The National Policy Forum (NPF) is a key part of Labour’s policy-making process. The role of the NPF is to provide a mechanism by which members, individually or collectively, can participate in the process of establishing the policy direction of a future Labour government.
We hope that the next Labour government will be elected in 2020, or possibly even sooner, and the process for agreeing the contents of that Government’s manifesto is well under way.
At the 2016 Annual Conference, Jeremy Corbyn formally laid the foundation for the development of our policy agenda, setting out what Labour stands in the following ten pledges:
- Full Employment
- A Secure Homes Guarantee
- Security at Work
- A Secure NHS and Social Care
- A National Education Service
- Action To Secure our Environment
- Put the Public Back into Our Economy
- Cut Inequality in Income and Wealth
- Action To Secure an Equal Society
- Peace and Justice at the Heart of Foreign Policy
This foundation now needs to be built on to form a policy programme that will deliver those pledges. And this is where we need Labour Party members to get involved.
In November 2016, a meeting of the National Policy Forum representatives from all sections of the Party met in Loughborough to consider the initial priorities for each policy area. These priorities will be refined at policy commission meetings early in 2017. Once this is done a policy discussion document will be drafted and sent out to all party units. These documents will also be published on the new Policy Forum website www.policyforum.labour.org.uk.
We hope that you will look out for the draft documents and will contribute to the development of those priorities, or even suggest other policy matters that you think should be a priority for Labour. You can do this in a number of ways:
- You can submit your views as an individual members,
- You can take part in policy discussions with your party unit, the outcome of which can be submitted by an appointed officer as a collective contribution,
- And you can take part in a local or regional Policy forum where you discuss your views with members from a wider area.
Whichever way you choose to participate, your submissions will be reviewed by your representatives who will feed them in to the final policy documents that are presented to the Annual Conference for endorsement.
In the South East region seven NPF representatives have been elected to make sure that party members and party unions in our region are able to participate as fully as possible in the process, and to ensure the views of our region are heard. These representatives will keep you informed about the discussions that take place at policy commission meetings. They are also available to help interested party units to organise and facilitate local policy discussions. We have representatives in every part of the region who are willing to provide support and advice, so please feel free to get in touch using the contact details given below.
Bev Clack: firstname.lastname@example.org
Karen Constantine: Karen@karenconstantine.co.uk
Fiona Dent: email@example.com;
Simeon Elliott: firstname.lastname@example.org
Carol Hayton: email@example.com
Joyce Still: firstname.lastname@example.org