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Special Conference 2014 - Yellow Pages Print E-mail
Thursday, 27 February 2014

Below is a link to the Yellow Pages published for the Special Conference on 1 March 2014

Cllick here

Please download and circulate to delegates.

 

 

 
Eight reasons still to vote against the Collins report Print E-mail
Tuesday, 18 February 2014

Special conference

by Jon Lansman

At the special conference on 1 March, Ed Miliband may well have the “Clause IV moment” his advisors sought, though Labour’s enemies are saying unions will have too much power as they probably always will. His proposals, made in the wake of a Falkirk “scandal” that never was, have lost their rationale.

If he wins the day, as now looks almost certain, it is not because trade unions and constituency parties are enthusiastic about them, or even agree with them. Nor is it because the consultation responses – which have been totally ignored in the report – favoured them… they didn’t. It is because the trade unions and constituency parties are instinctively loyal to him and want him to win in 2015. But this is not the way to make the most radical changes ever in the relationship between the trade unions and the party they founded over a century ago, so here are eight reasons still to vote against the Collins report.

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Collins Review: Miliband successfully digs himself out of hole. Labour remains in hole Print E-mail
Sunday, 09 February 2014

by Jon Lansman

When I read the email from Ed Miliband to all party members yesterday afternoon, I thought Left Futures should run a competition with a prize for the first person who could identify ‘Paul’, the possibly mythical figure who it is said has joined the Labour Party because of the ‘reforms’ now backed by Labour’s national executive:

I have been asked many times why these changes are necessary. One of our newest members puts it better than I ever could. Take a moment to read Paul’s story:

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National Executive Committee, 4 February 2014 Ann Black Print E-mail
Monday, 10 February 2014

This meeting was called to agree the proposals for party reform which will go to the special conference on 1 March. The paper before us was labelled Draft 18, and someday I would love to follow its evolution through the previous 17 drafts. The final version, after amendment by the NEC, is here.

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National Executive Committee 28 January 2014 by Ann Black Print E-mail
Sunday, 02 February 2014

Ed Miliband opened the meeting. He said that at conference Labour had set out important policies on energy bills, childcare, housing and the bedroom tax, and was now moving on to bigger long-term changes, including banking systems which served business, not self-interest. The cost of living crisis was not just about prices rising faster than wages, but encompassed zero-hours contracts, insecure jobs and low pay, and people’s lives were a world away from the Tories’ rosy headlines.

Ed Balls’ pledge to restore the 50p tax band had caused a predictable fuss, but he assumed, rightly, that he did not need to convince the NEC of its merits. The top 1 per cent who receive more than £150,000 hardly belonged to the squeezed middle, and he noted that despite George Osborne’s noises about raising the minimum wage, the Tories and the LibDems recently voted against restoring its real value.

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