Author Archives: Ann Black

NEC at Conference, 24/29 September 2021

The run-up to conference was full of gossip about intense negotiations with trade unions, while the rest of us tried to keep up on Twitter.  Keir Starmer apparently wanted to bring back the electoral college for choosing party leaders, where MPs, individual members and trade union levy-payers each hold one-third of the votes.  One of […]

NEC Meeting, 17 September 2021

The meeting again rapidly deviated from the timings on the agenda, and rather than finishing at 4 p.m. we eventually stopped at 7 p.m.  Contrary to what newer members were told, NEC meetings do not have to be interminable, and less than five hours used to be normal.  Endurance tests are bad for representatives, for […]

South East Regional Executive Committee, 15 September 2021

NB pdf version available here.  This was the last full meeting of the old-style regional board, before the new south-east regional executive committee takes office following the regional conference on 20 / 21 November 2021 at Reading University. Acting regional director Ellie Buck gave an update on the implementation of Organise to Win, as announced […]

South East Regional Executive Committee, 27 July 2021

NB pdf version available here This was the first regular meeting since January and many of us were keen to share experiences from the council elections and the Chesham & Amersham by-election.  However we started with an item of unfinished business from the special meeting in February on rules for the new south-east regional executive committee […]

NEC Meeting, 20 July 2021

This meeting ran for more than nine hours, but there were several major presentations and the ratio of genuine questions to set-piece speeches was higher than of late.  Part of the problem is that the NEC expanded from 33 members to 35 in 2016 and to 39 in 2018 for various reasons.  Our constituents expect […]

NEC Meeting, 25 May 2021

The meeting opened with a moment’s silence for comrades who had died recently, including Frank Judd, Maureen Colquhoun and Ian Gibson, former MP for Norwich North.  Anneliese Dodds was welcomed as the new party chair, following Angela Rayner’s move to a high-profile voter-facing role, and she and Shabana Mahmood, national campaign co-ordinator, join the NEC […]

NEC Update – Justice and Home Affairs Commission

 As in my previous mail, the full NEC meets on Tuesday 25 May.  Thank you to everyone who has already sent thoughts about the elections and the aftermath, more comments are welcome!  I will read them all and reply to as many as I can. Justice and Home Affairs Commission, 12 May 2021 Policy commissions […]

NEC Update, March 2021

National Executive Committee Update, March 2021 The full NEC does not meet again till 25 May, when the elections will be all over bar the shouting, but there have been plenty of other meetings. Justice and Home Affairs Policy Commission, 24 February 2021 This was the only meeting to focus on policy.  Shadow home secretary […]

South East Regional Executive Committee, 23 February 2021

NB pdf version available here This was a special meeting called to discuss rules for the new south-east regional executive committee (REC) and regional conference.  The framework is laid down in the 2020 rulebook following the party democracy review, but regions are allowed some flexibility subject to approval by the NEC. The proposals before us were […]