North West Durham Labour party (CLP) has condemned Labour general secretary David Evans’s assault on member democracy and free speech – and called on him to end the attack. The motion passed this evening reads:
To General Secretary, Keir Starmer and NEC
This CLP believes that guidance to CLPs, issued by the General Secretary (12 August, 29 October, 5 November and 26 November) undermines local party democracy by placing restrictions on the areas of Party business that members can discuss in their meetings.
The guidance conflicts with the Party’s long-standing custom and practice and tradition, whereby both affiliates and CLPs have the right to engage in discussions and adopt positions on matters across the full range of party business and policy. The Labour Party Rule Book, quite correctly, makes no reference to ‘competent business’.
This apparent break with that democratic tradition within our Party is a matter of significant concern.
Therefore this Constituency Labour Party calls on the General Secretary to withdraw his guidance restricting CLPs’ rights to political debate.
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