Labour Party

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Labour Party - Old Labour

Old Labour

  • social equality is state responsibility, inequality is a capitalist problem
  • Managed economy with progressive taxation
  • cradle to grave welfare support for citizens
  • ideological social justice
  • working class support with nationalised industry
  • traditional constitution
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Labour Party - New Labour

New Labour

  • equality of opportunity - individualism in outcome
  • free market economics + privatisation to generate prosperity
  • welfare to work
  • pragmatic social inclusion
  • constitutional reform
  • increased spending on education - 50% university education
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Labour Party - policy formulation

  • traditionally made at conferences
  • from 1997 two year policy cycle adopted
  • National policy forum appointed policy commission who's proposals are put before NEC before conference
  • gives leaders more power
  • avoids suprises where in 1983 party voted to adopt nuclear disarmament during cold war.
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Labour Party - leadership elections

  • electoral college - 1/3 PLP, 1/3 TU's, 1/3 members
  • candidates must be nominated by 12.5% of MP's if there is a vacancy or 20% if it is a challenge
  • if no candidate receives majority, bottom candidate dropped and votes redistributed
  • 2010 - Ed Miliband won due to Trade union vote
  • massively disproportionate say for members compared to affiliates
  • OMOV - one member one vote
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Labour Party - candidate selection

  • must get name on executivecommittee list which is forwarded to constituencies who draw up shortlist
  • constituency members choose from this list
  • All female shortlists - Pamela Nash pushed into candidacy even though local party didnt want her - caused party executives to resign
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