By a delegate to Labour Party conference
At this year’s Labour Party conference there were major debates on rail renationalisation and extending council housing. Both arose from “minority reports” coming out of the National Policy Forum (NPF).
On both of these issues the leadership was defeated because all the trade unions supported both positions. The support in the CLP section on the council housing issue was also overwhelming. The contemporary issues chosen (apart from Iraq) were uncontentious and represented a consolidation of the trade union “accord” at the Warwick NPF held in July.