Posts under ‘CLPD’

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 […]

It’s time to face up to Miliband’s contradictions – and sort them out

by Thomas Butler.

Speaking at the Labour Representation Committee’s fringe at last year’s Trades Union Congress, Mark Serwotka assessed Ed Miliband as politically “schizophrenic”. It struck a chord. The Labour leader is a man of frustrating political and personal contradictions. The New Labour days were famous for sofa politics, spin, doublespeak, doublethink and policies made on the hoof. […]

Your tributes to Vladimir Derer: all in one place

by Conrad Landin.

Since the death of Campaign for Labour Party Democracy (CLPD) founder Vladimir Derer on Tuesday, numerous tributes have appeared in both short and long form across the web and press. We’ve collected some below: and feel free to add your own in the comments. Two full length obituaries have appeared so far, which we have […]

Obituary: Vladimir Derer, leading campaigner for Labour Party democracy

by Jon Lansman.

Vladimir Derer who was the leading figure in the Campaign for Labour Party Democracy (CLPD) for forty years after its foundation in 1973 died yesterday at the age of 94. Although almost unknown other than amongst Labour activists, he was the Labour Left’s leading strategist at the height of its influence in the 1970s and 1980s. The organisation he created and […]

Blair’s covert party machine and culture of manipulation to be exposed in new book

by Jon Lansman.

Last year a book was published – Power Trip A Decade of Policy, Plots and Spin which promised to reveal “the personal feuds, political plots, and media manipulation which lay at New Labour’s core“. It would be, promised its publishers, “a fascinating, funny, and at times shocking account of how government really works“. At the end […]

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