In light of the June 4th election results and the recent disruption in the party, the Campaign for Labour Party Democracy (CLPD) have prepared a draft motion for local parties to consider sending to the National Executive Committee and to Gordon Brown.
This GC/Branch notes that Labour’s electoral support has been badly hit in the recent council and European elections as a large part of the electorate is finding itself squeezed in the current economic crisis, because our core supporters feel that insufficient priority has been given to their needs by Labour in government, and because of the MPs expense scandal.
We welcome the defeat of the coup attempt that was launched by some MPs on the eve of these elections, as it offered no solutions to protect people from the recession, proposed no policy changes and was bound to damage the party?s electoral prospects.
We urge the party leadership, as a matter of urgency, to institute a change in policy direction that addresses these concerns, so that Labour can be re-elected at the general election.
Specifically we urge the government to adopt a number of measures.
1) Exercise control over the banks in order to improve lending to businesses and individuals.
2) Abandon the replacement of Trident and redirect the finances to protecting essential services.
3) Abandon the privatisation of the Royal Mail and halt further privatisation in health care and education.
4) Directly invest in social housing and revive the construction sector.
5) Introduce further measures of fairer taxation.