Sunday, September 03, 2006

Labour activists push 'Blair must go' resolution

Save the Labour Party - an activist pressure group inside the Labour Party - sensibly wants to see an end to the continuing uncertainty over when Tony Blair - pictured left - will step down.

So it has adopted the sort of tactic pioneered by the Campaign for Labour Party Democracy in the seventies and eighties, and has produced a model emergency resolution, in the hoping of getting it onto the agenda at Labour Party conference later this month.

For it to be taken, Labour Party members need to mandate their delegates to vote for it in the priorities ballot on Sunday 24 September. Failing that, STLP is appealing to individuals with Labour Party office to endorse the resolution in a personal capacity.

OK, OK. I’m not a Labour Party member. And if I was, I would find it hard to back any resolution that commends that bastard Blair on his 'achievements'.

But forget quibbles about the exact phraseology. The underlying message is clear. Here’s the resolution anyway. If you are in a position to push it forward, you should certainly do so:

Leadership - model contemporary resolution:

Conference notes the call by the First Minister of the Labour Welsh Assembly Government on 10 August 2006 for clarity over the leadership of the Labour British government well before the Welsh, Scottish and local government elections in May 2007.

Conference notes with concern mounting electoral losses and public controversy about the direction of both domestic and foreign policy.

Moreover, Conference notes growing public concern and interest in a new constitutional settlement to ensure that future British Prime Ministers and their governments are held accountable to Parliament and the electorate.

Conference commends the achievements of its Party Leader since his election in 1994, and subsequently as Prime Minister through Labour’s three successive British General election victories in 1997, 2001 and 2005.

Conference notes the Prime Minister’s previous statement that he will not fight the next General Election as Party Leader or Prime Minister. Conference now believes that the next Labour Prime Minister needs as much time as possible in office before the next General Election, if Labour is to secure a fourth term.

Conference, therefore, calls on the NEC to use its powers under Clause VIII 3 (h)* to table a resolution at Conference for debate and ballot on Wednesday 27 September under Rule 4B. 2d (ii) to enable delegates to decide on a card vote whether or not there should be a Leadership contest before the 2007 Annual Conference.

More information about STLP here.

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