They are starting to twitch with excitement at the prospect of a bloodbath at the Labour Conference in three weeks' time. Bob Piper mentions it and Luke Young reckons there will be a motion put to the conference obliging the NEC to start a leadership contest if Blair doesn't do the decent thing and announce his departure plans. He posts the text of the resolution which on first reading could spell real trouble for Blair - not as much as Inspector John Yates, perhaps, who may also come-a-knocking over the next few weeks.
Dave's Part Blog [admittedly he's a Trot, and has common cuase with me in this matter!] is keen to whip up some trouble and points out how the NEC will be forced to put the resolution to a vote.
For it to be taken, Labour Party members need to mandate their delegates to vote for it in the priorities ballot on Sunday 24 September. Failing that, STLP is appealing to individuals with Labour Party office to endorse the resolution in a personal capacity. OK, OK. I’m not a Labour Party member. And if I was, I would find it hard to back any resolution that commends that bastard Blair on his 'achievements'. But forget quibbles about the exact phraseology. The underlying message is clear. Here’s the resolution anyway. If you are in a position to push it forward, you should certainly do so.
Conference notes the call by the First Minister of the Labour Welsh
Assembly Government on 10 August 2006 for clarity over the leadership of the
Labour British government well before the Welsh, Scottish and local government
elections in May 2007.Conference notes with concern mounting electoral losses
and public controversy about the direction of both domestic and foreign
policy.Moreover, Conference notes growing public concern and interest in a new
constitutional settlement to ensure that future British Prime Ministers and
their governments are held accountable to Parliament and the
electorate.Conference commends the achievements of its Party Leader since his
election in 1994, and subsequently as Prime Minister through Labour’s three
successive British General election victories in 1997, 2001 and 2005.Conference
notes the Prime Minister’s previous statement that he will not fight the next
General Election as Party Leader or Prime Minister. Conference now believes that
the next Labour Prime Minister needs as much time as possible in office before
the next General Election, if Labour is to secure a fourth term.Conference,
therefore, calls on the NEC to use its powers under Clause VIII 3 (h)* to table
a resolution at Conference for debate and ballot on Wednesday 27 September under
Rule 4B. 2d (ii) to enable delegates to decide on a card vote whether or not
there should be a Leadership contest before the 2007 Annual Conference.
The campaign seems to be fronted by an organisation I have never heard of called SAVE THE LABOUR PARTY. Now I'm by no means an expert on the Labour Party conference rules, but let's hope this is the beginning of some sort of mutiny. At least it will make for an interesting September!