‘We are fighting for the very soul of our party’ – an array of unions, MPs and member organisations demands emergency action to save Labour from Starmer’s ‘untenable’ attack on members
#ReclaimDemocracyRecallConference – this is the hashtag of a newly-launched demand made by unions, MPs, NEC members and party members. Below is their statement.
‘WE WANT OUR PARTY BACK!‘
Labour MPs, Party Members, some members of the National Executive Committee and Trade Unions including the Socialist Campaign Group of MPs, UNITE, the Fire Brigades Union, the Bakers, Food and Allied Workers’ Union, Don’t Leave Organise and Momentum, have come together to launch a campaign for an emergency ‘Recall Conference’ of the Labour party.
‘THERE IS A CRISIS WITHIN OUR PARTY‘
Discussion in local Labour Party meetings has been suppressed; motions banned; scores of activists suspended; and anger and disillusionment is exploding across our lay membership across the Party. Members are leaving in droves and many more are expressing frustration and dissatisfaction at the attack on democracy and free speech. Many members are saying it doesn’t feel like the Labour Party anymore.
‘THERE IS A WAY OUT OF THIS CRISIS: PARTY DEMOCRACY‘
Labour’s National Executive Committee does have the power to call such a conference. There is no practical obstacle to holding such a conference online as the Party is already planning to hold this year’s Labour Women’s Conference online and last year’s TUC Congress was held online. It is the only option open to us to resolve this crisis, reunite the Party and win elections.
National Conference has the necessary authority to deal with this untenable situation. We cannot simply wait until September’s Annual Conference as the situation is too serious. We need to hold an immediate special recall Labour Party conference that can restore the freedom of speech and debate, allow CLPs to operate freely, reaffirm and reclaim party democracy.
Ian Hodson, National President of the Bakers, Food and Allied Workers’ Union said:
We have a real battle on our hands. We are fighting for the very soul of the Party and are confident we have the bulk of the membership behind such a move.”
The power to recall conference is governed by the Labour Party Rule Book, contained in Clause VI of the Constitution Rules and gives the National Executive Committee power to recall Conference. Labour’s annual conference is the supreme policy-making body of the Labour party
The group is asking members as a matter of urgency to take the following motion to meetings of their Constituency Labour Party and branches of affiliated organisations: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1klQM3mj_rEZr1Tdv9Vr_C-9wvXtmNunH/view?usp=sharing
The FBU executive has made a similar statement feeding into the campaign.
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