#OpenLabour17 – The Open Labour Panel

Thanks to Open Labour member Hassan Hoque for recording the below session conversation. https://clyp.it/hu0z3t1u Ideas into action: building an open left 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 … Continued

It’s time to decriminalise abortion – and Labour MPs must play a part

By Charlotte Nichols / @charlotte2153   This week, following a Ten Minute Rule Bill introduced by Labour MP Diana Johnson, MPs voted to decriminalise abortion in England and Wales; the Bill passed by 172 votes in favour, and 142 against, with its second reading on March 24th. Fifty years on from the Abortion Act 1967 which … Continued

Secondary schools between a rock and a hard place: a Labour response

Anonymous submission I am chair of governors at a secondary school in a deprived town in Northern England.  We remain, like many schools in our region, a maintained school out of the clutches of the academy system, at least for now. As such, I found the speech on Friday by the new Ofsted Inspector Amanda … Continued

Perspectives for Open Labour: A Politics of Radical Pessimism

By Paul Thompson and F. H. Pitts / @fhpitts This document is submitted as part of a constructive engagement with the Management Committee’s Draft Position Paper (DPP). There is not much that most on the left could disagree with in the Statement. That has its merits, and we are sympathetic to not trying to have … Continued

Labour’s nuclear reaction

By David Hamblin / @UnionisedDavid At some point the number of articles written about the Copeland & Stoke Central by-elections may actually reach the number of the ballots cast. Both results were a perfect storm to keep the internal Labour Party maelstrom blowing. If Labour had held both seats then Corbyn supporters would have felt … Continued

Labour against Brexit: what do we do now?

Open Labour Brexit debate By Emma Brennan and Sean Gainford, on behalf of Labour Against Brexit campaign Last week, the House of Commons overwhelmingly supported the triggering of Article 50 to begin negotiations for the UK withdrawal from the EU. Amongst its supporters were the majority of Labour MPs, despite nearly all of them having supported the Remain … Continued

Draft position paper 2017-18

At each annual conference, Open Labour’s Management Committee will present a draft ‘position paper’ for the year for debate and voting. The paper will contain a set of political positions for the organisation. Using these positions, the newly elected MC are given a set of guidelines and principles outlining how Open Labour should take part … Continued

Management Committee Candidate Statements

The following 9 nominations are for the contested 5 open places on the committee and balloting is by electronic ballot using Opavote. If you have not received a ballot please email admin@openlabour.org Name: Fraser Amos Constituency: Taunton Deane Statement Having become the Youth Officer for Taunton Deane CLP I have established a new active and … Continued

Could Britain re-enter a reformed EU?

Open Labour Brexit debate By Hannah Dadd At a recent event organised by Labour South-West on the subject of the European Union and women’s rights, a clear divide amongst the MPs and MEPs in attendance emerged on the issue of Brexit. The divide could broadly be characterised as between ‘if and ‘when’ factions. That is, … Continued