Yearly Archives: 2018

NEC Meeting, 20 March 2018

The NEC had to complete business in under four hours because the general secretary interviews were scheduled for 2:30 p.m. This was achieved, but only by skipping questions to Jeremy Corbyn and Tom Watson and merely noting most of the reports and subcommittee minutes. As usual we began with obituaries, including Stephen Hawking, a lifelong […]

NEC Committees, 6 March 2018

The main NEC subcommittees all meet on the same day, to save on travel and time off work. On 6 March we began with a subgroup of women members, charged with finalising arrangements for this year’s women’s conference. This will be on Saturday 22 September, immediately before annual conference, and we agreed, again, that each […]

National Policy Forum, 17-18 February 2018

This report is not entirely about the NPF (national policy forum) meeting in Leeds, but the meeting was not entirely about the NPF either.  First, a couple of background items: Nailing the Lies Momentum claim that I was responsible for excluding 120,000 members from the 2016 leadership election.  This is false.  The first vote at […]

NEC Meeting, 23 January 2018

Hopes of shorter meetings this year were dashed, and even without a report from deputy leader Tom Watson we continued for more than seven hours. When I joined the NEC in 2000 many papers were tabled on the day, and we had to arrive early to check them for surprises. General secretary Iain McNicol now […]