At our meeting at 7-8pm on Thursday 9th November at Totton and Eling Community Centre we can nominate up to three candidates to represent Constituency Labour Parties on Labour’s National Executive Committee. Below are the candidates’ statements we have received so far. Each candidate needs 5 CLPs to nominate them in order to get on the ballot to be elected by all members. We look forward to seeing you at this meeting where all members can vote on who to nominate!
UNITY OF PURPOSE
For too long members of this party have been underrepresented in our decision making structures. Since I joined the NEC in 2010 I have been calling for members to have greater representation on the NEC and I am pleased that conference this year agreed. The NEC has a key role to play in keeping the Party honest – representatives who will support our leader and challenge the status quo to make sure we are match fit for the next election, whenever that may be. Your best friends are not those who turn up when times are good but disappear when things get difficult. They are not those who simply agree with every word you say just to stay in your good books. They are not those who watch you
make mistakes without the courage to tell you where you are going wrong. Your best friends are those who support you through thick and thin, in good times and bad, and who will be honest with you so they can help you to be better. That’s why I have stuck with Labour, as an active campaigner who has held positions at every level of the Party, for 22 years. That’s why I stood up, at the age of 18 years of age at my first annual conference, told Tony Blair, he was wrong on education reform and moved the motion against tuition fees. That’s why, as an NEC member, I challenged Ed Miliband on his proposals to abolish the Party’s electoral college and why I voted against the introduction of the registered and affiliate supporters scheme. And that’s why I stood up and called out bullying in the Labour Party to try to protect others because no one in our Party should suffer bullying or abuse.
And that’s why if you elect me to the NEC you can be sure that I will never be a puppet for anyone or any faction but that I will always do what I believe is in the best interests of our Party. I have supported and campaigned for every leader of our Party. I have challenged every one of them too. Because if we are to maximise on the advances we made in the 2017 general election, under Jeremy Corbyn’s leadership, and turn the
hope of a Labour Government into a reality we need to utilise all the talents across our movement. For the sake of all the people whose lives have been devastated by the cruel and ideological austerity measures of the Tories and the SNP we must win. If you elect me you will have a representative who will be relentless in holding the Party to account to make sure we are ready for that election whenever it is called. You will have a representative who has a track record of working and campaigning with all sections of the membership,
who has still visited more Constituency Labour Parties across the country to engage with members than any other volunteer and whose reputation as an NEC member was
of hard work and fair judgement. Now is not the time for division. We need NEC members with courage, conviction and a track record of working constructively with and speaking up for all sections of the Party. If you want a strong independent voice on the NEC
– a representative who will unite rather than divide – please give me your vote.
No labels, no factions, just Labour.
CLP: Cunninghame North Memebership no.
My name is Paul Clarkson. I am a member of the Labour party and in the Newnham ward in Cambridge. I am writing to see if your CLP has made its nominations yet for the additional NEC candidates.
I am also writing to ask if your CLP would nominate me. I am Chair of my ward, a delegate at GC and the European member of the Executive Committee.
My platform is on economic recovery by diversifying the economy away from purely financial services and into a new industrial drive on science and engineering, particularly using universities as growth centres. I used to work for Rolls-Royce and I am just about to complete a PhD in physics, chemistry and electronic engineering.
I have spent time working with the Civil Service and the Royal Academy of Engineers and I am an advocate of policy development in these areas. I also champion education and health reform.
I am also a writer in the entertainment industry and currently working on the BBC/HBO adaptation of Phillip Pullman’s Dark Materials trilogy (Northern Lights, Subtle Knife and Amber Spyglass).
I am writing to you and your CLP to ask that you consider nominating me for Labour’s National Executive Committee.
We have seen a re-awakening in our Party since Jeremy first got onto the leadership ballot in 2015. Our branches and CLPs have become hubs of innovative ideas with members, young and old, new and experienced, driving us forward with a message of hope to a society fed up after seven years of Tory austerity. It is the members who are helping realise Jeremy’s radical and socialist vision and it is through their activities in communities, on the streets and in workplaces, that places us on the edge of a momentous and historic victory. If Labour is to win seats like Pendle, Thurrock and Broxtowe as well as re-gain seats like Mansfield, Walsall North and Copeland we need to support our activists in everything they do. I intend to do exactly that if elected onto our NEC. That is why members deserve representatives on the NEC that are committed to empowering them, their branches and CLPs.
I have been a Labour Party member for over five years and a community activist for many more. Manchester is my home and I am proud to call it such. It is in working-class communities like mine that people feel betrayed by a political elite that does not comprehend their daily struggle to make ends meet. It is a struggle I know all too well as a mother who worked hard to become a social worker and later a multi-faith prison chaplain. As an Asian woman, one of the proudest moments of my life was when I was first elected onto Manchester City Council in 2014 after facing down strong challenges from UKIP and the BNP. In the 2015 and 2016 leadership elections, I supported Jeremy Corbyn in his first leadership campaigns because I knew he would give working class and BAME people hope.
Like Jeremy, let us talk of ‘we’ instead of ‘I’. I am proud to be supported by the Centre-Left Grassroots Alliance, which includes the Campaign for Labour Party Democracy, Momentum, and the Labour Representation Committee, and I am standing to be a voice of the members on our Party’s governing body so that we can continue the work of transforming our party and with it, our society. Therefore, I am also asking you to support the other Centre-Left Grassroots Alliance candidates, Rachel Garnham and Jon Lansman.
CLP: Manchester Gorton Membership No: L1173052
Independent candidate NEC nomination request
I am seeking your CLP’s nomination in the NEC election, so I can help steer Labour towards remaining in the European Single Market.
Labour experience. I am independent of any slate and not a member of any left or right faction. I am a Unite member, vice chair of my local CLP, have campaigned hundreds of times in over 15 key seats. I am the author of a Fabian report on a wealth tax and write extensively about the costs of Brexit, state aid rules and nationalisation. I’m on the advisory board of the Labour Campaign for the Single Market.
Other relevant experience includes my roles as campaign director of an anti-corruption NGO, director of a large credit union, and former assistant director of the British Legion.
Reason for standing
Leaving the single market is inconsistent with our anti-austerity agenda. Government estimates of the loss of GDP caused by a hard Brexit range from 6.2% to 7.5%. In plain English: hard Brexit results in fewer jobs and lower wages for ordinary workers. The estimates of lost taxes range from £36bn to £45bn. This is equivalent to about ¼ to ⅓ of the NHS budget. Brexit threatens to extend and intensify austerity. Leaving the single market also threatens to damage peace in N. Ireland.
Brexit is the most serious crisis faced by the UK since Iraq. I am seeking your CLP’s nomination for an NEC place so I can be a voice for members who wish the UK to permanently remain in the European single market and customs union, while retaining workers’ rights and freedom to move. I will also support efforts to keep the door open to second referendum on the final deal.
If elected I will also play a wider role in supporting the leadership to unite the party and get ready for government, while ensuring that decisions are fair, transparent and democratic. The main NEC candidate slates already have enough nominations – so why not lend me your vote?
Experience and background
My father was a carpenter, I attended my local state comprehensive school, and worked part time to pay my way through my time at the Universities of Leeds and Warwick.
I am a democratic socialist. I first joined Labour when I was 22, and have been a continuous member since 2005 (no. L0072853) and now serve as vice chair of Lewisham West and Penge CLP. I am the author of A Unique Contribution, a Fabian report designing a wealth tax, and have written extensively on the costs of Brexit for Labourlist.
I am a campaign director of an anti-corruption NGO, where we investigate the role of multinational companies in corruption, environmental degradation and human rights abuses. I have a background in a military bomb disposal team and later became the former assistant director of the British Legion where I helped get higher compensation for working class victims of asbestos, better pensions for military widows, and helped establish an armed forces credit union. I am now a director and board member of Planesaver, a large 11,000 member credit union set up by Unite members, which serves airline workers and the military.
I am writing to ask your constituency to consider nominating me for Labour’s National Executive Committee. Supported by the Centre-Left Grassroots Alliance, I am standing for the NEC because I fully support Jeremy Corbyn’s progressive leadership against austerity, war and racism and for democracy, equality and a more inclusive, democratic Labour Party. I stand for: • A democratic, member-led, campaigning Labour Party
The democracy review agreed by annual conference offers an opportunity to give Party members more say in policy-making; in selecting and holding to account our representatives; and in reforming structures to provide a stronger voice for under-represented groups. I support reforms that give members, drawing on our and our communities’ experience, more opportunity to shape our policy-making and increase electoral support for Labour. If elected to the NEC, I would do my utmost to ensure that the review increases Party democracy to strengthen the voice of members. • A transformative, democratic socialist, election-winning Labour Party
At the general election, we made progress because Jeremy Corbyn put forward a manifesto that challenged austerity and provided a genuine alternative that would lead to the economic growth that works for the many. We inspired young voters with bold policies on education, housing and more; and finally listened to Party members and trade unions with popular policies such as renationalising rail. We now need to build on that manifesto and our poll position with a programme that will provide investment for growth, tackle inequality and poverty, reverse privatisation, take action on climate change and provide progressive international leadership for peace. Like many members, I campaigned for the UK to remain in the European Union, and support the leadership’s prioritisation of an outcome to the current negotiations that puts jobs, living standards and the economy first. We need to support our councillors to put forward a similarly progressive programme for local government that can increase Labour’s representation locally.
I joined the Labour Party at 18 and have been an active member for23 years, holding a range of positions. I am currently a National Policy Forum representative for the Eastern Region and have been CLP Secretary for Mid-Bedfordshire for nearly 10 years. Living in a rural, traditionally Conservative constituency, I understand the importance of maintaining activity and campaigning locally whilst also supporting our local marginals. Working as a University administrator, being a parent and being active in my local community alongside my Labour Party activity keeps me grounded and in touch. I am a member of UCU and the Co-operative Party.
If elected to the NEC, I would be a firm supporter of Jeremy and I believe I have the experience, values and commitment to be a strong voice for Party members and contribute to increasing Labour’s electoral support.
Please also support the other Centre-Left Grassroots Alliance candidates Yasmine Dar and Jon Lansman, so that the NEC has the best team working with the leadership towards winning the next general election.
Membership number: A777413, Mid-Bedfordshire CLP
I came out 32 years ago, and as anyone who had to come out as lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender in the 1980s will tell you, it was a grueling rite of passage. Back in 1985 it was tough, people telling me to hide who I was, saying very hurtful things to me, fighting me in the street – but I decided to take a stand with my life being open and honest.
I don’t run and hide from anything, so I kept at it and eventually society started to catch up. Breaking down barriers has been part of my life’s work and experience, and while the T in LGBT is still very much the younger child in the family, society has now come a long way.
I’ve fought all my life as a political and cultural activist for the things that I believe in: from street performing in Covent Garden to walking the streets of Wolverhampton, Darlington or Lancaster in girl mode, campaigning for Labour during the last general election, to taking the remain campaign to young people in my pink beret in towns and cities across the UK during the EU referendum.
It does not matter at all what sex or sexuality you are, how you self-identify, or who you fancy. What matters is what you do in life, what do you do to add to our human existence. And alongside my acting and comedy, I’ve tried to give a voice to those who don’t have one and to be an activist for the political party I believe has the best and strongest values, which will mean we can end poverty and move forward positively as a society and a country.
I stand up for my rights and other people’s rights to be who they want to be. Now I want to stand for Labour’s national executive committee so that I can break down barriers and make the Labour party more welcoming to groups who often feel isolated or excluded from taking part in the political process. I want to end the “politics as usual” mentality that sees people shut out.
I want all our members to feel welcome in the Labour party. Our meetings and events should be open to all members, particularly those who felt excluded from politics in the past. We need to tap into the diversity within our movement and do more to increase involvement from a range of groups that I don’t feel are represented enough in our party. That includes LGBT, disabled and minority ethnic people, as well as those who have suffered from mental health issues. Gender equality and increasing working-class participation is also vital.
Most importantly I want to do all I can to help Jeremy Corbyn and the Labour party take the fight to the Tories, building on our strong performance in the 2017 general election. I’ve been an activist for Labour up and down the country, campaigning for Labour in more than 100 seats at the last four general elections. I’ve campaigned for Labour through thick and thin.
I am my own person, I am not standing for any faction. I am proud to be Labour and will always fight for a world that works for everyone.
We need a Labour party that builds on the energy of the past few years and harnesses it to create the tolerant, open movement that Britain, and the world, needs.
CLP: Membership no.
Gurinder Singh Josan
As a longstanding Labour Party member in the West Midlands from a BAME background I’m writing to let you know why I’m standing for Labour’s NEC; to tell you who I am and what drives me and to ask for your support and your CLP’s nomination.
I’ve been a Labour member since I was 16 years old. I’m a Trustee and Director of anti-racism/ fascism campaign HOPE not Hate, an active school Governor, Secretary of my Unite the Union Branch, a founder and Vice Chair of Sikhs for Labour, a Board member of West Midlands Strategic Police & Crime Board appointed by the Labour PCC, Central Council member of Socialist Health Association and Treasurer of the West Midlands SHA.
My commitment to Labour runs in my blood. My dad was a trade union activist at work in the POEU (now CWU), a Labour Party member and a Labour Councillor for many years. My mum has been a member for over forty years, my wife and our two children are members and are my greatest supporters (and strongest critics!). Previously I was active in student politics in Labour Students; served as a local Councillor; held positions at Branch and CLP; and attended and spoken at regional and national conferences’. I’m a committed campaigner – I’m Labour through and through!
The increase in NEC member reps gives an opportunity to improve the diversity and representation of members on Labour’s most important decision-making body. I’m standing because:
There is no doubt there needs to be better representation from our diverse ethnic and faith communities on the NEC. If elected, I would be the first ever Sikh to be elected to Labour’s NEC and would do my upmost to represent all minority faith communities and BAME members. It is vital the NEC looks more like the communities we represent and the country we aspire to govern.
I’m an active part of the Labour and trade union family in the West Midlands. The Labour Party is a national party, yet there’s not a single representative from the five regions in the midlands and north of England and there hasn’t been a CLP rep from the West Midlands since 1997. We rely on party members across all our regions to form a Government and our member representatives on the NEC should reflect that geographical diversity and not be London-dominated.
We rely on Labour Party members and supporters as Branch or CLP officers for functioning local parties, campaigning and fundraising. But our members and supporters are often also running the fabric of our local communities, often as volunteers – school Governors, at food banks, youth clubs, community centres, serving on committees, boards and charities, running campaigns to make crucial differences – the real work of delivering Labour values in our communities. I will ensure our NEC is focussed on understanding the concerns and delivering for our members and supporters so that Labour is not just a party but a vibrant social movement.
I’d love to hear from you and to visit, campaign and speak with members – please do get in touch! My campaign is for better diversity and representation on our NEC. I hope I can rely on your support.
CLP: Warley CLP Membership No: A635225
Campaigning for Better Diversity and Representation on Our NEC
Hi! I’m Patrick Jenkins and I’m standing for the Labour Party National Executive Committee under the CLP (Constituency Labour Party) section.
I play no role in any slate or faction within the party. I stand for a united centre left Labour. The Labour First vs Momentum disagreement in internal Party elections has created a divisive chasm. We are a movement built on the principle of solidarity. A united party is needed for those we seek to represent. Members deserve a choice by reasoned debate, not by submitting to the whims of a clique. We must heal the wounds between these groups and take the fight to the Tories.
Their botching of Brexit is a gift to us politically, but we must not let a no deal go through and severely affect working people’s lives. Protecting access to the single market and freedom of movement is crucial to safeguarding British jobs. Our renewed socialist agenda, Jeremy’s leadership and opposing austerity, have brought us some successes. With Tory ministers even warming to the idea of borrowing to solve the housing crisis and now a Labour MP in my neighbouring CLP. The middle ground has shifted leftwards. Being only 20, I hope to represent those young workers and students that have flocked to Labour because of this shift.
We are on a potential election winning footing and Jeremy’s brilliant campaign experience has brought us here. But there is a long way to go. We can be more radical. Addressing issues such as green energy, road transport infrastructure and fully reversing the harsh cuts to welfare. Continuing to put power in the hands of members is key, with greater internal democracy and liberation. The women’s and youth conferences being prime examples of where improvements can be made. Policy should be decided by those who are impacted directly by those policies.
On the basis of my experience as a conference delegate, I believe that the NEC should also produce a more detailed conference guide specifically for first time delegates, detailing the processes and how best to make a big impact for their CLPs. I am also Social Media Officer and Youth Officer of Kenilworth and Southam CLP, and I helped campaign to increase our constituency vote share by over 10%. Being a Town Councillor in Southam, where we could potentially lose our Children’s Centre due to Tory cuts, I have been leading the CLP campaign against the cuts to centres in Warwickshire. Coming from the West Midlands I want to change the London centric nature of the party. My experience, as well as being my university Labour Society Campaigns Officer, demonstrates my ability to represent you in a fully members led Labour Party that is free from factional discourse.
CLPs must nominate their preferred candidate(s) by Thursday the 16thof November 2017.
CLPs can make up to three nominations.
My membership number is L1442909 and my CLP is Kenilworth and Southam.
My 10 point policy plan on what I will stand for on the Labour NEC
On Party Policy: