A lot has been said about the return of the Newham branch back to normal as opposed to regional control and I think that on balance it is right and correct for members of the branch to manage their affairs in a democratic way, I celebrate the return of Newham with all the real democrats in Unison.
I don't however agree that branches have the right to declare their own rules and follow their own paths if that is against national policies. The region or national should perhaps put a lot of effort and energy into ensuring that the branch in question understands what conference decisions and policy are before sending in for regional supervision, but I do not accept that the ultimate responsibility is not with national or regional. We have national positions and branches must comply. One way to ensure that we are more democratic is to introduce the one member one vote system for annual elections at branch level.