As delegates’ packs begin to drop like lead weights through letterboxes, Brighton Pavilion Labour Party wants to send a personal welcome to all our sisters and brothers who will be attending Labour Conference 2017 in our home town from 23 – 27 September, so please send this to everyone you know who’s coming.
In the Conference Hall, we are asking delegates to support our CLP’s constitutional amendment to remove the criterion of “contemporary” from Conference resolutions. This is scheduled for debate on Tuesday morning, and is shown on page 15 of the Delegates’ Report and below. Please circulate it to anyone you know who is coming to Conference as a delegate from another Labour Party, or from their union or socialist society, and ask for their support.
This may sound a bit dry but Pavilion Labour is passionate about this amendment to Labour’s rules. It follows our experience at 2015 Labour Conference when, just a month after the 2015 Shoreham Air Crash, we were told that our resolution – to express solidarity with the victims, emergency & rescue services and transport workers – would not be debated because it was not “contemporary”!
On 22 August 2015, the Shoreham Air Crash was a disaster which profoundly impacted communities across the whole of Sussex including a personal impact on our own members. When Labour Conference opened in Brighton on 27 September 2015, the Shoreham Air Crash was the only thing everyone across Sussex had discussed during the month since that sad day, and there was no other contemporary issue for us. But CAC (which sets the agenda at Labour Conference) would not listen. Consequently we submitted this rule change to Conference in 2016 and are asking for everyone’s support this year to remove the unnecessary, arbitrary and restrictive criterion of “contemporary” from our party’s rulebook.
Outside of Conference, we have arranged a very special welcome to Brighton for all delegates with next Sunday evening’s Concerts For Corbyn a short walk along the Prom, just passed the pier at Concorde 2. Tickets for this Pavilion Labour fundraiser are only £18 or £15 and can be bought here.
With Stone Foundation featuring Steve White plus John Power (acoustic), The Farm (acoustic), Edgar Jones (acoustic), Red Rum Club (acoustic) and guest speakers Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell MP, Brighton Kemptown’s own Lloyd Russell-Moyle MP, newly elected Labour firebrand MP Laura Pidcock, Len McCluskey leader of Unite the union, and more top labour movement speakers still to be announced.
Paul Weller produced and performed on Stone Foundation’s current album Street Rituals so it is fitting that Steve White, Weller’s erstwhile drummer in the Style Council and his early solo band, joins the UK’s premier soul collective for this one-off special performance. Support on the night comes from John Power, lead singer with Liverpool band Cast, their Liverpool neighbours The Farm, whose 1990 Top 5 single, All Together Now, was chosen by Jeremy Corbyn to soundtrack the Labour Party’s 2017 general election campaign; Edgar Jones, The Stairs and solo artist signed to The Coral’s Skeleton Key label and Red Rum Club, alt-rockers who mix Tarantino type thrills with a mariachi trumpet.
Stand up for Labour at the Labour Party Conference at the Komedia follows at 7pm on Monday 25 September with an evening full of laughs provided by Ian Stone, Ava Vidal, Patrick Monahan, Raymond & Mr Timpkins, plus compere Crispin Flintoff and special guest political speakers. Buy tickets in advance for £12 or £15 on the door.
Later, on both Monday 25 and Tuesday 26 September there are Jazz for Labour gigs at The Walrus in Ship Street, headlined by Liane Carroll on Monday and Claire Martin on Tuesday. Get your Jazz for Labour tickets before they sell out, as these gigs are a bargain at just £10 each night. And with the headliners coming on around about 10pm each evening, you can easily fit in an earlier political fringe on Tuesday, or Stand up for Labour on Monday, before finishing the night at the Walrus.
Delegates really are spoilt for choice at Labour Conference this year! Buy your tickets now at cheap earlybird prices and please circulate this to anyone you know who is coming to Brighton.
As we say in Pavilion Labour – celebrate diversity, fight prejudice, and have fun!
Please support our rule change and support our events at #Lab17!