New Quote of the Month

For some 200 further Quotes of the Months please scroll down this column. These are for use in speeches, articles, letters to the press, etc.

"We now have had 51 days of unbelievable levels of abuse... I simply say thžs; if you wish to inhabit the gutter, I will not be joining you there" - Jeremy Corbyn, eve of election speech, Guardian 12 December 2019.

"Increasingly our MPs are drawn from professional backgrounds - now only some 3% are from manual occupational backgrounds (in 1951 this was 37%). And yet at least 30% of employees are in jobs classed as manual. Our Party and the unions must address this glaring disparity" - councillor Mandy Clare, CLPD EC member, September 2020.

"It's an abuse of members' money. It's as though a huge sign has been put up outside the Labour Party with 'Queue here with your writ and get your payment over there'" - Len McCluskey, speaking about the Panorama "damages", Observer, 2 August 2020.

"In 2016 Trevor Phillips told everyone, 'Muslims are not like us', and in 2017 he said placing a Christian girl into Muslim foster care was 'akin to child abuse'" - Michael Rosen, 9 March. [Ed: John Mann has condemned the suspension of Phillips as "Orwellian". Purely to expose the disgusting hypocrisy of Mann, replace "Muslim" with "Jew" in the above quote, and watch Mann, and the pathetic Tories and hacks, fly into "outraged" mode]

"It is appalling to see Labour politicians [and some Guardian 'commentators'-Ed.], who have been for years loudly and publicly declaring Jeremy Corbyn žs unfit to lead the country, now blaming him for all the party's electoral woes. Have they not the slightest awareness of the damage they have done?" - Prof Trevor Curnow, Guardian, 14 December 2019. [The answer is no - Ed.]

CLPD Executive statement, adopted unanimously at May 2018 EC meeting, with some 35 EC members in attendance

All party rules, codes of conduct, enforcement and disciplinary bodies acting against individuals and local parties must be accountable, and consistent with legal due process: natural justice, proportionality, presumption of innocence, fact-based verified evidence, transparency, reasonable time-scales and right of appeal, modelled on common law, Human Rights Law, and proposals of the Chakrabarti report. All individuals, whatever their standing in the party, must receive equal treatment. We call for guidelines and standards along these lines to be adopted by our Party.

"This is a party that was founded for working people, this is a party that I strive every day to make the party of working people" - Ed Miliband, 21 November 2014

"Left parties have lost office in Europe because of their inability to articulate an alternative to austerity and cuts. The right offers individualism, a huge and growing wealth gap and a mean and divided society. Socialism is the sharing of wealth, the contribution of ability for the common good, and unity in defending our achievements against attack. It's also our only hope" - Jeremy Corbyn, 6 January 2012

CLPD campaigns for:

  • a real policy-making Annual Conference

  • an effective and accountable NEC

  • the defence of the Trade Union link

  • more progressive Labour candidates for elected office who are women or BAME; and, generally, for an increase in candidates with a working-class background, to counteract the current unacceptable under-representation

  • a local electoral college for choosing leaders of council Labour Groups

  • an internal Party ombudsperson

  • a clear jobs and growth policy in sharp opposition to the Tories and austerity

  • CLPD supports the Charter for a Democratic Conference

    1. At least 50% of conference time should be reserved for contributions in policy debates by delegates

    2. The criteria for motions should be flexible and fair

    3. Conference should choose the right policies, not rubber stamp them

    4. Conference decisions and all papers should be available online to party members

    5. The structure of conference needs a review by the Conference Arrangements Committee

    Guide for new Labour Party members

    Taken, with thanks, from Momentum Sheffield. Click here to download pdf.

    Building the union link where you live

    Guide produced by TULO, November 2017. Click here to download pdf.

    CLPD Youth

    CLPD Youth was re-launched in 2018 with the intention of engaging young Labour members in issues of party democracy and reforming the youth structures of the party. Information below, or click here.

    Who are we?

    • We are CLPD Youth, the youth wing of the Campaign for Labour Party Democracy! We are a group of Young Labour activists who want to see a more democratic Young Labour and Labour Party. We want to inspire Young Labour members to campaign for these goals.
    • We want Labour not just to form a government but to irreversibly transform the balance of power and wealth in our society. We believe that in order to do this, a major step will be to transform the internal structures of our party to make them more democratic.
    What we campaign for

    • A transformed and democratic Young Labour and Labour Party, led by and accountable to its members and rank-and-file trade unionists.
    • Mandatory re-selection of all Labour representatives.
    • An annual, sovereign Youth Conference with standing orders and motions.
    • The implementation by a Labour government of the 2017 Labour manifesto, "For the Many, Not the Few".
    Our Future Plans

    • Organise Young Delegates for National Party Conferences
    • Organise delegates for Young Labour conferences
    • Develop proposals for the way the structures of Young Labour might be transformed
    • Help to inform fellow Young Labour members about the often tricky internal structures and processes within the Labour Party
    • Develop a space for the debate of socialist ideas and how we would like to transform our party and our society
    Interested in getting involved?

    Quotes of the month

    "I'll tell you what happens with meaningless promises. You start with a bunch of abstract nouns. They are then pickled into a rigid centrist dogma - a code, irrelevant to the needs of one of the most unequal boroughs in Britain. And you end up in the grotesque chaos of a Labour council - Tower Hamlets - threatening to sack its entire workforce" - Freddie Demuth, 1 July 2020.

    "Polly Toynbee predicted a Clause 4 moment on Monday and got one on Thursday. That's quicker delivery than Amazon". Freddie Demuth, 26 June 2020.

    "In the 1980s Tory minister Norman Tebbit organised against craft unionism, seeking to replace collectivism with individualism. He praised the corrupt practice known as lump Labour and promoted what then became bogus self-employment. Crucially, this was accepted in the electrical contracting industry by the EETPU leadership. Bogus self-employment was then gradually forced on other trades in building and maintenance. The neoliberal onslaught since the 1980s has totally transformed British trade unionism". Stevie Stevenson, CLPD EC member and former member of the EETPU, 20 June 2020.

    "Western responses to the virus are imperilling more people worldwide than the virus itself" - Simon Tisdall, Observer 3 May 2020.

    "The more I hear Tory MPs fawn over NHS staff, the more I think of those same MPs in 2017 cheering as they voted down a proper pay rise for nurses" - Dr.Rachel Clarke, palliative care doctor, Observer 3 May 2020.

    "The callous neglect of older people in nursing homes is a national scandal, but it is the predictable result of the long-term neglect of the care sector, compounded by the cuts to local authorities under Tory austerity" - Prof. Alan Walker, Guardian, 14 April 2020.

    "The new fast-tracking system re: expulsions takes no proper account of mental illness. Most Leader or Deputy Leader candidates have been bullied to endorse fast-tracking. Is it a good idea to have a Labour Leader or Deputy Leader who meekly succumbs to bullying and ignores mental illness?" - Editor, 1 March 2020.

    "The proportion of people with a job who live in poverty went up for the third consecutive year in 2018 to a record high" - The Joseph Rowntree Foundation. "Tackling poverty will always be a priority for this government" - Department of Work and Pensions. Utter hypocrisy! - ed. Quotes from Guardian, 7 February 2020.

    Sajid Javid blamed the Labour Party for the economic crisis and resulting rise in homelessness. During the 2008/9 crisis, Javid was on the Board of Deutsche Bank, which had to pay $7.2bn to the US Department of Justice for having "contributed directly to the internatžonal financial crisis... Financial institutions' core business model is to game the system" - Oliver Bullough, Guardian, 18 January 2020.

    Under the Tories "the UK has just had its worst decade for productivity growth since the early 1800s, which was the early years of the Industrial Revolution" - Guardian, 23 December 2019.

    "The General Strike has taught the working class more in four days than years of talking could have done" - Arthur Balfour, a former Tory prime minister, quoted, Guardian, 7 November 2019.

    "The Conservatives can't talk of class war. They started it" - Stanley Baldwin, a Tory prime minister who was the nephew of the closest friend of William Morris, quoted, Guardian, 7 November 2019.

    "It's not the existence of classes that threatens the unity of the nation, but the existence of class feeling" - an official Tory Party document 1976, quoted, Guardian, 7 November 2019.

    "Household debt has soared by a third, to record levels, in the past decade... median earnings in April were still £20 a week in real terms below where they were in 2008" - Guardian, 5 November 2019.

    "Nine children in every classroom of 30 live in poverty. The number of food parcels given to children by the Trussell Trust has leapt from 14,000 to 580,000 since the Tories came to power" - Gary Younge, Guardian, 1 November 2019.

    "In the USA, unionžsed workers earn a fifth more than their non-union counterparts" - Danny Fortson, Jeff Bezos has got a problem with unions, Sunday Times, 20 October 2019.

    "Stop Press. CLPD has issued statement calling for the Lib Dem Party to be renamed (more accurately) The Retreads Party" - 30 September 2019.

    "The right wing of the AUEW connived with the company in the sacking of Derek Robinson" - Charlie Whelan, Guardian, 24 September 2019.

    "Thomas Cook was a nationalised travel organisation until the Tory government privatised it in 1972" - Arthur Scargill, Guardian, 24 September 2019.

    "As many as one in 20 workers do not receive any holiday pay, despite being entitled to at least 28 days a year... At least a million people are being denied their rights in one way or another" - Resolution Foundation, Guardian, 16 Sep 2019.

    Capitalism is facing a crisis: "The 1950s and 60s witnessed successful wage-led economic growth. Since the 1980s there has been profit-led growth. A recession now would cast doubt on the viability of the latter" - Investors' Chronicle, 30 August 2019.

    "Jo Swinson... when part of the [Lib-Dem/ Tory] coalition government, voted against a ban on fracking, voted for the bedroom tax, voted for raising student tuition fees, voted over 20 times to cut welfare spending and voted to back a potential £100bn renewal of Trident" - Jack Fawbert, letter, Guardian, 24 July 2019.

    "It is not 'whistle-blowing' to make allegations that are false and politically motivated" - Labour Party rebuff to the hysterical attacks being made on the Party and Jeremy Corbyn, Guardian, 16 July 2019.

    "Four million - the number of children in the UK who are living below the breadline" - Guardian, 15 July 2019.

    "The current Labour leadership is remarkable. It has not allowed itself to be bullied by the billionaire press" - George Monbiot, Guardian, 3 July 2019.

    Insight into Tory attitude to benefit claimants: "pond life" who should be "washed and sterilised... There is a large portion who are claimants who take the absolute piss. Yet they continue to breed. Rabbits, the lot of them" - David Smith, Middlesbrough Conservative councillor, Guardian, 27 June 2019.

    "Funding cuts and wealth inequality have been directly associated with increases in knife crime over the last decade" - Dr Jeremy Oliver, clinical psychologist, Guardian, 18 June 2019.

    "According to the Institute for Fiscal Studies, the share of household income for the richest 1% in Britain has almost tripled since the 1970s, rising from 3% to about 8%" - Guardian, 3 June 2019.

    "Inheritance is probably the most crucial factor in determining a personís overall wealth since Victorian times" - Paul Johnson, head of the Institute for Fiscal Studies, speaking at a conference 1 Feb 2018, reported in Guardian 29 May 2019.

    "Food banks gave out 1.6 million parcels last year. Our data shows almost half of referrals, made due to a delay in benefits being paid, were linked to Universal Credit" - Garry Lemon, Director of Policy and Research, The Trussell Trust, May 2019.

    The European average for public spending is nearly 49% of GDP. Official figures suggest that the UK's public spending is some 38.5% of GDP. UK public sector borrowing is 1.2% of GDP - data from the Sunday Times, 28 April 2019.

    "When Eton and Winchester were established, some 600 years ago, it was written into their charters that all pupils would be poor scholars taken from the community" - Robert Verkaik, Guardian, 30 April 2019.

    "The Institute for Fiscal Studies has forecast that almost four in ten children will be living in relative poverty by 2022, as a result of planned government policies. Child poverty rates fell between 1997 and 2010, as a result of Labour government policies" - editorial, Observer, 31 March 2019.

    "The fact that austerity has never worked, matters not. It was a unique political opportunity for the Right to reduce the size of the state, never mind the social and economic consequences. The Government did a reverse Robin Hood, taking from the poor and giving to the rich" - Professor David Blanchflower, former rate-setter at the Bank of England, Guardian, 13 March 2019.

    "These seven lack anyone of the stature, public recognition, or intellectual heft of the SDP leaders... This group let does not have that kind of weight and it lacks ideological substance and ideas... These seven defectors were vague on reasons for jumping ship" - Polly Toynbee, Guardian, 19 February 2019.

    "77% of the rise in employment over the past ten years has been among workers aged 50 and over... Over 20 years, 71% of the rise in employment has been among workers aged 50 and over... Nearly 60% of the increase in 50-64 employment over the past decade has been among women" - Sunday Times, 24 March 2019.

    "The [defections mean the] chances of Labour getting into power are dramatically reduced. This brings with it the alleviation of fears over mass nationalisation schemes that allow customers to have a say on boardroom pay for large companies, and of increased tax on large multinationals" - UK Investor Magazine, 19 February 2019.

    "I didn't win my seat on Corbyn's coat-tails. I won my seat in spite of him" - Joan Ryan MP, Times, 20 February 2019. Between 2015 and 2017 her majority rose from 2.4% to 21.1%.

    "Pay rise for those already earning at least £1 million a year - average 6%. Pay rise for the rest of the workforce - average 3.7%" - Guardian, 15 March 2019.

    "Real average incomes of the poorest fifth of the population contracted by 1.6% in the last financial year, while the average income of the richest fifth rose by 4.7%" - Observer, 3 March 2019.

    "Gallup polls show that 51% of US millennials (57% of all Democrats) have a positive view of socialism, associating the word with greater equality of income and wealth distribution and a stronger and broader safety net" - Irwin Stelzer, Sunday Times, 24 February 2019.

    "Research has established that, among university students with similar grades at A-level or its equivalent, the privately-schooled are the least likely to obtain the best degrees" - Letter in Guardian, 16 February 2019.

    "Homelessness - Britain's Shame - We are seeing the consequences of a government, which has stopped caring. The safety net, which should be there, has been torn to shreds. You could point to Universal Credit, or the shortage of accommodation, or the lack of drug treatment services or the paucity of mental health provision" - Editorial, Daily Mirror, 7 February 2019.

    "£200 million is the sum that the state pays private schools each year. 1% is the proportion of children attending private schools who receive a completely free education" - Guardian, 5 February 2019.

    "A fundamental force now is cheap communications that allow poorer people to see, with their own eyes, the standard of living of their richer neighbours" - Irwin Stelzer, Sunday Times, 27 January 2019.

    "Elites have spread the idea that people must be helped, but only in market-friendly ways that do not upset fundamental power equations. Society should be changed in ways that do not change the underlying economic system that has allowed the winners to win and fostered many of the problems they seek to solve" - Anand Giridharadas, Guardian, 22 January 2019.

    "Brexit debate... seems to be based on three key propositions: that Continental Europe is thriving, that Europe's politicians will come under no pressure to cut a deal from their big companies, and that Britain is well adrift at the bottom of Europe's economic league table. All three are false" - Larry Elliott, Guardian, 9 January 2019.

    "The Israeli-Palestinian conflict is a political conflict, to which there is no military solution. Yet Israel persists in shunning diplomacy and relying on brute military force - and not as a last resort, but as a first resort" - Avi Shlaim, Guardian, 8 January 2019.

    "The Labour leader [in his Guardian interview about Brexit] is restating party policy" - our emphasis, to correct the misleading impression being put about by those described as "Momentum activists". Guardian editorial, 24 December 2018.

    "Median household wealth for the top 10% richest in Britain has leapt from "752,900 to "1,039,400, while those in the bottom 10% have seen theirs slump from "54,900 to "31,900 since the Tories took power" - Richard Partington, Guardian 17 December 2018.

    "I am seeing poverty I didn't think I would ever see again" - Gordon Brown, Guardian, 15 December 2018.

    "By 2010 the US had spent $444 billion on the war in Afghanistan - 12 times the amount given in non-military aid to that wartorn country". From 'The Glorious Art of Peace:Paths to Peace in a New Age of War', by John Gittings, OUP.

    "I am concerned that El Gato may be a Tory, given its disappointing individualism and lack of concern for others" - Jeremy Corbyn, describing his family's sleeping cat, featured on the, JC Christmas Card. Guardian 15 December 2018.

    "The average number of places available to children under five has fallen by more than 20% in the most deprived areas of England, while the number available to children under five in the least-deprived areas has increased by a third" - from report by independent research firm Ceeda. Observer, 28 October 2018.

    "Once a financial sector grows above an optimal size and beyond its useful roles, it begins to harm the country that hosts it... New research, published today, makes a first attempt to assess the scale of the damage to Britain - an oversized City of London has inflicted a cumulative "4.5 trillion hit on the British economy from 1995-2015. That "s worth around two-and-a-half years' economic output, or "170,000 per British household" - Nicholas Shaxson, Guardian, 5 October 2018.

    "The recent report by the Media Reform Coalition examining coverage of Labour's revised code of conduct on antisemitism examined over 250 articles and broadcast news segments, and found over 90 examples of misleading or inaccurate reporting... The researchers conclude these were 'systematic reporting failures' that served to weaken the Labour leadership and bolster its opponents within and outside of the Party" - Letter in Guardian 1 October 2018 from Noam Chomsky, Yanis Varoufakis, Ken Loach, Brian Eno and 23 others.

    "Bitter experience teaches that high protective tariffs, whatever profits they may confer on capital... are to the poor and the poorest of the poor an accursed engine of robbery and oppression" - Winston Churchill (1903), Sunday Times, 23 Sep 2018.

    "When Theresa May promulgated the policy in 2013, she said she wanted to create "a really hostile environment".The standard formulation does not convey the full nastiness of her policy" - Dr Richard Carter, Guardian, 20 Sep 2018.

    "In the next crisis a breakdown of trust in the financial sector will be mirrored by breakdown in trust between governments. There won't be the same willingness to cooperate, but rather a tendency to blame each other for what's gone wrong. Countries have retreated into nationalist silos and that has brought us protectionism and populism. Problems that are global, as well as national and local, are not being addressed" - Gordon Brown, Guardian, 13 Sep 2018.

    "The far-right Sweden Democrats have slowly increased the"r share of the vote. Proportional Representation would probably have given UKIP the chance to make similar gains" - Letter in Guardian, 12 Sep 2018, from a long-term advocate of PR, who is having second thoughts, lots of them.

    "HM Revenue & Customs has admitted that it allows the most powerful members of society to escape prosecution for financial crimes... HMRC, however, continues to prosecute smugglers, small businesses and benefits cheats... HMRC has refused to assist a French investigation into the UK telecoms giant Lyca-mobile, citing the fact that the company was the 'biggest corporate donor to the Conservative Party'" - Sunday Times, 9 Sep 2018.

    "Andrew Adonis said a Centre Party would have no chance under Britain's first-past-the-post system and would need Conservative support" - Guardian, 25 Aug 2018.

    "The children at my old [private] school have 11.4 times as much spent on them as my son in a state school" - Clive Stafford Smith, Guardian, 29 Aug 2018.

    "Figures from the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development show that it would take the average UK full-time worker on a salary of "28,000 (median full-time earnings) 160 years to earn what an average FTSE 100 chief executive is paid in just one year" - Investors' Chronicle, 20 July 2018.

    "Tory MP and former children's minister Tim Loughton has blamed the government's 'woeful underfunding' of local authorities for a crisis in child protection that is putting the safety of vulnerable young people at risk" - Guardian 11 July 2018.

    "There should be a forensic, wide-ranging, and transparent inquiry into Islamophobia in the Conservative Party. The process should be published, those who are found wanting should be publicly named and membership withdrawn" - Sayeeda Warsi, Tory peer, Guardian 4 July 2018.

    "Britain's recent wars have all been aggressive, not defensive - in Afghanistan, Iraq, and Libya... Britain spends more than any European country on 'defence', but this has merely encouraged governments to engage in foreign intervention on the flimsiest of excuses" - Simon Jenkins, Guardian, 29 June 2018.

    "The only difference between free trade and protection is that under certain circumstances the latter might be a little worse than the former; but as remedies for poverty, neither of them is of any real use whatever, for the simple reason that they do not deal with the real causes of poverty" - Robert Tressell, The Ragged-Trousered Philanthropists, written in 1910.

    "Republicans are intensely loyal to Trump. Indeed, with the exception of George W Bush after 9/11, no other president has commanded this level of support from their own party since the Second World War" - Gary Younge, Guardian, 8 June 2018.

    "The past ten years have seen the weakest real wage growth since just after the Napoleonic War" - Larry Elliott, Guardian, 26 April 2018.

    "Over the course of this parliament the government is set to plough more than "40bn in grants, loans, and guarantees into supporting the private housing market in England, compared to just "8bn for affordable housing" - Private Eye, April 2018.

    "A new report from the Education Policy Institute and UCL Institute of Education found that selection... for grammar schools or streams or sets tended to widen the performance gap between better-off pupils and those from poorer backgrounds" - Guardian, 19 April 2018.

    "There is something strange in Labour's antisemitism row... if we cannot see or define the enemy, I cannot see how we can judge the scale of the threat. We really don't know if Labour is a victim of some devious twist..." - Simon Jenkins, Guardian, 20 April 2018. See the "dead bird" incident: Daily Mirror 17 April 2018; Kevin Maguire on Twitter; and the Worksop Guardian, 3 August 2012.

    "I am a Holocaust survivor, Jewish from top to bottom, and I have been exposing and fighting anti-semitism all my life. I have not come across any in the Labour Party. However, I see non-balanced media reports that increase fear in the Jewish community" - Agnes Kory, Sunday Times, 8 April 2018.

    "About a quarter of GKN's stock ended up in the hands of short term holders-hedge funds and specialists who seek to profit from bid situat"ons" - Agenda, Sunday Times, 1 Apr"l 2018.

    "Rising wages are a double negative for share prices because, if workers regain some of the bargaining power they have lost over the past 40 or so years, today's high profit margins will be unsustainable" - Investment Outlook 2018, Fidelity International.

    "Figures from the Office for National Statistics showed households became net borrowers, rather than savers, for the first time since 1987. The household savings ratio, which measures outgoing and incoming money, is at its lowest since 1963" - Richard Partington, Guardian, 2 April 2018.

    "Gambling is less regulated in Britain than just about anywhere in the world... In 1976 the Tote, then a government-owned bookie, suggested all bookmakers be nationalised. If it had happened we'd have had billions in government revenue and a controlled gambling environment. Instead we got high streets overrun with bleak betting shops" - Sam Wolfson, Guardian, 28 March 2018.

    Jeremy Corbyn recently said: "I want the public ownership of water, Royal Mail, and energy, but I don't want it to be necessarily a huge state model. I'd rather there was a co-op principle in the way it is run" - Labour Briefing (Co-op), March 2018.

    "When Right to Buy was introduced in 1980, there were 6.5 million council houses in the UK. There are now two million. 40% of homes sold to council tenants are now rented out by private landlords"- letter in Guardian, 8 March 2018.

    "Westminster home for sale, "17 million, council tax "1,376. Nottingham pensioner's bungalow, worth about "150,000, council tax likely to be "1,645" - Guardian, 3 March 2018.

    "Morality is a job for priests. Not PR men" - Lord Tim Bell, who, it is reported, was employed by Thatcher, Private Eye, 23 February 2018.

    "More than "100m has been spent by the Department for Work and Pensions on administering reviews and appeals against disability benefits in little more than two years" - Guardian, 12 February 2018

    "The unnecessary policy of austerity, pursued over the last few years, has done more damage to the UK growth rate than any of the Brexit scenarios, and an end to austerity would more than compensate for any putative Brexit loss" - Professor Tony Thirlwall, Guardian, 12 February 2018

    "On the day that celebrates 100 years of women's suffrage (pages and pages of fine words in Guardian), no women had their birthdays in said newspaper's column, it was all men" - letter in Guardian, 7 February 2018.

    "Markets now think that if they act irresponsibly and cause another speculative boom-bust the response from central banks will be zero (or negative) interest rates and another splurge of quantitative easing. The monetary authorities have created a massive moral hazard problem for themselves" - Larry Elliott, Guardian, 5 February 2018.

    "Katherine Chapman, director of the Living Wage Foundation, said more than 5 million people in the UK did not earn enough money to meet their basic needs, despite being in work" - Guardian, 17 January 2018.

    "FTSE 100 companies paid out four times as much in dividends in 2016 as they handed over in contributions to their defined benefit (pension)schemes. 41 FTSE 100 firms could settle their pension deficits in full with the cash paid as dividends to shareholders in a single year. Carillion recently boasted it was 'well-positioned to continue funding the dividend'" - Guardian, 17 January 2018.

    "PFI contractors cut corners to save money whenever they could, because the bids put in to win contracts were barely enough to cover their costs. This was a race to the bottom, and Carillion won it" - Larry Elliott, Guardian, 20 January 2018.

    "Some serious economists have begun to advocate a wealth tax" - Investors' Chronicle, 5 January 2018

    "In January 1998 the average pay of a FTSE100 boss was 47 times that of the average worker. Now that figure is 160 times" - The Observer, 26 November 2017.

    "Since the Second World War there have been only 12 years in which the governments of the day have run a budget surplus - eight were Labour years and only four were Tory" - Reuters, 21 November 2017.

    "We are the fifth largest economy in the world" (Tory manifesto, June 2017). "Britain is the world's sixth-largest economy" (Philip Hammond in his Budget speech, November 2017).

    "The landowner reaps vast gains from land improvements by the municipality... he contributes nothing, even to the process from which his own enrichment is derived" - Winston Churchill, 1909.

    "Health spending will increase by only 0.75% a year to 2021. The slowdown - from the roughly 4% average annual rise since the NHS was founded in 1945 - began with the government's attempt to shrink the deficit in 2010" - Sunday Times, business section, 5 November 2017.

    "Wealth concentration is as high as in 1905" - Josef Stadler, head of Global Ultra-High Net Worth at UBS, Observer, 29 October 2017.

    If you allow a small minority to live in luxury and so arrange things that the maintenance of that luxury is directly dependent on the poverty of the majority, as we have done in the capitalist world, then undeniably the riches of the few are responsible for the poverty of the many" - George Lansbury, 1937, reprinted in the October 2017 issue of Chartist

    The argument that what is good for the super-rich is good for the rest of us has been demolised [by the IMF]. But don't expect the top 1% to give up without a fight" - business leader, Observer, 15 October 2017.

    "The magical quality of our faith in money and in economic growth is a deliberate mystification of the social exploitation that the capitalist - understandably - wants to cover up" - Rev Giles Fraser, Guardian, 6 October 2017.

    "In the late 1980s, South Africa dismantled all its nuclear weapons, the first nation to voluntarily give up its nuclear deterrent" - letter in Guardian, 2 September 2017.

    "Economists have failed to predict 148 of the past 150 recessions" - Prakash Loungani of the IMF, Guardian, 2 September 2017.

    "In 1945 Oswald Mosley and his men were released from prison. Undeterred and unrepentant they marched through the East End of London... They held public meetings-the message loud and clear was that Hitler had been right... In 1948 Mosley launched the Union Movement and cont"nued to draw large crowds for another 18 years" - Guardian 9 September 2017 and 16 September 2017.

    "Corbyn asserted last week that his party's views were now the political mainstream.In terms of attitudes to business,that's unquestionably true" - Iain Dey, Editor, Sunday Times Business Section, 24 September 2017.

    "There is a remarkable convergence of opinion across age groups for a return to public ownership - Water (83%), Electricity (77%), Gas (77%), Railways (76%)". Opinion Poll conducted by The Legatum Institute and Populus, Observer, 1 October 2017.

    "Had we achieved the necessary TUC unity, the 1980s could have been very different. The Thatcher government's most effective ally was a union inside the TUC, the EETPU (general secretary Frank Chapple). That's what should be properly recorded in the TUC history, as we prepare for the TUC's 150th Anniversary" - Stevie Stevenson, former EETPU activist, who took on Chapple and his bag carrier, John Spellar (now an MP and the guru of the hard right Labour First). Morning Star, 11 August 2017.

    "In 2008, every man, woman and child in Britain handed over "19,721 each, to the bankers... You know what happened next... Debt racked up through the greed of financiers was dumped on the poor, on the young and on those with disabilities" - Aditya Chakrabortty, Guardian, 15 August 2017.

    "Andy Haldane, Bank of England's Chief Economist, has stated that a period of 'divide and conquer' has left workers in the UK less able to bargain for higher wages" - business leader, Observer, 9 July 2017.

    "The NEC has endorsed the tactic of ensuring the Tory Party is clearly seen as a toxic brand. The first stage is to ridicule them. Theresa May was adamant that if the Tories were to lose 'just 6 seats', then Jeremy would be PM. They are down 14 seats and yet May (now) claims she is 'strong and stable'" - Peter Willsman, CLPD secretary, July 2017.

    "Social housing is a game in which the tenants aren't players but pawns; it is a kind of purgatory where you are neither citizen nor consumer, caught in a limbo of impotence.. the housing serves only the interests of those who profit from it" - Zoe Williams. Guardian, 22 July 2017.

    "Who do the Blairites represent any more? Nobody. There is no strand of thought they represent that appeals to the public. They are devoted of purpose, meaning, and voter base" - Rod Liddle, Sunday Times, 9 July 2017.

    The zombie Blairites who run Haringey's Labour council "plan to stuff family homes, school buildings, its biggest library and much more into a giant private fund worth "2bn... Together with a property developer, [the council] will tear down whole streets of publicly owned buildings and replace them with a shiny town centre and 6,400 homes. As someone who grew up nearby, I can see that it needs investment - but this is something else entirely: it is privatisation... [The new] houses will almost certainly not be for the likes of [current council tenants]... the council told me that the private entity had no targets for building social housing... The HDV Business Plans prioritise a single move for residents rather than Right of Return" - Aditya Chakrabortty, Guardian, 3 July 2017.

    "[A progressive future] demands both an ideological and methodological shift from the orthodoxies of the past two decades. The PLP did not understand this.We should not assume those lessons have been learned now" - Gary Younge, Guardian, 17 June 2017.

    "Private schools will get tax rebates totalling "522 million over the next five years as a result of their status as charities". Guardian, 12 June 2017.

    "There can be no doubt that the world's biggest trading bloc(the EU) is essentially protectionist in nature... Some economists see it as a vestige of the age of mercantilism" - leading article in Investor's Chronicle, 9 June 2017.

    "In the UK the problem is shrieking rightwing hysteria". Thomas Frank, a visitor from USA. Frank anticipated the rise of Trump among rust-belt voters. Guardian, 8 June 2017.

    "The Tories have always proudly boasted that they build huge bonfires of 'red tape'.We now know what these look like". Pete Willsman, CLPD secretary, June 2017.

    "There is another world in our Movement, alas. A world of smears and plots. That is where you will find Tom Watson. When unity is required, Tom manufactures division... Tom is a product of the manipulative and authoritarian culture of the old trade union right-wing, for whom power was an end in itself, and all means were acceptable to attain it" - Len McCluskey, Huffington Post. CLPD congratulates Len on his victory over Tom Watson and John Spellar and their hard-right "Labour First" cronies. 21 April 2017.

    "A woman who always keeps her promises has called an election she promised not to, in order to obtain a mandate she says she already has, for a policy she said was a bad idea" - David Robjant, Guardian, 19 April 2017.

    "Asked on BBC News whether her country needed nuclear weapons, a North Korean woman said: 'If we do not have nuclear weapons, other countries' weapons will fall on our land'. his sounded paranoid... Britain has the same policy!" - David Butler, Guardian 17 April 2017.

    "The statement, 'Hitler supported Zionism', is not a fact. It is an interpretation... The real problem, in a way, is the tone of Livingstone when giving this interpretation. There's no sympathy. No compassion - no sense of the tragedy behind this... I am not a Zionist. I'm an atheist and I don't hold with religion being the basis for statehood... I do not support the appalling actions of the present Israeli Government" - David Baddiel, Guardian, 7 April 2017.

    "The Transfer Agreement... did happen. It is chilling to insist that a member of a democratic party (which believes in free speech) should resile from what is historical fact. As a Jewish member of the Labour Party, I feel I must support Livingstone and oppose the punishment imposed on him. If that means I will be expelled from the Party, so be it" - Dr Ian Saville, Guardian, 6 April 2017.

    "There is something seriously awry when Lord Mandelson, with total impunity, can publicly boast that every single day he deliberately does something to damage our Party's chosen Leader. And yet one comment by Ken Livingstone "s formally considered by the NCC over several days, with two QCs, 800 pages of documents, witnesses etc. etc. Then, after some 96 hours of deliberation, the NCC hands down its considered judgement, which is final. Despite all this, there is still fuss being made about Ken Livingstone. But about Lord Mandelson's harmful (to our Party) comments - sweet FA" - Pete Willsman, CLPD Secretary, 5 April 2017.

    "Between 1946 and 1973 UK real GDP, per person, rose by 2.7% per year. But it rose only 0.9% per year in the 150 years to 1939. It could be that what we're seeing now is a reversion to the long-term norm" - Investors Chronicle, March 2017.

    "George Osborne... now picking up "650,000 a year for four days work a month at the fund manager BlackRock, pushed through benefit cuts that will mean some families will be "7,000 a year worse off" - Larry Elliott, The (dire) Guardian, 9 March 2017.

    "In 1997 Labour had 58.2% in Copeland and 66.2% in Stoke Central. In 2015 it was 42.3% and 39.3% respectively... If Labour fails in Copeland or Stoke, we will read that it was 'Corbyn's fault'. If, as I suspect, Labour succeeds, we will read that it was down to 'local factors'" - David Rosenberg, The (dire) Guardian, 22 Feb 2017.

    "Why should the pond life that dragged itself from the (council) estates to the ballot box be allowed to ruin everything for the rest of us?" - A direct quote from 'a member of the intellectual establishment', calling for Parliament to reject the Referendum result, Sunday Times 12 February 2017.

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    NEC elections 2020 - Vote for the #GV6 - Ballot opens 19 October 2020

    In the 2020 NEC elections, for which the ballot opens on 19 October, the Campaign for Labour Party Democracy (CLPD) and the other constituent organisations of the Centre-Left Grassroots Alliance (CLGA) are all recommending members use their votes to secure the election of the maximum number of candidates who support a progressive policy agenda and defend party democracy.

    CLP Section of NEC

    The election for the nine CLP seats on Labourís NEC is being conducted using Single Transferable Voting (STV) for the first time. In the past members had nine votes of equal value. This time members will be asked to rank candidates by preference using numbers.

    To maximise the effectiveness of members' votes it is best they rank their preferences in the specific order recommended by the CLGA for the geographical area they live in.

    Casting the vote, for positions 1 through to 6, in the recommended order helps minimise the danger of any of the #GV6 candidates being unnecessarily knocked out of the election at early stages of the count. Find the recommended order of candidates for your region by using this postcode finder.

    After listing their first six preferences on the ballot paper, it is recommended that the seventh and subsequent preferences are given to other candidates who support a progressive policy agenda and defend party democracy.

    Disability and Youth elections

    The recommended candidates are Lara McNeill for Youth Rep and Ellen Morrison for Disabled Rep.


    The recommended candidate is Diana Holland.

    Grassroots Voice NEC Election Rally 7pm Thursday 15 October

    Join our #GV6 NEC candidates plus special guests including Jeremy Corbyn. With NEC candidates: Gemma Bolton, Yasmine Dar, Ann Henderson, Nadia Jama, Laura Pidcock & Mish Rahman. And Apsana Begum MP, Richard Burgon MP, NEC Youth Rep candidate Lara McNeill & Disabled Members rep candidate Ellen Morrison.

    Further information

    1) All members can vote for the CLP Section NEC positions, young members (aged under 27) can vote for the Youth Rep and members who have self-declared as disabled to the party can vote for the Disabled Rep.

    2) For more information about the candidates follow these links: #GV6 for CLP Section | Lara McNeill for Youth Rep>/a>| Ellen Morrison for Disabled Rep

    3) The recommended sequenced lists for the CLP Section preference vote have been produced by the CLGA and the Labour Party campaigns that support the #GV6. Different lists have been allocated to different geographical areas as set out below.

    Northern and South West: Laura Pidcock; Ann Henderson; Mish Rahman; Gemma Bolton; Nadia Jama; Yasmine Dar

    Scotland, Wales, and East: Ann Henderson; Nadia Jama; Yasmine Dar; Laura Pidcock; Gemma Bolton; Mish Rahman

    Yorkshire & the Humber, East Midlands, West London: Nadia Jama; Laura Pidcock; Ann Henderson; Mish Rahman; Yasmine Dar; Gemma Bolton

    North West, N Ireland, and International: Yasmine Dar; Gemma Bolton; Laura Pidcock; Nadia Jama; Ann Henderson; Mish Rahman

    West Midlands, North & East London: Mish Rahman; Yasmine Dar; Gemma Bolton; Ann Henderson; Laura Pidcock; Nadia Jama

    South East, South London: Gemma Bolton; Mish Rahman; Nadia Jama; Ann Henderson; Yasmine Dar; Laura Pidcock


    Keir Starmer's Ten Pledges


    Model motions from CLPD, September 2020

    Click here for pdf: model motions on "zero Covid", extending furlough, US trade deal


    Letter from CLP reps on Labour NEC to Martin Forde QC

    On 21 July 2020 Constituency Labour Party representatives on the national executive committee (NEC) sent a letter to Martin Forde QC about the inquiry which he is leading into the leaked report. Click here to read the letter.

    "The Leaked Labour Report Is Shameful Ė Itís Time for an Urgent Investigation": Read Jon Trickett and Ian Lavery in Tribune

    Click here to read the April 2020 CLPD statement on the leaked report


    The sacking of Rebecca Long-Bailey, 25 June 2020

    CLPD's response to the divisive sacking of Rebecca Long-Bailey

    CLPD believes the sacking of Rebecca Long-Bailey from the Shadow Cabinet is an action that is totally unjustified. Many members who supported Keir Starmer's election as Leader were not expecting such grand-standing like this.

    Instead of seeking unity against a very right-wing Tory government, this promotes division within the Labour Party. Also every action or utterance by every Labour politician will be pored over by Labour's opponents, in an attempt to find the slightest thing that can be used to put pressure on Keir. The Party's opponents will want this to run and run.

    Many party members believe that our Party should be uniting against the Tories and that Rebecca should be re-instated. Please sign this petition. http://chng.it/7wD9LGycfr.


    Arguments against STV for the NEC

    Click here for Jake Rubin's article on Labour List outlining the reasons against STV

    Click here for model letter which we're asking supporters to send to the NEC.

    Click here for CLPD press release, 17 June 2020


    Labour NEC report 19 May 2020

    Click here for collective report by Yasmine Dar on behalf of NEC CLP reps: Yasmine Dar, Huda Elmi, Rachel Garnham, Ann Henderson, Jon Lansman and Darren Williams.

    Yellow pages bulletin for Labour Party conference 2019

    Saturday 21 September

    Sunday 22 September

    Monday 23 September

    Tuesday 24 September

    Wednesday 25 September

    plus: CLPD Campaign Briefing 2019

    Documents for Labour Party conference 2019

    NCC and CAC Disability place: results of elections at Labour conference 2019

    NCC election

    CAC disability place election

    CLPD-backed candidates win CAC election 2019

    CLPD-backed candidates Seema Chandwani and Billy Hayes won the CAC election 2019. Seema Chandwani 53,606 votes; Billy Hayes 43,763; Judi Billing 28,116; Katie Curtis 24,620; Mark Morris 19,233; Jim Berrington 5,091. Well done, Seema and Billy, and everyone who helped!

    Trigger ballots FAQ, August 2019

    Click here for pdf.



    Click here for Dave Levy's web page with the latest edition of the Labour Party rulebook, and other documents.

    2020 rulebook

    NEC terms of reference

    Online code of conduct

    Data protection guidelines and form used to commit users to data protection policy

    Chakrabarti inquiry report

    London Labour Party rules

    Collins review

    Standing orders (meeting procedure)

    Model standing orders for Labour groups



    Delegate-based structures and AMMs

    "Trade Unions support delegate-based structures for CLPs, because they allow TU Branches that have affiliated to a CLP to be formally represented and take part in the CLP's dec"sion-making processes. All-Member-Meetings do not allow affiliated TUs to be represented in CLP decision-making, and this weakens the relationship between the Party and the Unions at the local level" - Unions Together, 20 November 2018

    The future of the trade union link

    By Pete Willsman: click here to read

    On illegitimate interference by party staff into our internal elections

    Statement by Pete Willsman on the conduct of elections at Labour conference 2013

    CLPD supports the Charter for a Democratic Conference

    Click here to read the Charter online.

    Click here to download the Charter as pdf.



    I"m an ex-Tory minister: only Labour grasps Britain"s desire for change, says Jim O'Neill - Guardian, 5 October 2018.



    The "Welfare State" under the Tories - the appalling reality: read here.

    A dossier of containing Islamophobic, homophobic and racist comments from the Conservative Debating Forum, a 2,700-strong Facebook group that can be joined by invitation or by permission of moderators, has been collected by the Red Roar blog. The story is told in an article by Michael Savage in The Observer of 10 June 2018. The Facebook group is now in lockdown, with 90% of its participants excluded. The Tories are desperately trying to hide the truth.

    "Basically, the Conservative Party is a self-perpetuating oligarchy" - from Our Fight For Democracy, by John E Strafford, 2009. John Strafford has formed the Campaign for Conservative Party Democracy. It is very small and ploughs a lonely furrow.



    CLPD Executive statement, adopted unanimously at May 2018 EC meeting, with some 35 EC members in attendance

    All party rules, codes of conduct, enforcement and disciplinary bodies acting against individuals and local parties must be accountable, and consistent with legal due process: natural justice, proportionality, presumption of innocence, fact-based verified evidence, transparency, reasonable time-scales and right of appeal, modelled on common law, Human Rights Law, and proposals of the Chakrabarti report. All individuals, whatever their standing in the party, must receive equal treatment. We call for guidelines and standards along these lines to be adopted by our Party.

    New wave of suspensions and expulsions

    "Eventually over 11,000 complaints were logged as well-resourced right wing hit squads scented a golden opportunity and began trawling through known Corbynistas' Facebook and Twitter accounts". Christine Shawcroft reports on the new wave of suspensions and expulsions, November 2016.

    Summary of the Chakrabarti report, 1 July 2016

    Click here to read a summary by Mike Phipps.



    Time to restore local democracy

    Richard Price says that membersí rights to choose their own candidates have to be fully restored (from July-August 2019 Labour Briefing [Co-op]): click here for pdf.

    Corbynomics Ė in Jeremy Corbynís own backyard

    Read Asima Shaikh on Labour List about "How weíre doing Corbynomics Ė in Jeremy Corbynís own backyard".

    Cuts of 40% or more

    "Post-industrial cities in the North of England, together with some inner-city London boroughs, have been hit by the deepest cuts to local government spending since austerity cuts started in 2010, says Cambridge University research... More than 30 council areas in England have seen cuts in spending of over 30% between 2010 and 2017, with Westminster, Salford, South Tyneside, Slough, Wigan, Oldham and Gateshead hit by cuts to spending of over 40%" - Guardian, 9 October 2018.

    Who will pick up the pieces?

    Read Aditya Chakrabortty's article from the Guardian, 13 August 2018.

    Dossier on irregularities in local government selections

    Click here to read a document (2018) adopted by Leyton and Wanstead CLP.



    Labour needs a Corbynista leadership in Scotland

    By Barry Gray, CLPD Assistant Secretary. Click here to read

    A mountain to climb in Scotland

    Article from Labour Briefing by Jim McKechnie, one of CLPD's organisers in Scotland



    Setting the record straight on Trident

    Letter to the Guardian by Ann Black, 16 January 2016. See also this statement from members of Labour's National Policy Forum.



    We need to talk about class

    Mandy Clare argues for restoring working-class political representation (from July-August 2019 Labour Briefing [Co-op]): click here for pdf.

    Trade unions and the gig economy

    Read The Tiny Union Beating The Gig Economy Giants, by Yvonne Roberts, in The Observer, 1 July 2018.

    The ideological war over the minimum wage

    Article by Peter C Baker in the Guardian, 13 April 2018.

    Gordon Brown on the Tory lies about poverty

    In a speech to the Child Poverty Action Group on 11 November 2015, former Labour leader Gordon Brown slammed eight Tory "fictions" about poverty and tax credits. Click here to read the speech.

    "Falling wages, savage cuts and sham employment expose the recovery as bogus"

    In the Guardian of 20 October 2014, economist Ha Joon Chang, writing under the headline Why did Britain's political class buy into the Tories' economic fairytale?, sums up the case against austerity and gives Labour a wake-up call.

    "Needed: a vigorous opposition to neoliberalism"

    In the Guardian of 3 November 2014, the paper's economics editor, Larry Elliott, bemoans the lack of "fundamental change since the global financial crisis" and concludes that a "collapse not just of communism but also of social democracy" has left an "ideological vacuum... being filled by nationalism, environmentalism and religion".



    "First Past the Post" for democratic socialism

    Click here for article by Rachel Hopkins MP. September 2020

    Richard Price, CLPD Exec.: "Yes to majority Labour governments, no to the so-called Progressive Alliance"

    31 August 2017. Click here to read.

    Sam Pallis on PR

    "The lure of PR conceals many myths - instead the left must learn to escape its comfort zone", writes Sam Pallis on Labour List (23 August 2016). (Editor's note: PR wonks always claim that their motivation is "more democracy for voters". Nothing is more democratic than every voter being able to vote "yes" or "no" on an issue after a national debate. And yet, many of the wonks are demanding that MPs (elected by, what they claim, is an electoral system that is not very democratic) must overturn the democratic decision of the whole population on the EU. Beneath the veneer covering many a "PR-democrat" lurks a total hypocrite).



    New Labour and the "hostile environment"

    Liam Byrne, as a minister in 2007, said he wanted "to flush out illegal migrants" and "make Britain much less attractive to those who would come here to break the rules". He went on: "We are trying to create a much more hostile environment in this country, if you are here illegally" - Draft NPF Consultation Paper Spring 2007. NPF Members objected and demanded amendment. But the whole of original wording was printed in the Guardian 15 May 2007. When Gordon Brown took over, Byrne was replaced. "Hostile environment" was not in the final NPF document that went to Annual Conference 2007.

    Labour and the EU referendum

    See Keir Starmer on Labour List, 31 January 2017.

    Gary Younge: Brexit - a disaster decades in the making

    Click here to read the article.

    Peter Beinart on anti-Zionism and antisemitism

    "Debunking the myth that anti-Zionism is antisemitic" - click here to read article by Peter Beinart, Guardian, 7 March 2019.

    Simon Wren-Lewis on Corbyn and antisemitism

    Peter Oborne on Tom Bower and Jeremy Corbyn

    Some quotes from Peter Oborne's article (Middle East Eye, 9 March 2019: right-click here) about Tom Bower's book 'Dangerous Hero: Corbyn's Ruthless Plot For Power':

    'Bower has made an astonishing number of factual errors' -- '...contains numerous falsehoods' -- 'Time after time, Bower makes assertions that are not backed by any evidence' -- 'He made no attempt to establish the truth...' -- 'The ugly truth is that Bower is not straight with his readers, let alone Corbyn' -- '... Bower ignores the fact that Corbyn has a long record of opposing anti-semitism' -- '...I can and can find no mention in Bowerís book of Corbyn's sustained parliamentary activity against anti-semitism and in support of Jewish rights.'

    'Bower also fails to entertain the proposition that the Labour leader's attachment to the Palestinian cause might be based on a passionate concern for human rights and international law. There is no more serious or damning charge than anti-semitism. If he is to level it against Corbyn, Bower has an obligation to explain exactly what he means.'

    '... Bower often seems to equate Corbyn's criticism of Israel with anti-semitism. Yet he makes little attempt to explain why the two should be treated as identical. The failure to explain his methodology is made worse by the lack of serious analysis of the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance definition of anti-semitism. Bower says it is internationally recognised, but fails to add that as of September last year, it was thought to have only been formally adopted by eight countries. He also fails to address the concerns of experts who remain alarmed that the definition is confusing and conflates criticism of Israel with anti-semitism.'



    Ray Davison on rule changes at Labour Party conference 2014

    The Campaign, a BBC docudrama from 1983 about CLPD

    CLPD secretary Pete Willsman on the Daily Politics

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