Posts Tagged ‘Party Conference’

Let’s hear it for insincerity!

by David Pavett.

I have just received another of those marketing emails from Labour: Hi David, I’m thrilled to invite you to our annual conference, taking place in Manchester from Sunday 21 to Wednesday 24 September. As a long-term member, I can’t tell you how much I appreciate your ongoing support for Labour. Conference this year is our […]

Bogus consultation and stage management. So much for transparency

by Peter Willsman.

In the furore over Collins, there have been three main areas of concern. There is concern over the actual proposals and their implications – those have been addressed on this site by Jon Lansman. I would like to address the second and third of these areas of concern – the way the proposals are being […]

Was your constituency vote cast at conference without interference? Check the record

by Jon Lansman.

Readers will be aware from previous reports that there is serious concern about the validity of the result of internal party elections held at this year’s Labour conference in Brighton. In the closest fought election for the party conference arrangements committee for many years, two opposition whips were declared elected as representatives of constituency party members […]

On illegitimate interference by party staff into our internal elections

by Peter Willsman.

As Jon Lansman previously reported here, there is clear evidence that full time Labour party officials in most of the country (including Yorkshire, the East Midlands and the eastern region, Scotland and the South West) interfered in the elections to the conference arrangements committee (CAC) and national constitutional committee (NCC) at Labour’s conference in Brighton. […]

Fight on a Labour agenda and we will win

by Peter Willsman.

Conference this week has been upbeat: the platform concentrated on attacking the Coalition, which delegates have shown they want more of. Ed Miliband’s Leader’s speech was well received with the media acknowledging he is likely to be the next Prime Minister. A series of progressive policies have been announced which will also strengthen our support. Scrapping the bedroom tax, increasing free childcare hours, ending bad zero hours […]

Christine Shawcroft reports back on Labour’s September executive

by Christine Shawcroft.

Report of the national executive committee (NEC) meeting held on 17 September 2013 The NEC before Conference is usually dominated by conference arrangements, arguing about constitutional amendments, and so on, but this meeting was overshadowed by the Collins review of party “reform”. Not that anyone’s seen it yet. What I find hard to take is the […]

The party, not its leader, must settle Labour’s future

by Keith Ewing.

So Ed Miliband is to have his Clause 4 moment. Last month’s announcement by the Labour leader of a special conference in the Spring to endorse Lord Collins’ as yet unwritten proposals to rewrite the Labour party constitution is a further provocation of the affiliated trade unions, which demands a strong response. The announcement compounds […]

Campaign to defend the Labour Party-Trade Union link

by Jon Lansman.

The Labour Party is calling on its members to let its leaders know by Friday 13 September what they think about Ed Miliband’s proposals on “building a better Labour Party, so we can build a better Britain.” Tell us how you’d build a better Labour Party – a party that is rooted in the hopes of the […]

Policy making: tangled up in blue (Labour)

by Jon Lansman.

On Friday, Angela Eagle claimed that “the way that we make policy in the Labour Party is changing“. But for delegates to Labour’s national policy forum in Birmingham this weekend, the jury is out on whether the times they are a-changing, or the policy process just ain’t going nowhere. Certainly, Angela’s words are carefully chosen. […]

Ed has one chance left to breathe life into the party’s policy process

by Jon Lansman.

What makes a good policy process? A process that produces good policies, of course. Policies that are radical, innovative, resonate with our target voters and are up to dealing with the problems Labour will inherit. And Ed Miliband promised, through Refounding Labour, to give it to us – “to draw on the whole of our […]

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