This posting represents Bob’s personal opinion
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At our last meeting in June 2018, the group decided NOT to support the motion for conference .My personal view of why many people are unhappy to support a motion that appears innocuous enough is that the system for proposing delegates to conference this year has been utilised to gain support for this motion with scant interest of members. The greatest threat and major concern for people living in Europe is the way the government are performing regarding our right to stay and live/work. It isn’t the way our MPs are either retained or elected by the party. We don’t even have our own MP representing emigrants.
The person going to conference from France is a member of my branch. In spite of attempts to contact him, he has ignored our requests. Given this fact, he would not have been elected to go to conference by my branch. He was proposed by people living in other countries. The question this raises is, how do his supporters understand his intentions? It is becoming apparent that a faction within Labour International are using our current regulations to ensure their motion succeeds. This may be legal but it certainly is not ethical. We need to propose a motion to the LICC to change and prevent this sort of manoeuvring.