Model motions

We provide here model motions about 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 Also get in touch with reports of any successes in moving motions.

We call on our supporters to use the model motion below to help us ensure that any review into a new Clause 4 is led, discussed, and agreed upon by members, and by an appointed committee.

Model motion: For a members-led Clause 4 review

This CLP welcomes the promise made by the NEC at the 2019 Labour Party conference to conduct a review into a new wording for Clause 4, which outlines our party’s aims and values.

This CLP notes that the constitutional amendment debated at the last Labour conference – to restore the original Clause 4 wording – received 62% support from CLP delegates. This demonstrates the strong desire that exists amongst rank-and-file Labour members for our party to commit to the principles of common ownership.

This CLP believes that the new Clause 4 review must be membership-led, involving a proper democratic debate throughout the party.

We note that the decision to scrap the original Clause 4 in 1995 was done on the basis of a very limited discussion. Members were presented with a fait accompli, and were provided with no opportunity to vote on any amendments. We cannot allow this situation to be repeated.

We therefore demand that the new Clause 4 review include the following conditions:

  1. Any review working group to include grassroots representation from those CLPs that proposed the Clause 4 constitutional amendments at the last conference.
  2. All CLPs and affiliated organisations to be provided with the opportunity to amend any draft proposals for a new Clause 4 wording emerging from the working group.
  3. Labour conference 2020 to vote and make the final decision on a new Clause 4.