Ruth Brown gives a green view from Brighton: despite some controversy delegates were able to get popular, radical policies adopted.
On the last full day of Conference, the Chair gave the news to a delighted hall that the Supreme Court had found the Prime Minister’s prorogation unlawful. Jeremy’s speech was brought forward to that afternoon, giving him a perfect opportunity to criticise Boris Johnson’s abuse of power.
If you live in London, we’d love to see you at our report back meeting in Parliament, Monday 29 October, details below, and hear your assessment of how it went and where we go next. An informal meeting, with plenty of time for you to hear what others made of their time in Brighton, and air your own views.
Labour CND member Hannah Kemp-Welch visited Hiroshima in August 2019 for the World Conference Against A&H Bombs and sent back this video report on the conference, and the city, 74 years after the bombs were dropped.
Good to have another Labour left gathering this year that emphasises foreign policy and international solidarity. Labour CND’s workshop at Arise 2019, Trump and the Global Nuclear Threat, was chaired by Christine Blower former NUT General Secretary and nowadays the NEU’s International Officer and addressed by Labour CND’s Karen Robinson and journalist Liam Young. Jeremy Corbyn, pictured here, brought the 600 plus audience to its feet when he addressed the closing session.
Concern is growing that no date or timetable for Women’s Conference in 2020 has been announced, despite requests from our elected representatives. The conference plays a vital role in helping Labour develop policies that are importance to women.
Ask your CLP secretary to write to the General Secretary – before the next NEC meeting on 23 July if you can – requesting a date to be set and a timetable published. That’s Jennie Formby, Labour Party General Secretary Southside, 105 Victoria Street, London, SW1E 6QT
Any correspondence could be copied to Dawn Butler MP, Shadow Cabinet Women & Equalities Spokesperson at dawn.butler.mp@parliament Ann Henderson, Chair of the National Executive Committee Equalities sub-committee at email@example.com Yasmine Dar, convenor of the NEC Women’s Sub-committee at firstname.lastname@example.org, and Teresa Clark, Acting Chair of the Women’s Conference Arrangements Committee at email@example.com
The rules have changed a bit this year. The restrictive criterion that motions had to be ‘contemporary’ has been relaxed and more motions will be debated. Labour’s 2019 conference will debate 20 motions in all, 10 selected by CLP delegates in a ballot at conference, and 10 chosen by affiliates. It’s still the case that CLPs can submit either a policy motion or a rule change, though the deadline for the latter has now passed.
Guidelines and Deadlines Contemporary motions on policy must: address one issue, not be longer than 250 words, and not propose a rule change.
Policy motions can be submitted now, up to the deadline of noon on Thursday 12 September. Emergency motions deadline is a week later, Thursday 19 September. If your motion is ruled out of order you can appeal to the Conference Arrangements Committee which will consider appeals on Wednesday 18 September.
Scottish CND stalwart Jim Taggart died on 14 June, aged 83, after a short period of ill health. A committed socialist and internationalist, he was a fervent campaigner against nuclear weapons, NATO and war. Jim was an active member of Labour CND over three decades and served as our rep on the Scottish CND Executive Committee for much of that time.
The Taggart family home in Dumbartonshire overlooked Gare Loch, at the heart of Faslane Naval Base where Trident submarines are housed. Unsurprisingly then, Jim was a supporter of the Faslane Peace Camp from its inception in 1982 and of Trident Ploughshares which began blockading in the late 1990s.
Brian Quail, Jim’s colleague described him as ‘a hands-on and hard-working officer of Scottish CND, a well-regarded member of CND’s National Council, an integral part of Helensburgh CND and immensely practical supporter of the Peace Camp’.
A gentle and peaceable man, Jim trained as a botanist in Glasgow University and lectured for a time on plant classification at Trinity College Dublin. After returning to Dunbartonshire, in the 1970s he developed a botanic garden which became internationally known.He will be missed by his many friends in Labour CND and across the peace, anti-war and labour movements.
Jim Taggart’s funeral service takes place Saturday 6 July, 10:30 at Craigrownie Parish Church Cove Burgh Hall, Shore Road, Cove G84 0LY followed by burial at Barbour Cemetery and refreshments in Gibson Hall, Garelochhead G84 0AT