Tuesday, 9 June 2009
Last night attention centered on the weekly meeting of the PLP. This is held every Monday when Parliament is sitting, at 6pm. All members of the Parliamentary Labour Party are entitled to attend - the PLP includes all MPs and Peers who take the Labour Whip. Sometimes the 'whip' is withdrawn from a particular member as a disciplinary measure. The meeting is usually addressed by a senior Minister (if Labour is in Government - otherwise a senior party leader). It is chaired by the Chair of the PLP, who is elected by the members of the PLP. The current chair is Tony Lloyd.
Sometimes these meetings can suffer from low attendance. This was not the case yesterday! As can often happen, Labour Peers had to leave as a vote was called in the House of Lords. Today's papers include a number of reports about the meeting.