By Anne Greenslade
This is a once-a-year event in the Labour party calendar which takes place in advance of the annual Conference. This year the consultation begins on 27th May.
The consultation process will include Labour roundtable events and regional meetings as well as the submissions to the NPF website.
Labour International holds discussion meetings on topics of concern to members to produce policy statements which are then presented to LIGC to be amended or ratified before being posted on the NPF website. Look out for notices in this bulletin today and the following 2 Mondays.
The commissions of the NPF produce reports from the consultations. Conference delegates can than use the ‘reference back’ system to highlight any perceived omissions in a short written report. Finally, at Conference the reports are debated and voted on and some delegates get a chance to speak.
The references back do not bind the commissions, but this is an opportunity for CLPs to restate the arguments of their Conference motions and other policies.
The NPF website is a ‘public space’ and anyone can post their thoughts on it all year round. They can also read other posts and comment on these. There are a set of questions for each commission, and these can be treated as a guide if you wish; but the consultations are not a questionnaire – they are held to find out what we think is important, and that is what we should tell them.
Branch secretaries can post officially on behalf of their branch, and CLP secretaries on behalf of their CLP.
The period of the consultations which, this year is 27th May until 8th July, is the most significant. The members on the commissions monitor the site and will sometimes reply or comment.
CLP submissions are important because they carry the weight of the CLP and are given more consideration.
Labour International will be holding meetings up till 10th June to discuss ideas for the consultation. These will appear in the Events Bulletin and also reminder notices. The LI campaigns LI for a Green New Deal, and UK2Zero are also meeting to produce papers; look out for their meeting notices. Our health and social care campaign LI for Lifelong Care are working on a post about reversing the privatisation of NHS services. The resulting documents will then be on the agenda for the June GC meeting to be ratified in time before the close of the consultation.
There is no limit on the number of responses we can make. There is also no word limit, although I am advised that shorter is better, as the commission members have a lot of reading to do at this time. The NPF website page holds 600 words maximum including title and notes. Anything longer has to be posted as a pdf. For anyone not familiar with the website here is a short guide on How to Post on the NPF Website.
Read this article for more on the NPF and how it works from Alice Perry in Labour List.
Contact policy-campaigns@labourinternational with any ideas or suggestions for topics you think are important