The Manchester Declaration sets our the core themes and values of the Labour Democratic Network.
Labour Democratic Network (LDN) will work inside the Labour Party with like-minded organisations, pressure groups and individuals in support of the Leader to build a national mass membership Party committed to and living the principles of democracy, community engagement, transparency and ethics as set out in the Party’s constitution.
The Labour Party is a democratic socialist party. It believes that by the strength of our common endeavour we achieve more than we achieve alone, so as to create for each of us the means to realise our true potential and for all of us a community in which power, wealth and opportunity are in the hands of the many not the few; where the rights we enjoy reflect the duties we owe and where we live together freely, in a spirit of solidarity, tolerance and respect. (Clause IV.1).
LDN is open to all Labour members and party and affiliated organisations.
Our Core Themes
- A Healthy and Dynamic Party
- An Inclusive Party where everyone is welcome, living our values and representative of our communities
- A Campaigning Party rooted in our communities and making a difference
- A Democratic Party with open, informed policy debate — a partnership of equals
Our Values A Democratic Party
Where the principle of one member, one vote is embedded with open selections and internal elections, and democratic policy making. This has to be supported with total integrity of the membership base, appropriate arrangements for affiliated members and the strict neutrality of all paid officers in selections and internal elections. Individual members supported by a member’s charter guaranteeing their rights.
A Transparent Party
Open submissions to all Policy consultations electronically accessible by all members and a clear audit trail in all policy development. Right to move and vote on amendments to policy at conference. Online publication of all party accounts for relevant members/affiliates.
A Representative Party Rooted in Our Communities
A mass membership party with more accessible membership rates organised in effective Branches that identify with and are rooted in local communities enabling members to grow and contribute. As far as possible, candidates for public and party office should reflect the diversity of the community and should always be motivated by our values, wanting to make a difference and championing local people – never for financial or personal gain.
An Active and Dynamic Party
A national party with no no-go areas organised through Branch Labour Parties that are inclusive and welcoming, reaching out and campaigning with communities based on our values of equality and justice, involved in policy debate and development and active in elections supported by their CLPs and paid party officers.
Daniel Mann, Manchester Central
Barrie Wood, Torbay
Ryan Picton, Neath
Jonny Morris, Plymouth Moor View
Robin Lewis, Brecon and Radnorshire
Dr David Simones Jones, Hall Green CLP/ UNITE THE UNION 0803
Adam Colclough, Stoke-on-Trent Central
Tom Kirkham, Bolsover
Alex Butler, Nottingham East
Jon Lansman, Bethnal Green and Bow
Alex Grant, Greenwich and Woolwich
Duncan Bowie, Dulwich and West Norwood
Roy Preston, Greenwich & Woolwich
Kevin Matthews, Sefton Central
Lucy Anderson, Holborn and St Pancras
Teresa Merrison, Southend West
Duncan Hall, Skipton and Ripon
Julian Ware-Lane, Southend West
Gareth Phillips, Bridgend CLP
Darren Williams, Cardiff West
Uta Clay, Gower, moving on 1.8.2011 to Swansea East
Grahame Morris, Easington
Dominic Curran, Vauxhall
Paul Smith, Bristol East
David Gardner, Greenwich and Woolwich CLP
Tom Miller, Brent Central
Tom Scholes-Fogg, Blackley and Broughton
Sabbie Rawana, Uxbridge & South Ruislip
Norrette Moore, Uxbridge and South Ruslip
John Garvani, Pudsey
Gaye Johnston, Hyndburn
Miles Weaver, Birmingham Ladywood
Andy Howell, Birmingham Hall Green
Peter Kenyon, Cities of London and Westminster