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This is the speech Mr Corbyn was going to give last week, but chose to delay due to the terrorist attacks in Paris on November 13.

The plan to democratise decision-making will be welcomed by rank-and-file members of the Labour Party, who have felt for too long that their voices were being lost.

The Blairites are going to hate it with a passion, though. They have spent years centralising power, precisely to keep the riff-raff out.

It makes you wonder who’s side they’ve been on.

Jeremy Corbyn will announce that he is giving more decision-making powers to registered party supporters and introducing online ballots for members on policy, as part of a “democratic revolution” within the Labour party.

He has also ordered a review of the powers and structure of the Labour national executive, currently dominated by the left, in a move seen by his internal critics as an attempt to strengthen its policy making powers. The plans give the first indication of how Corbyn hopes to expand democracy within the party.

In a wide-ranging speech on Saturday covering the economy and foreign policy, Corbyn will say the reforms “are not designed to settle political scores or fight sectarian battles”. He will say in a speech to the Labour south west region: “It’s about being open to the people we seek to represent; giving them a voice through our organisation and policy-making, and drawing members into political action.

“Why not give members the chance to take part in indicative online ballots on policy in between annual conferences – and give our grassroots members and supporters a real say?”

Source: Jeremy Corbyn to give greater decision-making powers to Labour grassroots | Politics | The Guardian

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