Hit or Miss? Ed Miliband's proposed rewrite of the Labour Party constitution

Ed Miliband is to propose rewriting the Labour Party's constitution to put the principles of community organising at its heart.

Making his point: Ed Miliband
Making his point: Ed Miliband

The Labour leader will put his controversial proposals to the party conference in Liverpool in three weeks. If successful, it would be the first redrafting of the party's constitution in 17 years since Tony Blair famously scrapped clause IV, which had committed Labour to a programme of mass nationalisation.

HOW I SEE IT

JON MCLEOD, CORPORATE COMMS AND PUBLIC AFFAIRS CHAIRMAN, WEBER SHANDWICK

On the face of it, a party that exists first and foremost to promote values in society rather than the election of its candidates is attractive.

Ed Miliband's proposed rewrite of the Labour constitution is in tune with the ongoing search for an answer to the moral and social crises perceived to have erupted post-riots.

But as a piece of political communication in 2011, having to heave the change through the party conference salt mines smacks of old Labour and does not make Miliband look in control.

The change is a nice idea, but should have been among the first words he uttered upon his surprise election as leader. Waiting for the say-so of union barons at a 1970s-style conference in, of all places, Liverpool, just reminds us all too much of Labour's old baggage

MISS

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