To Warwick today in my role as one of the North East CLP representatives to Labour's National Policy Forum.
We have a gruelling three days of policy debate and resolution ahead of us as we frame the proposals which will form the backbone of Labour's General Election manifesto.
As an NPF rep, I've been busy prioritising the amendments which have come from North East CLPs to the various policy documents. My approach has been to ensure that all CLPs which have submitted amendments have had at least some of their points make it through to the final agenda.
Also, where there's been clear support for a particular policy direction - for example on council housing, then again I've ensured that theses amendments have gone through, regardless of any personal views of my own.
We had over 500 amendments in the North East alone, which we had to fillet down to 150 to 180. Now at the Forum itself, we will be considering 2,200 amendments from CLPs, affiliates and Socialist societies.
I guess this will be the event where my belief in party democracy will either be destroyed or entirely vindicated. I'll keep you all updated...
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