Model motions

Please get the motion below passed by your Constituency Labour Party (CLP) branch and then sent to the CLP General Committee (GC). When it is passed by the CLP GC it should be sent to Labour's NEC members and the General Secretary Jennie Formby. 


Motion

 

  1. This branch notes:

1.1 At the launch of the Chakrabarti report in June 2016, veteran anti-racist campaigner Marc Wadsworth was accused of being "anti-Semitic" for criticising an MP as “working hand in hand” with a reporter of the Daily Telegraph.

1.2 The National Constitutional Committee (NCC) of the Labour Party did not uphold this charge against Marc Wadsworth.

1.3 The NCC expelled Marc Wadsworth on April 27 2018 for “bringing the party into disrepute”.

2. This branch calls on the Labour Party NEC:

2.1 To respond positively to efforts by Marc Wadsworth’s lawyers to get him back into Labour membership and not force him to take the party to court. 

2.2 To immediately implement to the Chakrabarti Report recommendations that would reform flawed party rules and structures to ensure prompt, fair and transparent handling of disciplinary complaints against members, with right of appeal and including presumption of innocence, and fact-based judgements that do not rely on guilt by association. 

3 This branch calls on the Labour Party NEC to:

3.1 put a rule change to this year’s annual conference in line with the Chakrabarti report recommendation that in cases where the NCC has ordered a Labour member be subject to suspension (for up to two years) or expulsion from the party, there should be a right to seek a review of the decision on procedural or proportionality grounds to a new Legal Panel, three of whom (excluding any member with previous involvement in the case) will consider whether the NCC made any procedural errors or breached proportionality in its prior determination. If this is found to be the case, the Legal Panel will refer the matter back to the NCC for a fresh determination as the case requires.

3.2 pause all disciplinary hearings until a process based on natural justice for all parties to a dispute has been established.