We know you must be hard at work campaigning for a Labour victory. It’s inspiring to see thousands of people up and down the country fighting to put Corbyn in No. 10.
But looking slightly beyond Dec 12, it’s still important that we get organised within the party – whether we win or lose. As such, here’s a friendly reminder that the Labour Transformed inaugural meeting will be taking place on Dec 14. Please take a second out from campaigning to take a look at the meeting agenda (featured below).
Also, we are asking attendees to fill out this brief survey in order to help us further focus the meeting on the 14. Please fill it out, it only takes 30 seconds.
The outcome of the general election will in no doubt inform the conversation at our meeting. However, Labour Transformed’s inaugural meeting was called in response to a series of pressing concerns that, regardless of the outcome of the election, will still need to be addressed; namely how can socialists coordinate effectively, both in and outside of the Labour Party? While there will obviously be space to discuss the outcomes of the election and its consequences, our priority for the day will be laying the groundwork for a democratic, open and participatory socialist organisation.
10.00 Morning presentation. 10 mins
A pre-history of Labour Transformed. Where does it come from, what does it seek to answer?
10.20 Session 1- Where are we?
We recognise that our embryonic ‘tendency’ inside the Labour Party has been created and shaped by organisations like TWT and media platforms like Novara. However, we recognise that this may not be the history of everyone in attendance at this meeting. This session will seek to map what strengths are held within this broad tendency – both within and external of the Labour Party. We will be asking the following:
- Since 2015, what have we done well, and where could we have done better?
- What is worthwhile activity for socialists in the Labour Party today a) within the party; b) outside it?
- What are the important areas where we need to clarify our politics? Where might important disagreements be?
11.50 [Coffee Break]
12.00 Session 2 – What do we need to do?
Building on the outcomes of session 1, this session will aim to assess how, as an organisation, we can capitalise on our strengths and address the weaknesses of the movement – e.g. do we need to set up a rank and file trade union group? Etc.
We will ask:
- What working groups do we need?
- What should our initial organisational priorities, campaigns and strategies be?
13.30 [Light Lunch to be provided]
14.00 Session 3 – Establishing working groups
In this session we will establish working groups for each identified area for activity laid out at the end of the previous session. Each working group must decide and then write down 5 – 10 clear aims and organisational principles, in line with our foundational principles document. At the end of this session these groups will report back to the main meeting for further input and clarifying questions.
Activity for session:
- Establish how the group will coordinate and how often it will meet.
- Each working group to establish a key identifiable contact.
- Provide a brief feedback on how these working groups will be democratically coordinated.
- Provide brief feedback from each working group, outlining their key aims and proposed activity for the wider meeting.
15.30 Session 4 – Establishing our organisation
Having identified our campaign priorities and established working groups to address these, this section of the day will discuss how these forms of activity relate to one another and how these can then be coordinated into a coherent political project.
- What structures and administrative tasks need to be established to create this organisation?
- What does it mean to be a member?
- How will our organisational activities relate to each other?
- Will our organisation be organised by sector or by region?
- How will we be democratically accountable to one another?
- How often will we meet?
- How will political debate and disagreement be conducted?
- How will we coordinate an online presence?
- Establish date and venue for next meeting.
While we are certain we will not have time to address and resolve all of these organisational questions, we provide these prompts in order to help structure conversations and our collective priorities moving forward.
18.30 Social event at a local pub.