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:
158 total councils taken, +30 change in councils
5,266 total seats taken, +505 change in councillors
73 total councils taken, -3 change in councils
2,202 total seats taken, -187 change in councillors
4 total councils taken, -4 change in councils
624 total seats taken, -373 change in councillors
1 total council taken, +1 change in councils
199 total seats taken, +175 change in councillors
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