Labour Conference 2019 Day 2 – Delegate Report

Susan and Leon in the Conference Hall
Susan and Leon in the Conference Hall
Day 2 at the conference was a great day witnessing democracy in action, the playing out of the roles of CLP delegates, Unions and the NEC.  It was also a long day!
I realise now how hard it is to take notes, be involved in debates and votes and take time to feed ourselves!  I hope this is useful for now and we will collate a presentation for the GC in October to share with all.  In the meantime, if any of this is helpful for social media etc. then that’s great.
We had some heated challenges from the floor to the chair on voting processes. This morning we have been informed that new procedures will be employed to make the voting processes more transparent.
We heard from some fantastic speakers!
  • Angela Rayner
  • Jon Ashworth
  • Dianne Abbott
  • Richard Burgon
As you will have no doubt seen we voted to abolish private schools, reintroduce Surestart+, abolish tuition fees and encourage lifelong learning.  Scrapping of Ofsted and investing in our communities through education.
Jon Ashworth spoke of renationalising all aspects of the NHS and providing healthcare based on need and not profit, providing 27 million more GP appts, restoring the accountability, of the Secretary of State for Health; and repealing the Health and Social Care Act 2012.
Diane spoke of repealing the 2014 Immigration Act, supporting the EU 3 million in the UK, closing detention centres and holding independent public inquiries into historical injustices.  The main message here was removing the Tory hostile environment and tackling the causes of crime.
A motion from Women’s Conference to support pregnant migrant women provided influential contributions from the floor and was passed unanimously by Conference.
Richard Burgon, Shadow Secretary of State for Justice, promised in the first 100 days of a Labour Govt to reverser all Tory cuts to legal aid.  The main message here was justice for all and included:
  • Community Lawyer Initiative – Govt funding training progs for lawyers to serve their community
  • Labour Govt looks at how to give every citizen a constitutional right to justice
  • Prison Officers – reverse tory cuts and restore numbers to 2010 levels
  • focus on rehabilitation, reduce reoffending
  • legislate to end short sentences of less than 6months for non-violent and nonsexual offences
  • Probation system fully returned to the public sector
  • Morally wrong to incarcerate human beings for profit
  • Labour brings all PFI prisons back in the house
  • Fully IND review of how our justice system is handling rape
  • Justice should be a right, not a privilege
We spent the evening in our compositing meeting re: Brexit.  Again a real eye-opener for democracy and the strong opinions within the party.  We were lucky enough to have Kier Starmer join us for the compositing.
Approximately 80% of the room was in favour of remain being the party position on Brexit.  This was however not unanimous, and there were also other areas of contention including having to revoke Article 50 to prevent No Deal.
The result of the compositing was two motions to be sent to the Conference floor; one with remain as a party stand (and with revoke removed) and the other a more neutral stance. The vote will be held later today.  We will let you know how we get on!
There is so much energy and unity at Conference!  And our debates are kind, considerate, passionate and rich.
Thanks all
Susan and Leon

Our Delegates meets some of the stars from the Labour front benches!

  • Emily Thornberry
  • Angela Rayner
  • Keir Starmer
  • Jon Ashworth
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