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Labour NEC Report – January 2017

Leader’s Report

Jeremy Corbyn’s NEC report included updates on Labour’s response to Brexit, opposing a second Independence Referendum in Scotland, reaction to the election of Donald Trump, the rise of fake news and how this is changing politics, post-liberalism, the women’s marches around the world, engaging people with politics, Melanie Onn and Keir Starmer’s private members bill protecting workers rights, investing in infrastructure to grow the economy and the cynicism and hypocrisy of the Liberal Democrats.

Labour’s response to Brexit

Jeremy Corbyn discussed the recent Supreme Court judgment, saying “The Government has today been forced by the Supreme Court to accept the sovereignty of Parliament. Labour respects the result of the referendum and the will of the British people and will not frustrate the process for invoking Article 50.

“However, Labour will seek to amend the Article 50 Bill to prevent the Conservatives using Brexit to turn Britain into a bargain basement tax haven off the coast of Europe. Labour is demanding a plan from the Government to ensure it is accountable to Parliament throughout the negotiations and a meaningful vote to ensure the final deal is given Parliamentary approval.”

Protecting the NHS

img_7204The NEC welcomed back Jon Ashworth, who gave an update about the NHS crisis in England and Scotland. He noted that this winter has seen the worst NHS crisis for 20 years. The NHS in England has run out of beds on 108 occasions and is regularly failing to meet the four hour A&E waiting time target. Tory and SNP government decisions have led to huge pressures on the NHS in England and Scotland, made worst by their cuts to social care. Kezia Dugdale and Scottish Labour have been working closely Jon and Jeremy to expose the SNP’s poor record on health.

Jon highlighted the enormous contributions workers from the EU make to the NHS and the care sector. Jon and Jeremy thanked the thousands of Labour members across the country who have taken part in NHS campaign action days. Last Saturday’s #CarefortheNHS day reached over 10 million people on Twitter.

The NEC were also reminded of comments made Stoke-on-Trent Central UKIP by-election candidate Paul Nuttall about his desire to privatise the NHS.

Policy

Ann Cryer, Chair of Labour’s National Policy Forum, gave an update on policy making. I have written a guide to how the NPF works and how members can get involved. Policy Commission meetings are taking place in January and February to agree first drafts of the policy documents that will eventually be put before Labour Party Conference in September. Labour members and voters will be asked to feed in to this process and take part in consultations. I will be Chairing meetings of the Home Affairs and Justice Policy Commission, which will look at issues like policing, community safety, prisons, domestic and gender based violence, historic justice campaigns, national security, immigration and constitutional matters. You can read more about the work of the NPF, and make policy submissions online at http://www.policyforum.labour.org.uk/.

Progressive Alliances and electoral pacts

Jeremy Corbyn and the NEC confirmed opposition to so called “progressive alliances”, with Jeremy and others agreeing that parties like the SNP and the Liberal Democrats are not progressive. Continue reading

Labour NEC: Report from January’s Equalities, Disputes and Organisational Committee meetings

Labour NEC Equalities, Disputes and Organisational Committee meetings took place on Tuesday 17th January. The NEC discussed the following:

Women’s Conference

Labour Party Conference in September agreed to give policy-making powers to Women’s Conference. Members and affiliates will be able to send delegates to Women’s Conference to discuss and debate policy. Women’s Conference will still be open to everyone interested in attending with the hope that it will retain its lively, informal and welcoming atmosphere. In 2017 Women’s Conference will take place immediately before the national conference in September. The NEC Women’s Conference Working Group, chaired by Ann Black, is considering whether Women’s Conference should be moved to the Spring in future years to be a standalone conference. We will be consulting members to see which option will be preferable.

Increasing Women’s representation in politics

Jess Philips presented the Women and Equalities Committee report on Women in the House of Commons after the 2020 report to the NEC Equalities Committee. This cross-party report calls on all political parties to committee to having at least 45% of female candidates for Parliament and local government elections by 2030. The Equalities Committee noted the recent NEC commitment to expand the use of All Women Shortlists in local government selections and consider ways to make parliament and local government more family friendly. The Jo Cox Foundation will support some of this important work. The NEC also discussed the importance of maintaining the proportion of female and BAME MPs following possible Boundary changes.

Improving political representation of disabled people

The NEC Equalities Committee discussed the ongoing work to improve political representation of disabled people at all levels. A consultation on LGBT and disabled issues has been circulated to CLP Secretaries and relevant CLP officers. Please do get in touch if with staff you have any questions about this or want to make a submission.

Report from the Women’s PLP and Shadow Equalities team

Jess Philips talked about the forthcoming Women’s PLP campaigns, which will include campaigns around childcare, maternity and paternity rights, women in the economy, the impact of Brexit and austerity of women and protecting our rights at work. Continue reading

Labour NEC Report – October 2016

This report covers NEC Equalities, Disputes and Organisational Committee meetings in October 2016:

Improving diversity of political representation

The Equalities Committee and Organisational Committee discussed various proposals to increase diversity of elected representatives. This including discussions on extending the use of All Women Shortlists in local government selections to help Labour Councillors reach a 50-50 gender balance. Jeremy Corbyn voiced his support for gender balance in both national and local government.

It is not currently possible to use AWS for Metro Mayor selections as this isn’t including in the current legislation, but Labour will continue to campaign to amend and strengthen this legislation and look at other methods of encouraging more woman, BAME, disabled, working class, LBGT and disabled candidates to stand for elections. With this in mind Labour has launched the Jo Cox Women in Leadership Programme to help train women for leadership roles and a Bursary Scheme to encourage more working class candidates.

Metro Mayor selections

Elections for Metro Mayors will take place across the country in May 2017. Negotiations

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Greater Manchester Metro Mayor candidate Andy Burnham with Judith Blake, Alice Perry and Nick Forbes

continue in various regions to agree new devolution deals. Possible Combined Authorities due to elect Metro Mayors include Solent, Norfolk and Suffolk, Cambridgeshire and Peterborough, West of England, Sheffield City Region, Greater Lincolnshire Combined Authority and Tees Valley. The NEC agreed the timetable and process for these elections. Applications for candidates opens on 19 October and closes on 2 November. In line with the NEC work on gender representation and increasing diversity, the selections panels want to give consideration to the widest range of possible applications. We strongly encourage qualified candidates to apply, particularly if they are female or from under-represented groups.

Having run Metro Mayor selections for the first time this summer, we have adjusted the process based on feedback from members in the North West and West Midlands. Thank you to everyone who passed on their feedback. I proposed an amendment to allow Council Labour Groups to make supporting nominations, which the NEC agreed to trial. Continue reading

Labour NEC Report – March 2016

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Alice Perry and Nick Forbes before March’s Labour NEC meeting

Leader’s Report

Jeremy Corbyn gave an updated on his recent activities and described May’s elections and June’s European Referendum as top priorities. He has been working with the Shadow Cabinet on Labour’s response to the budget. He will continue to make use of social and local media, as well as traditional media outlets, to put forward Labour’s own vision for Britain and our response to Tory plans. Jeremy Corbyn made it clear that it is particularly important to oppose the Tory cuts to local government and to highlight how Tory cuts disproportionately hit women and damage the environment. He also talked about Workplace 2020, a project to look at progressing workers’ rights in modern, post-industrial Britain. He reminded the NEC of recent successes in defeating the Tory government on issues such as tax credit cuts, police cuts and Sunday trading. He talked about the importance of defending our record in government and make it clear that Labour was not responsible for causing the global financial crisis. Jeremy Corbyn also highlighted the damage done in Scotland by the SNP.

Zero tolerance of racism

Jeremy Corbyn made it clear that Labour will not tolerate racism or anti-Semitism in any form. Both the Leadership and the NEC firmly believe that racist and sexist views have no place in the Labour Party. Continue reading

Learning the Lessons from Labour’s Election defeat: Read the Beckett Report

Beckett ReportIn May 2015 Labour suffered the worst general election defeat in a generation. Interim Leader Harriet Harman MP established a Taskforce, Chaired by Dame Margaret Beckett MP, to look into what went wrong and what lessons we can learn for the future. The final report was published yesterday:

Beckett Report: Learning the Lessons from Labour’s Election Defeat

As the Local Government representative on the Taskforce I would like to say a massive thank you to the thousands of Councillors and local representatives who contributed.

 

 

The lessons Labour councillors have learned from May’s defeat

Vote LabourJust two months ago Labour suffered the worst general election defeat in a generation. While Labour did very well in large cities, particularly in London, the North West and Yorkshire, it was a very different story in other parts of England, Wales and, of course, Scotland.

So what went wrong? Why were the results so varied across the country? Why did Labour fail to win seats from the Tories? Why did Labour voters switch support to UKIP and the SNP in such large numbers?

To answer these questions and more the Labour Party established a Taskforce to consider the lessons we can learn for the future. As an NEC Local Government representative on the Taskforce, I have been collecting the feedback and views from local Councillors.

There are almost 7,000 Labour Councillors and they have a wide range of different local experiences and political views. Over 1,000 Councillors have responded so far and a number of common themes have come up frequently. I’ve summarised them below: Continue reading

Learning lessons from Labour’s election defeat

Last month Labour suffered the worst general election defeat in a generation. While Labour did very well in Central London and achieved similar results in large cities, particularly in the Northwest and Yorkshire, it was a very different story in other parts of England and Wales. We suffered a very, very heavy defeat in Scotland.

Vote Labour board in Hornsey and Wood Green

Vote Labour board in Hornsey and Wood Green

So what happened? Why were the results so varied across the country? Why did Labour fail to win seats from the Tories? Why did we lose so many votes to UKIP and the Scottish National Party?

To answer these questions and more the Labour Party has established a taskforce to look into what went wrong and what lessons we can learn for the future.
The taskforce will be chaired by Margaret Beckett MP. Other members of the task force will represent members from across the Labour movement, including party members, MPs, BAME Labour, unsuccessful candidates, the trade unions and representatives from England, Scotland and Wales. Continue reading