The Labour Party Democracy Review was undertaken between 2017 and 2018 Labour Conferences, led by Katy Clark – Political Secretary to Labour Leader Jeremy Corbyn and former Labour MP for North Ayrshire and Arran from 2005 – 2015. Labour National Executive Committee (NEC) Chair Andy Kerr and NEC member Cllr Claudia Webbe assisted Katy with the Review.
The Democracy Review Report was submitted to the NEC (the Party’s ruling body when Party Conference is not in session), as a result of which the NEC proposed amendments to the Party’s rule book, which were adopted at 2018 Labour Conference.
The impact of the Democracy Review will be felt in all Labour branches and CLPs. Brighton Pavilion CLP decides amendments to its constitution every year at its AGM, currently held in early December annually. You can watch our 2018 constitutional changes playlist for more information.
Comments were submitted at all three stages of the Democracy Review by Pavilion Labour, its branches and forums.
On 10 February 2018 Katy and Claudia visited Brighton to hear feedback on stage two of the Democracy Review process from Labour members in Brighton and Hove. The focus for stage two was Diversity & Participation, Building a Mass Membership, and Your Local Labour Party. Film of Katy and Claudia’s contributions is available as follows:
- Katy Clark outlines the Democracy Review
- National Policy Forum is well-resourced – Katy Clark
- CLP funding is outside the Democracy Review – Katy Clark
- Labour must focus on the working class – Katy Clark
- Democracy Review is building a mass movement – Claudia Webbe
- Engage the Democracy Review with your solutions – Katy Clark
copyright: Summer Dean
On 6 January 2018 Claudia Webbe attended Pavilion Labour’s discussion forum to introduce the Democracy Review process and procedures. Claudia represents Constituency Labour Parties (CLPs) on Labour’s ruling NEC and is a councillor in Islington, with responsibility for transport and the environment.
Claudia answered members’ questions ahead of the 12 January 2018 deadline for submission of comments to stage one of the process, which focused on Young Labour, BAME Labour and Women’s Conference. Video of Claudia’s contributions is available as follows:
- Claudia Webbe introduces the Democracy Review
- Claudia Webbe Q&A part 1
- Claudia Webbe Q&A part 2
- Claudia Webbe Q&A part 3
- Claudia Webbe Q&A part 4 and conclusion