What a turnout - so many of us came to debate Democracy and Leadership in the Labour Party!
Thank you everyone for your attendance and robust but respectful debate.
News night came to interview a group of our members earlier in the evening - we are on Newsnight- Tuesday 5th July. http://bbc.in/29wmHK2 about 24 mins in to the programme.
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Councillor Andy Botham gave a short talk to start the proceeding and debate and motions followed.
The 2 motions were passed and the one from Young Labour was noted.
Members debated and voted on each part of the resolution in the first motion separately and then, after each had been approved, the full motion was approved by 58 votes to 6 with 9 abstentions. The second motion was passed by 36 votes to 32 with 6 abstentions.
Motion 1 – for Derbyshire Dales Full Members Only
This CLP -
- Jeremy Corbyn is the democratically-elected Leader of our party who secured a resounding mandate less than ten months ago under an electoral procedure fully supported by Labour MPs.
- The orchestrated resignation of members of the shadow cabinet and subsequent attempt by the Parliamentary Labour Party (PLP) to remove Corbyn as leader of the Labour Party at a time when the Government and its leaders should be held to account
- A vote of no confidence by the PLP has no basis in the Party constitution
- The statement of support for Jeremy Corbyn by leaders of the affiliated trade unions
- The resignations and vote of no confidence by the PLP is an attempt to force Jeremy Corbyn to resign without consulting the membership and is therefore undemocratic
- This action by the PLP is an attempt to overturn the highest ever mandate secured by any elected party leader
- This action by the PLP is an insult to members of our party and is demonstrative of a PLP who is out of touch, not only with its grassroots but also to those in society who most need a party who will listen to them and then act on their behalf.
- A Leadership election would be an unwelcome distraction at this time of crisis
- A leadership contest without Jeremy Corbyn on the ballot would be undemocratic and illegitimate
- The only party that can win for working people and those who have suffered most under the torment of austerity is a strong and united Labour Party.
a) To write to the PLP and leader's office to urge them to accept the offer made by the General Secretaries of the Affiliated Trade Unions to act as negotiators between them, with the aim that the parliamentary business of the Labour Party continues through this crisis and that all MPs can get on with carrying out their roles as part of the official opposition.
b) If a leadership election occurs through the proper procedures we would expect all parts of the party to honour the result and pull together in the interests of the future of our party and the values that we represent.
c) To call on the NEC to ensure that Jeremy Corbyn appears on the ballot if there is a leadership contest
d) To call for a review of the constitution in order to prevent the PLP from holding self destructive no confidence motions in the future
e) To write to the PLP with a copy of this motion asking them to either stand by their leader or call a properly constituted election within the week, in order to stop further damage to our party.
f) To call for all loyal Party, affiliated union members and supporters to organise meetings to discuss next steps including making the policies that Jeremy Corbyn was elected on the official policy of the Labour Party so we can offer a clear alternative and effective opposition to the Tories
Proposer: Marianne Quick
Seconder: Phil Whitney
Motion 2: For Derbyshire Dales Full Members Only
▪ To call for the creation of an independent inquiry into the attempted removal of Jeremy Corbyn as leader by the PLP, with a view to taking appropriate disciplinary action if and when party rules are shown to have been contravened by members of the PLP.
Proposer: Kevin Foley
Seconder : Fiona Hayes
Motion 3 - from Young Labour
Derbyshire Dales Young Labour:
- Is saddened by the attempts from large segments of the Parliamentary Labour Party to destabilise the leadership;
- Is ashamed at the actions of the majority of the PLP who, in doing so, are turning their backs on Britain in its time of need;
Against this background, Derbyshire Dales Young Labour:
1. Has no confidence in the rebel members of the Parliamentary Labour Party to represent and uphold the values of the Labour Party.
2. Wishes to affirm its support for the incumbent leader of the Labour Party: the Rt. Hon. Jeremy Corbyn MP.
Uther Naysmith – Young Labour CLP Officer