Internal democracy and constitution Commission
Yet more controversy!
Who said party rules and constitutions are boring!?!
We now have two alternative draft constitutions on the table
Working Draft 4 – initially drafted by ourselves and heavily amended in the light of the many comments and contributions (we will be incorporating current comments shortly into Working Draft 5)
Second version of Sean Thompson’s Alternative Draft Constitution, also amended in the light of comments
At the forthcoming Policy Working Groups meeting in Manchester (28th September) which we would urge you to attend, we will have a chance to meet face-to-face and consider the controversial issues that have arisen over the course of these discussions. In order to ensure that this is fair and balanced – one person’s common sense is another person’s controversy! – we are posting here the main areas of contention.
PLEASE NOTE: WE HAVE DELIBERATELY EXCLUDED ‘AIMS’ AS IT iS SO CONTROVERSIAL THERE IS ABSOLUTELY NO CHANCE OF REACHING A CONSENSUS AND IT WILL BE VOTED ON SEPARATELY AT THE CONFERENCE.
If you feel any outstanding issues are not included here please say and they will be added to the list
All the best
Richard Murgatroyd and James Youd
Outstanding controversial issues
1. Should LU be a one member one vote party or federation of groups? How far should we apply the principle of OMOV?
2. If someone is a member of another political party or group should they be allowed to be a member of LU? If so, on what basis?
3. What organisational structure should operate at English regional/Welsh/Scottish/Northern Irish level – should LU be an English only party?
4. Should we move to a delegate based conference and if so when?
5. Should we have a traditional style national executive (as Sean T’s proposal) or a ‘collective leadership’ comprised of directly elected office holders and regional reps (Working Draft 4 proposal)?
6. Should we have 50% representation of men and women at all levels of representation, including for national office holders and national Principal Speakers?
7. How do we ensure internal office holders are accountable and unhealthy concentrations of power are avoided?
8. How do we ensure people elected to external positions (MPs, councillors etc) do not become corrupted by careerism and carry out the wishes of LU members?
9. Should platforms, caucuses and sections be allowed? If so, should the members of these have special privileges, eg right to extra representation on regional/national bodies, extra rights to propose and vote on policy?
10. Should we have provision for Trade Union affiliation and if so on what basis?
11. Should oppressed – LGBT, disabled, black and minority ethnic groups – have privileged representation/policy making rights as separate sections?
12. How should we seek to use e-democracy and the internet for internal elections, debate and voting on policy?
13. How should the Constitution(s) and any amendments be debated at the November founding conference?
Left Unity is active in movements and campaigns across the left, working to create an alternative to the main political parties.
Events and protests from around the movement, and local Left Unity meetings.
Saturday 22 September: 12 noon
Save Liverpool Women’s Hospital Demonstration
More details here
Sat 29 Sep, 11.00-15.00
Protest at the Conservative Party Conference
To call time on failed austerity and campaign for a new deal for working people.
Victoria Square, Birmingham. More info on Facebook.
European Forum of Progressive Forces, Bilbao
To debate, build and act to ward-off current threats.
Sun 17 Nov, 12.00
National Unity Demonstration Against Fascism and Racism
Central London. More info on Facebook
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