Red Federalism: A radical solution

Join us at the Scottish Labour Party conference in Perth at our fringe meeting on Red Federalism: a radical solution. Hosted by UNISON Labour Link Scotland.

Our comrades at the Red Paper will be launching their latest paper on federalism at this event.

Saturday 25 February 2017, Royal George Hotel, starting at 12:30pm.


Neil Findlay MSP and Lesley Brennan.

After the Referendum – What should Labour do?


After the Referendum – What should Labour Do?

STUC, 333 Woodlands Road, Glasgow

Saturday 25th October 2014



This conference is for members of the Labour Party.

10.00   Welcome from Elaine Smith MSP, Depute Presiding Office Scottish Parliament and Convenor of the Campaign for Socialism (CfS) and Neil Findlay MSP, Shadow spokesperson on Health, leading discussion on the consequences of the Referendum decision.

10.45   Break

11.00   Industrial and community policies (based on STULP document)  –  a short introduction  from Jackson Cullinane (Political Officer Unite) and then group work.

The manifesto is available here:

12.00   Local Democracy – policies and powers. Councillor Gordon Munro (Edinburgh) will provide a short introduction and then there will be group sessions led by Councillors Matt Kerr (Glasgow) Angela Moohan (West Lothian) and Kenny Selbie (Fife)*

13.00   Short lunch break

13.30   What powers and what democratic structure do we need to deliver a winning agenda – introduced by Richard Leonard (Political Officer GMB) and Dave Watson (Head of Bargaining and Campaigns, Unison)

14.15   Concluding session with group feedback and agreeing a working committee to take the ideas forward – Pauline Bryan CfS

15.00   Fraternal greetings John McDonnell MP


*Not all of the invited councillors have responded yet

The Citizen, the Journal of the Campaign for Socialism, will be available at the event.

Conference Fringe report

Revitalise Scottish Labour’s fringe meeting at Scottish Labour Party conference was as popular as ever, with literally, not even standing room only.

Dave Watson went over recent organisational changes (see conference bulletin) and discussion focussed on CLP organisation and campaign forums. While there was a concern about the loss of branches, it was also recognised that flexibility for CLPs to design their own structures is an important principle and we need to give the new structures time to settle down. The breaking of the accountability link with local government was a widespread concern. Campaign Forums have a role, but they are not an adequate replacement for Local Government Committees.

There was a lot of debate about candidate selection. There was recognition that a lot of the dafter ideas in the Review of Labour in Scotland were stopped. But still concerns over dual running, professionalisation of candidates and how the gender balance rules will apply. The procedures should also be presented to conference as required by the rules.

At last summer’s Revitalise conference, activists placed equal weight on winning the battle of ideas. This baton has been taken up by the Red Paper Collective. While the focus is on constitutional change, this debate is also generating ideas that can be fed into the next policy process.

Neil Findlay MSP covered several of these in his contribution. We need to place equality at the heart of our next manifesto together with full employment and common ownership. Scotland already has the powers to take action on procurement, regulation, and decentralising powers to democratically accountable local government. Subsidiarity should be the principle.

Contributions from the floor covered many of these areas. Wales was presented as a model of how radical can also be successful, together with positive messages around housing and the creation of interesting jobs. We must also be bold on challenging austerity economics as people are looking for political leadership. As one comrade put it “When people say we must do more with less – wave the Rich List at them.”

Scottish Labour Party Conference Fringe

Revitalise Scottish Labour’s ever popular Scottish Labour Party fringe meeting will be held on Saturday 20 April 2013 at the Palace Hotel, Inverness starting at 12:30pm.

This year we are joining together with our comrades at the Red Paper Collective to discuss a socialist approach to constitutional change.

Chair: Pauline Bryan

Speakers: Neil Findlay MSP and Dave Watson


Sponsored by UNISON Labour Link Scotland