Model motions

We provide here model motions about restoring Clause 4 that can be moved in Labour Party and trade union meetings. If you have any questions about moving motions, please contact us at contact@labour4clause4.com. Also get in touch with reports of any successes in moving motions.

This year’s Labour Party conference is taking place from 21-25th September in Brighton. All CLPs will be entitled to send one motion to conference. This can either be on policy or a rule change. Meetings will be taking place across the country in the coming months to decide what motions to submit.

We call on our supporters to use the model rule change motion below and help us to bring back Clause IV.

Rule change motion for Labour Party conference:
Restore the original Clause IV

Labour Party Rule Book 2018 – Chapter 1, “Constitutional Rules”, Clause IV, Aims and Values – reads:

“1. The Labour Party is a democratic socialist Party. 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 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.

“2. To these ends we work for:

“A. A DYNAMIC ECONOMY, serving the public interest, in which the enterprise of the market and the rigour of competition are joined with the forces of partnership and co-operation to produce the wealth the nation needs and the opportunity for all to work and prosper with a thriving private sector and high-quality public services where those undertakings essential to the common good are either owned by the public or accountable to them.”

Amendment:

DELETE point 2 and 2A. REPLACE with:

“2. To these ends we work:

“A. To secure for the workers by hand or by brain the full fruits of their industry and the most equitable distribution thereof that may be possible upon the basis of the common ownership of the means of production, distribution and exchange, and the best obtainable system of popular administration and control of each industry or service.”

Supporting argument

The collapse of Carillion and British Steel once again demonstrates the bankruptcy of capitalism and privatisation. We should take control of the economy by taking over the ‘commanding heights’. The old Clause IV was a clear commitment to the socialist transformation of society. It is time we brought this back.


Motion for Labour Party branches and CLPs

This branch/CLP notes the statement by John McDonnell at the 2018 Labour Party conference that “Clause 4 is as relevant today as it was in 1918”.

The tragedy of Grenfell and the collapse of Carillion are further examples that capitalism is a system based on greed and the maximisation of profit.

The scandal of privatisation has been widely exposed as a massive swindle. It has meant the plundering of public assets for basement prices. Parasitic companies have only pushed up prices and fleeced the public.

Public anger has been reflected in increasing support for nationalisation and public ownership. Massive majorities are in favour of taking back the railways, gas, water, electricity, and Royal Mail into public hands. Polls indicate that 50% are in favour of nationalising the banks.

This branch/CLP therefore believes that Clause 4, abolished by Tony Blair in 1995, should be restored to its proper place in the Constitution of the Labour Party.

Furthermore, this meeting resolves to give its full support to the Constitutional Amendment submitted by CLPs for debate at the 2019 Labour Party Conference to bring back Clause 4.

Motion for trade unions branches and conferences

This branch/conference notes the statement by John McDonnell at the 2018 Labour Party conference that “Clause 4 is as relevant today as it was in 1918”.

The tragedy of Grenfell and the collapse of Carillion are further examples that capitalism is a system based on greed and the maximisation of profit.

The scandal of privatisation has been widely exposed as a massive swindle. It has meant the plundering of public assets for basement prices. Parasitic companies have only pushed up prices and fleeced the public.

Public anger has been reflected in increasing support for nationalisation and public ownership. Massive majorities are in favour of taking back the railways, gas, water, electricity, and Royal Mail into public hands. Polls indicate that 50% are in favour of nationalising the banks.

This branch/conference therefore believes that Clause 4, abolished by Tony Blair in 1995, should be restored to its proper place in the Constitution of the Labour Party.

Furthermore, this meeting calls upon our union to give its full support to the Constitutional Amendment submitted by local Labour parties for debate at the 2019 Labour Party Conference to bring back Clause 4.