Labour’s Democracy Review

People in the Labour Party are beginning to wake up to the Democracy Review. A correspondent found the following documents on the Labour Party site and I have mirrored them here.

The review is being conducted in stages, and the next stage for which the call for evidence ends on the 23rd March is about local organisation and membership engagement. The third phase will be about National structures and the call for evidence closes on June 29th. I was invited to speak to one of our branches and used this slide set, which talks about its governance, its timetable and topics, and details the links to be used to submit evidence.

The Labour Party documents found for me are,

  1. Party Democracy Review, Terms of Reference v2
  2. Party Democracy Review Leaflet v3
  3. Running a consultation event in your local party

Submissions are best made by email, or via a web form hidden in the party site.

I have written previously about this here and also on my other blog, but this article is meant to be anchor for things that help others make their mind up as to what changes they want. …


This, from the Guardian, by Natalie Nougayréde looks at the historic development of the Social Chapter, poses it as a beacon of hope, the focus of an argument beyond project remain. She asks why Labour’s leadership, which in my book includes the EPLP aren’t allying with the European Left in the EP to pose a new renewal agenda with hope and vision. A better Europe, if you like, better than 7/10. …


I have been a fan of Carlotta Perez’s work since reading her book; her account of five phases of capitalism with dominant technologies and morphing socio/political structures seems to explain so much. I have just started Mitchell & Fazi’s “Reclaiming the State”, and in their pursuit of why the State was lost, they talk about the “regulation theory school”  which  states that capitalism co-exists with other oppressive forces and that, in their words, capitalism “develops across its history through a series of discontinuous stages”. They see Michael Aglietta as its first proponent, and it would seem that the word Regulation comes from his 1979 paper, “A Theory of Capitalist Regulation: The US Experience”. (Why did we not do this stuff at University?) More to read! …


We can all agree that the internet has changed the way we talk and the way we organise, but where are the mass movements? The tech. giants have built a means of control where we are spied on and victimise. Can we build open source, popular, and democratic peer-to-peer computing,  the 21st century equivalent of mass action?

It will be hard, not because of the computers, but because of the networks, although TOR shows the way. …


More bloody rules – Chapter 7.IX.6 states that notices to affiliates must be delivered to the Secretary.

Any notice required to be given under these rules shall be in writing which may include electronic communication. Notices to be sent to affiliated organisations and Party units shall be addressed to the secretary thereof.



As you may know, I am a supporter of Stop the Purge campaign as the rule under which these exclusions have been taken taken offends the principles of natural justice. After the election last year, the CLP Chair, in a speech to the General Committee observed that we had all worked well together during the election and wouldn’t it be great if this could continue. I agreed, and so I wrote the following motion as several people, that I know of, who joined the CLP have been excluded.

It calls for the lifting of all exclusion decisions taken under this Rule.

The motion was carried at my branch meeting last night.

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

  1. Labour’s membership should be open to all who share our values and support Labour’s election campaigns.
  2. In the spirit of post-election unity, this branch calls for the reinstatement of automatically excluded members.

This meeting calls/GC instructs on 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 .

So now it goes to the General Committee.


There were two points raised which are interesting and deserve reply.

The first is that if we delete the rule, how can we defend ourselves against electoral opponents, The answer to that is simple, there are plenty of other rules that define that offence, but even then such actions should be considered under a process that includes a defence, and right of appeal.

The motion is not a rule change, its an appeal for amnesty but I have written about what I’d like the rule to look like elsewhere on this blog. …