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Kier Starmer’s at Lab22

Kier Starmer’s at Lab22

This is available on youtube and as text, it is to my mind one of the best he’s given; he’s clearly more comfortable with the role than previously. The last 11 months of a polling lead which was to leap the following day will have helped, but I hope they don’t believe their propaganda that the May 22 elections was an historic validation of Starmer’s Labour, there were victories but also losses. I have read the speech trying to identify policy promises as opposed to feel-good slogans and anti-tory rhetoric; here are my notes.

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Labour in for Britain

Labour in for Britain

While in Berlin, I saw a post bitching about Corbyn and Starmer’s contribution to Brexit, and remembered that Labour’s RemaIN campaign run by the then legacy leadership was also weak. I know that the doorstep operation was weakened by the lack of commitment of the party and the exhaustion from the local elections that had taken place the previous month. The timing is further evidence that Cameron was unsure of what he wanted; whether it was a strong Tory Party or to remain in the EU. It’s common belief that Corbyn didn’t work hard enough, and that his Office were pro-leave, but what did the Party do.

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Labour Conference 21

Labour Conference 21

At this conference the LP made the documents much more easily available, and I was not a delegate, but they may remove the documents and I think I’d like my history to remain complete. Here is my document repo. …

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Delegates to Conference

Delegates to Conference

The rule on delegate entitlement in Chapter 3 says,

C3.I.1.B. Delegates duly appointed by CLPs to the number of one delegate for the first 749 individual members in the constituency or part thereof paying their membership dues as of 31 December in the previous year, and one further delegate for every additional 250 individual members in the constituency or part thereof. CLPs must also have paid any outstanding insurance premiums and other levies due before their delegation shall be accepted.  To increase the representation of women at Party conference, at least every second delegate from a CLP shall be a woman; where only one delegate is appointed this must be a woman at least in every other year. In a year where a CLP is required to send a female delegate, following a male delegate in the preceding year, but is unable to find one, they will not be entitled to send a man as delegate. In the following year, permission may be granted to send a male delegate if they demonstrate to the conference arrangements committee that they have made every effort to seek a woman delegate.

C3.I.1.C. Where the individual women’s membership in a constituency is 100 or more, an additional woman delegate may be appointed. Where the individual Young Labour membership in a constituency is 30 or more an additional delegate under the age of 27 may be appointed.

WTF does this mean?

I think,

If you have under 750 members, then you get 1 [ordinary/open place] delegate which must not be a man two years in a row. You may add two delegates using Rule ./C.

If you have over 750 members, then every second [ordinary/open place] delegate must be a woman. This means that for an odd sized delegation the delegation must be at least 50% female rounded down, but if the first delegate elected is female, then it’s at least 50% female rounded up. If you have an even number of delegates, then they must be at least 50% female.

It remains unclear what happens if you drop from 751 to less between conferences and had sent a man and a woman in open place positions to the conference prior.

 

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Labour’s +ive action for women

Labour’s +ive action for women

I am considering some of the positive action programmes in place in the Labour Party, which are most extensively developed in favour of women. The Labour Party’s rules are subject to the law of the land[s] and possibly the most important part of the positive action programme for women other than all women short lists for candidates for public office is the rule that states that delegations shall be at least 50% women. Does this conflict with the Equality Act? Here are my notes …

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On Labour’s NEC

On Labour’s NEC

The Labour Party NEC doesn’t report on its business to the members. It leaves it to the individual members. Things are quite exciting at the moment and for various reasons it’s wise to read more than one. Here are my notes,