Reading & District Labour Party, All Members Meeting: Thursday 29 June @ 8.00pm Council Chamber, Civic Offices, Bridge St, Reading RG1 2LU
The election is over, but the push for a socialist government continues. Next Thursday is a very important Reading and District Labour Party (RDLP) All Members Meeting (AMM). At the meeting, a vote will decide who to send from Reading and District as delegates to the Labour Party Conference in September. It’s vital we send socialist, Corbyn-friendly delegates to support the amendments to Labour Party democracy which will be voted on at the Conference. You can read more about the Momentum National campaign for Labour Organising here.
Momentum Reading is calling on all its members to attend the meeting and support Louise Hill and Suzie Ferguson as RDLP delegates to conference. The RDLP Secretary has already indicated that there will be a contested election for both delegate positions so it’s absoltely vital that as many of us as possible make it along to the meeting.
I joined the Labour party shortly after Jeremy Corbyn’s election in 2015 and last year helped set up Reading Momentum, serving on the steering group since then. I was enthused to join the party and take an active role in helping to deliver the progressive future now so well defined in the 2017 Labour GE manifesto. I strongly believe that this was a major contributing factor to our election successes along with the hard work and dedication of the Labour membership. We, the members, are now vindicated in our support of Corbyn and his policies but we need to ensure that some important changes happen within our organization to prevent the future undermining of the democratically elected leader and the clear will of the membership. If selected as Reading West’s delegate to conference I will support the rule changes proposed by Momentum and the Campaign for Labour Party Democracy which are intended to increase CLP, BAME and youth representation on the NEC and revise the processes for electing the general secretary and selection processes.
I joined the Labour Party the day after the 2015 general election and have been a member of Momentum since the day it was launched because I felt strongly that I wanted to do something positive in the next five years of Tory rule. In the two years since then, I have been proud to be part of an organisation that has achieved so much more than anyone thought we would. But now we need to capitalise on our success, and make sure that Jeremy Corbyn’s project for the Labour Party isn’t just a phase. This is why the amendments for Conference to re-democratise the Party are so crucial, and why I intend to support them if elected as conference delegate for Reading East.
Please attend the AMM on Thursday and support these conference delegates.