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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 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.


Nominate the Centre-Left Candidates for Labour Party internal elections 2013 Print E-mail
Saturday, 11 May 2013

Nominations are needed for CLGA-backed candidates for positions that will be elected at this year’s Conference

The deadline for nominations is Friday 21 June 2013 at 5pm:-

Conference Arrangements Committee (the body which decides the agenda of party conference), CLP section:

National Constitutional Committee:

Click on the names above to download letters seeking support, for circulation at your GC.


Submit rule change proposals from your CLP by 21 June Print E-mail
Friday, 10 May 2013

CLPD has circulated some suggested rule changes your CLP might wish to consider.

Please print out / download them

Click here to read the suggested Rule Changes online.

Click here to download the suggested Rule Changes as pdf.

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.

Campaign Briefing special edition – CLPD’s 40th anniversary Print E-mail
Friday, 10 May 2013

CLPD's 40th anniversary Campaign Briefing can be downloaded here

Includes articles from: Billy Hayes, Diane Abbott MP, Jim Mortimer, Gavin Strang, Chris Mullin, and others, plus unique material from the archives.

Click here to download pdf.

Charter for a Democratic Conference Print E-mail
Sunday, 14 April 2013

Charter for a Democratic Conference

1. At least 50% of conference time should be reserved for contributions in policy debates by delegates

· At last years conference, time was allocated as follows: Platform speeches (including Leader’s Q&A & US Professor) 50%, sofa panels 8%, Delegates (moving motions & debate) 18%, awards/obits 4%, conference arrangements/voting/admin 4%, Policy Forum seminars 16%.

· The balance between PR exercises and the opportunity for debate and decision-making is wrong - showcasing PPCs does not have to happen at the conference rostrum.

· Conference doesn’t have to be entirely in public – some sessions could be members only without press.

· Delegates contributions matter most and are given least time – the fringe is the right place for panel discussions and videos.

· CLPs have voted with their feet – 1 in 4 CLPs absent in spite of free passes – using the full weekend would improve attendance.

· Speakers should be randomly chosen by the Chair, subject to ensuring balance of CLP/union and gender.

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