1. Motion: In Defence of the NEC Anti-Semitism Code of Conduct
Following a lively and lengthy debate, by 11:4, North Cornwall CLP passed the following motion provided by the Jewish Voice for Labour:
JVL – Model motion
This CLP welcomes the NEC Code of Conduct on Antisemitism as giving clearer and stronger guidance than previous codes and definitions on what antisemitism is and what it is not.
We note that the NEC code
- states emphatically: “Labour is an anti-racist party. Antisemitism is racism. It is unacceptable in our Party and in wider society. “
- fully incorporates the 38-word International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance definition of antisemitism and clarifies the controversial aspects of guidance notes attached to it
- emphasises the vital distinction between
i) antisemitism, properly understood as hostility or hatred directed at Jews; and
ii) legitimate criticism of the state of Israel or the ideology of Zionism
- confirms that opinion about Israel, Palestine and Zionism may be judged to be racist where there is evidence of antisemitic intent. This is consistent with the MacPherson recommendations in the Stephen Lawrence inquiry.
- commits to protecting freedom of expression, including contentious opinions, as guaranteed by Article 10 of the Human Rights Act 1998. This includes opinions about Israel and its policies, and about political strategies seeking to influence them.
This CLP therefore calls on the NEC to:
- resist pressure to replace the Code of Conduct with the whole of the original IHRA document;
- include a broader range of Jewish opinion in any further consultations; and
- mobilise to fight the alarming rise of racism of all kinds in the UK and abroad.
2. Proposal “Disability Labour and the Representation of Disabled People”
The meeting unanimously approved:
Proposal for Disability Labour and the Representation of Disabled People:
Objectives of Disability Labour
● To remove all obstacles preventing disabled party members from fully participating in the
political life of the party.
● To develop policy proposals that empower disabled people throughout society.
● To challenge prejudice, lack of understanding, and negligence shown towards disabled
members in the party.
● Membership of Disability Labour should be automatic for all party members who are
● Existing registration fees for Disability Labour should be scrapped, and replaced by
funding financed out of the membership fees of all party members.
● The Labour Party staff should provide the Disability Labour Executive with regular
updated information about its membership, so that the Executive can contact new
● The Executive of Disability Labour should be elected by a One Member One Vote ballot
of disabled party members.
● Disability Labour shall explore the formation of additional subgroups and networks of
mutual support and solidarity between people with particular impairments, including
autism spectrum disorder, mental health conditions, deafness, visual impairments,
physical disabilities, and acquired brain injury.
CLP Access and Representation
● Guidance notes for CLPs produced by Disability Equalities Act Labour should be
required reading for all party officers.
● All CLP and Branch meetings, social events, and fundraisers must be held in fully
accessible venues with accessible toilets.
● Arrangements must be made for members with disabilities to take part in all CLP
meetings, including Executive and branch meetings, remotely.
● Microphones & amplifiers must be used at all meetings to ensure audibility, and regional
officers must make efforts to ensure CLPs are supported to provide these.
● Regional parties should make arrangements to ensure that CLPs can hire T loops for
disabled members if requested.
CLP Executive and Disability Officers
● CLPs should be required to establish Disability Forums when there is demand from
● Disability Officers must be Executive positions with full voting rights, and they be
consulted on all venues for CLP activities. If there are no disabled members willing to
run for the position, disabled members should be represented by an Officer representing
one of the other liberation groups (LGBT, women, BAME, etc.), or if that is not possible
then an Equalities Officer representing all of them.
● Disability Officers should have a physical disability (including hidden disabilities) in order
to be eligible to stand.
● Disability Officers may appoint an assistant, in consultation with disabled members, to
support LP members who have mental health conditions.
● All Disability Officers must have direct access to the membership data of disabled party
members in their CLP.
● All Disability Officers must be contactable by phone, email, text and any other accessible
● Disability Officers shall be trained and supported by party staff to provide Equalities Act
and inclusivity training to other CLP officers. Such training will contain practical advice
on including disabled members in face to face campaigning.
● Disability Officers shall organise regular CLP Disability Caucus meetings.
● The cost of the venue for Disability Caucus meetings shall be covered by the CLP, not
disabled members themselves.
● Branches should be encouraged to have Disability Officers where there is demand from
● Signers, Personal Assistants, etc who are not LP members can attend CLP and Branch
meetings, if they sign a non-disclosure document. All assistance dogs should be
● Local Campaign Forums must not exclude any candidate from selection, solely on the
grounds of being unable to undertake door-knocking in the same way as non-disabled
candidates. The same should apply to parliamentary selections.
● Each Region shall have a Disability Officer (this can be a job share between 2 people) to
support CLP Disability Officers, who should be elected by CLP Disability Officers.