Welsh Labour Democracy Review | Stage Two

  • The Special Conference in September settled the question of the voting method in elections for the Leader and Deputy Leader of Welsh Labour. Following that Conference we relaunched the wider review with a new consultation document which was circulated to party units and affiliates. You may well have had a chance to join in a discussion at your branch, CLP or affiliated organisation meeting since then.

    We are now offering you this opportunity to give you own views directly, in addition to any contributions you may make at meetings. You can respond to as many or as few of the following questions as you like and the format is deliberately as flexible as possible so that you can express your views fully and creatively.

    We are seeking views, new ideas and examples of best practice from all parts of Wales – and hope you will want to be part of the process.
  • How should Welsh Labour Affiliation Fees be structured?

    Should there be any changes to the composition of the Welsh Executive Committee?

    Could the Welsh Labour Rules and Standing Orders be made more readily understandable by members?

  • How could the procedures for the election of Welsh Labour Leader and Deputy Leader be improved (bearing in mind that the method of voting has now been resolved)?

    On what basis should CLPs be organised (especially if the boundary review is implemented for parliamentary elections resulting in different constituencies for Parliament and the Assembly)?

    How can we improve selection processes for Welsh Labour candidates, and improve the diversity of candidates?

    What form should Youth organisation take?

    How can we strengthen links between the Party and the trade unions locally and at an all-Wales level?

    How can we develop the Party’s relationship with our Socialist Societies, Friends Groups and other similar groups as well as our sister party, the Co-operative Party?

    How should we improve the way we work at all levels of the party to increase the involvement and participation of our members in all facets of the Party?

    How do we recruit and retain more members?

  • How should the Welsh Policy Forum and the Welsh policy process develop?

    What should be the role of Welsh Labour Conference? And how do we best ensure debate of policy statements and motions?

  • How do we develop the relationship between party members and Labour in Local Government?

    How can we take forward the ideas on the role and rules for Local Campaign Forums developed in the consultation conducted earlier this year?

    How do we recognise and make the most of the contribution councillors at all levels make to the life of the party?

  • How can local parties better reflect the local community?

    What should be the role of Women’s Conference within Welsh Labour?

    How do we increase involvement from women at all levels of the party?

    How do we increase the representation and involvement of people from Black, Asian and ethnic minority backgrounds at all levels of the Party?

    How do we increase LGBT+ representation in the Party?

    How do we make it easier for people with disabilities to be involved in the Party? And how do we increase the representation of people with disabilities in the party?

  • This is designed to be an open conversation about how best to improve party life in Wales. So the questions above are not exhaustive or prescriptive and we will welcome all responses.

    While the review is specifically focussed on issues devolved to Welsh Labour under party rules, we will pass on any ideas requiring UK changes to the UK party. And of course many practical ideas and examples of best practice which can be adopted in local parties will not need rules changes at all. So tell us what you think….

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