5 events not to miss at Labour conference

Doug Cowan, Head of Digital

Posted on the 9th September 2021

Support is growing across the Labour movement for reform of Westminster’s creaking electoral system. 83% of Labour members support PR according to the latest polling, and over 250 CLPs have already passed local policy in favour of electoral reform.

The Mirror reported that “conference organisers are being flooded with motions for Labour to reject a first-past-the-post electoral system in favour of proportional representation” with one senior source saying: “I think the motion will go through and I wouldn’t be surprised if you saw PR in the Labour Party manifesto at the next general election”.

As part of the wave of support, electoral reform campaigners have created a busy schedule of events at this year’s Labour Party conference in Brighton this month. Most events are open to the public, so drop in if you can.

Second Best? – Does Labour need to work with other parties to win power?

Tue Sep 28, 1:00 – 2:30pm
Join the Electoral Reform Society and the Fabians to discuss if Labour needs to work with other parties to win power. Featuring the ERS’ Dr Jess GarlandProfessor Sir John Curtice, Politics for the Many’s Nancy Platts and Clive Lewis MP. Find out more →

Democratising the British State – The Foundation of a Good Society

Mon Sep 27 1:30 – 2:30pm
How can the British state be democratised? Presented by Politics for the Many and Open Labour featuring Clive Lewis MPSam Tarry MPChristine Berry (Editor of The New Foundations), the ERS’ Dr Jessica Garland and Open Labour’s Tessa Milligan. Find out more →

Why First Past The Post doesn’t add up for Labour

Sat Sep 25, 7:30 – 9pm
Hosted by Labour for a New Democracy, featuring Politics for the Many’s Nancy PlattsProfessor Rob Ford (University of Manchester), Debbie Abrahams MPAlex Sobel MPOlivia Blake MP, Paul Sweeney MSP. Find out more →

The #Labour4PR Rally

Sun Sep 26, 6:15 – 7:30pm
Join Labour for a New Democracy’s Labour4PR Rally, speakers include Stephen Kinnock MPAna Oppenheim (Momentum), Pauline McCarthy (BFAWU), Kira Lewis (Young Labour), Jonathan Reynolds MP, Cllr Shaista AzizJohn McDonnell MPCllr Eva MurrayAmen Tesfay (Open Labour), Seb DanceClive Lewis MP and many more! Find out more →

Where next for Labour and PR?

Mon Sep 27, 7:30 – 9pm
Hosted by Labour for a New Democracy, featuring Zoe Williams (Guardian columnist), Sandy Martin (Labour Campaign for Electoral Reform), Tessa Milligan (Open Labour), Laura Parker (Labour for a New Democracy) and Professor Jeremy Gilbert (University of East London). Find out more →

In a Trade Union?

Politics for the Many, the trade union campaign for political reform backed by the ERS, is hosting an online event that anyone can attend on 13th September at 5:30 pm – as part of the Trades Union Congress.

Has FPTP worked for Workers? [Online]

Mon Sep 13, 5:30 – 6:30 PM Featuring Chair of Politics for the Many, PCS’ Lynn HendersonSam Tarry MPJulie Ward (former MEP), Cllr James BecklesJulian Vaughan (ASLEF member and former PPC), Pauline McCarthy (BFAWU and Labour NEC) and Caroline Osborne (Labour for a New Democracy and Unite member). Find out more and reserve your place today →

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