The third meeting of the new LICC took place last night and marks that we are beginning to get things going.
Rowan has gathered some people together to begin to work on our various means of communications. The website has been re-established and new things have started to be added. First up is the National Policy Forum. Check it out at http://www.labourinternational.net/policy_npf_page. It is an important means for members, branches and CLPs to influence what the Labour Party stands for.
Colin has brought the first people together for our trade union group. They have begun discussing how to link up with national and international trade unions, encouraging members to join a local trade union, campaigning for trade union rights, and supporting trade union actions.
The next thing is for us to connect with branches, groups and individual contacts around the world. We need to discuss how groups and branches can be built and the role they should have. Although I am responsible for members and branches, this will involve most LICC members in one way or another. Our aim is to work towards virtual General Committee meetings, so that branches and groups can have a direct influence over the direction of Labour International. I attach a file with a statistical breakdown of what sort of an organisation Labour International is.
Jenny has booked cheap accommodation for 10-15 people at Labour Party Conference. Now all we need is people who want to go! So far only four male self-funded delegates have applied. We are entitled to a total of 14 delegates. This includs one female delegate who will be funded with up to £500 (it was a male last year), 11 self-funded, 1 woman and one youth under 27. So hurry and send a 150 word political statement, a short paragraph of personal information, and the names of two nominees to Lorraine. The dead-line is 12 April.
Apart from all that we discussed the treasure's work, liaison with the NEC, nominations for Conference Arrangements Committee and the National Constitutional Committee, and an email from two members.