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Labour Party Conference
For the Labour Party Conference
I beg to move the following resolution

"This Conference agrees to re-write Clause 4 of the Party Constitution so that it reads: “ The Labour Party is a democratic socialist party founded to represent working people. 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 free from exploitation 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.”

I would like to add my voice in support to the resolution moved by Calvin Ward. I am proud to be a member of a party founded to represent and emancipate working people at a time when their voices were not heard. It's one of the principal things that drive me in politics: to speak for those who have no voice and help those that have no helper. We are the proud heirs of a broader Labour movement that has always stood up for the many against the structures that benefitted the few. And yet, over our past, we have often struggled to define our aims in such a way that they transcend time and place and express the essential democratic and socialist values that bind our movement together with the aspirations of people up and down the country, the people we represent. We saw it in the debates of the latter half of this century now drawing to an end, in our party as well as in the country-at-large: what vision binds us a party? What transformation do we wish to see in society?

With the Policy Review for the 1990s and its Democratic Socialist Aims and Values, we have started on the way to a new consciousness of who we are as a party. The fact that we stand for freedom, true freedom, freedom from oppression, positive freedom to fully realise ourselves. It is this fundamental fight for dignity, for freedom and for community. While the Conservative Party have always been content to reinforce the aspirations of the happy few, we have been the voice of the many. Because we believe that society can and must be better. Because we believe that when each person gets what they need to realise their true potential, we are all better off. Because we believe that power, wealth and opportunity are now unevenly distributed among the few where they belong in the hands of the many who are made powerless and voiceless by this very distribution.

This is the essence of democratic socialism. To build upon the good we hold in common in our present society a new society where all men live in dignity and brotherhood. In each era we are called to address its indignities, its inequalities and its illiberties, to combat them and to remedy them. The inequalities we face today are different from those we faced in previous eras - but democratic socialism retains its aim: to build that vision of a better society. I believe that it is time for Clause IV to reflect those timeless, clear and simple values that we take to the country and have taken to the country whenever we faced the electorate to win them to our cause, and that is why I fully support our leader.

Friends, we will be singing later that "we shall not cease from mental fight, nor shall our swords rest in our hand, 'til we have built Jerusalem in England's green and pleasant land." I was raised in that green and pleasant land by a man who passionately believed in that Jerusalem, the Kingdom of God where all men would live in peace, dignity, without fear or want or violence. It's a utopic vision. And yet, my father also taught me this: that it is up to man to do what he can to build that Jerusalem. For me, that is what our movement is about. Realising the vision we all have of a world where men live in peace, liberty, equality and fraternity, and turn the present iniquities of power, wealth and opportunity around for the better. It is this vision that we as a party - no, we as a Labour Movement, unions, PLP and CLPs - have in common. For the many, not the few. I will be voting in favour, and I call upon you all, my friends, to do the same. Thank you.
Emily Greenwood MP | Labour MP for Workington (1992-present)
Shadow SoS for Education and Employment, Health and Social Security (1994-present)
Nathon Cowley Environmental Speech

Hello comrades,

We all know that there is a hole in the Ozone layer, and action needs to be taken now. This issue affects everyone and by taking even small steps you can also protect the Earth. To protect the planet a Labour government would make every government departments go green. From travel to recycling to not wasting paper, just little things we can all do but as well we will take bigger steps.

A Labour government would also encourage biking and more environmentally friendly and health ways of transport instead of more environmentally harmful ways of travel by securing safe biking infrastructure such as cycle lanes and junctions to ensure that less Carbon emissions are released into the atmosphere. In big cities such as London, Cardiff, Liverpool and Glasgow the air is polluted and if you go there you can tell. Just getting a bike or even walking to work could help the environment, these are small things everyone could do. There are also many health benefits for your lungs for breathing in cleaner air and the added exercise by cycling or walking.

Another topic I take issue with is the disgusting hunting of animals such as foxes and other mammals with dogs. This brutal source of entertainment for some is concerning and a Labour government would tackle the issue head on and protect the animals of the country from this horrid source of enjoyment and enforce animal rights and protections.

So I’m very proud to announce the policy that I see as vital for animal rights. Labour would put an end to the cruel, vile and barbaric hunting of wild mammals with dogs. This is seen as sport by some but I, and the Party, say that it’s time to put this to an end an protect the wild mammals of the United Kingdom from this savage ‘sport’ and ‘entertainment.’

Labour is the only party that can be trusted to protect the environment which is currently ‘not a big deal’ for many but we must protect the environment for the future generations today so that there is a tomorrow. Labour will also protect the animals of the country so that our children, and their children and so on will get to see all the wonderful wild life that we have today and protect the ecosystems in the UK.
Nathon Cowley
Labour MP for Liverpool West Derby (1992-)
Labour Chief Whip (1995-)
Shadow Secretary of State for Energy and the Environment (1995-)
Hello Comrades, unfortunately, you have to listen to me speak again, so let’s get it over with


Let’s talk about mental health, something that I do not believe is done enough. People don’t seem to see mental health as a priority. Did you know that 1 in 4 people in the UK will experience a mental health problem. And yet people don’t seem to care about it. My Dad suffered from Depression when I was younger and I have suffered with Social Anxiety so I know how important your mental health is. A lot of people don’t understand mental health and I can understand that a lot of people won’t understand what it is like dealing with mental health issues but to dismiss it as unimportant is outrageous and just shows how broken society is towards this issue.

Another fact, half of people who suffer with mental health difficulties experience symptoms by the time they are 14 but children’s mental health is dismissed as well. Suffering from mental health can lead to more problems such as alcohol abuse and drug abuse as well as much more. This can lead to higher unemployment and more people relying on benefits to live. If we invest into help people with mental health issues it can help everyone and will change lives. It will make it better for employers as more people would be joining the work force and people would be able to lead happier, healthier lives and take strain of our NHS by dealing with these issues in an earlier stage.

So I’m now glad to announce a royal commission into mental health, how mental health is dealt with in the NHS and how we can do better to help people suffering from mental health issues if we win the next election. This must become a priority as much as physical health and more must be done to help people with mental health issues.

Another issue I would like to bring to attention is child poverty in the UK. In 1968, 1.4 million children where living in poverty. 1 in 10 children, that seems like to many already to me. That figure has now shot up to around 4.3 million in 1995! That is 1 in every 3 children! That is too many children living in poverty in the United Kingdom. Yet this issue isn’t even on the radar of the British government. Do the Tories care about the less fortunate in society, or just their billionaire friends?

A Labour government will help the children most in need by offering free child care and free school meals as well as free or discounted after school clubs and free summer clubs and discounted educational school trips for low income families so that children of all situations at home get the best chance a start in life and build a great future.

A Labour government would take Britain in to the 21st century as a nation that is tackling the real issues that effect you, your friend and family and building a strong nation that will work for all.
Nathon Cowley
Labour MP for Liverpool West Derby (1992-)
Labour Chief Whip (1995-)
Shadow Secretary of State for Energy and the Environment (1995-)

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