Don’t abolish the National Policy Forum – transform it

    Labour’s National Policy Forum may be flawed, but it needs to be reformed, not abolished, argues HUGO RADICE.

    At its meeting on 17 July the Labour Party’s National Executive Committee’s discussion of the party’s ongoing democracy review appears to have favoured the abolition of its National Policy Forum (see reports of hte meeting by Sienna Rodgers, Luke Akehurst and Ann Black). While all are agreed that the NPF has been a pretty ineffective and opaque body, I think it would be a grave mistake to abolish it.


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The ILP archives at the London School of Economics is regarded as a “key heritage collection” by the library’s politics ...

featuredimage Between the Wars

The period between the two world wars was one of the most turbulent in political and socialist history. The events ...


Shadow Foreign Secretary to Give Hopper Memorial Lecture

Two of Labour’s leading women shadow ministers will take centre stage at the second Dave Hopper Memorial Lecture on the eve of the Durham Miners’ Gala in what will be a fitting climax to Education 4 Action’s week-long fringe programme called ‘Politics, Pits and Protest’.


ILP Lessons for Labour at Chartist AGM

A session on lessons for Labour from the inter-war ILP will be at the heart of Chartist’s Annual General Meeting in London on Saturday 7 July.


Transforming Labour’s National Policy Forum

Labour policy-making needs to be more open and democratic, argues HUGO RADICE. And party members need to be fully involved. Could an online College of Labour provide the answer?


ILP@125: Reflections on the ILP’s History

The ILP celebrates its 125th anniversary this week. BARRY WINTER marks the organisation’s brithday with a brief survey of its history and consideration of the lessons it can pass on to today’s left.