Labour Conference 2024

Last updated 14/05/24

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) can elect their delegates, nominate candidates for internal elections, and/or submit a constitutional amendment to the Labour Party Conference. 

Contemporary Motions

For this year’s Conference, CLPs can submit either one contemporary motion or one rule change. Six motions from the CLP section can be debated at Conference, as well as six motions supported by affiliates. CLPs that decide to submit a contemporary motion rather than a rule change can submit their motion from anytime up until 5pm on Thursday 12 September 2024. 

Due to restrictive criteria this year, (please see more details under the FAQs section), we will no longer be asking our members and supporters to submit motions/rule changes to us. Instead, we’ve compiled a list of recommended motions for your CLP to vote through here:

 

Constitutional Amendments

Momentum is supporting the following constitutional amendments. All these rule changes attempt to protect the rights of members and prevent the authoritarian nature of the Party leadership. These constitutional amendments have also been drafted to ensure they are in order and do not fall foul of the 3 Conference rule (please see here for more guidance). If submitted by a CLP this year, a constitutional amendment will be heard at next year’s Conference (2025). 

Timetable

The Party has released contradictory information on the timeline, but we are working on the assumption that the correct information is what was emailed to CLP Secretaries in January. This means that the timetable is as follows:

 

12pm on 31st July 

Deadline for delegate applications

Deadline for submission of Constitutional Amendments

Nominations for National Officers and to National Committees

5pm on 12 September Deadline for submission of Contemporary Motions
12pm on 20th September Deadline for Emergency Motions

 

Candidate Elections

There are elections up for the National Constitutional Committee at Conference, voted for by CLP Delegates to Conference. In addition, there will also be elections for the Women’s Conference Arrangements Committee at the Women’s Conference. Momentum are supporting the following candidates:

 

National Constitutional Committee

Khaled Moyeed: L0128862

Rachel Garnham: A777413

Dave Levy: A006829

 

Women’s Conference Arrangements Committee

Jean Crocker: L1306356

Zoe Allan: L1393044

Rathi Guhadasan: L1362546

 

For a full list of all the candidates Momentum are supporting in internal Labour Party elections this year, see here

FAQs

 

What’s the new guidance on Contemporary Motions?

Due to a 2023 Conference decision, which we opposed, motions to Party Conference have to meet a ‘contemporary’ criterion. 

This means that, in theory, they are designed to deal with those issues which could not have been dealt with during the year by the NPF. In practice, however, the ‘contemporary’ criterion could also be used to rule out any motions which promote policies opposed by the Leadership of the Party. 

In addition to this, the NPF cycle for this term of Parliament has been completed and the NPF Policy Programme was published in October. The Party has therefore released guidance that limits contemporary motions only to topics which ‘arose after the publication of the reports of the National Policy Forum (NPF), Policy Commissions or National Executive Committee, or has not been substantively addressed in those reports’, and ones which ‘do not seek to by-pass either the National Policy Forum policy-making or National Executive Committee decision-making processes or to overturn or revisit the Party Policy Programme as agreed through the NPF process’. 

This is an unnecessarily restrictive criteria, preventing Conference from taking a view on a huge range of policy issues for this year. 

The full guidance is as follows:  

  • no more than 250 words
  • covering one subject only
  • does not covering an organisational matter.
  • It deals with a topic which arose after the publication of the reports of the National Policy Forum (NPF), Policy Commissions or National Executive Committee, or has not been substantively addressed in those reports.  
  • The issue could not otherwise have been raised through the NPF process 
  • It does not seek to by-pass either the National Policy Forum policy-making or National Executive Committee decision-making processes or to overturn or revisit the Party Policy Programme as agreed through the NPF process, including issues defeated at the NPF which failed to achieve the status of an alternative position at the NPF.

 

What are the entitlements for delegates? 

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. To be eligible for nomination, delegates must have joined the Labour Party on or before December 2023. No CLP shall be represented by more than 6 delegates in any given year.

CLPs have until midday on 31st July to submit information of the delegates they are sending to Conference.