At the final, full meeting of the National Policy Forum in this policy cycle, representatives from across the Labour movement agreed a serious, credible and ambitious policy programme that will lay the groundwork for the party’s general election manifesto.
The meeting took place over three days in Nottingham, with representatives of Constituency Labour Parties and affiliated trade unions, councillors, MPs, peers, representatives of equalities groups, the Co-operative Party, Scottish and Welsh Labour and the Shadow Cabinet considering the shape of Labour’s policy agenda ahead of the next election.
The forum overwhelmingly endorsed Keir Starmer’s five missions for government and their foundation in economic stability as embodied in the party’s fiscal rules. The NPF, chaired by Anneliese Dodds MP, agreed in its final report a policy agenda that will support those aims and build a better Britain.
Over the past three and a half years, the NPF conducted 28 formal policy consultations and received over 5,000 contributions from party members, affiliated trade unions and socialist societies, and a wide range of external stakeholders including businesses, charities, think tanks, academics and civil society. The party’s Policy Development team would like to thank everyone who participated in the NPF process over that time.
The NPF’s final report, reflecting the agreements reached over the course of the Nottingham weekend, will now be sent to Annual Conference 2023 for a vote. Once approved by Conference, the report informs the party programme, from which the election manifesto is drawn.