Over the past month, over a thousand members across the party have put forward ideas for a Borough Conference of Haringey Labour members taking place tomorrow (Sunday 4 Feb).
Over 300 Labour members will attend the Haringey Labour Manifesto Conference, an all-day event that marks an innovative approach in engaging with our much increased membership and listening to members' views as part of the preparations for Labour's manifesto for the local council elections in May.
Members will discuss and debate ideas forwarded by Haringey Labour’s 19 local ward branches, forums representing young members, women and BAME members, affiliated trade unions and affiliates and socialist societies such as the Co-Op and the Socialist Education Association.
Chair of the Haringey Labour Campaign Forum (LCF), the body that is co-ordinating members' input to the manifesto, Russell Dove says, "We have a very large membership, over 7,000 members throughout the borough. We want to use their expertise and experience of living in Haringey to feed into a manifesto that reflects local needs and aspirations. It's part of the bottom up rather than top down politics Labour is trying to create both locally and nationally.
Members will vote on policy proposals they believe should go forward to the next stage of the process for consideration."
The Manifesto Working Group consisting of four Labour councillors will then draw up Labour's local election manifesto in detail having reviewed these and other submissions. Further discussions will follow at an away-day involving all Labour councillors and the recently selected candidates.
The manifesto will be finally approved by the Labour Group in March.