In September the SKWAWKBOX exclusively published the terms of reference for Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn’s ‘democracy review’, which will be headed by ‘LOTO’ staffer Katy Clark, helped by NEC left-wingers Claudia Webbe and Andy Kerr and will report to party Chair Ian Lavery and to Corbyn himself.
Now, also exclusively, this blog brings its readers the detailed phases of the review and the timings for each, as agreed at this week’s meeting of Labour’s NEC (National Executive Committee), so Labour members/supporters and other interested parties know what to expect and when.
The review’s formal launch will take place early this month and CLPs, affiliated trade unions/societies, members and the PLP (parliamentary Labour party), with a report to be presented at Labour’s 2018 annual conference in Liverpool.
The review will consist of three phases, with deadlines for submissions on relevant topics as follows:
- The role of BAME Labour
- The role of Young Labour
- The role of Labour Party Women’s Conference.
Deadline for submissions for phase one: 12 January 2018.
- The governance of CLPs
- The role of socialist societies
- Improving diversity and gender representation
- Strengthening the involvement and participation of members
- The recruitment of members and harnessing the potential of social media.
Deadline for submissions for phase two: 23 March 2018.
- The method of electing the Party Leader
- The composition of the NEC
- Regional structures
- Freeze dates
- The policy process including CLP motions
- Local government
- Local and national links with Trade Unions.
Deadline for submissions for phase three: 29 June 2018.
A hub for the review will be hosted on the Labour Party website. Members, CLPs, affiliates and other stakeholders will be able to access the consultation questions and submit responses.
In addition there will be a dedicated email address for submissions and queries: firstname.lastname@example.org. A facility for paper submissions will also be provided.
At least one consultation event will be held for members in each Nation or Region. Members of the review team will also visit a wide range of CLPs and other party units/organisations to profile best practice.
A calendar of consultation events has been put together and a ‘live’ version will be available shortly.
This review represents one of the most seismic events in Labour’s history and is an exciting opportunity, as the preface to the NEC papers on the timetable states, to “ensure that the hugely expanded membership is fully involved to become a mass movement which can transform society.”
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