Motions

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Sheffield Central CLP

Sheffield Central CLP is deeply concerned by the NEC decision to proscribe organisations of Party activists, many of whom are long-standing, dedicated members.

It notes that:

  • Members who have contributed a significant legacy to the Party and Labour movement are receiving letters notifying them of Possible Automatic Exclusion on flimsy grounds. These members include world-famous film director Ken Loach, President of the BFAWU (Bakers union) Ian Hodson, and long-term Councillor and prospective Parliamentary candidate Pamela Fitzpatrick.
  • The system of expulsion is cruel and unjust, with no right of appeal, causing great personal suffering to those targeted.
  • Grounds for expulsion are retrospective. This goes against natural justice.
  • Sheffield Central CLP believes that:
  • Differences in the Party should be worked out through debate and education and not through administrative exclusion.
  • Therefore, Sheffield Central CLP
  • Demands that all proscriptions and unjust exclusions are reversed
  • Opposes “auto-exclusion” and the creation of an unaccountable subcommittee for deciding on proscriptions.

Scunthorpe CLP

This CLP condemns the recent NEC decision to try to proscribe a number of leftwing groups, including Labour Against the Witchhunt, Labour in Exile Network and Socialist Appeal. None of these named groups have campaigned against the Labour Party or supported candidates standing against the party. None are offered the right to reply, nor to have “natural justice.” We also note that the NEC agreed to set up a panel to investigate other organisations with a view to proscribing them later. We believe that the various big-business funded groups, including Labour First and Forward are not included, yet they have also publications, meetings, memberships and full timers, and some prominent supporters have called for the public not to vote Labour, including during recent election campaigns.

We are constantly told that Labour is a “broad church”, “from methodism to marxism,” etc. yet this shows that this is a historic attempt to end any pretence of such.

We believe that such McCarthyite methods are being adopted in order to attack, silence and shut out socialists from the party, despite the party describing itself as socialist. This purge of the left by Starmer’s leadership is an attempt to reverse the socialist policies brought in under Corbyn, and to make the party a safe pair of hands for capitalism.

We demand that these proscriptions are reversed, and that the attacks on rank-and-file members and party democracy are halted immediately, and  we will campaign for the rejection of the NEC report to conference which considers these proscriptions.

Instead of attacking its own members – and causing a worsening financial crisis – the party leadership should be using all of its time, resources and efforts to fight this criminal Tory government on the basis of bold socialist policies

Sheffield Heeley CLP

This CLP declares its solidarity with Socialist Appeal, Labour Against the Witch-hunt, and the Labour In Exile Network targeted for “auto-exclusion”. An injury to one is an injury to all. It will not be only the hard-working activists that these organisations provide for the labour movement that will be removed, but all members who are critical of Starmer’s weak opposition. As soon as opposition is noticed, an email from disputes will arrive, with no opportunity to appeal.

Further, the proposed creation of a `Star Chamber’ to act as judge and jury for further proscriptions and purges is a shocking and repressive move. It belongs to the dark ages and should have absolutely no place in a modern-day democratic party.  

This CLP demands that all unjust proscriptions and expulsions are reversed. These attacks on rank-and-file members and party democracy are hampering collective resistance to Tory social cleansing, which continues unabated with more than 128,000 confirmed COVID deaths, harsh Trade Union suppression, and arms sales to Saudi Arabia and Israel.

Instead of attacking its own members, the party leadership should be using all its efforts to fight this criminal Tory government on the basis of bold socialist policies;

Build council homes, build hospitals, build schools, build an opposition!

Leicester South CLP

This CLP is outraged by the NEC decision to proscribe Socialist Appeal, Labour Against the Witchhunt and Labour in Exile Network.

This follows an ongoing campaign by Keir Starmer and David Evans against left-wing membership. Members have been suspended and expelled, including NEC member Howard Beckett, former leader Jeremy Corbyn (who has not been suspended but has had the whip withdrawn) and renowned film director Ken Loach among others, while party democracy has been suppressed.

This CLP believes such McCarthyite methods are being adopted in order to attack and shut out left wing and pro-worker members from the party. This purge of the left by Keir Starmer’s leadership is an attempt to reverse the left wing policies brought in under Jeremy Corbyn, and to make the party a safe pair of hands for capitalists.

This CLP declares its solidarity with all the organisations being targeted. An injury to one is an injury to all.

This CLP demands that all proscriptions and unjust exclusions are reversed, and that the attacks on rank-and-file members and party democracy are halted immediately.

Instead of attacking its own members, the party leadership should be using all of its efforts to fight this criminal Tory government on the basis of bold socialist policies.

Conference motion by Cities of London and Westminster CLP  

Conference notes:

 ●  That on 20th July 2021, the National Executive Committee, by a majority, passed proposals to ‘auto-exclude’ from the Labour Party members who are presumed to belong to a number of left-wing groups (including ‘Labour Against the Witch Hunt’, ‘Labour In Exile’, and ‘Socialist Appeal’). These proposals were publicised less than a week before the NEC meeting;

 ●  That the NEC also voted to establish a panel to look at potentially proscribing other organisations which are deemed incompatible with the ‘aims and values’ of the Labour Party;

 ●  That the NEC has proscribed organisations within the Labour Party simply for expressing political opinions;

 ●  That officers of Jewish Voice for Labour, a left-wing Jewish group within the party, have faced actioned complaints of antisemitism at a rate 180 times higher than non-Jewish Labour Party members;

Conferences believes:

 ●  That the party should respect elementary principles of free expression and reaffirm its commitment to open discussion and debate;

 ●  That Labour has historically represented a broad range of political opinions, and that the NEC’s proscriptions represent an attack on open debate within the party and the right of party members to organise themselves to campaign for political objectives. It sets a concerning precedent for further attempts to narrow the scope of political debate;

 ●  That ‘auto-excluding’ party members because they are presumed to support certain groups denies them any right to defend themselves, or appeal, and is therefore contrary to natural justice;

 ●  That it is also contrary to natural justice for the NEC to apply new rules retroactively by choosing to auto-expel members of the now proscribed organisations;

 ●  That the NEC should reverse its proscriptions of 20 July 2021 and abolish the panel considering further proscriptions;

 ●  That the party should cease its disproportionate disciplinary action against left-wing Jewish members;

 ●  That the Labour leadership should focus on fighting the Tories instead of members of the Labour party.

Bolton South East CLP

This CLP notes:

On 20th July 2021, the National Executive Committee, by a majority, passed proposals to ‘auto-exclude’ from the Labour Party members who are presumed to belong to any of the following organisations: Labour Against the Witch Hunt; the Labour in Exile Network; Resist; and Socialist Appeal. These proposals were only publicised less than a week before the NEC meeting.

The NEC also voted to establish a panel to look at potentially proscribing other organisations which are deemed not to fit with the ‘aims and values’ of the Labour Party.

This CLP believes:

The Labour Party has always represented a very broad range of political opinion. Proscribing these organisations represents an attack on open, democratic, debate within the party and the right of party members to organise themselves to campaign for political objectives. It sets a concerning precedent for further attempts to narrow the scope of political debate.

Where individual members are accused of offences against party rules e.g. campaigning against party candidates or engaging in hate speech, these should be investigated on a case by case basis. ‘Auto-excluding’ party members because they are presumed to support certain groups denies them any right to defend themselves, or appeal – even against inaccurate presumptions of support for such groups – and so is contrary to natural justice.

That the Labour Party does best when it is focused on representing the interests of the mass of working people and their families, rather than turning inwards to pursue divisive vendettas against elements of its own supporters. Such campaigns reinforce, rather than challenge, false narratives about the ‘extremism’ of Labour Party members.

This CLP resolves:

To express its dismay at the decision of the NEC majority to proscribe the 4 groups, and to commend the action of the minority of NEC members who voted against these proposals.

To forward a copy of this motion, with thanks, to the 10 NEC members who issued a joint statement opposing the proposals – Laura Pidcock, Nadia Jama, Amy Jackson, Mish Rahman, Yasmin Dar, Jayne Taylor, Andy Kerr, Andi Fox, Gemma Bolton and Ian Murray.

St Giles branch Labour Party in Camberwell & Peckham CLP

“This CLP condemns the recent NEC decision to proscribe four groups of Labour Party members.

This CLP believes such methods are being adopted in order to attack and shut out socialists from the party, despite the party describing itself as socialist. Individual members will be expelled and removed from the party without further ado.

We are concerned that this measure circumnavigates the party’s disciplinary procedures. All members have a right to a fair hearing and should not be arbitrarily outlawed. There need to be clear complaints and disciplinary procedures which are followed in a transparent and, efficient, timely and fair manner, free from factional interference. “This CLP demands that these proscriptions are reversed, and that the attacks on rank-and-file members and party democracy are halted immediately.

Instead of attacking its own members, the party leadership should be using all of its efforts to fight this criminal Tory government on the basis of bold socialist policies.

Motion passed in a number of CLPs, including Hackney South CLP, Wantage CLP and Hexham CLP

This branch/CLP/group is outraged by the Labour NEC decision to proscribe Socialist Appeal, Labour Against the Witchhunt, and Labour in Exile Network.

This follows an ongoing campaign by Keir Starmer and David Evans against the left-wing membership. Members have been suspended and expelled, including NEC member Howard Beckett and former leader Jeremy Corbyn; and party democracy has been suppressed. 

This branch/CLP/group believes such McCarthyite methods are being adopted in order to attack and shut out Marxists and socialists from the party, despite the party describing itself as socialist. This purge of the left by Starmer’s leadership is an attempt to reverse the socialist policies brought in under Corbyn, and to make the party a safe pair of hands for capitalism.

This branch/CLP/group declares its solidarity with Socialist Appeal, Labour Against the Witchhunt, and Labour in Exile Network. An injury to one is an injury to all.

This branch/CLP/group demands that all proscriptions and unjust exclusions are reversed, and that the attacks on rank-and-file members and party democracy are halted immediately.

Instead of attacking its own members, the Labour leadership should be using all of its efforts to fight this criminal Tory government on the basis of bold socialist policies”

Motion passed by Bolton South East CLP

This CLP notes:

  • On 20th July 2021, the National Executive Committee, by a majority, passed proposals to ‘auto-exclude’ from the Labour Party members who are presumed to belong to any of the following organisations: Labour Against the Witch Hunt; the Labour in Exile Network; Resist; and Socialist Appeal. These proposals were only publicised less than a week before the NEC meeting.
  • The NEC also voted to establish a panel to look at potentially proscribing other organisations which are deemed not to fit with the ‘aims and values’ of the Labour Party.

This CLP believes:

  • The Labour Party has always represented a very broad range of political opinion. Proscribing these organisations represents an attack on open, democratic, debate within the party and the right of party members to organise themselves to campaign for political objectives. It sets a concerning precedent for further attempts to narrow the scope of political debate.
  • Where individual members are accused of offences against party rules e.g. campaigning against party candidates or engaging in hate speech, these should be investigated on a case by case basis. ‘Auto-excluding’ party members because they are presumed to support certain groups denies them any right to defend themselves, or appeal – even against inaccurate presumptions of support for such groups – and so is contrary to natural justice.
  • That the Labour Party does best when it is focused on representing the interests of the mass of working people and their families, rather than turning inwards to pursue divisive vendettas against elements of its own supporters. Such campaigns reinforce, rather than challenge, false narratives about the ‘extremism’ of Labour Party members.

This CLP resolves:

  • To express its dismay at the decision of the NEC majority to proscribe the 4 groups, and to commend the action of the minority of NEC members who voted against these proposals.
  • To forward a copy of this motion, with thanks, to the 10 NEC members who issued a joint statement opposing the proposals – Laura Pidcock, Nadia Jama, Amy Jackson, Mish Rahman, Yasmin Dar, Jayne Taylor, Andy Kerr, Andi Fox, Gemma Bolton and Ian Murray.

Model motion for branches of affiliated unions

Xxx branch is appalled at the decision of the Labour Party NEC at the meeting on Tuesday 20th July to proscribe a number of left-wing groups (including ‘Labour Against the Witch-hunt’, ‘Labour In Exile’ and ‘Socialist Appeal’), and summarily to expel members of those groups.  This branch further deplores the setting up of a panel to assess whether other groups operating within the Labour Party should also be proscribed. 

These moves to proscribe organisations follow an ongoing campaign fronted by Keir Starmer and David Evans against the left-wing membership. Members have been suspended and expelled on a factional basis, and party democracy has been suppressed. 

This branch believes that such McCarthyite methods are being adopted in order to attack and shut out Marxists and socialists from the party, despite the party describing itself as socialist. Rather than build on existing policies, such as to combat climate change, defend and extend workers’ rights, challenge racism etc, Starmer seems more determined to attack party members than the Tories.

This branch calls on the union’s executive to issue a clear statement opposing the introduction of bans and proscriptions and in solidarity with those under attack. We urge our union to do everything to defeat this attack, including defeating them when the NEC report is brought to LP conference.This branch agrees to support the Defend the Left campaign https://www.defendtheleft.co.uk/ and to circulate its petition among members, urging them to sign.