Fair Trial and Labour’s ‘fast track’

A note on Labour’s ‘fast track’ disciplinary process and Article 6 of the European Convention on Human Rights. Labour’s disciplinary determination process for complaints that allege prejudice or harassment were changed at Conference 2019. The investigation is conducted by staff, who then present a charge and proposed sanction to a panel/sub committee of the NEC Disputes committee who then make a judgement and impose a penalty (or not). This decision is subject to appeal to the NCC on specific criteria, … Continue reading “Fair Trial and Labour’s ‘fast track’”

Labour, local government candidates and women

This is a note on Labour selections, specifically around positive action programmes for women. I live in a London borough which elects all its council every four years from multi-member wards using FPTP. Certain by-elections must be selected using all-women short (AWS) lists. Here are my notes … Continue reading “Labour, local government candidates and women”

The Socialist International

One of the issues raised while considering Venezuela, is the suggestion that since Jose Guaido’s party, Voluntad Popular is a member of the Socialist International, Labour Party member’s should be supporting him and his party; interestingly the Labour Party is no longer a full member of the SI, having downgraded its membership in favour of the Progressive Alliance, which sort of means something else in the UK.

I’d like to find out why and still love the badge.

I was pointed at The Slow Death of the Socialist International which deals with the history of the SI and describes the split which occurred in 2012. In the words of Jack Black, long story short, the European social democrats became unhappy with a number of recent affiliates, questioning their commitment to democracy and social democracy or socialism and lost the General Secretary election in 2012. The author seems unimpressed with where both organisations have ended up. I can see why.

IUSY 77

I attended the IUSY 77 Congress in Stuttgart, as part of the Labour Students delegation and stayed for the summer camp. I still remember some of the fabulous conversations I had and the amazing campaigning comrades that I met from the (West) German JUSOS and other parties across the world.

Were you there? Do you remember me?