A member had asked that the following motion be put on the agenda for the 9th November General Meeting. However, because an election was called that meeting was changed to launch our campaign. The motion would have been on the agenda for the 18th January General Meeting but the member proposing the motion was unable to attend and has asked that it be deferred until the 14th March meeting. Unfortunately due to the pandemic lockdown that meeting was cancelled. Update: on 26 August 2020 the member has notified the secretary that he no longer wishes to move the motion.

“This CLP condemns the undemocratic attempt by Jon Lansman at Labour’s NEC to abolish the democratically elected position of Deputy Leader. This divisive move damaged party unity and the party’s reputation at our vital pre-General Election conference. We call upon Jon Lansman to apologise to Jeremy Corbyn and Tom Watson.”

Some Background:

It was been widely reported that Lansman had proposed a motion to the NEC that the role of Deputy Leader be abolished (for instance https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2019/sep/21/tom-watson-plan-to-remove-me-as-deputy-leader-is-drive-by-shooting). I have little doubt that the essence of the report is true (it has certainly not been denied) but as yet I can find no Labour Party official report to verify the claims.

On 27 September Luke Akehurst of Labour First sent out the following email:

Model Motion on attempt to abolish Tom Watson’s role as Deputy Leader

Dear Supporter,

Please can you table the following model motion at your Branch/CLP at the earliest opportunity?

“This CLP condemns the undemocratic attempt by Jon Lansman at Labour’s NEC to abolish the democratically elected position of Deputy Leader. This divisive move damaged party unity and the party’s reputation at our vital pre-General Election conference. We call upon Jon Lansman to apologise to Jeremy Corbyn and Tom Watson.”

Please let us know if you have submitted it and where, and whether it is passed or not.

The usual procedure is that you need a mover and seconder and to submit it in writing to the Secretary, check locally with the Secretary whether your CLP requires motions to be passed at branch level first or whether individuals can submit them direct to the CLP.

Thank you!

Yours sincerely,
Luke Akehurst
Secretary, Labour First

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on the left: Tom Watson By Tom Oxley, CC BY-SA 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=76573071. On the right Jon Lansman from twitter profile:
on the left: Tom Watson By Tom Oxley, CC BY-SA 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=76573071. On the right Jon Lansman from twitter profile:
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