Why are the NEC elections important?
"The National Executive Committee is the governing body of the Labour Party, overseeing the overall direction of the party and the policy-making process. It sets strategic objectives on an annual basis and meets regularly to review the work of the party." https://labour.org.uk/about/how-we-work/
The NEC really does oversee the direction of the Party. It is made up from different sections of the Party and there are various sub-committees including Policy, Organisation & Disputes committees.
Alice Perry has written a clear overview on LabourList here
"It is made up of representatives from each section of the Party – the Shadow Cabinet, MPs, MEPs, councillors, trade unions, Socialist Societies, Constituency Labour Parties (CLPs), Young Labour and BAME Labour. NEC members are elected by their respective constituencies, and each serves a two-year term.." https://labour.org.uk/about/how-we-work/national-executive-committee/whos-on-the-nec/
How the election works
As Labour Party members this autumn we get to vote on 9 CLP Representatives on the NEC. Candidates have to have nominations from 5 CLPs to be eligible for us to vote for them. Then members can vote using a Single Transferable Vote system.
There is a really clear article on the election process on LabourList here
Single Transferable Vote
The move to STV for NEC CLP elections has been welcomed in some areas both within and without the Party as one that will make it difficult for any one slate to win a majority of seats. It has also been criticised as a change that was not voted on at Conference.
More on the change here
Slates are created by different organisations to support candidates who hold similar views & values of the organisation, In a change to usual practice no sector of the party has put forward a slate of more than 6 candidates. This is because under STV it will not be possible to get all 9 preferred candidates elected and too many choices may mean that none are elected.
Centre-Left Grassroots Alliance (CLGA) #GrassrootsVoice (includes the Campaign for Labour Party Democracy, Momentum, Red Labour, Jewish Voice for Labour and others)
Labour Left Alliance created in August 2019 following a social media appeal for individuals instigated by Labour Representation Committee & Labour Against the Witchhunt
Labour To Win (a new joint project from Progress & Labour First both groups seen as on the right of the Party)
Open Labour are apparently only backing 2 candidates
Tribune MPs (no connection to the magazine)
Requests from Individual Candidates
Some candidates have contacted our CLP Secretary or StAN Labour via Facebook or Twitter asking for our nomination.
NEC CLP Candidates
Click on this link to see the text of all the emails or communications sent by individual candidates. Some have also sent additional information which you can see by clicking on the underlined names below.
These are (in alphabetical order by last name & up to 16/9/20)
Tribune Candidates (Theresa Griffin, Liz McInnes & Pauka Sherriff)
Julian Vaughan1NEC & 2DividedWeFall
Iram Woolley (this is a video)
Click here to see the text of the emails or communications sent by individual candidate for NEC Disability Rep Nomination Requests Some have also sent additional information which you can see by clicking on the underlined names below.
We cannot nominate a Youth Candidate at our nominations meeting but the one candidate in the SW, Olivia Darling-Finan, has asked for support if you are a LP member under 26