3 meetings April/May 2017

It’s been three weeks since I last wrote a report about the meetings of Labour International’s Coordinating Committee. But we have not been idle.

The delay in reporting is because the general election forced us to rapidly shift path. We have had three minuted meetings and many informal discussions since the last report.

We postponed presenting an Annual Development Plan to members for discussion. Likewise, contributions to the National Policy Forum are on hold. After some effort to get a gender-balanced delegation, all remaining nomination for non-funded delegates were accepted. We also have a youth delegate. However, we have two nominations for the funded delegate. After the general election, we will organize a poll to determine who will be the funded delegate. Jenny has now booked two houses for delegates and some visitors to stay at during the conference. Accommodation will be relatively cheap.

The election campaign is getting off the ground. We must find new paths to overcome the disadvantage of being a CLP outside of the UK, and even to turn it into an advantage. Our first thoughts about this were in the email, drafted by Jenny, which was sent to all on Sunday.

David has been sorting out the rules for campaign donations. They are extra complicated for us, because we are a CLP based outside the UK. Any donations above £50 must be reported to the CLP treasurer. Also, any of expenditure must be approved by the Labour Party centrally.

Rowan has gathered a Communications Working Group. They have rushed to get our social media going across all fields. Contributions are beginning to stream in. More help is needed. Have a look here:

http://www.labourinternational.net/volunteers_needed

A first draft for an “insurgent” campaigning strategy has been developed and will be published shortly.

Jenny has also drafted a letter that we can use to get support from the international labour movement. This can not only be a boost to Labour’s moral, but also a means to get help contacting UK migrants and migrant communities in the UK. Now we just need to get approval from Labour Head Office for the letter.

Likewise, we are waiting for approval from Head Office for opening up the member’s database to branch secretaries, group organisers, and individual contacts that are trying to build groups in their areas. I wrote a report outlining UK laws and Labour Party rules concerning data protection and privacy. On that basis, we made an eight point plan of how to open up the database while conforming to all laws and rules. This is really going to be essential for running an effective election campaign and building Labour International.

Report back from first video conference to be added.

In my experience, the choice has never been as clear in an election. Labour has a whole series of brilliant policies to contrast with absolutely horrid one’s from the Tories. There is no doubt in my mind that if we actually talk to people about our policies, we will convince them and win the election.

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