Policy

Resolutions passed at the General Committee of Hove CLP, details of the party unit which proposed the resolution, and the date it was passed.

AGM 30.11.17

EMERGENCY MOTION FOR ROUGH SLEEPERS

 This CLP notes that BHCC and its partners pledged in the Rough Sleepers Strategy 2016 (“RSS”) to make sure no-one has the need to sleep rough in Brighton & Hove by 2020. We note further that “the council budget for Housing Related Support linked to rough sleeping services is £4.3m for 2016/17.” (RSS p.18).

BHCC has a Severe Weather Emergency Protocol (“SWEP”). It states that “Within its powers as a local authority and within guidance set out by Homeless Link, BHCC ensures there is available emergency accommodation for people who are rough sleeping in the city and who may be affected by severe weather” (para 2). According to that protocol, the Council with its partners open emergency shelters when the Met Office forecast temperatures are equal to or less than zero degrees for two nights running. They may also open them (depending on this or that) when there is an amber weather warning. They remain open until there is a forecast of a night at at least one degree. Those and those alone are the triggers. To be fair, it used to be (in the RSS) three nights at or below zero.

The guidance for the country on SWEP (“the Guidance”) is provided by Homeless Link, referred to in our SWEP. Its 2017-8 guidance, however, calls 3 nights at zero or below the “historical” approach, and instead recommends “a flexible approach, based on empathy for people sleeping rough in severe weather, rather than a fixed approach …” Instead of the three days guideline “we recommend that a common sense approach” including wind chill is taken (page 6); and it further recommends that Extended Winter Provision be considered.

Members will be aware that there are many people, old and young, men and women sleeping rough on our streets. They will also be aware that the second half of November saw some icy weather. SWEP shelters have not been opened. At the time of writing, the next 3 days’ Met Office forecast for Brighton does not drop below 2 degrees, but taking into account wind chill (we all know how cold the winds are right now) they are minus 3, minus 3 and minus 2 degrees. The cost implications of this motion are relevant. Last winter the shelters cost £1,600 per night total to open (RSS p36).

This CLP therefore resolves (1) that BHCC should immediately take into account the wind chill factor in its policy for opening the SWEP shelters to rough sleepers in accordance with the Guidance;

And (2) calls for the SWEP generally to be urgently revised in accordance with the whole of that Guidance;

And (3) calls for urgent consideration to be given to Extended Winter Provision as also outlined in that Guidance so that shelter can be given for an extended winter period not dictated by temperature;

And (4) requests its secretary to forward this motion to the Executive Director of Neighbourhoods, Communities & Housing, Councillor Clare Moonan, Councillor Ann Meadows, the Leader of the Council, and the Secretary of the CLP.

 

General Committee Meeting 28.10.17

Motion on support for Catalonia

This branch notes:

That as of 3/10/17, over 1000 people have been injured by the Spanish police in Catalonia during the democratic referendum on independence

That the Catalonian people overwhelmingly wish for the issue of independence to be determined democratically through a referendum

That the violence of the Spanish state has been condemned by Party Leader Jeremy Corbyn and the Shadow Foreign Secretary Emily Thornberry and that they also support the Catalonians’ right of self determination.

This branch moves that the GC:

Writes to the Catalan government, the National Assembly, the Mayor of Barcelona and their UK representatives to express our support for the right of the Catalan people to self determination through democratic processes.

Writes to the Party leadership congratulating them on their stand

Writes to the International CLP praising their attempt to bring the issue to Party Conference in September 2017

Supports Catalan civil society events held in Brighton and elsewhere

Writes to Council Leader Warren Morgan, requesting that he write to the Mayor of Barcelona expressing support for her dignified handling of a violent and difficult situation. 

Proposed by Wish and Westbourne branch

 

Defend & extend the right to free movement of people

On 31 July the Tories confirmed their intention to end free movement between the UK and EU. On 2 August, however, the EU Commission released its Eurobarometer survey, showing 70pc of British people support the right to free movement across Europe. On 4 August the Labour Campaign for Free Movement was launched with the backing of MPs, MEPs, trade union leaders and activists from across our movement, committed to making the argument for defending and extending free movement.

Stagnating wages, crumbling services and the housing crisis were caused by government and employers making the rich richer at working people’s expense – not immigration.

Labour proposes real solutions to the problems facing working people. We need massive public funding to ensure good jobs, homes, services and benefits for all; scrapping of anti-union laws and stronger rights so workers can push up wages and conditions; and communities uniting across divisions to win changes.

Labour is the party of all workers, regardless of where they were born. We note many struggles where migrants have been central to improving low-paid workers’ wages and rights, like the recent victorious cleaners’ campaign at LSE. Our movement must not give an inch to the falsehoods used to turn domestic against migrant workers: we stand for workers’ unity across the divisions of nationality.

Free movement benefits all workers. Without it, only the rich and privileged can live and travel where they want, while migrant workers are more vulnerable to hyper-exploitation, making downward pressure on wages more likely. Limiting free movement further would damage the economy and hit living standards.

Britain and the EU should welcome migration across Europe and from beyond.

In government, we should maintain and extend free movement; scrap the net migration target; strengthen refugee rights; dismantle the brutal anti-migrant regime built over decades; abolish immigration detention centres; ensure the right to family reunion; end use of “no recourse to public funds”; end use of landlords and health workers as border guards; and reverse attacks on migrants’ access to the NHS.

This branch sends our support and endorsement to the Labour Campaign for Free Movement. We will circulate the statement at labourfreemovement.org to our members; urge our conference delegates to support any relevant motions; urge our MP and MEPs to support free movement; and invite a speaker from the campaign to visit our branch.

Plus amendment:

If carried, this branch asks its delegates to the CLP General Committee to present this motion for consideration at the next meeting.

Proposed by: Brunswick, Adelaide, Central Hove Branch.

 

Regarding Brighton & Hove City Council (B&HCC) and NHS England’s ‘Work in Progress’ East Surrey and Sussex Sustainability and Transformation Partnership (formerly Plan) (STP):

Regaining democratic control and accountability of the health and care provision in Brighton and Hove City 

Motion 

1) This Labour Party branch opposes any furthering of the implementation of NHS England’s widely condemned East Surrey and Sussex STP, for this region.

2) This Labour Party branch calls for:

  • The B&HCC to organise an immediate and widely publicised public consultation to ensure that democratic processes and accountability can be re-established.  Such public consultation should be carried out separately from and independent of the NHS Brighton and Hove Clinical Commissioning Group’s (BHCCG) current “Big Care and Health Conversation” (which is not public consultation). The Council should include in the consultation remit the implications of the proposed new joint structures and working arrangements with the BHCCG and for democratic control and accountability.
  • That the list of public properties so far decided to be disposed of by the Greater Brighton Economic Board (GBEB) be made public prior to the consultation process and public views actively solicited.
  • That, pending the organisation of such public consultations, the Council calls a moratorium on all activities related to the implementation of the STP and the sale of properties with immediate effect.

Proposed by: Brunswick, Adelaide, Central Hove Branch

 

STRATEGIES TO WIN FOR SOCIALISM IN BRIGHTON AND HOVE IN 2019

In anticipation of the first meeting of the Local Campaign Forum (LCF) this GC notes that the role of the LCF, under Rule, in relation to the 2019 local elections, includes the creation of a campaign strategy, a recruitment strategy and a selection strategy.

In order to contribute to the creation of these strategies by the LCF once created, this GC resolves to adopt the following principles as our own policies and to submit the remainder of this motion (excluding the first two paragraphs) for discussion at the first meeting of the LCF.

We believe in the possibility of a majority Labour Council in Brighton and Hove, committed to the policies and approach of the national Labour Party. Just as there are no “no-go” areas for our Party nationally so there are no areas of Brighton and Hove where Labour cannot fight to win.

In order to win for socialism in Brighton and Hove in 2019, the Local Campaign Forum (LCF) must create a campaign strategy, a recruitment strategy and a selection strategy. The LCF must, in each case, set a general strategy to be implemented by its Executive.

OUR CAMPAIGN STRATEGY

The foundation of our campaign strategy must be the socialist policies of our Party. We want a Labour Council for the same reason that we want a Labour Government, to transform our society and the lives of working class people. We will campaign for a Labour Council which will be a powerful voice for working people in Brighton and Hove. Our priority is to represent the interests of our people.

We will fight across the whole of Brighton and Hove, prioritising first of all the wards we need to win a majority, secondly current Labour wards and thirdly those wards we are least likely to win. We will integrate our campaigning with the CLPs, relying upon mobilising our mass membership.

OUR RECRUITMENT STRATEGY

We recognise that over the past two years our membership has increased massively as a result of the popularity of our Party under socialist leadership. This has reversed a long period of decline.

Nevertheless, our aim is to continue to increase our membership, and we will use the 2019 local election campaign to achieve this aim. All our election campaign materials will include appeals to Labour voters and supporters to join our Party, developed in consultation with the CLPs.

OUR SELECTION STRATEGY

Our objective is to continue to transform our Party in order to continue to transform our society. Our selection strategy will therefore aim to be transformative. We want to see a Labour Group which supports the approach of the national Party, and which represents the diversity of our membership and our supporters across Brighton and Hove.

Our selection strategy will be based upon inclusivity and democracy. We will not exclude any Party member from the opportunity to be considered as a candidate. We will encourage the maximum number of Party members to put themselves forward for selection, working with the three CLPs to engage with and persuade members to consider themselves as candidates.

We will support and empower branches to make their own decisions, encouraging them to shortlist a sufficient, gender-balanced, number of diverse candidates to enable members to have a meaningful choice at selection meetings.

Amendment: There shall be a open and transparent process and all unsuccessful candidates will know why they were unsuccessful.

Proposed by EC

 

Emergency Accommodation

  1. This Branch notes the appalling, sometimes life-threatening conditions vulnerable people, including children living in emergency accommodation are being forced to live in under this Tory Government.
  1. This branch believes council subcontracted homelessness providers, often UK tax evaders providers are the main reason for squalled conditions.
  1. This branch condemns Tory housing policy following the announcement in October 2017 that 120,000 children are now living in emergency accommodation in the UK, an increase of 20% since the last figures were announced just 4 months ago.
  1. This Branch moves that all Emergency and Temporary accommodation across the UK is brought back in-house, local authority owned, with financial resources to ensure residents get the support they need.

If the branch moves this motion then we request this motion is heard at the next GC meeting, with a view to changing National Labour Party policy to reflect this resolution.

Proposed by Brunswick, Adelaide, & Central Hove Branch.

 

General Committee Meeting 28.09.17

Motion to ensure the safety of our canvassers:

This Constituency Labour Party notes that the safety and protection of our canvassers is vital.  We believe that in order to achieve safety and protection, guidelines need to be put in place.  We therefore request that all future canvassing in the Hove and Portslade constituency adheres to the attached guidelines: Guidelines for Labour Party door-knocking in Hove and Portslade’.  We also request that all delegates should take this motion and accompanying guidelines to their branch meetings for discussion and to ensure future implementation.

Proposed by:  Women’s Forum

 

Labour’s Local Campaign Forum for Brighton & Hove

This Labour Party calls on Labour South East to convene the first meeting of the Labour Local Campaign Forum covering the City of Brighton & Hove (BH LCF) at 11am on Saturday 2 December 2017, so that all branches and the three local CLPs can submit nominations for elections to all posts on the BH LCF from 1 October up to 23.59 on Friday 17 November 2017.

This Labour Party believes that the following five posts should be created on the BH LCF Executive to ensure its good functioning:

1)   Literature & Education Officer

2)   Social Media Officer

3)   Press & Publicity Officer

4)   Workforce & Community Liaison

5)   Candidate Training Officer.

Consequently, this Labour Party proposes elections to these posts be held at the first meeting of BH LCF on 2 December 2017 and nominations be called for accordingly by Labour South East.

This Labour Party further believes that the name for our local campaign forum would most properly be “Brighton & Hove Labour Local Campaign Forum” and urge the adoption of this name for the body.  The NEC made clear in its restructuring of our local Labour Parties that there is no longer any citywide body or a “Brighton & Hove Labour Party”.  Use of the term anywhere only causes ongoing confusion to members and the public, so should cease.

Proposed by: Hove CLP EC

 

Motion on Private Renters

We note that in the Ten Pledges (which for a while were adopted by the party as policy) we committed ourselves to ‘end insecurity for private renters by introducing rent controls, secure tenancies and a charter of private tenants’ rights’. However, in the Labour manifesto our promises in relation to this sector made little advance on our 2015 manifesto: ‘Labour will make three year tenancies the norm, with an inflation cap on rent rises.’ The tenant’s charter became ‘new consumer rights’, and a promise that we would ‘introduce new legal minimum standards to ensure properties are “fit for human habitation” and empower renters to take legal action if their homes are substandard’.

We note that the highest proportion of non-Decent Homes are in the private rented sector (28%, English Homes Survey 2015-16), and that tenants rarely complain principally because of the high demand for properties and fear of eviction (Shelter report 2014). We further note that rent levels are so high in some parts of the country, including our own, that people cannot save and can barely afford the other necessities for a reasonable life.

We believe that the way forward for our party is to adopt bolder policies. For the quality of life of people in the private sector, rents must come down and tenants must be secure in their homes. Council regulation and enforcement can only do so much to improve conditions; tenants need security (and legal aid) so that they can enforce national standards against their landlords themselves.

Finally, we note that the JCWI report ‘Passport Please’ (February 2017) provides ample evidence that the requirement for private landlords to vet the immigration status of new tenants produces the racist and discriminatory effects that were predicted by many.

This branch therefore resolves that:

  • all private sector tenancies should be fully secure tenancies;
  • rent for such tenancies should be controlled with the ultimate aim of setting them area by area at a living rent, being no more than one third of the median of the income of renters;
  • proposed new rights for private tenants in respect of the condition of their homes should be backed up by proper provision of legal aid and advice; the requirement on landlords to check the immigration status of tenants (‘the right to rent’ legislation) should be abolished.

This branch mandates the Chair to forward this motion to the CLP and (if the CLP passes the motion) to request the CLP to send it to the NEC and the NPF.

This branch further strongly requests its delegates to vote for the motion when it is discussed by the CLP.

Proposed by: Goldsmid and Hove Park Branch

 

General Committee Meeting 29.06.17

A democratic selection process for the 21st century

Replace Chapter 5, Clause IV, section 5 and 6 with the following and renumber existing section 7 accordingly:

5.  If a CLP is represented in Parliament by a member of the PLP, that MP shall indicate, no later than 30 months after the last general election, or by an earlier specified date if the NEC believes that there is a significant prospect of an early general election, whether or not s/he wishes to stand for re-election.

6.  A.  If a sitting MP has not indicated by that date that s/he wishes to stand for re-election, if s/he has indicated s/he wishes to retire, or if there is no sitting Labour MP, the NEC shall agree a timetable for a selection process for that constituency, candidates shall be invited to express interest in the selection and a Shortlisting Committee shall be appointed in line with procedural guidance to be issued by the NEC.

B.  In line with that timetable, party units and affiliates may make nominations in accordance with NEC guidance, and in doing so may interview interested candidates or not as they see fit. Any decision to invite some of the interested candidates to interview by party units must be made at a meeting to which all members of that unit have been invited, in accordance with party rules and with an explanation of the decisions that will be made at it.

C.  After the closing date for nominations, the Shortlisting Committee shall present to all members of the CLP who are eligible to vote (in accordance with Clause I.1.A above) a shortlist of nominated candidates. That shortlist must reflect the requirements of the NEC to ensure that candidates are representative of our society in accordance with Clause I.E.i above, and be subject to the requirement that any candidate who has received nominations from party branches representing over half of the CLP membership, or from more than half the affiliates and party units other than branches shall be included, subject to meeting eligibility criteria.

7. A If a sitting MP has indicated by that date that s/he wishes to stand for re-election, the NEC shall agree a timetable for a selection process for that constituency, candidates shall be invited to express interest in the selection and a Shortlisting Committee shall be appointed in line with procedural guidance to be issued by the NEC.

B.  In line with that timetable, party units and affiliates may make a single nomination each in accordance with NEC guidance, and in doing so may interview interested candidates or not as they see fit. Any decision to shortlist some of the interested candidates for consideration by party units for nomination must be made at a meeting to which all members of that unit have been invited, in accordance with party rules and with an explanation of the decisions that will be made at it. Whether party units make nominations following interviews or based on candidates’ applications, the sitting MP must be considered alongside and on equal terms to other candidates. If party units choose not to invite other candidates, then the sitting MP shall not attend the nomination meeting.

C.  If the sitting MP receives both (i) nominations from party branches with a combined membership of more than two thirds of the CLP membership, and (ii) nominations submitted by more than two thirds of the affiliates and party units other than branches submitting nominations, then the sitting MP shall be automatically reselected.

D.  Where the sitting MP is not automatically reselected, the Shortlisting Committee shall present to all members of the CLP who are eligible to vote in accordance with Clause I.1.A above a shortlist of nominated candidates. That shortlist must reflect the requirements of the NEC to ensure that candidates are representative of our society in accordance with Clause I.E.i above, it must include the sitting MP and it must be subject to the requirement that any candidate who has received nominations either from party branches with a combined membership of more than one half of the CLP membership or from more than half of the affiliates and party units other than branches making nominations shall be included, subject to meeting eligibility criteria.

E.  If the said MP is not selected as the prospective parliamentary candidate s/he shall have the right of appeal to the NEC. The appeal can only be made on the grounds that the procedures laid down in the rules and the general provisions of the constitution, rules and standing orders have not been properly carried out. The NEC must receive the appeal by the date on which they consider endorsement of the parliamentary candidate for the constituency.

For comparison the existing rule reads:

Chapter 5 (Selections, rights and responsibilities of candidates for elected public office) Clause IV (Selection of Westminster parliamentary candidates)

4. The NEC may establish a national parliamentary panel of candidates in the selection procedure appended to these rules. Nominees do not have to be members of any national parliamentary panel to seek selection. Where a national panel is established by the NEC then candidates recommended by nationally affiliated organisations through their own procedures shall automatically be included on the national panel subject to agreement between the NEC and the affiliate that their procedures set similar criteria for accreditation.

5. If a CLP is represented in Parliament by a member of the PLP:

A.  If the sitting MP wishes to stand for re-election, a trigger ballot will be carried out through Party units and affiliates according to NEC guidelines. If the MP wins the trigger ballot he/ she will, subject to NEC endorsement, be selected as the CLP’s prospective parliamentary candidate.

B.  If the MP fails to win the trigger ballot, he/ she shall be eligible for nomination for selection as the prospective parliamentary candidate, and s/he shall be included in the shortlist of candidates from whom the selection shall be made.

C. If the said MP is not selected as the prospective parliamentary candidate s/he shall have the right of appeal to the NEC. The appeal can only be made on the grounds that the procedures laid down in the rules and the general provisions of the constitution, rules and standing orders have not been properly carried out. The appeal must be received by the NEC by the date on which they consider endorsement of the parliamentary candidate for the constituency.

D.  When there is a formal announcement of a royal proclamation to dissolve Parliament before the trigger ballot or the constituency selection meeting(s) have been held, the provisions of this clause (other than this paragraph) shall be suspended and the said MP shall be reselected as the prospective parliamentary candidate, subject to NEC endorsement.

E.  If the MP has intimated her or his intention to retire, the provisions of this clause shall not apply.

6.  In all circumstances (i.e. where there is no MP, where the MP has announced s/he is retiring or where the MP is putting themselves forward for re-selection but has failed to win the trigger ballot) the CLP Shortlisting Committee shall draw up a shortlist of interested candidates to present to all members of the CLP who are eligible to vote in accordance with Clause I.1.A above.

7.  The selection of candidates shall consist of a vote, by eliminating ballot, of all eligible individual members of the constituency on the basis of one member one vote.

Submitted by CLP Secretary as Rule Change motion to conference.

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