Keeping the Labour Party Democratic
The national Party is reviewing our democratic processes, and inviting views from members and constituencies. We discussed the final phase of the review at our Policy Forum in April, after which our response was drafted, and approved at the General Meeting on 12th May.
Two key points were:
- We think that all candidates for the party leader should need the support of 10% of MPs and MEPs, but in order to ensure that MPs and MEPs remain in touch with their membership we believe that at every election there should be a candidate selection process for all MPs, with sitting Members having a right to be shortlisted.
- We believe that at present Constituency Parties do not have sufficient opportunity to be involved in policymaking, so we propose a new process, where the National Policy Forum reports are available well in advance of Conference, allowing CLPs to debate them and put forward motions in response. Those motions should then be assembled into the Conference Agenda in time for CLPs to consider them and advise their delegates.
You can find our full response to the review at http://bit.ly/DemRev3v5
The consultation is open until the 28th June and individual members are welcome to submit their own responses at https://labour.org.uk/about/democracy-review-2017/