Resolutions to 2016 conference

The following resolutions have been passed by CLPs to be contemporary motions to the 2016 Labour Conference. If you know of other similar motions please let us know using online form below.

  1. Motion from Broxtowe CLP
  2. Motion passed  at Harrow West
  3. Motion passed at North Cornwall CLP
  4. Motion from Shipley CLP
  5. From St Ives (Cornwall)
  6. North Shropshire CLP
  7. Earlier motions (now outdated)

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Motion from Broxtowe CLP – For a democratic, pluralist Labour Party

Conference notes that in late August/early September expulsions and suspensions from the party, already numerous, rose significantly. They include many longstanding members, among them, for a while, Bakers, Food and Allied Workers’ Union general secretary Ronnie Draper, elected delegates to this conference as well as senior CLP officers, such as Pete Radcliff, Chair of Broxtowe CLP.

We believe that, however our rules change, we need to ensure they are carried out in a spirit of transparency and consistent with a democratic culture. As the Chakrabarti report argues, “the Labour Party should seek to uphold the strongest principles of natural justice”, “due process” and “proportionality.

Expulsion and suspensions should not be used as a factional weapon. Everyone should be properly informed of the charges against them in writing – not via the press! – and given a hearing before any penalty, and there should be a proper appeals system.

Anyone willing to genuinely support Labour should be welcome, subject to our rules. Previous left-wing political activity should be of no relevance; neither should membership or support of particular organisations or currents.

Conference resolves

  1. to call on all party officials and bodies to act in the spirit of this motion.
  1. to call on the NEC to carry out the Chakrabarti report’s recommendations.
  1. that all those expelled or suspended who have been denied an appeal should be given one

Motion passed  at Harrow West

For a democratic pluralist Labour Party

Conference notes in late August expulsions and suspensions rosie significantly. At time of writing the number is unknown, but on 20th August the Daily Telegraph reported “thousands of labour members….could be suspended or expelled”.

This included many longstanding members, among them, Bakers, Fooad and Allied Workers Union general secretary Ronnie Draper; this suspension has now been lifted after a timely hearing, something denied thousands of ordinary party members.

We believe we should ensure our rules are carried out in a spirit consistent with a democratic culture. As the Chakrabarti report argues, “the Labour Party should seek to uphold the strongest principles of natural justice”, “due process” and “proportionality”.

Expulsions and suspensions must not be used as a factional weapon by members. Accusations must be in writing and must be evidenced by named witnesses. A hearing must take place before any sanction is imposed. There must be an appeals system for all suspensions and expulsions.

Anyone willing to genuinely support labour should be welcome, subject to our rules. Previous political activity should be of no relevance; neither should membership or support of labour supporting socialiost organisations or currents. Deal with differences politically; discussion not expulsion.

Conference resolves

to call on all party officials and bodies to act in the spirit of democracy and plurality
to call on the NEC to carry out Chakrabarti reports recommendations
All those expelled or suspended who have been denied an appeal should be given one.

Motion passed at North Cornwall CLP

No Member left behind.

Conference welcomes the massive ongoing increase in Labour Party membership since Summer 2015, and regrets that expulsions, suspensions and exclusions, already numerous, have risen alarmingly since the end of August.

Conference agrees that:

  1. a climate of fear and purges of members can only be detrimental and The Labour Party needs an inclusive membership policy for all who agree with democratic socialist core values.
  2. Social Media has changed society in such a way that to persecute a Labour Party member for sharing something on Social Media should not be reason for suspending or ending their membership unless it is against core socialist values, nor should it be grounds for excluding new members.
  3. having previously been a member of another democratic political party, or having supported one, should not be grounds for excluding people from membership of The Labour Party.
  4. the Labour Party should commit to being a mass socialist party and aim for a membership of one million.
  5. a trial amnesty/mass membership drive be allowed for a one week period, beginning Monday 28th November 2016, for people to join The Labour Party, without fear of refusal, suspension or exclusion for having been a member of another democratic party.
  6. the Labour Party should immediately, at the end of Conference, reinstate all members that have been purged in these ways since the beginning of the 2016 Labour Party Leadership Election.
  7. if any such member no longer wishes to be a Labour Party Member, a full refund of fees should be given.

Motion from Shipley CLP

Conference notes that in late August expulsions and suspensions from the party, already numerous, rose significantly according to press and individual reports. At the time of writing the number is unknown.

Conference notes that this includes many longstanding members, among them Bakers, Food and Allied Workers’ Union general secretary Ronnie Draper.

We believe that, however our rules change, we need to ensure they are carried out in a spirit consistent with a democratic culture. As the Chakrabarti report argues, “the Labour Party should seek to uphold the strongest principles of natural justice”, “due process” and “proportionality”.

Expulsion and suspensions should not be used as a factional weapon. Everyone should be properly informed of the charges against them in writing before any penalty, and there should be a proper appeals system.

Anyone willing to genuinely support Labour should be welcome, subject to our rules. Previous political activity should be of no determining relevance; neither should membership or support of particular organisations or currents.

Conference resolves

1) To call on all party officials and bodies to act in the spirit of this motion.

2) To call on the NEC to;

(a) carry out the Chakrabarti report’s recommendations.

(b) Give a right of appeal to those expelled or suspended in 2016 who have so far been denied an appeal

(c) Consider future rule changes to clarify these procedures in the spirit of this motion

From St Ives (Cornwall)

(capitalisation as in motion)

This conference condemns the manner in which the suspensions of Labour Party members HAVE BEEN conducted SINCE 6 AUGUST 2016.

In the interests of justice and the values of the Labour movement, if the suspension of any member is proposed, THIS CONFERENCE EXPECTS THE NATIONAL EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE TO INTERPRET THE CURRENT RULES IN THE FOLLOWING WAYS: THE member SHOULD IMMEDIATELY be made aware of the grounds on which it is made and of those who are bringing any allegations or complaints.

The member SHOULD have the opportunity to defend herself or himself
and the process SHOULD be open and transparent.

No suspension SHOULD BE be imposed unless this process has run its full course.

This conference demands that a full independent investigation be carried out into the suspensions imposed SINCE 6 AUGUST with a view to establishing whether they were carried out fairly, openly and independent of any internal electoral bias.’

North Shropshire CLP

For a democratic, pluralist Labour Party

Conference notes the numerous expulsions and suspensions of party members carried out from late August. At time of writing the number is unknown , but appears to be in the many thousands.

Conference notes that this includes many longstanding members, among them Bakers, Food and Allied Workers’ Union general secretary Ronnie Draper.

We further note that at almost exactly the same time it was revealed that David Sainsbury gave £2m to the Lib Dems last year!

We believe that, however our rules change, we need to ensure they are carried out in a spirit consistent with a democratic culture. The Chakrabarti report argues, “the Labour Party should seek to uphold the strongest principles of natural justice”, “due process” and “proportionality”.

Expulsion and suspensions should not be used as a factional weapon. Everyone should be properly informed of the charges against them in writing – not via the press! – and given a hearing before any penalty, and there should be a proper appeals system.

Anyone willing to genuinely support Labour should be welcome, subject to our rules. Previous left-wing political activity should be of no relevance; neither should former membership or support of particular organisations or currents.

Earlier motions (now outdated) for Labour Party organisations and trade unions

 
This branch / CLP believes that there should be no infringement on the rights of free speech and free criticism within the Labour Party.
There should be no ban on memberships of campaigns or organisations as long as they are not campaigning against the election of a Labour government or Labour councils.
The only acceptable political limitation on membership of the Party, other than the exclusion of known and unrepentant former members of neo-fascist organisations or out-and-out racists, is that people who join or are members or supporters commit to support Labour candidates in future elections. Earlier electoral activity is of no importance.
We call on the CLP to welcome in any supporter and member prepared to make such a commitment.
We call on the National Executive Committee to ensure that these principles are reflected in the membership application process, so that all party units will welcome in any supporter and member prepared to make such a commitment.
We also call on the NEC to reverse the expulsions/exclusions of Liam McNulty, Vicki Morris, Ed Maltby, Becky Crocker, Beth Redmond, Sacha Ismail, Gemma Short, Daniel Randall, Rosie Huzzard and Liam Conway, and any other expulsions or exclusions of left-wingers who support Labour candidates.
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