With the countdown to conference ticking, here’s a quick round-up of what we learned from Labour For A Green New Deal’s pre-conference briefing:
We are one of a whopping 128 CLPs submitting a Green New Deal motion to conference. To put that in perspective: last year’s mass-compositing on Brexit involved only 90 CLPs. In addition to the CLPs, Momentum and several unions – including the Communications Workers Union, the Firebrigades Union, the Postal Workers Union and the Bakers, Food and Allied Workers Union – will also be coming with Green New Deal motions.
This extraordinary level of support means that the Green New Deal is set to be THE defining issue of this year’s conference. It also means that compositing is likely to be a lengthy and complicated process!
Gaya Sriskanthan (NY branch) will be representing Labour International in the compositing room. Her main concern will be to ensure that the 2030 target for net zero emissions does not get watered down. There seems to be majority support for this target within the CLPs, but some of the unions are sceptical. Convincing them is going to be crucial.
Gaya will also be seeking to promote the idea of a four day week as part of a radical reimagining of the economy within the context of a Green New Deal. Her other task will be to argue for strong language emphasising the need for Labour to take a leading role in securing an international Green New Deal; something Labour International is ideally placed to champion.