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Since the Party launched this year’s policy consultation the NPF commission on Economy, Business and Trade has continued to meet with sessions in London in March and May.

At this stage the meetings are concerned with taking evidence and so far we have had presentations from IPPR the left wing think tank, and from Graham Turner, who is advising John McDonnell on reforming the finance sector.

Report Back from the Economy Commission

Since the Party launched this year’s policy consultation the NPF commission on Economy, Business and Trade has continued to meet with sessions in London in March and May. At this... Read more

Each year the Party consults its members on policies for the future manifesto. The consultation for 2018 has just been opened and CLPs, branches, members and other stakeholders are invited to contribute by 24 June.

Help to make Labour Party Policy

Each year the Party consults its members on policies for the future manifesto. The consultation for 2018 has just been opened and CLPs, branches, members and other stakeholders are invited... Read more

The NPF held one of its rare meetings in Leeds on 17 and 18 February. The programme included an address by the party leader, three plenary sessions, one on the democracy review, one on health policy and one on Brexit. In addition, there were three breakout sessions during which parallel workshops looked at the draft consultation documents prepared by the eight policy commissions.

Policy Making in Leeds, February 2018

The NPF held one of its rare meetings in Leeds on 17 and 18 February. The programme included an address by the party leader, three plenary sessions, one on the... Read more

The economy commission of the NPF held its second meeting of the current cycle in London in January. It heard briefings from the front bench teams, discussed the consultation document and received a presentation of data on employment.

Report on the Economic Policy Commission

The economy commission of the NPF held its second meeting of the current cycle in London in January. It heard briefings from the front bench teams, discussed the consultation document... Read more

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

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... Read more

This year’s election demonstrated the value of a strong, radical policy position as expressed in the manifesto. The Party aims to build on the manifesto in future policy development.

Contributing to Labour Party Policy 2018

This year’s election demonstrated the value of a strong, radical policy position as expressed in the manifesto. The Party aims to build on the manifesto in future policy development. Read more

Looking through the Labour Party Manifesto I found clear evidence that the contribution we have been making to the policy process has had an effect.

Labour International Influence on the Manifesto

Looking through the Labour Party Manifesto I found clear evidence that the contribution we have been making to the policy process has had an effect. Read more

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.

 

LI Submissions to Labour's Policy Consultations: Call for Volunteers

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The Labour party has just launched 8 consultation documents covering major policy areas and is looking for contributions from CLPs, trade unions and other interested bodies.

NPF Launches Policy Consultation

The Labour party has just launched 8 consultation documents covering major policy areas and is looking for contributions from CLPs, trade unions and other interested bodies. Read more

In its second meeting the Economy, Business and Trade Policy Commission, held on 21 February, discussion focused on a first draft of the consultation document and reports from the front bench.

Progress on Economic Policy

In its second meeting the Economy, Business and Trade Policy Commission, held on 21 February, discussion focused on a first draft of the consultation document and reports from the front... Read more

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