10 Pledges to end the leadership crisis for Labour

Here are ten pledges the Labour leadership contenders might like to sign up to.

1 Resolve outstanding cases

Many members are hampered in their political activities by the lingering uncertainty of what they suspect are vexatious, politically motivated complaints. We are a well-funded organisation. If you haven’t got the staff, please employ some to get these cases looked at speedily and, where not justified, thrown out.

2 Make the Party's disciplinary process independent

That is, make sure *our* process *is* independent. Stop taking instructions from organisations that have, one way or another, managed to present as the uncontested voice of people who don’t necessarily agree with them, and please endeavour to stop MPs being fooled by such organisations.

3 Ensure transparency

Tell the membership what is going on, who is dealing with what, and under which rules, and how members can make their views heard. Give the membership, and your staff, full and easily accessed details of how complaints, disciplinary actions and hearings work, and who exactly is dealing with them. Never let it be suspected that agencies with special access are hearing about, or influencing, actions that affect members, without those members knowing about it.

4 Prevent re-admittance of prominent offenders

Resist giving shadow cabinet posts or other power positions to MPs or execs who have repeatedly briefed against the party and/or the manifesto in ways that clearly go against the members’ wishes, or who have seriously misrepresented or slandered the membership.

5 Provide no platform for bigotry

Bigotry means disrespect for, or abuse aimed at, others whose ideas disagree with yours.

Do not let anyone with a powerful voice in the party demand the silencing or no-platforming of members, former members, or citizens generally, unless those individuals are clearly breaking the law by, for example, inciting violence.

On the other hand, on no account name or label individuals you happen to disagree with in a way that encourages the public to see them as ‘fair game’ for abuse or disrespect, especially don’t do this just because you don’t want views that challenge your own heard.

6 Adopt the universal definitions of racism, sexism and classism

Don’t let anyone tell you that racism means anything other than what the dictionary says it does, and don’t let one group’s definitions or concerns endanger minority groups by crowding out all others.

7 Deliver an anti-racism education programme, and an anti-sexism one and an anti-classism one, and while you're at it, an anti-corrution one.

Deliver anti-racism, anti-sexism and anti-classism education that makes sense to members, particularly those who are themselves significantly disadvantaged by those attitudes.

8 Engage with the membership, and with the people of this country, as efficiently and as directly as you can.

When you engage with “the community” please take some time to work out exactly who you are engaging with, and what actual proportion of the actual people in this country you are dealing with. If it turns out to be a strangely small number of voices speaking for a larger group, do some research and try again.

9 Communicate with resolve

Bland, generic statements should give way to actively telling people what is – and isn’t – going on in the Party, and why. When the membership go wrong, tell them straight. When the membership are slandered and falsely accused, rebut the accusations and support the membership.

10 Show leadership and take responsiblity

If we have a leader who does not do so, powerful organisations will take charge and dictate to them against the interests of the membership.

By someBODy whi is worried about the Labour Party

These are my suggestions. I am just one person. I don’t represent any particular community. Sometimes, I’m not even sure I even agree with myself but – if I like this when it’s finished, I’ll post it on my blog. If you like it too, and if you think these are the kinds of rules our new Labour leader should work to, please share this post around. If it gets loads of shares, they’ll know it’s the opinions of a significant number of people.

Interested? Here’s how to take action.



15 responses to “10 Pledges to end the leadership crisis for Labour”

  1. What I like about this (unless I’m reading naively or just seeing what I want to see) is that it applies really well to any of the leadership and deputy leadership candidates and members from all groups can get behind it. Fair, electable, coherent, practical – shame you’re not standing yourself!


  2. Good luck. I’m not a member, and my vote is always candidate-led, not party…san, but I’d commend your pledges to any would-be party leader. I do have one concern, as a disabled person, finding myself not even an afterthought in the education pledge. I’d like to think someone was looking out for the interests of the ‘useless eaters’ in the current climate.


  3. Indeed. There is quite a bit of activity around that in the policy forums, in the manifesto and on Labour’s agenda elsewhere but you’re right, more education about that, and about neurodiversity, is much needed.


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