Motions passed at all-member’s meeting, 10th July 2019

Motion A

Labour for a Green New Deal

South Northamptonshire CLP notes:

We have 11 years to keep global temperatures below 1.5 degrees celsius above pre-industrial levels to stop runaway climate change;

Globally, the poorest communities are bearing the brunt of increases in extreme weather events, including wildfires, storms, floods and droughts causing ill health, death and displacement.

The UK is suffering from a number of acute environmental problems e.g. one in seven species in the UK are at risk of extinction or are already extinct;

In the UK and globally, high levels of inequality and deprivation arise from factors including:

The lack of access to basic needs such as clean air, water, healthy food, adequate healthcare, housing, transportation and education;

De-industrialisation, deregulation, privatisation and anti-union policies leading to stagnating wages, and widening inequality, as evidenced by variances in life expectancy by as much as 20 years;

Systemic racial and gender injustices result in people of colour in the UK being more than twice as likely to live in poverty as white people, and women being 10% more likely to live in poverty than men;

A Green New Deal is a large-scale, state-led mobilisation of finance and labour power through investment, regulation and expanding public ownership for the decarbonisation and transformation of our economy.

South Northamptonshire CLP believes:

The Green New Deal provides a framework for large-scale investment in decarbonisation, green re-industrialisation and the provision of universal basic services to build a prosperous society for the many;

Its central role in industrialisation and colonialism means the UK is responsible for a disproportionate amount of global greenhouse gas emissions;

The UK therefore bears substantial responsibility to eliminate emissions and significantly contribute to mobilising resources for mitigation and adaptation globally;

A Green New Deal must prioritise poor and working class people in the UK and globally who are disproportionately harmed by climate breakdown;

A Green New Deal must include radically expanding public and shared ownership and democratic control of industry and services;

A Green New Deal must be developed through transparent and inclusive consultation, collaboration and partnership with and between frontline and vulnerable communities, trade unions, workers, civil society groups, academia, and local and central government.

South Northamptonshire CLP resolves:

Labour should commit to delivering a Green New Deal that:

Achieves zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2030 through a fair and just transition for all communities and workers;

Creates good quality, high-wage, unionised jobs for everyone that wants one;

Builds resilience against climate change related disasters, such as extreme weather, drought or flooding;

Secures for all people:

Clean air and water

Healthy food

Access to nature, and

A sustainable environment, based on respect for planetary tipping points and boundaries

Labour should commit to delivering these goals through a Green New Deal that mobilise the UK’s resources and expertise over a 10 year period, including by:

Overhauling the transport system to eliminate pollution and greenhouse gas emissions and equitably connect all people with cheap, high-speed public transit;

Building affordable, safe and high-quality housing for all;

Committing to well-funded, publicly provided health and social care;

Providing resources, training and high-quality education from cradle to grave so that all communities may equally participate in the Green New Deal mobilisation;

Deepening and diversifying manufacturing and industry locally and regionally to equitably rebalance the economy;

Working collaboratively with farmers to eliminate pollution and greenhouse gas emissions from the agricultural sector and encourage bio-diverse corridors (“bee highways”, also to encourage local government to “green up” urban areas to promote bio-diversity;

Dismantling the fossil fuel industry by ending subsidies and finance and developing transition plans for every affected workplace, town and city;

Promoting the international exchange of technology, expertise, products, resources and services to learn from and help other countries achieve a Green New Deal;

Enacting measures that support the ‘right to stay’ for people on the front lines of climate breakdown including through the transfer of resources to build physical and social infrastructure to combat severe and unpredictable weather.

South Northamptonshire CLP should:

Submit this motion to the NPF;

Affirm its support for Labour for a Green New Deal;

Organise events to educate constituents about the Green New Deal and feed this into its development;

Feed this policy into the West Northamptonshire Local Campaign Forum.

Proposed by Polly Swain, seconded by Aaron O’Reilly, passed by a vote of 9-0 (1 abstention)

Motion B

All-Women Shortlist

South Northamptonshire CLP notes:

That the House of Commons has just 210 female MPs, from a total of 650.

That the Labour Party has 115 female MPs, which – at 47% – is still short of the average in the population as a whole.

South Northamptonshire CLP believes:

That all areas of public service should reflect the population differentials in our country.

That women are under-represented in politics in the UK, in the Labour Party, and especially in the House of Commons.

That to work towards gender-balanced representation in the House of Commons requires positive action to bring women into positions of power.

South Northamptonshire CLP resolves:

To write to the East Midlands Labour Party requesting that, at such time we are able to select a candidate for the next General Election, we choose from an all-women shortlist.

Proposed by Alan Boon (on behalf of the Campaign Committee), seconded by Arthur Greaves, passed by a vote of 7-1 (2 abstentions)

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Motions passed at all-member’s meeting, 12th June 2019

Motion A

(This motion is being put forward as a ‘Rule change’ motion to go to this year’s Annual Conference)

South Northamptonshire CLP believes:

  • that being a Labour MP should not be a job for life;
  • that candidates should be selected openly without restrictions before each general election;
  • that all individual and affiliate members should be able to participate in the selection of candidates;
  • that the existing system of trigger ballots prevents this from happening and creates unnecessary antagonisms, turning what should be a normal open process into an implied vote of no confidence in a sitting Labour MP;
  • that a fully democratised Labour Party based on the principle of One Member One Vote is the best way to ensure the election of a Labour government with the strength and resolve to create a fair and just society for the many, not the few.

Therefore this CLP:

  • calls upon the NEC to endorse and support the LI Rule Change motion from 2018 and to reintroduce it as an NEC rule change at the next Labour Conference;
  • moves the following rule change to Labour Party conference 2019:
  • Replace Clause IV.5 and IV.6 (of Chapter 5) with the following:

“5. Following an election for a Parliamentary constituency the procedure for selection of Westminster Parliamentary Candidates shall be as follows:

“If the CLP is not represented in Parliament by a member of the PLP, a timetable for selecting the next Westminster Parliamentary Candidate shall commence no sooner than six weeks after the election and complete no later than 12 months after the election.

“If a CLP is represented in Parliament by a member of the PLP, then a timetable for selecting the next Westminster Parliamentary Candidate shall commence no sooner than 36 months and complete no later than 48 months after the election. The sitting Member of Parliament shall be automatically included on the shortlist of candidates unless they request to retire or resign from the PLP.

“The CLP Shortlisting Committee shall draw up a shortlist of interested candidates to present to all members of the CLP who are eligible to vote in accordance with Clause I.1.A above.”

  • Consequential amendments should be made elsewhere in the Rule Book where the ‘trigger ballot’ is mentioned.

Proposed by Sonya Andermahr, seconded by Alan Boon, passed by a vote of 6-0 (with 2 abstentions)

Motion B

South Northamptonshire CLP notes

  • the recently reported comments of Peter Willsman regarding allegations of Israeli Embassy involvement in attempts to affect the Labour Party’s reputation with respect to allegations of antisemitism
  • that in January 2017 the shadow Foreign Secretary (then, as now), Emily Thornberry, called on the government to set up an inquiry into the actions of an Israeli Embassy official, Shai Masot, saying “The exposure of an Israeli Embassy official discussing how to bring down or discredit a government minister and other MPs because of their views on the Middle East is extremely disturbing” (The Guardian, 8th Jan 2017)

This CLP believes

  • that it is not antisemitic to put forward political criticisms of the actions and behavior of the state of Israel, which would, of course, include the actions of those working in its Embassies around the world
  • that there are no grounds, therefore, for any of Peter Willsman’s remarks about Israel or its Embassy to be regarded as antisemitic and so he should be immediately reinstated and any allegation of antisemitism against him dropped.

Proposed by Adrian Scandrett, seconded by Melissa Fazakerly, passed by a vote of 6-1 (1 abstention)

 

Motions passed at all-members’ meeting, 13th March 2019:

Motion A

South Northants CLP notes that in the week beginning 18/2/19 eight Labour MPs resigned from the Party and crossed the floor in order to form a new political grouping in the Commons.

South Northants CLP believes that by doing this the eight MPs have assisted our political opponents. All Labour MPs and voters are fully aware that only a majority Labour government can address the enormous problems that have built up in our communities as a direct result of the programme of austerity instituted by the Conservative Party. The platform on which these eight MPs stood for Parliament in 2017 was one of strong anti austerity commitments which resulted in all of them increasing their majorities. This CLP believes that by resigning from the Party they have betrayed their pledge to their voters.

This CLP also believes that the Labour Party is a broad church, in which there are a diverse range of views and all are welcome. As the objective is to form a government implementing a Labour agenda, it is essential that all are able to unite around its agreed policies and the leadership it has elected. Under Jeremy Corbyn’s leadership the party’s priority is to end Tory austerity and improve people’s lives.

South Northants CLP resolves to support the Labour leadership by calling upon all eight MPs to uphold democratic principles by standing down from Parliament and holding by-elections in their constituencies. Voters will then have an opportunity to be represented by Labour MPs, something which they are currently being denied.

Proposed by Melissa Fazakerly, seconded by Mike Levers, passed by a vote of members present.

Motion B

South Northants Constituency Labour Party notes:

1 The suspension of the whip of Chris Williamson, MP for Derby North, with great concern over allegations of ‘anti-Semitism’ after a recording of Chris Williamson MP speaking at a Momentum meeting was released recently.

2 The allegations in question are unfounded, out of context and a deliberate attempt to ruin both the reputation of Chris Williamson MP and the Labour Party as a political party.

3 Chris Williamson MP actually said: “The party that has done more to stand up to racism is now being demonised as a racist, bigoted party. I have got to say, I think our party’s response has been partly responsible for that because in my opinion… we’ve backed off far too much, we have given too much ground, we’ve been too apologetic… We’ve done more to address the scourge of anti-Semitism than any other party.”

4 These comments are neither anti-Semitic, nor denying the existence of anti-Semitism in the Labour Party. He is simply expressing a sentiment that many of us have that we should not be overly apologetic for something we have not done, and in this case we have actively, as a party, worked tirelessly to ensure that anti-Semitism and all other forms of racism and bigotry are purged from our party, our movement, and our society as a whole.

This Constituency Labour Party therefore moves to:

1 Write to Jenny Formby, the General Secretary, and the National Executive Committee with a copy of this motion, outlining our disappointment at this decision, and expressing our wish that the disciplinary process is carried out in a transparent and fair manner. (jennie_formby@labour.org.uk)

2 Write a letter of support to Chris Williamson MP (chris.williamson.mp@parliament.uk)

3 Invite Chris Williamson to a local rally/meeting* in support of his reinstatement

* A point of information clarified that this can not be an official Labour Party meeting.

Proposed by Adrian Scandrett, seconded by Mike Levers, passed by a vote of members present.

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