Motion from London to 3 December National Committee re National Conference

The following motion was passed by 24 votes to 1, with 3 abstentions at the meeting of the London Momentum Regional Committee on Saturday 19th November.

“The Momentum London Regional Committee agrees to send the following motion to the National Committee.

The Momentum National Committee agrees that:

1. Momentum’s national conference in February 2017 should be a delegate-based conference with decision-making by delegates voting at the conference.

2. The delegates will be from local branches and affiliated groups.

a. Each local group may send 2 delegates per 50 members or part         thereof, up to a maximum of 10, at least 50% of these to be women and these to be elected at a meeting where appropriate.

b. Momentum Youth & Students and liberation groups may send a number of delegates to be agreed by the National Committee in consultation with these groups, subject to the verification of structures and election processes by the National Committee.

c. Each affiliated unions may send 5 delegates if their membership is less than 250,000, and 10 otherwise.

d. The outgoing National Committee may attend as ex officio non-voting delegates.

3. The conference invite and accept motions, amendments and nominations not only from the current national committee and regional committees, but also from recognised Momentum branches. Motions are to be geared towards broad policy discussion.

a. Each local group may send 1 motion.

b. Momentum Youth & Students and liberation groups may send 1 motion each.

c. Each affiliated unions may send 1 motion.

d. The National Committee may send 1 motion or constitutional amendment.

e. Each Regional Committee may send 1 motion or constitutional amendment.

4. Motions to be submitted 3 weeks before conference (i.e. from 5 Dec to X Jan / Feb).

5. All motions to be shared on X date online and groups encouraged to composite motions (motions composited by more groups will move higher up the agenda as incentive to composite). Amendments to be circulated before the conference.

6. An open e-forum for all members should be set up, where motions can be discussed, amendments can be mooted and compositing processes can be arranged.

7. There should be an online priorities ballot.

8. The conference to be open to observers to attend as much as is practically possible.

9. The outgoing National Steering Committee to ensure that it has provided full reports for consideration and acceptance by the conference.”

Members Meeting: Sat 26 November

PRE-REGISTRATION IS ESSENTIAL (click here to register)

The open letter issued immediately after this summer’s coup attempt against Jeremy Corbyn – in the name of a number of socialists who have since gone on to form the Labour Party Socialist Network – argued that “Labour must immediately go on the offensive to win back voters across the country by vigorously campaigning for an immediate improvement in working-class living standards and democratic rights. This is the only way that Labour can begin the process of winning back large sections of its working class base. Labour must set out its aim of a society in which the obscene gap between the super-rich and the rest of us is ended; where there is no poverty, austerity, exploitation or discrimination. That will require a fundamental change in the way this society is run. It means campaigning on a socialist programme.”

Much has happened since then, not least another surge in Labour Party and Momentum membership, and Jeremy Corbyn’s re-election with a bigger share of the vote than in 2015. These events should be a source of inspiration for us all. However, our statement remains as true now as it did in late June. The problems facing the working class since the Brexit vote have, if anything, increased. And the opponents of socialism – within and outside of our movement – have not gone away. It is vital that the Labour and trade union movement is rearmed with a democratic, anti-austerity, and avowedly socialist alternative to take into working-class communities. The LPSN can play an important role in this process.

Pre-registration is essential (click here to register) and a pooled fare will operate to reduce travel costs. Attendance is free for LPSN members (you can join at , or on the day.) Attendance for non-members £3.

N.B. LPSN meetings are open to members, and those eligible to become members. People belonging to “democratic centralist” groups are not eligible to attend.

Meeting Agenda

  • Building a million-strong Labour Party on a socialist programme (intro from Matt Wrack)
  • A socialist response to Brexit (intro from Nick Wrack)
  • Campaigning priorities
  • Organisation (including election of the steering committee.)