The Manchester Declaration, 11th June 2011

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.

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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
Sioned-Mair Richards, 
Miles Weaver, Birmingham Ladywood
Caroline Esterson, 
Andy Howell, Birmingham Hall Green
Peter Kenyon, Cities of London and Westminster

15 Responses to “The Manchester Declaration, 11th June 2011”

  1. [...] The Labour Democratic Network was formed against this backdrop of discussion and debate, to work towards the creation of a truly modern and democratic Party. Our themes are values were launched by our Steering Committee in June 2011 and can be read here in The Manchester Declaration. [...]

  2. Robert says:

    Labour died many many years ago, as for new we had a new labour party for the last thirteen years, nothing left of the Labour movementy between Kinnock and people like Purnell Huttoin Field, Hain not a lot left.

  3. David S j says:

    I feel that it is very important , that our elected representatives are from the community, working in the community & from ordinary working people. At the moment many are from the political elite we tend to collect them,-script writers & parliamentary errand people who cannot connect well with ordinary folk.

    When I first joined this party most Labour party activists were union members,who were active in both their union branch ( where they got their training ), and their Labour Party branch, where they took community issues( both local, regional, national & international ) for debate to enable new policy to be born. In my community then, to be a Labour Party member & activist meant something special. In those days potential members were told you can help change Labour Party policy just by attending your local branch, people joined just to do that.

    GMC ( General Management Committee) ran constituency parties. Anyone could be a member of their GMC simply by attending their local branch & asking to get further involved . This was where PPC’s (Prospective Parliamentary Candidates), were selected, and policy started to be formed. People felt then, they had the power change things, because power was given to ordinary members.I still ask myself what was wrong with that system.
    An idea from a community activist which started at a local branch then journeyed its way through the system to be developed into policy at conference. The member who had surrendered their idea, would be given a copy of the election manifesto,the member would then show their friends & relatives how their idea had become policy, and being so proud to do so.
    We fought General Elections using this system. Isn’t this another abandoned system,of the Labour Party’s that has been picked up & used ?… this time across the ocean by Barack Obama…

    If we really want to connect with ordinary folk that old system that used to be used is the way to do it now. This is how a dream of Labour activists in the 19th Century became a reality in the 20th century, we must not let that special place our movement has,with working people as its voice and a force for progressive change die….or else the Labour Party will take so much longer to pick itself back up.

  4. Peter Kenyon says:

    Now that the 2012 London and English. Welsh and Scottish local elections, plus a smattering of Mayorals, both referendums and elections are over, it’s time to take stock.

    There appears to be a consensus that despite better than expected results Labour has more to do. LDN’s question remains what sort of party does Labour aspire to be. ‘We’ set our stall nearly a year ago in the Manchester Declaration above, it has not changed. Is the Labour Party ready to commit to mass membership?

    You decide.

    Peter Kenyon
    secretary, LDN

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