CLPD AGM 2018 was 3 March, from 11:30am, at Friends Meeting House, opposite Euston station, London. Speakers will include Seema Chandwani (CAC), Steve Turner (Unite), Maria Exall (CWU, member of TUC General Council, vice-chair of TULO), Ann Henderson (Scottish TUC), and the editor of the Morning Star.
CLPD AGM 2017 was on Saturday 25 February, from 11:30 at Friends House, opposite Euston Station, London. Morning session (order of speaking): Kelvin Hopkins MP, Christine Shawcroft NEC, Claudia Webbe NEC. Afternoon session (order of speaking): Diana Holland (Labour Party Treasurer and Unite), Tosh McDonald (ASLEF), Special Guest, and finally the one and only Mark Seddon (CLPD). Read the AGM report here.
CLPD AGM 2016 was on Saturday 19 March, from 11.30am at Conway Hall, Red Lion Square, London WC1R 4RL. Click here to read report.
CLPD AGM 2015 was on Saturday 28 February, from 11.30am at Conway Hall, Red Lion Square, London WC1R 4RL. To read a report, click here; and to read a report of the speech to the AGM by Billy Hayes, click here.
CLPD AGM 2014 was held on Saturday 29 March, from 11.30am to 4.30pm at Conway Hall, Red Lion Square, London WC1R 4RL. Click here to read a report
CLPD AGM 2013 was held on Saturday 23 February, from 11.30am at Conway Hall, Red Lion Square, London WC1R 4RL. Read the report here.
CLPD AGM 2012 was held on Saturday 18 February at Conway Hall. Click here to download a report, and here to read Jim Kennedy's speech on the role of the trade unions.
Campaign Briefing autumn 2019
Campaign Briefing no.79: autumn 2015
Campaign Briefing 78: autumn 2014. Extra: article by Ann Henderson on "Organising for Labour in Scotland".
Campaign Briefing No.77, autumn 2013
Campaign Briefing No.76, 2013: special 40th anniversary issue
Campaign Briefing No.75, autumn 2012
Extra: Jim Mackechnie on "Glasgow scapegoated"
Extra: Comments on Campaign Briefing 75 by Ann Phillips.
Campaign Briefing No.74, autumn 2011
Campaign Briefing No.73, 2010
Campaign Briefing No.72, 2009
Campaign Briefing No.71, 2008
Campaign Briefing No.70, 2007
Campaign Briefing No.69, 2006
CLPD Newsletter No.65 (Contemporary Resolutions Edition) September 2002 -Call a Moratorium on PFI (PFI) pdf download
CLPD Newsletter No.64 July 2002 -Challenge New Labour's assumptions (National Policy Forum Documents) pdf download
CLPD Newsletter No.63 September 2001 -Stop Labour's privatisation (PFI/PPP)
CLPD Newsletter No.62 July/August 2001 -Landslide?
CLPD Newsletter No.61 (Labour Party Conference Edition) September 2000 -No Ceasefire (The 21st Century Party 'consultation')
CLPD Newsletter No.61 -Forging 'consensus' (National Policy Forum report)
CLPD Newsletter No.46 (Conference Edition) September/October 1992 -The long march backwards (Annual Conferences, 1981-91)
CLPD Newsletter No.34 (Conference Edition) September 1986 -Behind closed doors (The NEC restricts the recording of their votes)
CLPD Newsletter No.26 (Conference Edition) September 1982 -Open the NEC books (The recording of NEC votes)
CLPD Newsletter No.25 (Conference Resolutions Edition) April 1982 -CLPD: the Alternative Strategy for Socialists, by Vladimir Derer, Victor Schonfield
CLPD Newsletter No.10 August-September 1977 - Reselection - conference must decide (Reselection of MPs, and the 1977 Conference)
2019 rulebook (see home page for 2020 rulebook
Model emergency motion on Kashmir for Labour conference 2019: Click here for pdf of text adopted by CLPD EC
CLPD's proposals for motions to 2019 conference: click here. Deadline for submissions is Thursday 12 September 2019 at 12 noon.
CLPD's proposals for rule-changes to be submitted in 2019: click here. Closing date for submissions: 28 June 2019.
Priority motion for 2019 Labour Party Conference - leadership elections: Please click here for the motion that the Campaign for Labour Party Democracy (CLPD) is asking CLPs to prioritise for sending to this year's Labour Party Conference. It is important for the future of the Labour Party that Conference asks the NEC to look again at the issue of leadership elections.
Labour Party women's conference 2019: 23-24 February at Telford International Centre. The deadline for registering delegates, submitting motions and nominating candidates for the Women's Conference Arrangements Committee was 14 January. For suggested motions for submission, click here. The Centre-Left Grassroots Alliance, including the Campaign for Labour Party Democracy and Momentum, supported the candidates listed on this leaflet.
CLPD's suggestions for contemporary motions 2018. Closing date was 13 September 2018.
Suggested motions for Labour women's conference 2018: Download pdf here. The deadline for receipt of motions was Friday 29 June 2018.
CLPD's proposals for rule changes to be submitted in 2018 for debate at Labour Party conference 2019: click here.
CLPD-backed rule changes on the agenda for 2017 Labour Party conference: click here.
Contemporary motions for Labour Party conference 2017: CLPD circulated draft motions which can be:
CLPD's proposals for rule changes to be submitted in 2017 for debate at Labour Party conference 2018: click here.
CLPD's 2016 proposals for contemporary motions to be submitted to Labour Party conference and click here for an additional contemporary motion on education, in response to the Tory plans to revive the 11-plus.
CLPD's 2016 proposals for rule changes to be submitted to Labour conference: click here to download the rule changes and supporting arguments
CLPD's 2015 proposals for contemporary motions to be submitted to Labour Party conference.
CLPD's 2015 proposals for Rule Changes to be submitted to Labour conference - read them online or download them as pdf
CLPD's 2014 proposals for contemporary motions to be submitted to Labour Party conference.
Policy submissions 2014 - Click here to read them
CLPD's 2014 proposals for Rule Changes to be submitted to Labour conference - click here to read them
CLPD's 2013 proposals for contemporary motions to be submitted to Labour conference.
CLPD's 2013 proposals for Rule Changes to be submitted to Labour conference - click here to read the suggested Rule Changes online; and click here to download the suggested Rule Changes as pdf.
CLPD's 2012 proposals for contemporary motions to be submitted to Labour conference
CLPD's 2012 proposals for Rule Changes to be submitted to Labour conference
CLPD guidance notes on Policy Review 2012
Material for National Policy Forum, 2008
Model response to Partnership in Power review, 2004
November 2000 - January 2001 - 21st Century Party Consultation
Yellow pages bulletin for Labour Party conference 2019
Saturday 21 September
Sunday 22 September
Monday 23 September
Tuesday 24 September
Wednesday 25 September
Documents for Labour Party conference 2019
CLPD fringe meetings at 2019 Annual Conference, Brighton. CLPD rally, 6:30pm Saturday 21 September. CLPD Youth Fringe, 6:30pm, Tuesday 24 September. Both at the Queen's Hotel on the front.
Yellow Pages bulletins at 2018 Labour Party conference: 2018: Wednesday
2018: Saturday (women's conference)
CLPD/CLGA Fringes at 2018 Annual Conference, Liverpool. All at Quaker Meeting House 22 School Lane, Liverpool L1 3BT. Saturday 22 Sep, 6.30pm. Margaret Greenwood MP, Jamie Bramwell (NPF, Unite) with songs from his new album, Diane Abbott (Shadow Cabinet), Dan Carden MP, Matt Wrack (general secretary, FBU), Dave Ward (general secretary, CWU and former NEC), Mick Whelan (general secretary, ASLEF and NEC), Mark Drakeford AM, Jake Rubin (CLPD Youth), Daniel Blaney (CLPD-supported candidate for the NCC). Also: CLPD's Briefing for Delegates, by Seema Chandwani. Chair: Gemma Bolton (chair, CLPD Youth). Monday 24 Sep, 6.30pm. CLGA Round Table. Jean Crocker, Teresa Clarke. Chair: Claudia Webbe (CLPD chair, and NEC member). Tuesday 25 Sep, 6.30pm. CLPD's Review of 2018 Conference. Speakers: Diana Holland (Party Treasurer, Unite), Kate Osamor MP (Shadow Cabinet), Ann Pettifor, Laura Pidcock MP, Coral Jones (Labour Women Leading), Nadia Mahmood (Iraqi socialist). Chair: Gemma Bolton (CLPD Youth).
Yellow Pages bulletins at 2017 Labour Party conference
2017 annual conference: Wednesday
CLPD Fringe Meetings at Labour Party conference 2017: Saturday 23 September at Quaker Meeting House; Monday 25 September at Queen's Hotel, on the front, both at 6.30pm. Chairs Lizzy Ali and Rachel Ward. Speakers include: Iona Baker (NPF), Richard Burgon MP, Kelvin Hopkins MP, Clive Lewis MP, Paul Mason, Cat Smith MP, Jon Trickett MP, Steve Turner (Unite), Mick Whelan (ASLEF), also several CLP Reps from NEC, including CLPD Secretary Pete Willsman (special briefing for delegates). Special guests at Saturday's meeting: Seema Chandwani and Billy Hayes, the overwhelming victors in the CAC elections.
Yellow Pages at London regional Labour Party conference, 12 November 2016: click here to download pdf
2016 annual conference: Wednesday
"Yellow Pages" for special Labour Party conference 1 March 2014
2008: all bulletins
2007: all bulletins
2006: all bulletins
2005: all bulletins
Momentum/CLPD 2018 Labour Party conference guide
Tips for making a good speech, from Pete Willsman, September 2017: click here to read.
Momentum and CLPD guide to Annual Conference 2017
Pete Willsman's guide to Annual Conference 2016
Pete Willsman's guide to Annual Conference 2015
Pete Willsman's guide to Annual Conference 2014
Pete Willsman's guide to Annual Conference 2013
Pete Willsman's guide to Annual Conference 2012
Pete Willsman's guide to Annual Conference 2011
Report from London region Labour conference, 25-26 November 2017: Click here for report from James McAsh, and here for the conference Yellow Pages (pdf)
Reports from North West region Labour conference, 4-5 November 2017: Click here for reports from George Downs and Jennifer James
Scottish Labour Party Conference CLPD Fringe Meeting, Friday 24 February 2017. Summit Room, Mercure Perth Hotel, West Mill Street, Perth. at 5.45pm. Speakers: Alex Rowley MSP, Deputy Leader of the Scottish Labour Party; Anna Dyer, Member of the National Constututional Committee (NCC); Rhea Wolfson, Member of the National Executive Committee (NEC).
Scottish Labour Party conference 30 October and 1 November 2015: Jim Mackechnie reports.
Labour Party Leader and Deputy Leader Elections February-April 2020
Ballot papers for these elections were sent out from Friday 21 February 2020. The Campaign for Labour Party Democracy (CLPD) backed candidates who supported the progressive policies that will make people better off and that Labour needed in order to win the next general election.
These candidates are: Rebecca Long-Bailey for Leader; Richard Burgon for Deputy
Labour members who would like to assist these candidates in their campaigns could contact them via their websites here: Rebecca Long-Bailey and Richard Burgon.
All Labour Party Members, Registered Supporters and Affiliated Supporters, as at the freeze date of 20 January 2020, were eligible to vote in these leadership elections. The ballot papers were sent by email and only by post to those where the Labour Party does not have a verified email address. The ballot closed at noon on Thursday 2 April.
Labour Party NEC Elections February-April 2020
2 CLP Section seats and BAME Representative
Ballot papers for these elections were sent out from Monday 24 February 2020. The Campaign for Labour Party Democracy (CLPD) backed candidates who would work to secure the election of a Labour government and will stand up for the rights of party members.
These candidates were: Cecile Wright and Lauren Townsend - CLP Section; Navendu Mishra - BAME Representative
Further details of these candidates could be found in the statements here: Cecile Wright, Lauren Townsend and Navendu Mishra. Cecile's recent article on Labour List can be read here.
2 CLP Section seats: All Labour Party Members, as at a freeze date of 6 January 2020, were eligible to vote for these two vacant seats.
BAME Representative: This NEC seat is elected by an electoral college: 50% Labour Party BAME members and 50% Affiliated Organisations. Labour Party Members who indicated they were BAME (Black, Asian or minority ethnic) in the party's Equality Survey prior to 15 February were eligible to vote in the BAME members' section.
Ballot papers were sent by email and only by post to those where the Labour Party does not have a verified email address. The ballot closed at noon on Thursday 2 April.
Timetable (as of early March 2020) for conference and autumn NEC and NCC seats
Closing date for Delegate applications - Midnight on Friday 12 June 2020
Nominations close for candidates for the elections to the NEC and NCC - Midnight on Friday 12 June 2020
Closing date for constitutional amendments - Midnight on Friday 12 June 2020
Closing date for motions - 12 Noon on Thursday 27 August 2020
Motion appeals - 12 Noon on Wednesday 2 September 2020
CLPD-CLGA candidates won the CAC election 2019
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. Ballot papers started going to members on 29 July 2019.Seema Chandwani (Tottenham CLP, Labour Party Membership Number L1187007, was backed by the CLGA: click here for leaflet. Billy Hayes (Mitcham and Morden CLP, Labour Party Membership Number A065571, was backed by the CLGA: click here for leaflet. Andy Thompson (Ladywood CLP, Membership Number L1197703), was backed by CLPD for disabled rep: click here for leaflet
Election for the six new CLP places on the NCC, 2018: Annual Conference 2018 agreed an expansion of the National Constitutional Committee (NCC) from 11 to 25 members. The new positions were elected in November 2018 by a ballot of delegates to Annual Conference 2018. Each CLP was entitled to nominate up to six members to stand for these new positions. All the candidates supported by CLPD won. Division III (CLPs) results: Khaled Moyeed - 327,292 - 14% - ELECTED; Cecile Wright - 323,949 - 14% - ELECTED; Susan Press - 319,783 - 14% - ELECTED; Annabelle Harle - 315,693 - 14% - ELECTED; Gary Heather - 309,870 - 13% - ELECTED; Stephen Marks - 307,890 - 13% - ELECTED. The candidates not elected were: Steve Lapsley - 70,619 - 3% - Joanne Harding - 64,139 - 3% - Gillian Troughton - 63,936 - 3% - Caroline Hexter - 59,641 - 3% - Keith Dibble - 58,741 - 3% - Malcolm Cunning - 48,940 - 2% - Michelle Perfect - 27,161 - 1%. Total vote: 2,297,654
Labour NCC election 2018: CLPD backed Daniel Blaney, who won the ballot of CLPs at Annual Conference with 79.87% of the vote. He was also supported by Momentum, Labour Briefing Co-op, Labour Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament (LCND) and Labour Assembly Against Austerity (LAAA). Click here for a leaflet advertising Daniel's candidacy.
CLPD-backed candidates win NEC elections 2018: The CLPD-supported candidates all won. The votes were DAR, Yasmine 88,176; WEBBE, Claudia 83,797; LANSMAN, Jon 83,072; GARNHAM, Rachel 81,702; ELMI, Huda 80,371; WILLIAMS, Darren 79,361; HENDERSON, Ann 79,176; MISHRA, Navendu 75,224; WILLSMAN, Peter 70,321 (all those elected); IZZARD, Eddie 67,819; BAXTER, Johanna 50,185; SINGH JOSAN, Gurinder 48,643; BLACK, Ann 45,566; BECKETT, Jasmin 43,955; PETO, Heather 43,774; AKEHURST, Luke 43,156; CAZIMOGLU, Eda 40,807; WIMBURY, Mary 40,507; BANES, Lisa 37,993; MASTERS, Marianna 35,061; FLETCHER, Jonathan 15,303; GUY, Stephen 14,985; MORRISON, Nicola 10,671; CRAIGIE, James 10,326; SPEDDING, Gary 9,854; STANNERS, Stephen 8,909.
2018: Annual Conference 2018 agreed an expansion of the National Constitutional Committee (NCC) from 11 to 25 members. The new positions were elected in November 2018 by a ballot of delegates to Annual Conference 2018. Each CLP was entitled to nominate up to six members to stand for these new positions. All the candidates supported by CLPD won. Division III (CLPs) results: Khaled Moyeed - 327,292 - 14% - ELECTED; Cecile Wright - 323,949 - 14% - ELECTED; Susan Press - 319,783 - 14% - ELECTED; Annabelle Harle - 315,693 - 14% - ELECTED; Gary Heather - 309,870 - 13% - ELECTED; Stephen Marks - 307,890 - 13% - ELECTED. The candidates not elected were: Steve Lapsley - 70,619 - 3% - Joanne Harding - 64,139 - 3% - Gillian Troughton - 63,936 - 3% - Caroline Hexter - 59,641 - 3% - Keith Dibble - 58,741 - 3% - Malcolm Cunning - 48,940 - 2% - Michelle Perfect - 27,161 - 1%. Total vote: 2,297,654
Click here for spreadsheet of nominations. Click here to download list of candidates backed by CLGA (17 October 2018). Click here for October statement on the NCC slate discussions from CLPD.
2018: Candidates supported by Centre Left Grassroots Alliance for Labour National Policy Forum election: CLPD campaigned for the following candidates in each region, all of whom are supported by the Centre Left Grassroots Alliance (CLGA): Click here for details.
Grassroots Labour candidates win CAC election 2017: The ballot for the CLP places on the Conference Arrangements Committee closed on 8 September 2017 midday, and the candidates backed by the Centre-Left Grassroots Alliance, Seema Chandwani and Billy Hayes, scored a clear victory.
Election of three extra CLP representatives to NEC, 2017-8. Following the decision of 2017 Labour Annual Conference there was an election for three CLP representatives to Labour's National Executive Committee. CLPs could nominate up to three candidates and the deadline for CLP nominations was midnight Sunday 19 November 2017. The ballot was run from 30 November 2017, and the result was announced on 15 January. The candidates backed by the Centre Left Grassroots Alliance won all three places. Yasmine Dar 68,388 - elected; Jon Lansman 65,163 - elected; Rachel Garnham 62,982 - elected; Eddie Izzard 39,508; Johanna Baxter 27,234; Gurinder Singh Josan 25,224; Nick Donovan 11,944; Nicola Morrison 7,551; Sarah Taylor 7,011.
CLGA leaflet urging votes for those candidates (pdf); CLGA leaflet seeking nominations for the three candidates.
Yasmine Dar - member of Gorton CLP, Manchester councillor, Membership Number: L1173052) - click here for her candidate statement
Rachel Garnham - secretary of Mid Bedfordshire CLP, member of the National Policy Forum, Membership Number: A777413 - click here for her candidate statement
Nominations received for this election: Yasmine Dar: 206 nominations. Rachel Garnham: 188 nominations. Jon Lansman: 182 nominations.
Jon Lansman - member of Bermondsey and Old Southwark CLP and a long standing campaigner for progressive policies and democracy within Labour, Membership Number: A018501) - click here for his candidate statement
Nominations for CAC and NCC 2017. CLPD urged CLPs to nominate Seema Chandwani and Billy Hayes for the two CLP reps on the Conference Arrangements Committee (CAC). Seema Chandwani is a CLP Secretary (Tottenham CLP, Labour Party Membership Number: L1187007); and Billy Hayes is the former General Secretary of the Communication Workers Union (Mitcham and Morden CLP, Labour Party Membership Number A065571). Reps to be elected by One Member One Vote ballot this summer. CLPD also urged CLPs to nominate Anna Dyer and Emine Ibrahim for the two CLP reps on the National Constitutional Committee (NCC). Anna Dyer is a sitting member of the NCC (Glasgow Maryhill and Springburn CLP, Labour Party Membership Number L0081865) and Emine Ibrahim is a CLP rep on the London Region's Labour Party Board (Hornsey and Wood Green CLP, Labour Party Membership Number L0150489). Reps to be elected by CLP delegates at the Annual Conference in September 2017. Click here for pdf leaflets: Billy Hayes; Seema Chandwani; Emine Ibrahim; Anna Dyer.
Approximate results from NCC elections at Labour conference 2017: Rose BURLEY 64; Anna DYER 145; Kevin HEPWORTH 51; Emine IBRAHIM 145. A clear win for Anna and Emine, the left candidates.
National Executive Committee constituency section elections 2016. CLPD called for support for all six CLGA candidates for NEC: download pdf leaflet here. The Centre Left Grassroots Alliance supported Rhea Wolfson, Ann Black, Christine Shawcroft, Claudia Webbe, Darren Williams, and Peter Willsman, for the NEC. CLGA also supported: National Constitutional Committee (NCC) - Chris Williamson; Treasurer - Diana Holland.
National Executive Committee election results 2016
National Executive Committee - Division III (Constituency Labour Parties) result (6 to elect)
National Executive Committee - Division IV (Local Government) result (2 to elect)
PERRY, Alice: 2,991, Elected
FORBES, Nick: 2,510, Elected
BOTHAM, Andy: 480
BROWN, Matthew: 377
BOLTON, David: 332
DAVIES, Warren: 261
February 2016: CLGA leaflet presenting centre-left candidates for the 2016 Labour Party NEC, NCC and Treasurer elections: download pdf leaflet here
Labour leadership 2015: CLPD recommends first preference backing for Jeremy Corbyn and Angela Eagle, 9 June 2015: Click here to read more.
In 2015 CLPD backed Katy Clark and Jon Lansman for Conference Arrangements Committee; Gary Heather for NCC. Click http://home.freeuk.com/clpd/150225clark_cac.pdf to download Katy's letter to CLPs; and http://home.freeuk.com/clpd/150225lansman_cac.pdf Jon's; and letters of support from Pete Willsman and the CLGA. The NEC has confirmed that each CLP can make two nominations for the CAC. The CAC election is by one-member-one-vote. The nomination deadline has been extended to 31 July. Gary Heather has written to all CLP secretaries, asking CLPs to nominate him for the NCC. The NCC election is by conference delegates. Click here to download Gary's letter.
In 2015, for London Mayor, CLPD recommended first preference for Diane Abbott, second for Sadiq Khan. Click here to read more. Ballot papers for this election (and also for leader, deputy leader, CAC, NPF) went out on 14 August, and the ballot closes on 10 September.
CLPD's 2015 proposals for rule changes to be submitted to Labour conference - read them online - download them as pdf
"Labour executive elections: best Left result since 1980s with 55% of members' votes", by Jon Lansman (from Left Futures, 20/08/14)
"Trade unions vote against ending austerity in 2015", by Jon Lansman (from Left Futures, 21/07/14)
How Labour's trigger works - a CLPD briefing on the re-selection of sitting MPs, September 2013
CLPD's call for nominations for CAC, 2013
NEC and NPF election results 2012
Trigger ballots FAQ, August 2019: Click here for pdf.
2018 Annual Conference changes: In future, the votes by the CLP Branches will be counted separately from the votes by the Branches of Affiliates. A figure of 30% or more in either voting bloc ensures the Selection/ Reselection process gets underway. This CLPD briefing on the re-selection of sitting MPs describes the procedures before that change.
New research shows "gender quotas thus do not pose a threat to 'merit' at any stage of the political process: "Instead, fostering diversity has contributed to a host of positive democratic outcomes", say researchers Mary Nugent and Mona Lena Krook: http://www.democraticaudit.com/?p=19728
How to select or reselect your MP: new edition 2016 by Dave Osland. £4.00 from left-wing bookshops or from Five Leaves Bookshop in Nottingham (0115 8373097): post free to mail order customers, pay via PayPal to email@example.com. Right-click here for more information.
"Yellow Pages" for special Labour Party conference 1 March 2014: Click here to download pdf.
Labour Party "reforms": reasons to vote against: From "Defend The Link". Click here to download pdf.
Collins Review: Miliband successfully digs himself out of hole. Labour remains in hole, by Jon Lansman: click here to read
The battle for the soul of the Labour Party (part 47 - the unions are sold a dummy), by Jon Lansman: click here to read
Unite offers Miliband an olive branch, with clear red lines, by Jon Lansman: click here to read
"Defend the Link" - model response to the Collins review: Click here to download.
The Hidden Agenda behind Collins: By Barry Gray and Pete Willsman: click here to read.
CLPD supports the "Defend the Link" statement
CLPD model motions on the union link and on primaries for the Collins review: click here to read online
Result announced on 24 September 2016:
Jeremy CORBYN: 61.80% of valid votes; Total 313,209; Members 168,216; Registered supporters 84,918; Affiliated supporters 60,076
Owen SMITH: 38.20% of valid votes; Total 193,229; Members 116,960; Registered Supporters 36,599; Affiliated Supporters 39,670
Constituency Labour Party nominations in the leadership election closed on 16 August 2016, with Jeremy Corbyn securing 285 CLPs, 84.3% of those that made nominations. Owen Smith got 53, or 15.7%. This marks an increase of 133 from Corbyn's total in 2015 - an almost doubling of support, despite 55 fewer CLPs choosing to make a nomination. Corbyn picked up the nominations of eight of the party's 15 affiliated unions - Aslef, BFAWU, CWU, FBU, UCATT and TSSA, and the two largest unions, Unison and Unite. Young Labour's National Committee voted to support Corbyn. Smith got nominations from the more traditionally right-leaning unions, Community and USDAW, as well as the Musicians' Union and the GMB. Labour Party members and supporters were to receive ballot papers, or credentials to vote online, by the end of August. Votes to be received by noon on Wednesday 21 September.
"Owen Smith has become the willing dupe of the Labour right", writes Paul Mason on Mosquito Ridge
"A report by LSE academics found that Jeremy Corbyn was represented unfairly by the British press (broadsheet and tabloid) through a process of vilification that went well beyond the normal limits of fair debate and disagreement in a democracy... and poses serious ethical questions as to the role of the media in a democracy" - Guardian, 20 July
"A recent ComRes poll found that Labour voters think Jeremy Corbyn has a much better chance of winning a General Election than either Angela Eagle or Owen Smith [Owen who? - ed.] by a margin of 50% against 23% compared with Eagle,and 44% against 26% compared with Smith" - Guardian 20 July
"Those who object most violently to Jeremy Corbyn's leadership are precisely those who would lose the most personal power were he to be successful: sitting politicians and political commentators... The Labour establishment feared being made truly accountable to those they represent" - David Graeber, LSE professor of anthropology, The Guardian, 5 July
"We condemn the unwarranted attacks on [Corbyn's] leadership by an unelected media and call on those who want to see meaningful and progressive social change to stand behind Jeremy Corbyn" - Noam Chomsky and 126 other academic and cultural figures, right-click to read in The Guardian, 9 July
"Tony Blair's done all right for himself... That's why I like Corbyn, he's not for himself" - Trooper Elliot Cooper, who was part of the force that invaded in Iraq in 2003, speaking to The Guardian, 9 July
"The reason Labour's mass membership now seeks a clear and decisive break with the Blair-Brown model is no great mystery. By the end of Gordon Brown's premiership, it was clear that the neoliberal turn had been an abject failure" - David Wearing, right-click to read in The Guardian, 26 July
CLPD was informed that the following CLPs had agreed resolutions supportive of Jeremy Corbyn, our elected leader.
|Islington North||Airdrie and Shotts||Birmingham Hall Green|
|Blaydon||Bromley and Chislehurst||Calder Valley|
|North West Cambridgeshire||Crewe and Nantwich||Hastings and Rye|
|Leeds East||Lewisham West and Penge||Nottingham East|
|Aberconwy and Swansea East||Tottenham||Berwick upon Tweed|
|Hampstead and Kilburn||East Devon||Lancaster and Fleetwood|
|Henley||Waveney||Uxbridge and South Ruislip|
|Brigg and Goole||Hull West and Hessle||Worthing West|
|Broxtowe||Mid Bedfordshire||Saffron Walden|
|Hull North||Totnes||Kenilworth and Southam|
|Hereford and South Herefordshire||Bexhill and Battle|
|Reported to CLPD, but not yet confirmed|
|Bolton West||Cleethorpes||Dundee City|
|North East Fife||Lewes||Sutton and Cheam|
|South West Norfolk||Leyton and Wanstead|
|Newcastle Central||Cardiff West||Harborough|
|Penrith and the Border||Carlisle||Epsom and Ewell|
|Sheffield Heeley||Stretford and Urmston||Newark|
|Chingford and Woodford Green||Ceredigion||Lagan Valley|
|Derbyshire Dales||Brent Central||Shrewsbury and Atcham|
General Election 2019
CLPD proposal for motions to January CLP meetingsClick here for text
CLPD statement on the December 2019 General ElectionClick here for pdf; or here for Google document
Tory government means crumbling schools
One in five schools need urgent repair work, according to a Guardian investigation. Almost 4,000 schools have been judged by surveyors to be in need of immediate restoration work. In 2010 the Tories and Lib Dems scrapped the Labour government's "Building Schools for the Future" scheme,under which £55bn had been earmarked for future years - Guardian, 9 December 2019.
From Johnson's lies to Corbyn's promises - this election is about trust
Gary Younge in the Guardian, 6 December 2019.
Yet more double standards
We are told by the Tory press that Labour's increased tax rates for very high earners will deter them from working. But somehow the same is not said about the following situation facing the poorest in society. E.g., for those getting some help with housing costs, 63% of net earnings over £3,444 a year are taken back in Universal Credit deductions.
Private firms win £15 bn of NHS contracts
The value of contracts given to non-NHS providers, mainly profit-driven firms, but also including social enterprises, has soared 89% since 2015 - from £1.9bn to £3.6bn a year - and totals £15 billion over the last five years - Guardian, 30 November 2019.
"This election is about whether we have a future"
"Labour vows that a green industrial revolution will bring in hundreds of thousands of jobs in renewable energy, green construction and transport infrastructure. How could we possibly afford to do all this? How could we possibly afford not to?" - Ash Sarkar, Guardian, 28 November 2019.
"There's already a class war - and the Conservatives are waging it"
Frances Ryan, Guardian 27 November 2019.
Under the Tories, child poverty would rise to 35% by 2023-4
The Guardian of 26 November reports on findings by the Resolution Foundation that child poverty would rise to 35% by 2023-4 under Boris Johnson's policies. It was 28% in 2010. Read the Resolution Foundation report here.
What the voters really think, as distinct from what the press/media say they think
A recent YouGov poll of over 1,600 respondents, has revealed: 60% were in favour of the next government making "moderate" or "radical" changes to the way our economy is run. (Only 2% said the economy should be left as it is). Most believed the economy is run for the benefit of the richest households or of private companies. 44% of Tory voters support increasing the tax level on those earning over £100,000 a year. Out of all respondents, 54% support Labour's plans to allocate shares to workforce, 66% support companies sharing their profits with their workforce more generously, 66% support having worker representatives in boardrooms.
UK benefit payments at lowest level since the birth of the welfare state
"Social security payments have hit their lowest level since the launch of the welfare state - thus excluding millions from mainstream society and fuelling food bank use" - study by the IPPR, Guardian, 19 November 2019.
Letter to the Financial Times from 82 economists supporting Labour's policies
Click here for letter to the FT, 6 September 2019
Click here for Labour's December 2019 manifesto
https://youtu.be/062iHu1pwpU - right-click for Jeremy Corbyn launching Labour's 2019 election campaign.
https://youtu.be/f0XgAHmPFU0 - Jeremy Corbyn on publicly-owned broadband for all.
Sayeeda Warsi in the Guardian on "the Tories' enduring problem of Islamophobia".
"The Tories can't win without the press" - "A significant amount of what has been reported lately is extremely dubious. With a handful of notable exceptions, what emerges is a kind of political kabuki, where substantive discussion is performed on the basis of an insubstantial script" - Gary Younge, Guardian, 15 November 2019.
CLPD statement on the problems in the parliamentary selection process: Click here for pdf
Motion - Supporting the leadership of Jeremy Corbyn in order to advance towards a Labour government: Click here for text
Urgent motion for your CLP to send to NEC, 27 May 2019: Click here
Accountability - suggested motion for CLPs to send to General Secretary, 28 March 2019
This CLP notes:
The Labour Party has several systems to elect internal positions including: OMOV and via delegates at Conference.
CLPs often make nominations, which should then be a guide to the CLPs delegates to Conference.
However, there needs to be a clearer mechanism for allowing a CLP to check how its delegates voted on their behalf. This should be the CLP's democratic right.
Our CLP therefore calls on the NEC to ensure:
Results of internal elections for National Committees are published on Membersnet, broken down by CLP.
Statement in response to seven MPs leaving Labour, 18 February 2019: Click here for model emergency motion for CLPs
Earlier today seven MPs, elected to parliament on Labour's 2017 manifesto, resigned from the Labour Party, letting down millions of people who stand to benefit from the election of a Labour government.
Since the election of Jeremy Corbyn as its Leader, the Labour Party's priority has been the defence of people's living standards and ending Tory austerity. Labour is fighting for policies that will vastly improve people's lives.
The Labour Party is a broad church, with a diverse range of views, even inclusive of those that oppose the party's progressive agenda. Regrettably, the small number of MPs that have left the party will campaign against Labour and assist the Tories hang on in government.
The attacks made on the Labour Party, by the departing MPs, are entirely false. In particular, the Labour Party is totally committed to eliminating prejudice and bigotry, including antisemitism, wherever it exists in society and Labour's Leader Jeremy Corbyn is absolutely resolute in this fight.
The overwhelming majority of Labour MPs and members will continue to work hard for the election of a Labour government.
Fighting to eliminate prejudice is a priority for Labour: CLPD statement 6 February 2019: The Campaign for Labour Party Democracy (CLPD) stands fully in support of the Labour Party, its Leader Jeremy Corbyn and its General Secretary Jennie Formby, against the unfounded allegations being made against the Party and its disciplinary processes.
Contrary to suggestions in the media that antisemitism is 'normalised' within Labour, the opposite is in fact the case. The Party leadership and General Secretary are totally committed to the elimination of all forms of prejudice, including antisemitism, across society and also where such views exist within the Labour Party.
There is no complacency within the Labour Party on these matters. Overwhelmingly complaints are handled with the seriousness they deserve. New, efficient, fairer processes for investigation have been introduced, as outlined in Jennie Formby's message here to the Parliamentary Labour Party. Further improvements are also due to be made.
There is a desperate need for a change of government in Britain. The Party, its members and MPs, are urged to step up the campaign against the Tories and defend Labour from all unjust attacks.
Model motion - Brexit: Labour Conference policy should be adhered to, because it is correct: Click here for the model motion. When passed, please send to the Leader and to the General Secretary.
"The letter the biased Guardian did not publish": Click here to read.
Letter from 2018 conference delegates about Brexit: We all participated in the Brexit compositing meeting at Labour conference in Liverpool. We believe that the final motion passed on the floor of conference stands us in good stead and that the leadership of our party is delivering on it.
We should be clear about the content passed at conference. It stated that, should Theresa May"s EU Withdrawal Agreement fail to meet the six tests Labour has set out, Labour will vote against it and Jeremy Corbyn has been perfectly clear about this.
At that point, if the government cannot get its own deal through parliament, it would be in the best interests of the country to serve a vote of no confidence in the Prime Minister and trigger an immediate general election.
This is not a pious hope. With the confidence and supply agreement of the DUP having currently broken down, it is far from clear that any Tory successor to May could command a majority in the House.
Only a general election could allow for the formation of an alternative government with democratic credentials to fix the multiple crises playing out across Britain (not only Brexit, but in respect of inequality, public services and a broken welfare system).
The composite did not gainsay our commitment to respecting the outcome of the first referendum. Nor did it insist that we try to "stop Brexit". It simply pledged us to fight for the general election that we so desperately need. In absence of this, all options remain on the table.
We should therefore not be distracted from our key task, which is a Labour government that delivers for the many and not the few.
Ian Hodson, Bakers, Food and Allied Workers Union (BFAWU); Teresa Beddis, Meriden CLP; Joanna Hughes, Cheltenham CLP; Sion Rickard, Aberconwy CLP; Cassandra Squaletti, Southampton Itchen CLP; Jake Rubin, Brent Central CLP; Michael Calderbank, Brent Central CLP; Richard Robson, West Dorset CLP; Sinead Coakley McCarney West Dorset CLP; Berny Parkes, South Dorset CLP; Eric Rooney, Exeter CLP; Daniel Walsh, Hackney North & Stoke Newington CLP; Kathryn Johnson, Hackney North & Stoke Newington CLP; Cathy Howe, Aberconwy CLP; Rob Whiskens, Solihull Meriden CLP
Joint statement by CLP reps on Labour's National Executive from NEC meeting 25 September 2018: Click here to download pdf.
New general secretary of our party, 2018: The Secretary of CLPD welcomes Jeremy's supportive message to Iain McNicol. Iain has been a friend of CLPD's Secretary for at least 30 years.
CLPD understands from press reports that Jeremy, in the interests of pulling together, believes that Jennifer Formby - for many years a formidable member of the NEC, who, in the opinion of many NEC members, is supported by a majority of the NEC for the post of general secretary - should be appointed unopposed. The appointment to be ratified at Annual Conference 2018.
At the 45th CLPD AGM on 3 March 2018 an Emergency Resolution fully backing Jennie was overwhelmingly carried. The Emergency also called on all other supporters of Jeremy Corbyn to withdraw from the contest. At least three employees of Momentum attempted to delete the latter, but they were heavily defeated.
CLPD comment on the 8 June 2017 general election: Click here.
CLPD opposes new expulsions of left-wingers from the Labour Party: statement, June 2016. CPLD fears that a new wave of expulsions of Corbyn supporters from the Labour Party may indicate that right-wingers and irreconcilables are using bureaucratic means to try to undermine the overwhelming majority decision of the Party to elect Jeremy Corbyn as leader. We call for a change of Labour Party rules to provide a fair process and for Labour to welcome as members all those who support the Labour Party. Click here to read the statement.
January 2016: CLPD opposes expulsions of left-wingers from the Labour Party. CLPD has agreed a statement opposing the expulsions of Labour Party members on the basis of association with the Alliance for Workers Liberty, and calling for a change of Labour Party rules to provide a fair process and for Labour to welcome as members all those who support the Labour Party. Click here to read the statement.
Labour leadership 2015: CLPD calls on Jon Trickett MP to stand for the Labour leadership, 29 May 2015: Click here to read more.
Left Platform, 2015: CLPD supported the "Left Platform" meeting on 7 February 2015 (11am to 4pm at the University of London Union, Malet Street, London WC1E 7HY). Left Platform is a roundtable discussion with the aim of bringing together Left MPs, PPCs, Left Trade Union Representatives, Elected Local Government Members, representatives from Left Labour organisations, and a number of key Left academics, policy analysts, commentators and activists to discuss and determine the key bottom lines in policy terms that we will be campaigning for Labour to adopt in Government and as base-lines in any coalition negotiations if Labour goes down that road. The link is here: http://leftplatform.com/. The sponsors: http://leftplatform.com/leftplatform-schedule/
"The Campaign", a BBC docudrama from 1983 about CLPD: click here to watch it
Vladimir Derer, 1919-2014: A tribute by Jon Lansman
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