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CLPs, Trade Unions and Affiliated organisations are invited to send delegates and visitors to the Special Conference 2014, which will be held at ExCeL London on Saturday, 1 March 2014. 

The NEC announced this Special Conference to debate and decide on the reforms that Ed Miliband has called for to make Labour more deeply rooted in the lives of working people and their communities. The Collins Interim Report, launched in September and sent out to local parties and affiliates for consultation, sets out the principles of reform to be debated and decided next March, including:

• Develop a new relationship between the Labour Party and individual members of our affiliate organisations.

• Standardise constituency development plans.

• Use primaries to engage a wider public in Labour’s selection of candidates including that for London Mayor.

• Ensure fairness and transparency in Labour’s selections. 

The consultation period closed on 24 December 2013.  Delegates will be sent the final report in advance of the March conference.  

To view the Collins Review into Labour Party Reform, please click here.

Entitlement to attend

Please note that under the rules of the Labour Party this Conference is convened on the same basis as the preceding Annual Conference.

If you sent delegate/s to the 2013 Annual Conference in Brighton the same delegates will be entitled to attend the Special Conference. If any delegate is unable to attend the Special Conference you may appoint a substitute – subject to any gender requirements. If you did not appoint delegates to the Annual Conference or did not appoint your full delegation you may now appoint new delegates for the Special Conference. 

Important Information about Special Conference: 

Doors will open at 10.00am on Saturday, 1 March 2014 with the main session of Conference due to start at 11.00am.

Change of delegate: After the closing date for the appointment of delegates, in the event that your elected delegate cannot attend Special Conference, you can apply to the Conference Arrangements Committee (CAC) for permission to send an alternative delegate. Please contact Margaret Lynch, Assistant Secretary of the CAC (margaret_lynch@labour.org.uk) explaining the circumstances preventing your elected delegate from attending.

Delegates with disabilities: Applicants with disabilities should indicate this in the space provided on the form so that any appropriate arrangements can be made.

Despatch of CLP Delegate credentials: The anticipated despatch date for CLP Delegate credentials is week commencing 17 February 2014

Closing dates for the receipt of Special Conference forms will be strictly adhered to, so please bear the following dates in mind when arranging meetings to make nominations, choose delegates etc:

  • Closing date for delegate applications: 17 January 2014
  • Closing date for member visitor applications: 7 February 2014

Getting there
ExCeL Londonis easily accessible by plane, train, tube and even cycling. To find out the best route for your transport method, please click here.

Association of Labour Councillors Conference 2014
Please note that Special Conference will conclude prior to the start of the ALC Conference which is being held in the same venue.  If you plan to attend ALC Conference you must complete a separate registration.  Application forms and further information about ALC Conference can be found at www.labour.org.uk/local-government-conference-2014

If you have any queries about CLP delegate applications, would like paper application forms, or have any general conference queries, please contact Conference Services on 0845 092 3311 or conferenceservices@labour.org.uk

I look forward to welcoming delegates to this historic event.

Iain McNicol
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