Author Archives: Ann Black

NEC, Election Feedback, June 2017

Thursday’s results surprised the pollsters, the media and almost everyone really, including me. I complained about local members being directed to Reading East because there was no hope of overturning a Tory majority of 6,520. In fact Labour won, and Matt Rodda is the new MP! So congratulations to returning and newly-elected MPs and thanks […]

NEC Diary, April / May 2017

I was away when the election was called – I mean, what could possibly happen in Easter week? – and have been catching up with meetings, emails and council elections since. Thanks to the wonders of technology I’ve been in on all the relevant discussions, so here is a diary of events during April and […]

NEC Meeting, 21 March 2017

The NEC paid tribute to members who had died recently, including Van Coulter, an Oxford city councillor and activist who was only 57 years old and my neighbour and comrade, a sad loss to us all. Giving his leader’s report Jeremy Corbyn said that good behaviour was important in meetings at every level of the […]

NEC Meeting, 24 January 2017

The NEC has settled back into its usual routine after last year’s turbulence, under Glenis Willmott’s calm and authoritative leadership. She had secured European committee positions for Labour MEPs despite our impending departure, and they were continuing to work on tax avoidance, air quality, zero-hours contracts and rail privatisation. She criticised Theresa May for putting […]

NEC Meeting, 22 November 2016

This meeting followed immediately after the national policy forum in Loughborough and maintained the outward focus on politics and campaigning, with a comradely atmosphere, no rule changes and no votes. Glenis Willmott in the chair also persuaded most of us to keep our contributions relatively brief. Whether the ceasefire is temporary or longer-lasting remains to […]

National Policy Forum, November 2016

The national policy forum gathered in Loughborough on 19/20 November 2016.  This was the first meeting since July 2014 when we agreed our general election manifesto in a spirit of comradeship and optimism. Ann Cryer was elected as Chair, Shabana Mahmood as vice-chair from the MPs /councillors section, and Mick Whelan of ASLEF from the […]

NEC Update, October 2016

The first full meeting of the new NEC is not until 22 November, but below is an update on subcommittee meetings in October. As always, questions and comments are welcome. Disputes Panel, 18 October 2016 Usually Panel meetings last under an hour, with maybe 15 or 20 cases, but this was the aftermath of the […]

NEC Meetings, September 2016

This is a bumper edition, covering the NEC meeting on 20 September and the NEC meetings at annual conference on 24, 26 and 27 September 2016. As always, comments and questions are welcome. National Executive Committee, Tuesday 20 September 2016 This meeting started at noon and finished at 8:30 p.m. Jeremy Corbyn thanked party staff […]

NEC Update, August 2016

First, thank you for taking part in the NEC election, and I’m honoured to have been re-elected with more than 100,000 votes. Congratulations also to Christine Shawcroft, Claudia Webbe, Darren Williams, Rhea Wolfson and Peter Willsman, and to Alice Perry and Nick Forbes, elected in the local government section, and appreciation to other candidates for […]

NEC Meeting 19 July 2016

Thank you again for your continued support, it means a great deal. Also for all the messages, most of which are courteous whether they agree or disagree with me, unlike Twitter. I now have 1,000 mails and no hope of answering them individually, so below are some frequently raised issues and a report from the […]