Posts under ‘CLPD’

Time to get your contemporary motions in for Labour’s conference

by Jon Lansman.

This year, Labour’s national policy forum did not agree to a single minority report. Nor did any policy papers include even a single option for decision by conference. This means that meaningful policy debates at this year’s conference, the last before the general election, can only happen on the basis of contemporary and emergency motions. The […]

Labour executive elections: best Left result since 1980s with 55% of members’ votes

by Jon Lansman.

The results of the elections for constituency party (CLP) representatives on Labour’s national executive were a triumph for the Centre Left Grassroots Alliance (CLGA) slate which won 55% of the popular vote and four out of six places on a 14% swing to the left from right-wing and independent candidates, on a 15% higher poll. It is […]

So where does Labour stand on: Education (part 2)

by David Pavett.

This is one of a series of posts which focus on the outcome of Labour’s policy review, as agreed by its national policy forum. In the the first part of these notes on the outcomes for education of the July meeting of Labour’s National Policy Forum I considered how different views on the role of […]

So where does Labour stand on: Education

by David Pavett.

This is one of a series of posts which focus on the outcome of Labour’s policy review, as agreed by its national policy forum. Discussing education within the Labour Party is not easy at the best of times. Members are expected to find information where they can. The party provides virtually none, not even in […]

There’s a smell of roses at Labour headquarters

by Jon Lansman.

Never let it be said that Left Futures never has a good word for Labour headquarters and staff in the Leader’s office. Today, we have particular reason to praise their judgement. At today’s meeting of Labour’s national executive committee, two rule changes proposed by CLPs having been promoted by the Campaign for Labour Party Democracy, have been endorsed […]

If unions simply vote for what they believe, Labour can present a bold popular programme

by Jon Lansman.

Doubts about tomorrow’s meeting of Labour’s national policy forum have already been raised by Jon Cruddas’s comments (£) about the “dead hand” of central control, which I argued remained a problem because of mistakes by Ed Miliband. Of course, party managers have ensured that Cruddas and policy forum chair, Angela Eagle, attempt to present a picture of Labour “united […]

Labour’s policy process: the stitch ups of old

by Peter Willsman.

This weekend, Labour’s national policy forum (NPF) meets in Milton Keynes for the last time before the general election. It will agree a programme which will be put to Labour Party conference for agreement in September. The last time the forum met to do this, known as “Warwick II”, was in 2008 with Gordon Brown as […]

The thoughts of Chairman Luke reprised (or be careful who you vote for)

by Jon Lansman.

Labour party members should find ballot papers for Labour’s national executive dropping onto their doormats tomorrow morning. You’ll find details of Centre Left candidates here. This is the year the executive gets to vote on Labour’s manifesto – there isn’t a more important meeting your representatives get to attend. Every vote counts and, unfortunately, Dennis Skinner has already […]

Dear Ed, please tell me it’s hackers and not your advisors writing to me

by David Pavett.

Last week I received an email purporting to be from Ed Miliband. Yes, it’s not the first time that I’ve complained about this sort of message – but it seems to be getting worse and worse, despite members’ protests on Left Futures and elsewhere. This is what “Ed” had to say: Hi David, On Monday […]

NEC elections: nominations show a shift to the left

by Jon Lansman.

The close of nominations for candidates for election to Labour’s national executive revealed that the Left has improved its position compared with two years ago, although fewer nominations were received – 1377 altogether from 288 constituency parties (CLPs) compared with 2105 from 431 CLPs in 2012.  Overall, candidates backed by the Centre-Left Grassroots Alliance (CLGA) again […]

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