Report from Brighton Conference

Day 1

Saturday 21st September 2019

Dundee City CLP

The day began with a meeting held with all Scottish CLP delegates, where card votes and information shared in advance of the day's proceedings.

An ideal opportunity to link in and network with our comrades.

A full Agenda ahead of us, and while the issue around the challenge on the Deputy Leadership position was both untimely and unwelcome, the atmosphere of delegates was positive.

The Secretary took the opportunity to attend the Policy Seminar on Brexit, while the Chair attended the Seminar on Environment Energy with many important issues highlighted at both.

A ballot was completed on the Motions to be included in the Priorities ballot being held with both CLPs and Affiliates each having an opportunity to vote on 10 different subjects accepted in advance of Conference, which would then be debated, over the next 3 days.

The announcement of the 20 selected were announced at the end of Conference, with the majority we had selected to be heard.

A number of NEC and CLP Constitutional Amendments were debated late afternoon, and while our own Motion on the restoration of the pre 1995, Clause 4 Part 4 had been referred directly to the NEC, to form part of a new review group, we supported 2 CLP amendments which mirrored the spirit of our own submission.

Sadly, while both received overwhelming support from CLPs, they were lost owing to low support from Affiliates. As a CLP we will monitor closely feedback on this Review Group and provide updates where possible.

The business on the floor of Conference was uplifted with several strong contributions from the top platform.

Jennie Formby, Labour General Secretary, who herself has been suffering ill health, gave a passionate and personal account as to the fantastic services provided by our NHS workers, which we must never lose sight of.

Jennie also spoke of the successful Women's Conference held earlier this year, where two of our own delegates attending and contributed to debate.

Ian Lavery, Party Chair, gave a resounding speech and rally cry, demanding a General Election, to right the wrongs of the Tory Government and their privileged representatives.

Ian reminded Conference of the importance of the Trade Unions and the importance to retain this link with our Party.

Dawn Butler, Shadow Women & Equalities Secretary, made an uplifting contribution calling for us to come together and take action to stop the threat to our democracy.

Priority must be given to encourage citizens to vote and Labour CLPs have an essential role to play!

Dawn has launched her weblink on Equality & Faith, and reminded us " Black History is British History."

Both keynote speakers above received standing ovations from the floor, with a real sense of unity around the hall.

At the close of Conference we both attended the Morning Star fringe meeting " The media war on Labour, and how to defeat it."

The venue was packed out the door, standing room only, with many fantastic contributions including Richard Leonard, Leader of Scottish Labour.

The importance of this publication can not be underestimated with clear evidence, they are the only ones to represent Labour values and our class.

In solidarity

Marion (Secretary) and Pauline (Chair)

Updated reports from your delegates Pauline and Marion Dundee CLP will be provided over the course of the conference
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