NATIONAL PLAN OF PARTY DEVELOPMENTCategory: Politics
A mass movement of sufficient power to party, and to reverse the whole direction of government policy, and to drive it to tackle the crisis is a new left direction. How to develop this was the main question that faced our Congress. (The 34th Congress of the Communist Party of Great Britain took place in November, 1975.)
The purpose of this report is to propose the National Plan of Party Development, which as Gordon (Gordon McLennan, General Secretary of the Communist Party of Great Britain.) said in November “through consultation and discussion with all party districts” would “become the centre of all our work to the next party Congress”.
What is being put forward here is a framework of development and not a detailed programme.
We need to reach a situation where for our branches our electoral activity should, be part of our electoral consistent fight on the social problems of the people. A major theme of the Congress was the need for a new determination in this task. This means:
working to achieve extensive and well prepared contests in the next round of local elections;
parliamentary candidates and constituencies by the May EC in keeping with our overall strategy, resources and criteria, and then ensuring consistent work around our candidates;
ensuring that Constituency Committees are set up and functioning wherever they are appropriate;
considering a new pamphlet arguing both the why and the how of election work;
organizing a national conference of our Parliamentary candidates and agents to discuss how they can spearhead our work;
(Comment, January, 1976)