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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.

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, 19 March 2013 Christine Shawcroft Print E-mail
Thursday, 04 April 2013

Report of the NEC meeting held on 19th March 2013 at 1 Brewers Green.

There was a great deal of chopping and changing with the agenda, as we were visited by Ed Balls and Jon Cruddas as well as Mr Miliband giving the usual Leader’s Report, and they were all available at different times. However, the meeting was dominated by discussion of the following day’s budget, and by the National Policy Forum/Policy Review reports.

Shadow Chancellor’s Report

Mr Balls was much better than last year; the words “too far, too fast” never crossed his lips. He said that Osborne is downplaying expectations after last year’s “omnishambles” Budget. Commitments to develop infrastructure have not been carried out, and the £7million pledged for childcare doesn’t begin to cover the £7 billion which has been cut so far. He had warned that the Tories’ plan wouldn’t work, and it hasn’t. Only Italy and Japan have had lower growth than us, and we’ll pay a long term price with youth unemployment so high. In response to NEC members asking about commitments to a mansion tax and the restoration of the 10p tax rate, neither of which have been through the NPF process, and calls to repeal the bedroom tax, Mr Balls replied that we couldn’t make commitments that we can’t deliver, and won’t be making manifesto commitments now, two and a half years from the General Election. This was a theme to which we returned with Mr Miliband.

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.

National Executive Committee, 19 March 2013 Ann Black Print E-mail
Thursday, 04 April 2013

The meeting opened with campaign updates from Tom Watson and Iain McNicol. More organisers are being trained and deployed, and more staff recruited in the regions. The county elections are hard to predict, with many boundary changes, but some gains are expected: even Tory heartlands have been hit by falling living standards, with high streets dominated by pawnbrokers and payday lenders.

Parliamentary selections are going ahead in target seats after the organisation committee decided which will use all-women shortlists (AWS) and which will be open. Inevitably some were disappointed, though Colne Valley members took a positive approach and boosted approval of their AWS from 14% to 48% in a local online poll. Open selections are not the only way to increase diversity: new black and Asian MPs can be and have been selected from AWS. (However I do not recall agreeing that retiring women MPs would automatically be replaced by women, as Iain McNicol stated.) And the real crunch will come when Labour MPs stand down and the safe seats become available.

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