Labour NEC Sub-Committees Report – July 2017

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Campaign selfie with Councillors Alice Perry and Martin Klute during the General Election

Reflecting on the General Election

The full NEC met for the first time since 8th June. Jeremy Corbyn praised everyone who contributed to the result and participated in campaigns around the country. Jeremy talked about the amazing response Labour received as the General Election date drew nearer. People of all ages and backgrounds were inspired by Labour’s message of hope.  Jeremy told the NEC that if the election had taken place one week later Labour would have won.

No one knows when the next General Election will take place. It could be as early as September or as late as 2022. Labour will keep up the pressure on the Conservatives by continuing to campaign hard around the country. Jeremy will continue to campaign in key marginal and hold rallies to mobilise and engage members and the public. Labour will be ready for the next General Election, whenever it takes place.

Selecting candidates for the next General Election

July’s Full NEC meeting will begin reviewing the process for selecting candidates in key marginal in England for the next General Election. The Scottish and Welsh Executive Committees are responsible deciding the process for candidate selection in Scotland and Wales.

The discussions are in early days but like many other NEC members, I am keen that local parties are able to hold selection with members able to vote for their preferred candidates. I would also like to see local parties able to make nominations to ensure people are fully engaged and popular local candidates aren’t overlooked.

The NEC will also need to decide how many of the marginal seats are All Women Shortlists. In order to achieved a gender balanced PLP it has been suggested that at the very least 50% of the marginal seats should be AWS.

Increasing Diversity

The NEC Equalities Committee reviewed the statistics the parliamentary Labour Party diversity statistics. The percentage of female MPs has increased from 42% in 2015 to 45% in 2017. The percentage of Black and Minority Ethic MPs has increased from 10% in 2015 to 12% in 2017. This is good news and shows Labour is moving in the right direction in terms of ensuring our elected representatives reflect the diversity of the communities they come from. Someone quoted Barbara Castle saying we shouldn’t underestimate our achievements and should note this success. We are all aware that there is more to do, particularly if we want to achieve Jeremy Corbyn’s commitment to 50% of the PLP being female by the next parliament. There is also a lot to do to improve diversity in local government.

People have also been in touch asking for the statistics for the percentage of MPs that are disabled. The information given to the Equslitites Committee was incorrect but will be updated and presented to the next meeting. I will report on these figures. While at least two new disabled MPs were elected in June, much more work needs to be done to ensure the Labour Party is as inclusive as possible. I’m very grateful to all the concerned disabled members who have been in touch and raised this important issue.

Standing candidates in Northern Ireland

A working group was established to consider whether Labour should stand candidates in Northern Ireland. This work was put on hold because of the General Election, but will resume shortly. Consultations will begin with key stakeholders as soon as possible. The Tory-DUP coalition adds an extra element to discussions.

Internal Labour Elections

A number of internal elections will take place this summer for bodies like the Conference Arrangements Committee. Ballots will be sent out by post and online and will run from 7th August to 8th September. It was previously agreed that the National Policy Forum elections will be postponed until next year.

 

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17 thoughts on “Labour NEC Sub-Committees Report – July 2017

  1. Ruth Wilson

    I would like the selection process to start as soon as possible so candidates canb start to build their support and visibility right away.

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  2. Harry Barnes

    A key priority for re-selection is in the five constituencies which we lost at the General Election. We need them back again, Although we are into a boundary review that would reduce parliamentary seats from 650 to 600, these re-selections should still quickly take place. First, because we could have a General Election under the current arrangments at any time. Secondly, because the current parliament could move to ditch or reform the current boundary review process. If re-selections did take place and the boundaries were eventually changed, then we would just then need to go through the process again.

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  3. Gerrie Messer

    A key element to the Selection process should be that previous candidates should be asked if they would like re stand. Some of the candidates in June managed increases of 13% of the vote – we should look to developing “shadow” posts for the candidates who come second behind the Tories to continue campaigning and challenging the elected MP on a formal basis.

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    1. aliceperryuk Post author

      The stats we were given were incorrect. I’ll report on the correct disabled representation stats when we are given them at the next Equalities meeting

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    2. Trish Chester

      Thank you. Glad somebody else noticed this! Not good enough. Not even a mention our disabled comrades who often overcome obstacles to support the party. Many CLPs do not even have a Disability Officer.

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  4. Kev Towner

    Many CLP’s (like mine) have Disabled members who are elected as Equalities Officers because there is no requirements on them to have a DO. Whilst I plan to put forward a motion to the next AGM to change this, I feel that we may be missing out on the potential that those members have to promote inclusion for Disabled people within the Party. This issue really does need to be addressed.

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  5. Jean Eveleigh

    Under the heading Increasing Diversity why has the author only chosen to include female and BAME candidates and completely ignored disabled ones (Labour had 2 new disabled MP’s elected just the other month)? NOT very inclusive is she?, completely ignoring 11% (according to the latest censes data) of the population of the UK.

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    1. aliceperryuk Post author

      Hi Jean, as I previously explained, we were not given accurate information for the number of disabled MPs. We requested this and I will report on it at the next meeting. I am dyslexic myself and was keen to see accurately reported statistics on the range of disability in parliament and across the party.

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      1. Trish Chester

        Dumb question (maybe) but how did you know the figures were inaccurate … unless you knew the correct ones?

      2. aliceperryuk Post author

        Sensible question – the report we were given said there were only two disabled MPs but if you use the Disability Discrimination Act definitions there far more (included an MP in the room).

      3. Trish Chester

        Hello, contacting you because you have been helpful in the past.
        Could you tell me how many people are paid up mbrs of Disability Labour? Many thanks
        Trish

      4. Trish Chester

        Any news? Were you able to find out how many mbrs are in Disability Labour? Thank you in advance ~ Trish

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