DETAILED CONSIDERATION OF WORKING DRAFT 4
Welcome back to the Internal democracy constitution.
Following the various comments on the website and on Working Draft 3, we are presenting a Working Draft 4..
This draft has attempted to address some of the controversies that have arisen. We will be posting a document separately listing all the main areas of controversy separately when we have time.
The main changes to Working Draft 3 introduced here are:
We have concluded that there is no realistic prospect of coming to any fuller consensus on the aims section and have therefore largely left this, apart from some very few textual changes regarding unemployed, under-employed and people with disabilities. As far as we can see the whole issue of aims is going to be voted on separately in November and until this is clarified it seems pointless to waste time on yet more redrafts. We may have to revisit this again though!
STRUCTURE AND GENERAL PRINCIPLES
Taken in comments and removed some sections and also incorporated the Safer Spaces Policy agreed at the NCG as Appendix 1
The issue of the current style of platform debate has become controversial. We have changed this section by:
– renaming the Platforms as caucuses to clarify their desired role and so help ‘detoxify’ the brand (please excuse the capitalist language comrades!?!)
– inserted a clarification on role stressing that ideally caucuses will not become permanent factions – please note though that there are no clauses by which the leadership or anyone else can force caucuses to disband so this will not lead to bans, proscriptions and expulsions
– removed the right of caucuses to propose motions – in other words members of caucuses will have the same rights as every other member ie if 20 members sign a motion.. etc
EXTERNAL ELECTED POSITIONS
This is a very contested issue and we have introduced two changes to try to reflect comments received. Obviously opinions are polarised on this so our compromise may not hack it but please consider it with an open mind:
– extended but still limited terms of office
– kept provision that MPs should receive median wage
– said where the excess money would go in a way that will ensure adequate funding for campaigning over a 5 year period AND send a hopefully powerful political message that our reps are genuine public servants and not careerists interested only in promoting themselves and their party
Various changes to try to clarify issues that have been raised.
Obviously we won’t all agree on everything but this is an honest attempt to reach a reasonable compromise on issues that are hotly contested. There are still plenty of opportunities for branches, platforms and individuals to comment and make amendments – see separate post on our proposed process moving forward to the September and November conference – and we still have the option of reverting back to clauses in Working Draft 3 and of course making completely new ones.
All the best
Richard Murgatroyd and James Youd