Labour Party conference: patience running out

Submitted by Matthew on 28 September, 2011 - 10:52

By Jon Lansman

On 27 September, Labour’s conference gave another indication that its patience with party managers’ manipulation is running out.

There was noisy dissatisfaction on Sunday [25th] with the railroading of Refounding Labour.

On the 27th, delegates clearly resented the further gagging of those constituencies who proposed a rule change 18 months ago designed to prevent the “parachuting” of Parliamentary candidates into safe Labour seats.

When the chair asked for approval of the conference arrangements report, hands were slow to rise in favour, but a forest of hands rose against. The chair refused loud demands for a card vote.

There is undoubtedly a dramatic shift at Labour’s conference. Delegates are showing a level of independence of thought and action not seen for 30 years.

• Jon Lansman is the secretary of the Labour Party Democracy Task Force. This article appeared on

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