Motion from New Cross ward, Lewisham Deptford

This motion was passed just at New Cross ward in Lewisham Deptford CLP. It was submitted last year but only just taken, hence references to after the election. It is worth noting that as of January the CLP is controlled by the left; New Cross passed this motion despite being one of the wards with a majority of “moderate” delegates.

For more see Dave Levy’s blog.

All supporters of Labour Party welcome in Labour Party

This meeting notes

The Labour Party Rule Book 2017, Chapter 2 Membership rules, Clause I Conditions of membership, sub clause 4 Exclusions, (B) reads as follows:

‘A member of the Party who joins and/ or supports a political organisation other than an official Labour group or other unit of the Party, or supports any candidate who stands against an official Labour candidate, or publicly declares their intent to stand against a Labour candidate, shall automatically be ineligible to be or remain a Party member, subject to the provisions of Chapter 6.I.2 below of the disciplinary rules.’

This rule has been used to exclude LP members with no defence, no appeal and no public review of the evidence.

This meeting believes

Labour’s membership should be open to all who share our values and support Labour’s election campaigns.

In the spirit of post-election unity, this branch calls for the reinstatement of automatically excluded members.

This meeting calls on/GC instructs the CLP Secretary to write to the General Secretary and the NEC calling for the reinstatement of those auto-excluded under Rule 4.I.2.B

This meeting instructs the branch secretary to submit this motion to the CLP Secretary for consideration at the next GC.

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