At this month’s All Members Meeting our constituency Labour party (CLP) carried the following motion to affiliate to Campaign for Labour Party Democracy (CLPD):
Campaign for Labour Party Democracy, formed in 1973 by a group of rank-and-file activists with the support of Labour MPs:
- campaigns for greater grassroots democracy in all sections of the Labour Party.
- successfully campaigned for changes to the Labour Party constitution to ensure that Labour MPs and Labour governments enact policies agreeable to the party membership.
- promoted reforms to give women and Black Labour members greater representation within the Party.
- continually tackles under-representation to build an open party fully inclusive of women, BAME, disabled, LGBT and young members.
- promoted policies and campaigns that derive from a commitment to socialist values and socialist advance.
- consistently works to make the party more transparent, democratic and accountable to its growing membership.
Affiliation provides an important and public declaration of support for the aims and work of CLPD and strengthens its ability to campaign for Labour Party democracy. Affiliation also affirms our commitment to the advancement of party democracy and the promotion of socialist policies.
The affiliation fee of £15.00 will be renewed annually from 1 January 2020.
For further information about CLPD:
- Please visit the history section of CLPD’s website.
- Please watch the 1983 BBC docudrama called The Campaign written by Tony Perrin which focuses on the activities of CLPD and its fight for mandatory reselection of Labour MPs, and for the Leader of the Labour Party to be elected by an electoral college made up of MPs, trade unions and constituency Labour parties in 1979/80. It features depictions of Jon Lansman and Peter Willsman as well as the late Vladimir Derer.
- Please read the obituarity of CLPD founder and former Secretary of 30 years, Vladimir Derer in The Independent, and The Guardian written by Chris Mullin, former Labour MP for Sunderland South from 1987 to 2010 and former Chair of the Home Affairs Select Committee.
CLPD’s activities are fully funded by subscriptions and donations from members and supporters, and affiliated constituency Labour parties, Labour Party branches, trade unions and co-operative organisations. Its executive officers are elected by its membership of two-month standing at every AGM. All its members are entitled to attend all CLPD meetings and submit proposals to be discussed and voted on.
A breakdown of CLPD’s annual membership fees should you wish to join which is available here is as follows:
- Individuals: £20
- Unwaged or low-waged (under £8,000): £5
- Young members (under the age of 27): £3
- Couples: £25
- Low-waged couples: £6