Labour Party Conference 2018
Labour Party Conference is the sovereign body in the Party’s policy-making process, where delegates come together to discuss and decide rule changes and policies. Constituency Labour Parties (CLPs) elect their delegates to the Labour Party Conference any time between January and June.
The 2017 Labour Party Conference in Brighton was historic, with over 1200 delegates debating and voting on key party issues. This year’s Conference in Liverpool will be even bigger and more important, as delegates will have the chance to debate and vote on the Democracy Review, which will cover a number of crucial issues.
Find out whether your CLP will be sending delegates to conference Most CLPs will send delegates to conference. If yours does, contact your CLP Secretary to find out when and where the meeting will be that elects the delegates, how many delegates will be elected, and if voting is open to all members in the CLP or only to delegates from branches. CLPs sometimes decide not to send delegates because of cost. If this is the case in your CLP, you might consider ways that you can organise fundraising events for your local Party.
Hold meetings with Momentum members and other supportive Labour members to ensure there will be strong candidates who can be nominated in the CLP when it elects conference delegates Ideally, conference delegates should be prepared to work with other like-minded Party members and have the confidence to make speeches if necessary. In particular, people from working class backgrounds and from liberation strands (women, BAME, LGBTQ+, disabled people) should be encouraged to stand.
Email local Momentum members and supporters to inform them of relevant meetings If you have any queries about how your local group can access or use the data, please email email@example.com
Phone-bank local supporters to encourage them to attend meetings If the meeting to elect conference delegates is open to all members, phone-banking is a great way to get many local members to attend and vote. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions about phonecalling.
Organising for delegate-only CLP meetings If only delegates can vote at your CLP meeting (rather than an All Members Meeting) then you should focus on encouraging CLP delegates to attend the General Committee (GC) meeting and vote for the candidates you are backing. Also, following a huge increase in Labour Party membership last summer, many branches are entitled to send additional delegates to their GC. Find out if your local branch is entitled to send more delegates, and if so, encourage people to stand as delegates to the CLP. They will then be able to vote for delegates to conference and other positions within the CLP. Furthermore, candidates should be able to stand to be a delegate to conference even if they are not a delegate to their CLP, as long as they are nominated by a branch or an affiliated organisation. For clarification on criteria for candidates, check with your CLP Secretary.
How can you and your local Momentum group organise for CLP delegate elections?
CLPs are entitled to one delegate for the first 749 full members and a further delegate for every additional 250 individual members. At least every second delegate from a CLP has to be a woman, and where only one delegate is appointed this must be a woman at least every second year. In CLPs where there are 100 or more women members, an additional woman delegate may be appointed. In CLPs where there are 30 or more young members, an additional delegate under the age of 27 may be appointed.
CLPs do not have to appoint their full delegate entitlement, although they do have the option of crowdfunding to finance additional delegates. However, the number of delegates sent does not affect CLPs voting weight. Therefore, focus should be on ensuring that CLP delegates support policies to transform Britain, and thus reflect the views of Labour’s membership, rather than increasing the overall number of delegates.
National Constitutional Committee
This year, delegates to Conference will be able to vote for one CLP representative on the National Constitutional Committee (NCC), a key committee that decides over disciplinary matters in the Labour Party. Momentum, Campaign for Labour Party Democracy, Labour Assembly Against Austerity (LAAA), Labour Briefing Co-op, and Labour Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament (LCND) are supporting Daniel Blaney (West Ham CLP, A885633). CLPs are currently making nominations for the NCC (deadline June 22nd).
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Rule Changes for 2019 Conference
CLPs can submit rule changes t be on the agenda for the 2019 Party conference. Click here to see some suggested rule changes activists may like to consider submitting.
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