Labour staff intervene to block Green New Deal motion from being debated at conference 

A response from Momentum

The right-dominated Conference Arrangements Committee has just voted to block Labour for a Green New Deal’s motion, backed by Momentum members through our Policy Primary, from being debated at conference on the recommendation of party staff. 

Labour for a Green New Deal have called a demonstration for the first day of conference in response, outside the conference centre at 1.30pm on Saturday 25th September. 

The motion, titled ‘Green Jobs Revolution’, argued that  Labour should promote a just, green recovery combining efforts to address unemployment, climate change, and public health.

During the 2019 Labour Leadership campaign, Keir Starmer pledged to “hardwire the Green New Deal into everything we do”

21 CLPs endorsed the motion, and sent it for a debate at conference. 

*A statement from Momentum in response to the Labour Party blocking the Green New Deal*

One of the legacies of the last decade has been the emergence of a global movement, led by younger generations, to force politicians to take climate change seriously. We saw the energy of that movement in 2019, when the overwhelming majority of Labour Party members and affiliated trade unions voted for a Green New Deal. This is an issue that unites almost all Labour members and wider society.

So the decision today by the Conference Arrangements Committee to rule the Green New Deal motion out of order because it covers more than one subject is a disgraceful rejection of our responsibility to each other, to younger generations and to the rest of the world. Tackling climate change requires systematic transformation, and our policies in this area cannot be siloed into isolated, ineffective parts.

There can be no doubt this was a stitch-up to keep progressive policy off the agenda. While the right had a majority at today’s meeting of the Committee, the recommendation to remove the Green New Deal motion came directly from Labour Party staff. Responsibility lies with David Evans and with Keir Starmer, who pledged in his leadership election campaign to put the Green New Deal at the heart of everything we do.

It is now well known in the Labour Party that the pledges Starmer stood on are worthless, and it will soon be known to an entire generation of people who are looking to political leaders to stand up and take action against climate change. Without the support of these people, Labour will never again get into Government.

This is a reminder to those who believe you can have progresive policy without democracy, and that relying on the word of a Party leadership proven incapable of keeping it is a realistic strategy for delivering transformational change. It is not.

Real change requires a movement capable of confidently asserting its voice; working in partnership with politicians when they are willing, and holding them to account when they are not. Now is the time to make Starmer and Evans accountable. This is what the Labour Party Conference is for.

So join us in demanding a Green New Deal be put back on the agenda for Labour Party Conference, and join us in defending party democracy against the wave anti-democratic rule changes set to go to this year’s Conference – so we can have our voices heard, and we can use them to argue for those that don’t have a voice.

Gaya Sriskanthan & Andrew Scattergood

Here’s what you can do right now:

1️⃣ Click here to use Labour for a Green New Deal’s lobbying tool to email the party and demand the decision is reversed. 

2️⃣ Mobilise your comrades to the demonstration outside conference on at 1:30pm on Saturday 25th of September. If our appeal is not granted, then it is absolutely crucial that our movement makes its presence felt. We need a huge crowd. This is the time to get stuck in 

3️⃣ Share the lobbying tool and the demonstration on social media and amongst your WhatsApp groups. You can also share the co-chairs statement on Twitter here. 

Image: IMG_7356-no-planet-B-climate-emergency, by John Englart (Takver), marked with a CC BY-SA 2.0 license.

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