Term Limits

Appendix 7.IV.6 states that elected delegates to a General Committee only serve for a year.

The term of office of a delegate shall commence with the opening of the annual meeting of this CLP following their appointment or the date of their appointment if after the annual meeting. Unless terminated by their resignation, death or for any other reason by the affiliated organisation or Party unit which appointed them, the term of office of a delegate shall extend to the conclusion of the next following annual meeting of this CLP but they shall not be entitled to attend except as members of the Executive Committee of this CLP to tender reports to that meeting but not to vote unless reappointed as delegates for the appropriate year. All delegates who qualify under these conditions may be reappointed.It shall be the duty of the secretary of this CLP to invite affiliated organisations and Party units to elect their delegates prior to and in time to be called to the annual meeting and to assist this the Executive Committee may set a reasonable deadline for the appointment of delegates for that meeting.

Term Limits

Shenanigans

Three branches of the local Labour Party elected their GC delegation by placing gender quotas on classes of delegate, Secretary, Open Place & Youth and thus elected a valid delegation under the rules as stated in Chapter 8.

The  training on AGMs issued by the Party makes it clear that meeting the branch gender quotas is a matter for the branch.

There is a Chapter 15 rule that states that efforts should be made to ensure the delegation is gender balanced, but because it’s Chapter 15, this remains a matter for the branch. (These are rules for a meeting.)

The Secretary thus has no standing in determining if the delegation is valid. Nor any authority to order a recount. To attempt by decree to rule that last year’s delegation should be reinstated is arbitrary, capricious, perverse and irrational. It is these things even when backed by Region’s advice. It is also in complete contradiction to Rule Appendix 7.IV.6 which states that a delegates term lasts until the beginning of the next AGM.

Shenanigans

Affiliates

On affiliates in the Labour Party,

Ch 7.IX.C New affiliations accepted at least 60 days prior to the AGM in the current year shall have all rights associated with attendance at the AGM

my emphasis, because we are missing the documentation

App 7.1X.3 an organisation during the year in which it is affiliated or a Party unit during the year in which it is established shall be entitled to appoint delegates to attend and participate in meetings of the General Meeting subsequent to the annual meeting, the number of delegates being calculated on the basis of the affiliation fee or membership fees paid in the said year.

Affiliates

Digital Liberties

I am just about to set of for ORGcon 2017. It’s a two day conference and I am chairing a panel tomorrow at 15:00

How to make a People’s Charter of Digital Liberties

Help Labour to make a People’s Charter of Digital Liberties

 

A small panel discussion led by Richard Barbrook, on how Parliament and the people could build a People’s Charter of Digital Liberties. The panel will be chaired by Dave Levy, a Labour Party member of the ORG Supporters Council, the second panellist will be Mara Leverkuhn, a Labour Party digital rights activist.

In his 2016 leadership campaign, Jeremy Corbyn’s Digital Democracy Manifesto promised that Labour would introduce a People’s Charter of Digital Liberties when elected to power.

This panel and discussion is designed to focus on how this digital bill of rights could be developed, how one might use the networked society’s tools to synthesis opinion, crowd source the clauses of the Charter and make an actionable development plan. The panel will be small, and maximum time will be given for attendee contributions.

Digital Liberties

Labour’s Democracy Review

Labour List reports the initialisation of the Labour Party’s “Democracy Review, together with some snide comments about its pace, suggesting that it is designed to  cement Corbyn’s leadership.  and succession rather than ensure it reports to the membership in time to debate the changes before conference.  I say more on my other blog, but have uploaded the PID as a mirror from this site.

Labour’s Democracy Review

Fall of Fallon

Michael Fallon has resigned as Secretary of State for Defence as part of the fallout from the #metoo campaign. The Guardian covers his resignation and MoD achievements in an article, entitled, “Fallon: the image-conscious minister felled by indiscretions“. While they talk about why he resigned,

I am more interested in their statement that his pursuit of Trident and the Aircraft Carriers, in opposition to the senior military have left the UK defence capability weaker than ever.

They also look at the hypocrisy and lies told about UK interventions in Syria and the Yemen. In their final paragraphs, they say

….. he said he had fallen below the high standards required of the services. But he was never a member of the armed forces. The standards he was required to uphold were those of a parliamentarian.

It may not be over for him yet!

 

Fall of Fallon

In Writing

More rules shit! Chapter 7.IX.6

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.

Correspondence must be between Secretary positions.

In Writing

Scope Creep

At LP Conference, Moshé Machover published an article in the Labour Party Marxists freesheet for which he was expelled under Rule 4.I.2.B. The rule is a disgrace, but the expulsion letter also accused Machover of anti-semitic speech. This would have been a scope creep permitting the expulsion of an anti-Zionist for his views, without public evidence, without a hearing and without an appeal. This is almost certainly the motivation for the expulsion, to avoid a Chapter 6 process.

Machover has been reinstated. He is now, rightly, waiting for an apology.  Expulsion/exclusion would have been a disgrace, as it is for all those expulsions under this rule.

Scope Creep

One long year

I am documenting my CPD’s and reviewing the contents of my LinkedIn blog and came across this, “The GDPR will become British law”, published last year where I predicted that the GDPR would be grandfathered into British Law via the proposed “Great Repeal Bill”.

What a difference a year and a general election makes.

I did not predict that since the GDPR has member state derogations and that the Government would bring a Data Protection Bill to Parliament. The fact they’ve lost their majority and are now frightened of loosing votes in Parliament is another motivation for sticking a big complex bill into the time table; iit burns time and one would hope that it can be uncontroversial so there’s no chance of loosing a vote, and even if they do, who cares, apart from people like me.

This could of course be a complete waste of time as it’s the courts which will decide what the law means and if we should leave then the issues raised here … will apply.

One long year