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Labour NEC Report – November 2016

Leader’s Report

Jeremy Corbyn reported on recent activities and preparations for 2017, including a possible General Election. Jeremy said he had enjoyed the 2016 Labour Leadership campaign and had enjoyed meeting members around the country and debating with Owen Smith. He said that it is now time to move on, unite, stop looking inwards and focus outwards on the challenges and opportunities that Labour and the country face. He identified the economy, Brexit and 2017 elections as the three biggest issues for Labour to focus our energy on. Jeremy talked about his recent speech to the CBI and the need for the UK to invest in infrastructure, training and house building. Jeremy Corbyn repeated that Labour will accept the result of the EU Referendum and will work to secure worker’s rights, consumer rights and environmental protections. He talked about forthcoming campaign days and the tour of rural communities he is planning with Rachael Maskell. Jeremy is keen for Labour to reach out to rural Britain and respond to the concerns of voters living in these communities. Jeremy talked about the importance of the 2017 local elections, praising Labour Councillors and condemning the unfair Tory cuts to Council budgets.

General Secretary’s Report

rochesterIain McNicol reported on past activity and plans for the future. In the past year Labour has contested and campaigned in parliamentary by-elections, Mayoral elections in Bristol, London, Hackney, Salford and Liverpool, local government elections and the EU referendum. Other activities have included the Leadership election, Conference, the Party Reform working groups and National Policy Forum meetings. Labour has launched a number of bursaries and training programmes to encourage candidates from underrepresented Groups to stand for election. Activities for the year ahead include preparing for elections, ensuring the Party remains financially stable, improving campaigning capacity, expanding the use of community organising, responding to the Parliamentary Boundary Review, developing policy and engaging members. The NEC joined Iain in praising and thanking staff for their continued hard work and dedication.

National Policy Forum and Policy Making

The National Policy Forum met in Loughborough for a policy conference the weekend before the NEC Awayday. The meeting was extremely positive and focused on Brexit and the work of the eight policy commissions 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

Local Government Labour NEC Report – 19 May 2015

Cllr Jim McMahon and Cllr Alice Perry

Cllr Jim McMahon and Cllr Alice Perry

The May ordinary NEC meeting covered the Labour Party leadership election and other internal

elections, the recent election campaign and reports from the Acting-Leader and General Secretary. Our NEC report focuses on the topics and discussions most relevant/of interest to local government.

Reflecting on the election results

There was a wide ranging discussion about the disappointing General Election results across the UK. The NEC thanked all the parliamentary candidates, Councillors, members and supporters who had campaigned so hard in the elections. The NEC agreed the terms of reference for a special Task Force to understand why the campaign was unsuccessful and to learn the lessons from the defeat. This Task Force will take in views of candidates, members, Councillors and the wider public from across the country.

There were some bright spots to the bleak results, including the election of over 50 new MPs from a diverse range of ages and backgrounds. Labour had mixed results in the local government elections in England:

Conservatives:
158 total councils taken, +30 change in councils
5,266 total seats taken, +505 change in councillors
Labour:
73 total councils taken, -3 change in councils
2,202 total seats taken, -187 change in councillors
Liberal Democrat:
4 total councils taken, -4 change in councils
624 total seats taken, -373 change in councillors
UKIP:
1 total council taken, +1 change in councils
199 total seats taken, +175 change in councillors
Green Party:
0 total councils taken, -1 change in councils
84 total seats taken, +9 change in councillors

The Task Force will reflect on May’s local election results and what lessons can be learned for the future. A big thank you once again to everyone who took part in the local elections and congratulations to our new and re-elected Councillors.

Fighting Local Government cuts

Since May 2010 local government has had its funding dramatically cut. Many Councils have had their funding cut by 50% or more. This majority Conservative Government seeks to continue to cut Councils even further and puts vital public services at risk. These cuts are unsustainable and threaten services across the board, including in education, health, social care, fostering and adoption and community safety. We called on colleagues across the Labour movement to work together with Local Government to defend the vital public services our communities rely on. We look forward to working closely with Trade Unions, MPs and others to fight for a fairer deal for local government. Continue reading

Cameron might not get football – but Labour does

Looking back over the last five years, various occasions have reflected the kind of Prime Minister Cameron really is. Remember pastygate? Those country suppers with Rebeka Brooks? The time he left important Northern Ireland peace negotiations early for toattend a “rave” at Chequers with B-list celebrities for Sam Cam’s 40th birthday (made even more bizarre by the fact that she was actually 43)?

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All you need to know about the kind of person Cameron is can be summed up by last week’s gaff when he claimed to “forget” which football team he supported. Rather than being honest and admitted he is not a football fan (as he has done in the past), Cameron has made an obvious and pathetic attempt to pretend he is into football. Forgetting his football team made him looked ridiculously inauthentic, foolish and lightweight.

It is interesting Cameron felt the need to pretend he liked football. I imagine he did this because football matters enormously to millions of people in Britain. Supporting a particular football club is an important part of our cultural identity. As much as some of us may sometimes like to forget which team we support, it would be like forgetting our own name.

In contrast, Labour gets football. For everyone who has yet got round to reading all 84 pages of the Labour manifesto, the section that covers important policies areas like crime and immigration includes Labour’s plans for football. Continue reading

Local Government NEC Report – March 2015

Local Government NEC reps Alice Perry and Jim McMahon

Local Government NEC reps Alice Perry and Jim McMahon

The March NEC meeting covered a range of different areas including the General Election Campaign, local government, international politics and Europe, as well as reports from the Leader, Deputy Leader and General Secretary. Continue reading