Democracy Review – Towards a Cornwall Labour Party

For Discussion, this motion has not been passed by Truro & Falmouth CLP: Towards a Cornwall Labour party 

This CLP believes that the Labour Group Leader at Cornwall Council should be elected by all Labour members in Cornwall.
1.     The existing Local Co-ordinating Forum shall be known as the Cornwall Labour (CL).
2.     CL shall continue its co-ordinating role across the CLPs and local government and shall establish its own internal democratic structures as appropriate.
3.     CL shall hold an annual conference, open to all Labour members, to debate such matters as have been submitted formally from the CLPs.
4.     CL shall be entitled to receive from the National Executive Committee 5% of Labour membership subscriptions paid in Cornwall or £20,000, whichever is the greater, for the appointment of professional organising staff appointed by, and answerable to CL.
5.     In addition to its elected chair to preside at meetings, CL shall have a leader, who should provide a focus for campaigning and present a ‘public face’ for the Labour in Cornwall. The leader should hold public office as a Cornwall councillor.
6.     The leader shall be the leader of the Labour group within Cornwall Council.
7.     Any Labour Cornwall councillor can self-nominate for election as leader.
8.     The leader of the CL shall be elected by a secret ballot of the entire Labour membership in Cornwall, following similar rules and procedures for those already in place to elect the leader of the national party. Elections will be held within two months of any full council election.

This is an amended motion supported by North Cornwall CLP.

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commented 2018-02-20 10:43:42 +0000
I wholeheartedly agree with this. Currently the leader of the Labour Group is elected by the Councillors (5 at the moment). I think our spokesperson, our leader, should represent the Labour membership throughout Cornwall. That spokesperson speaks to Cornwall on our behalf through all the papers, online news, social media, on platforms, in debates, at interviews. It’s essential that they both represent us and national Labour policy as it applies to Cornwall.
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