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.

For Labour Party branches and CLPs

This branch/CLP notes that this year marks the centenary of the adoption of Clause 4 by the Labour Party.

The old Clause 4 pledged to “secure for the workers by hand or by brain the full fruits of their industry” based upon “the common ownership of the means of production, distribution and exchange”.

This was Labour’s original commitment to put an end to capitalism and bring about the socialist transformation of society.

This branch/CLP notes that Clause 4 was removed by Tony Blair when he established New Labour. Under Blair, the party leadership championed the disastrous policies of PFI and privatisation.

With the demise of New Labour and the discrediting of privatisation, support for nationalisation has risen sharply. In opinion polls, over 80% support the renationalisation of the utilities and railways. 50% even agree that we need to take over the banks.

The Labour Party has been transformed under Jeremy Corbyn’s leadership. This branch/CLP therefore believes it is high time to bring back real socialist policies, as embodied in Clause 4.

This branch/CLP calls for the restoration of Clause 4 as part of Labour’s constitution at the earliest opportunity.

For trade unions branches and conferences

This branch/conference notes that this year marks the centenary of the adoption of Clause 4 by the Labour Party.

The old Clause 4 pledged to “secure for the workers by hand or by brain the full fruits of their industry” based upon “the common ownership of the means of production, distribution and exchange”.

This was Labour’s original commitment to put an end to capitalism and bring about the socialist transformation of society.

This branch/conference notes that Clause 4 was removed by Tony Blair when he established New Labour. Under Blair, the party leadership championed the disastrous policies of PFI and privatisation.

With the demise of New Labour and the discrediting of privatisation, support for nationalisation has risen sharply. In opinion polls, over 80% support the renationalisation of the utilities and railways. 50% even agree that we need to take over the banks.

The Labour Party has been transformed under Jeremy Corbyn’s leadership. This branch/conference therefore believes it is high time to bring back real socialist policies, as embodied in Clause 4.

This branch/conference calls upon the union to campaign within the Labour Party at all levels for the restoration of Clause 4 as part of Labour’s constitution at the earliest opportunity.