Councillors are the backbone of the Labour Party. Our contributions are enormous. We deserve respect and a greater say in how the party is run. If re-elected I will:
- Continue providing detailed reports on NEC meetings, so Councillors are aware of what is going on at the top of the party.
• Provide a strong voice for local government, arguing for better representation on the NEC and other bodies, and accountability for our ALC subs.
• Ensure Labour Groups and local parties get the resources we need to fight elections, and have more say over election campaigns.
• Champion local government policy initiatives, like building more affordable housing, tackling climate change, protecting and creating jobs and defending public services.
• Work to increase diversity in local government, increasing working class, women, BAME, LGBT and disabled representation.
• Fight to restore the local government pension fund.
• Campaign for parental leave and greater flexibility for Councillors.
• Stand up for members’ ability to select their MPs, giving people a real choice of talented candidates.
• Support an independent disciplinary process.
• Defend the link between Labour and Trade Unions, and work closely and constructive with Trade Union colleagues.
• Champion Labour Councillors in opposition and the important work they do.
Since my election to the NEC in 2014, I have:
- Reported back on every meeting – you can read my reports at https://aliceperry.wordpress.com/. I am currently the only NEC member that provides regular reports.
- Secured rule changes in 2016 to support Councillors and improve our status within the party. I will continue to work to build on these.
- Co-chaired the LGA Women’s Leadership Taskforce, which has produced a best practice guide for increasing female representation and produced a parental leave policy adopted by over 40 Labour Groups.
- Lobbied for more protection for Councillors from abuse, both online and in person.
• Co-convened the Justice and Home and Affairs Policy Commission, reviewing Labour’s approach to crime and justice, opposing privatisation in the prison and probation service and adopting the recommendations of the Lammy Review.
- Been proud to work on Labour’s general election manifestos in 2015, 2017 and 2019.
- Brought a motion to the NEC to establish an independent complaints process, so members can feel confident that complaints will be dealt with fairly and free of political influence.
- Worked to improve diversity in local government.
- Worked to tackle antisemitism, supporting the full IHRA definition on antisemitism when Jeremy Corbyn brought it to the NEC in December 2016.
- Got Jeremy Corbyn, John McDonnell and John Trickett to write a letter supporting Councils in our budget setting process and opposing those who want Councils to set illegal budgets.
- Worked with Trade Unions, the LGA, the Co-op Party and others to encourage more people to stand to be Councillors.
Please ask your Labour Group to nominate Alice Perry (L0111249) and Nick Forbes (A603264) to be your two local government representatives on the NEC.
Nominations will be done online this year. The link to the nomination form will be sent to Labour Group secretaries.