Posts Tagged ‘Party democracy’

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 […]

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 […]

On treating Labour members like adults

by David Pavett.

I got an email from the Labour’s General Secretary a couple of days ago. This was presumably because I had replied to some general circular in which I said I would consider doing some back room work for Labour, or perhaps it went to all members. I have never met Iain McNicol but nevertheless the letter […]

Collins Review: Miliband successfully digs himself out of hole. Labour remains in hole

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 […]

Collins says “consensus is that change is necessary”. Prove it, publish the responses

by Jon Lansman.

Ray Collins, who is leading Labour’s inquiry into the relationship between the party and its affiliated trade unions, clearly takes criticism on board.  Within hours of criticism from LabourList that party members were being left out of the consultation process, he circulated an email to party members thanking them for “hundreds of written submissions” which […]

The battle for the soul of the Labour Party (part 47 – the unions are sold a dummy)

by Jon Lansman.

Sometimes, news stories simply distract the reader from what is really happening. Yesterdays ‘news’ on the Collins review of the Labour Party — trade union link is that Ed Miliband’s reform plans are faltering: there’s a hiccup in the negotiations between Paul Kenny on behalf of the affiliated unions and the Leader’s office, but it’s about […]

Labour’s internal democracy is in a woeful state and Ed must take responsibility

by Jon Lansman.

The announcements last weekend that Labour will be tougher than the Tories on benefits and that it will support free schools run by parents will have distressed most Labour party members, not to mention a significant number of Labour MPs, frontbenchers and backbenchers, who were also not consulted about the announcements. But coming so soon after Labour’s […]

Labour’s reshuffle – and what it means for party reform

by Jon Lansman.

It may not be something to which most commentators (with the exception of Labour Uncut) have devoted space but the Labour Left and the trade unions will be pleased that Jon Trickett has been appointed as Labour’s “deputy chair”, job title notwithstanding (the real chair and vice-chair of the Labour Party are elected annually by Labour’s national […]

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 […]

Labour MPs have chance to decide policy on Syria

by Jon Lansman.

An emergency meeting of the parliamentary Labour Party (PLP) has been called at 12:30pm tomorrow to discuss Syria following an appeal to its Chair, David Watts, by Michael Meacher MP “in order that the range and depth of feeling in the PLP can be registered before any final decisions are taken both as to the […]

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