For 18 years I represented members on the NEC as part of the centre-left grassroots alliance. During that time I consistently voted against Iraq, Trident, privatisation and for housing, public services and decent pensions and benefits. I also
- Achieved OMOV elections to the national policy forum
- Helped to get Diane Abbott on the 2010 leadership ballot
- Voted to include Jeremy Corbyn in 2016, and against a 6-month qualifying period for members to participate
- Reported on every meeting of the NEC and the National Policy Forum from 1999 to 2018.
Please see reports and think about how much you’ve heard from the NEC, or not, since then.
That broad coalition ended two years ago, and I ran as a left independent candidate. I was nominated by 179 constituencies, but lost in the ballot. I am now standing again, still committed to accountability, members’ rights and a left policy agenda. Please ask your CLP to consider nominating me – a flyer can be read and downloaded here
On the NEC I Will Work To
- Support the democratically-elected leadership. I will be loyal to Keir Starmer and Angela Rayner, as I was to all previous leaders.
- Keep in touch. I will report on every meeting, consult widely and visit local parties, online or in person.
- Extend party democracy. Local decision-making powers must be restored, with continuing online participation to include those with disabilities, caring responsibilities or lack of transport.
- Build on the 2017 and 2019 manifestos towards a popular socialist programme. The national policy forum needs reforming, to involve every member and reach out to the community
- Allow local parties to choose their candidates. From June 2017 CLPs were begging to select parliamentary candidates. Many were still waiting when the 2019 election was called, and again had candidates imposed.
- Review membership subscriptions and give local parties a fair share. The system agreed in 2011 is broken. In 2018 the NEC promised a full review. It’s time to deliver.
- Revive the women’s conference. I steered the women’s conference to a free-standing event in 2019. Sadly 2020 slipped off the agenda. I will bring it back, again.