IDOOP's conference proposals
Copies of the motions which IDOOP will attempt to put to the upcoming Special Conference have been made available.
Concessions? Not sure if serious....
In Defence of Party Unity
Motion on the role of Comrade X
Motion on the Dispute Committee
In Defence of Party Unity
Comrades on all sides of the
debate over the crisis in the party share one common aim - to
defend the best interests of the SWP. Disagreements over
internal questions of this nature are not differences in perspective
or a break from the ideas of Leninism. That they have been
treated as such is a major cause of the crisis gripping the party.
The culture of debate was a central part of the democracy commission.
The SWP must be capable of accepting, discussing and overcoming
matters of political difference if we are to operate as an effective
revolutionary organisation. These questions are best resolved through
debate and argument rather than disciplinary measures.
Special conference notes:
Many comrades feel they have been
marginalised because they have expressed concerns over the CC's
handling of the disputes case and its aftermath. In a number of
districts, and the party office, trusted comrades have been removed
from roles as a result of opinions expressed internally over this
In particular our student comrades
have experienced a fractious relationship with the CC since
conference. The central committee has rapidly changed perspectives
agreed at conference. Our leading comrade in NUS was barred at short
notice from re-standing for the executive. While the CC has
the right to change perspectives and remove candidates, it is highly
unusual for this to be done without proper discussion or a serious
attempt to win comrades to the new perspective. The CC's actions
appear to be driven by internal considerations relating to positions
students have taken on the dispute. This has involved a number
of false arguments about the problem of autonomism, feminism and the
failure of students to take an"ideological turn" which has
angered students proud of their record in fighting for our politics
It would be a disaster for the SWP
if comrades were to continue to feel disenfranchised from party work
as a result of positions taken over this question. We need to draw a
line under the matter so the party as a whole can continue to discuss
the broader questions raised by the crisis in a constructive way.
Special conference resolves:
That, as stated in the CC motion
to the special conference, there needs to be an on-going discussion
through the appropriate party structures, events and publications.
Whether comrades were supporters of the CC statement or the faction
should have no bearing on their role in that discussion.
- That the report from the
democracy commission provides the basis for the party to move
forward and reassert a genuine culture of debate and discussion.
- That the CC takes a lead in
organising to overcome rifts that have opened up between comrades in
some districts/branches over this issue and take practical steps to
ensure no one feels marginalised.
- That the CC take steps to show
student comrades that they are considered an integral and valued
part of our party. This should include facilitating a proper period
of discussion about student perspectives.
- That there should be no attempt
to reorganise national, district or branch responsibilities in
response to comrades positions on the dispute and its aftermath
if we are to maintain unity in our work locally and nationally.
on role of comrade X
We are for the unity of the party and believe it is vital that the special conference provides the opportunity for a swift, political resolution to the current crisis so that we can move forward with maximum clarity and minimum loss of members. We accept the decisions of conference and are not seeking to have them overturned.
- The outcome of conference was to confirm the disputes committee report. Conference did not clarify the role of Comrade X.
- This lack of clarity remains a divisive issue and a potential flashpoint. This is not a matter of guilt or innocence. The question of whether it is appropriate for X to continue to represent the party in its united front work is a matter of political judgement. Such judgements are frequently made regarding comrades' roles and have nothing to do with disciplinary action.
Special conference resolves:
1.That Comrade X stands down from any paid or representative roles in the party or united front work for the foreseeable future.
on the Dispute Committee
Dealing with allegations of sexual misconduct is often very
difficult, but the party must strive to address both the political
questions they raise, and also to learn from the experience to
improve, where possible, the procedures for handling such complaints
in the future. Taking these actions constitutes an appropriate
political response to the concerns raised.
Concerns relating to the composition of the disputes committee and
potential or perceived conflicts of interest the line of questioning
pursued with the two women involved in the case what approach the DC
should take when a serious criminal charge such as rape is involved
and how the DC addresses political questions of conduct when
complaints of a sexual nature are involved.
To elect a commission to look into all aspects of disputes committee
procedures regarding cases of sexual misconduct.
That this commission should consists of 6 members elected at
conference and one CC nominee, and one DC nominee.
That such a commission should have the powers to co-opt up to three
comrades with appropriate professional expertise.
That this commission will take written and verbal submissions from
comrades interested in contributing to the process.
That this commission shall present its recommendations in the first
IB of the next pre-conference period, to be voted on at the January
2014 annual conference.