Alice Perry, Tom Copley and Labour activists campaigning in Thurrock
I joined Labour’s NEC as a local government representative in September 2014 and have been working tirelessly to make sure Councillors voices are heard at the top of the party.
Opposing cuts to local government and standing up for Councillors
This is a challenging time for local government. The Tories continue to make massive cuts to Council budgets. It is important that Labour is vocal and effective in opposing these disgraceful, damaging Tory cuts, while at the same time emphasising about the amazing, positive difference Labour Councillors make to our communities.
Throughout the UK our Councillors demonstrate the difference voting Labour makes. Councillors are proud of our role in the Labour Party and everything we contribute, particularly our contributions to election campaigning and the Party’s finances. Our 7,000 Labour Councillors are leading the electoral fight-back. It is important that within the Party we get the respect we deserve.
Equally, Labour Councillors should not be unfairly blamed for the Tory cuts to local government. I have worked constructively with colleagues from across the Party to secure support for Councillors in our budget setting processes, including statements of support from Jeremy Corbyn, Jon Trickett and John McDonnell.
Improving campaigning, communications and engagement and more support for Councillors
The NEC is currently reviewing how we can improve campaigning, communications and engagement through digital technology and party reform. Party reform includes reforming local and national party structures, improving equality and diversity of representation, reviewing our policy making, campaigning and organising, providing greater support for Councillors and responding to the devolution agenda.
Deputy Leader Tom Watson is leading this work via the NEC Party Reform working group. I am co-chairing the Support for Councillors and Devolution strands and, if re-elected, will be able to continue this vital work and drive through the changes in the Labour Party that Councillors deserve.
The Party Reform work I am co-chairing recognises the vital role Councillors play. Key issues we are addressing includes: Continue reading