There’s a few remits on the floor at conference today that are going to be make or break for the future of the Labour party. They’re all about democratising the party which is something I think needs to happen if it’s going to survive and thrive.
Obviously I can’t tell people how to vote but I can tell you how I’m going to vote on three critical remits about how Labour is led and why I’m going to vote for them.
Remit 297 A (e). I’ll be voting for Amendment G. which means the caucus will not be able to dictate by a majority whether or not members can vote on the leadership of the party in 2013. It will mean that the signatures of 40% of MPs will be all that’s needed for members to have their say. It’s 20% in Britain
The second is Remit 297 A (c). I’ll be voting for Amendment C. This is very similar to the one above. It’ll make sure that after every election a majority of caucus can’t stop members from having their say on the leadership.
Finally I will be voting for Remit 297 (d). This is the remit that will finally give members some say on who our leader it. The split will be 40% for caucus, 40% for members, and 20% for affiliated unions.
The parliamentary arm of the party is there to represent us and I think this conference will go down in history as the one where we started to rebuild it as a democratic force.