The Campaign for Labour Party Democracy (CLPD held its annual general meeting, its 42nd, on Saturday (28 February) at Conway Hall in central London. Ove)r 80 CLPD members and supporters attended, and there was much discussion and debate on the way forward for the Labour Party.
Chair Gaye Johnston introduced Kelvin Hopkins MP as first speaker. Kelvin opened his Parliamentary Labour Party report highlighting the urgent need for the Party to move leftwards. On the doorstep, he said, people in England were voting Green, and in Scotland going over to the SNP, with the SNP calling Labour “Red Tories”. Ed Milliband has moved slightly to the left, but he continues to be surrounded by Blairites. Continue reading
The Campaign for Labour Party Democracy (CLPD) will hold its Annual General Meeting at 11.30am (till approx 4.30pm with break for lunch) on Saturday 23 February at Conway Hall, Red Lion Square, in Central London.
Non-members are welcome to attend the meeting as participating observers.
This will be CLPD’s 40th AGM, and will be opened by Kelvin Hopkins, who is CLPD’s Parliamentary Labour Party liaison officer. The AGM will consider strategy and tactics for increasing Labour Party internal democracy in the forthcoming year, pass resolutions and elect the new executive committee. There will be a Labour Party National Executive Committee (NEC) report from Christine Shawcroft and CLPD secretary Pete Willsman will report on the organisation’s activities over the past 12 months.
With coverage mainly focusing on vacuous gossip, often the media lose sight of what conference is actually all about. Thankfully, the Guardian’s Michael White took the time on Wednesday to assess “the changing face of the Labour party conference”. Featuring appearances from Left Futures contributors Kelvin Hopkins MP and Conrad Landin.
I am old enough – just – to remember Britain’s one and only referendum on whether we should remain a member of what was then called the Common Market, back in 1975. Having decided that we should, Britons watched as the Common Market became the European Economic Community, then the European Community, and finally the European Union. Continue reading