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The Labour Party Constitution forms the first chapter of the Labour Party Rule Book, specifying the objects and aims, and the most important governance provisions of the Labour Party in the United Kingdom. The chapter is named Constitutional rules, and is divided into ten sections named Clause I to Clause X.

Clause IV is the most well known Aims and values clause, which was significantly changed in 1995 after Tony Blair became leader of the Labour Party.


The clauses of the Constitutional rules are:

  • Clause I: Name and objects
  • Clause II: Party structure and affiliated organisations
  • Clause III: The party's financial scheme
  • Clause IV: Aims and values
  • Clause V: Party programme
  • Clause VI: Labour Party Conference
  • Clause VII: Party officers and statutory officers
  • Clause VIII: The National Executive Committee
  • Clause IX: The National Constitutional Committee
  • Clause X: Scope of rules

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