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.
Annual conference is the summit for Labour policy-making each year. However there is a long process which leads up to the decisions at conference. The outline of the preparatory work up to the conference in Liverpool in September is beginning to emerge.
The leadership is keen that members are able to contribute to forming policy and there are opportunities for LI to play a part. The Joint Policy Committee, made up of NEC and shadow cabinet members, oversees the work and the National Policy Forum provides a focus, including through all member consultations.
The NPF’s eight policy commissions will each concentrate on a single topic which the Party’s front bench teams have said are their priorities for policy development. The list of topics will be finalised this month but here is the preliminary list:
|NPF policy commission||Priority topic|
|Early Years, Education & Skills||Towards a National Education Service|
|Economy, Business & Trade||A Fair Deal at Work: The future of work|
|Environment, Energy and Culture||Leading Richer Lives: A Greener Britain|
|Health & Social Care||Healthcare for All: Tackling health inequalities|
|Housing, Local Government & Transport||Leading Richer Lives: Giving people the power to shape their local communities|
|International||A Global Britain: Achieving Sustainable Development Goals|
|Justice and Home Affairs||Safer Communities: Protecting our communities and turning lives around|
|Work, Pensions and Equality||Equality for All: Addressing in-work poverty and working age inequalities|
Jeremy Corbyn will write to all members before Christmas confirming the list and outlining how members can engage in the process.
A consultation will be launched in spring 2018 based on papers presented at an NPF meeting scheduled for February. Each policy commission will be charged with preparing a consultation paper on its priority area.
The consultation will run until June including meetings around the country, social media and the dedicated website (policyforum.labour.org.uk). After this point the papers will be redrafted to reflect the contributions from, CLPs, branches, members and other stakeholders.
Labour International has contributed to previous consultations, and we have time now to organise ourselves to participate in the 2018 policy-making exercise. I hope to report to LI members through this website at each stage all the way to Liverpool 2018.