Labour meetings reopen

Submitted by AWL on 22 July, 2020 - 8:05
Labour meeting

A new “coronavirus guidance” from the Labour Party (15 July) says that “CLP [Constituency Labour Party] ordinary meetings and branch meetings may now be conducted online”.

Beyond online social get-togethers, educational talks, and so on, such meetings had previously been banned since March. That deprived ordinary members of the right to call leaders, MPs, and councillors to account, to debate out policies, and to make decisions on campaigning. The guidance still says “physical meetings remain prohibited”, though since 4 July the government rule has been that meetings of up to 30 are OK with covid-distancing.

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