NHS and other campaigns, with more names collected through petitions and street stalls. Peter would reassure MPs who keep lists of local helpers but do not want them swamped with national mailings and requests for money. Supporters must be on the electoral register, and their entitlement to vote for the party leader will be formally checked just before an election. We also need to recruit and retain paying members, and the winter challenge sent to all constituencies, with prizes including a visit from Ed Miliband and an iPad 2, reinforces this message.

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