Labour HOLD

A busy day at the office, then out to the streets of Evelyn ward to campaign for Joyce Jacca who’s standing for Labour in a bye-election for Lewisham Council. A sharp one in the Dog & Bell then onto the Catford Constitutional Club to hear the results  and those of the other bye-election in Brockley.

Labour held both seats, well!

ooOOooo

 

 

Labour HOLD

Delegates & Mandates

Just looking through the Labour Party’s rules, as you do. They state, in Rule, 3.3.1.B

When a Party conference is called at short notice, the secretaries of affiliated organisations and CLPs shall, on receiving the summons,instantly take steps to secure representation of their organisation in accordance with the constitution and these rules.
The special conference called to discuss the Collins Review was convened in breach of this rule, the National Office (i.e. the Compliance Unit) ruled that the delegates from the previous conference would represent the CLPs/Affiliated Organisations. I might be misunderstanding the meaning of “secure representation”, but since attendance is not mandatory,  I don’t think so.
Delegates & Mandates

Rules

Labour’s Rule book at Member’s Net is still the 2016 rule book. Obviously the new rules are in place because the new members are attending the NEC. Just more contempt for the membership.

Rules

Racism

At Tory Party Conference, earlier this week, the Home Secretary, Amber Rudd proposed that employers would be asked to monitor their foreign workers; of course, some wags immediately suggested that they be made to wear a badge; it worked so well last time.

Racism

Zombies

A bunch of New Labour survivors are presenting the idea that the Labour Party’s commitment to winning public office means that this is the only way in which the Labour Party should look to change society; they contrast this with Corbyn’s ambition to build a movement. In this article, “A hijack or a mutiny? Labour, leadership and the left”, Jeremy Gilbert dissects this claim by studying the rules and referring to the Labour Party’s history.

He also at the nature of movements and parties; the road to elitism and concludes with the statement, that the party has not been hijacked by arrivistes and entryists, but that this is a mutiny; the membership, even those who joined before 2015 want to turn to the Left and rebuild Labour’s campaigning movement.

Bea Campbell, in an article called Corbynism, also writes about movements and Parties and examines rump New Labour’s inability to evolve; she pointed me at the Gilbert article. She says,

The surprising dullness of candidates challenging Corbyn during the first leadership election campaign, and their performance since then, is indicative — it is a kind of mute inability to connect with the impact of 2008 and the neo-liberal implosion; it renders them the living dead.

As summed up by one of the speakers at the CLPD rally, it isn’t a choice between electoral politics and a movement, we need both; something that was understood in the ’70s and ’80s. It was also understood more recently when the local Labour Party supported, maybe incubated the movement  to “Save Lewisham A+E”.

Zombies