Yesterday was a time to consider the recommendations of the democracy view, essentially the rules by which our party is governed both nationally and locally. Some have been critical that we take time to review such things. Essentially it became apparent that this was about how we live our values, respect for our members, listening and learning from each other and ensuring that everyone has a voice. I think that’s important.

Of course there were some contentious issues related to open selection for sitting MPs which proposed that MPs are automatically up for selection at every election should they face a challenge. There were many passionate speeches and fringe meetings devoted to this proposed change. In the end, conference adopted the recommendation by the NEC that if a selection is to take place it will require one third of CLP (constituency labour party) members or one third of affiliates (unions/socialist societies) to indicate that a selection is wanted. The sitting MP willautomatically be included in a short list of candidates from whom selection will take place.

There were also changes to how we would select a new leader of the party, adding 5% of members or at least 3 affililiates (at least 2 of whom would be union affiliates) to the current threshold of 10% of the combined commons members of the PLP (parliamentary labour party) and members of the EPLP (European MEPs)

If anyone is still awake reading this, I am happy to report that Hemel CLP have been well ahead of the curve in sorting out our own standing orders(rules) which seem to concur entirely with those recommended by the NEC, very fortuitous.

The next post will be more exciting!


Sandy Palmer

Chair and delegate to this years Labour Party conference

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