Open Labour announces founding national conference
Ideas into action: building an open left
11th March 2017
12 – 5PM
Haverstock School, Chalk Farm, London (10 mins from Kings Cross/Euston)
“Action is the antidote to despair.” – Joan Baez
▧ Karin Christiansen – Chair, Open Knowledge and former General Secretary, Co-operative Party
▧ Owen Jones – Journalist and Campaigner
▧ Rt Hon. Ed Miliband MP
Economics Workshop – Ellie Mae O’Hagan
Confirmed Panel Speakers:
▧ Lisa Johnson – Director of External Relations and Training, GMB
▧ Polly Billington – SERA Executive and former Advisor, Sadiq Khan and DECC
▧ Clifford Singer – Founder VoteSwap, False Economy and currently Social Spark
▧ Florence Sutcliffe-Braithwaite, Co-editor of Renewal
Chair: Ann Black – Labour NEC
In 2016 the democratic left’s limitations in fighting right-wing populism became painfully obvious. People are seeking safety in identity and are looking to the past for answers to today’s problems.
The role of the democratic left as the dominant political voice of working communities is under question, despite generations of building and struggle. Political culture is ever less collective and more consumerist.
The Labour Party has a clear and straightforwardly socialist leadership. Yet, we languish in the polls, and we appear to lack a political strategy and the ability to build a centre-left majority. Our opponents have become adept at building and consolidating support, leading a flexible movement of right-wingers to mainstream popularity, dominating public debate and heavily influencing where the ‘centre ground’ of politics is seen to be.
For Open Labour, this shows the democratic left in a time of crisis. To answer the challenge of despair, the left must develop a politics of action and power.
Building an open left
Our national conference will bring Open Labour supporters together with thinkers
and activists from across the left to turn our efforts towards campaigning: fighting
for a left which is broad, relevant, and can win.
What happens next?
– In advance of Open Labour national conference we are today launching our new full membership system
– Full members will elect our inaugural executive over January and February, with results announced at our National Conference in March.
– Conference will feature keynote speakers, debates on policy and motions and we will plan activities and campaigns for the year ahead.
– The event will be followed by a social in Camden.
To attend national conference you do not have to be a full (paying) member – however, only full members may vote in the AGM section of conference, and stand or vote in internal elections.
We are very happy to take new members who are members of the Labour Party or who are registered or affiliate supporters of the Labour Party, as long as you agree with our rules and values.
If you have any questions, please get in touch with us.