constitution

As agreed by the LLA launch conference on February 22 2020. You can download the constitution in PDF format here.

1) Aims

The Labour Left Alliance was set up in July 2019 to bring together groups and individuals on the Labour Left in order to build a democratic, principled and effective alliance that: 

  • organises democratically and transparently;
  • both supports a left leadership against attacks by the right, and is independent and able to criticise our left wing leaders when necessary;
  • opposes racism, anti-Semitism, Islamophobia and all other forms of discrimination and is consistently internationalist, a stance which by definition includes support for the democratic and national rights of the Palestinians;
  • campaigns for the free movement of people;
  • opposes attempts to conflate anti-Zionism with antisemitism and opposes the witch-hunt against the left;
  • campaigns to radically transform and democratise the Labour Party and the trade unions;
  • campaigns for open selection so that the Parliamentary Labour Party better reflects the views of the vast majority of members;
  • campaigns for a disciplinary process in the Labour Party which is wholly based on natural justice and due process;
  • supports and encourages struggles against austerity and all forms of oppression.

2) Structures

2.1. We encourage all those not already involved in local Labour Left groups to become active in one or help set one up. Our aim is to organise every single supporter in an active local or regional Labour Left group.

2.2. We expect all individual LLA supporters to be members of the Labour Party, and organisations to be politically oriented towards the Labour Party and actively engage with it. Other political parties and their members/supporters are not eligible to become signatories to the LLA.

2.3. We welcome, on all levels of the organisation, those who have been unfairly or unjustly suspended or expelled from the Labour Party.

2.4 Individual supporters are requested to pay a minimum subscription to help secure the funding of LLA. Affiliation fees for individuals and groups to be set by the organising group.

2.5 Decisions on all levels are made by consensus where possible and by simple majority where necessary (not counting abstentions). Decisions should be reached as quickly as possible, allowing the discussion to be as thorough as possible. 

2.6 LLA branches and affiliated groups are encouraged to communicate and form any collaborative ventures they wish.

2.7 We welcome national, regional and local groups, unions and individuals to become signatories of our appeal.

3) Organising group and steering group

3.1 The Organising Group is made up of representatives from all the affiliated groups. The affiliated groups can change their representative/s at any time.

3.2 The organising group meets at least quarterly. Meetings should be scheduled well in advance (at least one month). It publishes agendas, minutes, reports and financial overviews and may set up working groups. It discusses all motions and requests made by at least 10 LLA signatories.

3.3 The OG elects annually a Steering Committee of a size of its own determination. The SC includes officers who are accountable to the OG. As a minimum, the following officers shall work together as the SC:

  • Secretary
  • Chair
  • national organizer
  • treasurer
  • social media and website coordinator.

Additional officers that may be included as the organisation grows, to be determined by the OG:

  • Vice-Chair (or two co-chairs)
  • Assistant Secretary
  • Campaigns Officer
  • Trade Union Organiser
  • Membership and Affiliations secretary
  • Media and Communications Officer
  • Information Officer

3.4 Where an officer position cannot be filled, the OG may co-opt a supporter of the LLA to the steering committee – they will have speaking, but no voting rights.

3.5 The steering committee produces regular minutes and work reports for the OG.

If there is a serious disagreement on the SC, the issue should be brought to the OG to be resolved.

3.6 The SC is in ‘permanent session’ and will discuss motions or proposals that have been submitted by any affiliate or a suitable number of individual supporters. Should the movers disagree with the decision by the SC, they can submit their proposals to the Organising Group, which will have to discuss it at the earliest opportunity.

4) Conference and its composition

4.1 Conference takes place at least annually. A special conference will be held at the request of a number individual supporters or affiliated groups or branches (to be decided by the OG).

4.2 Conference decides on political strategy, campaigning priorities, structures and the constitution.

4.3 The OG decides on a number and ratio of delegates, including those from affiliated organisations.

4.4 The OG decides on a method to allow the full participation of individual members who cannot attend meetings of any affiliated groups.

4.5 The OG establishes a Conference Arrangements Committee for the purposes of deciding speakers and the agenda and publishes detailed guidelines and timetables for motions and amendments.

4.6 All decisions are made by a simple majority of those voting.