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The National Policy Forum has been inactive since the General Election. Its plenary meeting scheduled for the summer was cancelled and, after a flurry of activity while the manifesto was finalised, the policy commissions have had little to do. We still reply to submissions made through the website (policyforum.labour.org.uk) but we hadn’t met since the election.

All that changed in December with meetings of the policy commissions. My commission (Economy, Business and Trade) met on 13 December and set a programme for work over the next few months. The short notice meant that many members sent apologies, including Barry Gardiner and Rebecca Long Bailey. John Mc Donnell was the only front bencher to make it.

 

Economy Policy Commission: December 2017

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At the meeting in Wiesbaden last year we discussed ways of increasing our ability to take part in the policy consultations run by the National Policy Forum. Each spring a series of documents are published and members are invited to contribute to policy formation.

Given all the constraints of working to achieve agreement among members spread across the world we needed to find a process that allows branches and members to contribute to a policy statement that reflects the view of the CLP.

The process we came up with involves 4 steps:

  1. For each topic we wish to make a submission we need a volunteer as "rapporteur". To volunteer, write to npf@labourinternational.net.
  2. The rapporteur prepares a first draft of the LI response by a deadline. Members may submit ideas directly to the rapporteur.
  3. The draft is then circulated to LI members who may discuss it in branches and send comments to the rapporteur either collectively or individually.
  4. A final draft is then circulated before submission to the Policy Forum through its website.

Because of the difficulty of organising votes the rapporteur's aim should be to find consensus.

Last year LI made a submission on the economy and we can learn from that experience. Each consultation document covers several aspects of the issue and poses a number of questions. It is not necessary to answer every question or address every topic. Submissions are most effective when they are focussed and make a few clear points.

Following the election to the NPF, LI set up a small group to follow its work chaired by the NPF rep. That group has reduced is size and now consists of Jos Gallacher and Jez Broome. However they will coordinate this process, working with the LICC.

The timetable for this year is as follows:

Volunteers to draft submissions identified As soon as possible
First draft circulated 21 April
Responses sent to rapporteur  14 May
Final draft to LICC Secretary for submission 28 May

 If you want to volunteer or have any questions about the process, write to Jos and Jez at npf@labourinternational.net.

 

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