Author Archives: Ann Black

NEC Report, 7 December 2020

Two special meetings were held to consider Labour’s response to the EHRC (equality and human rights commission) report on anti-semitism in the party.  The equalities committee met on Friday 4 December:  together with NEC members this committee is attended by stakeholders from affiliated organisations who bring a wider perspective.  The full NEC then met on […]

South East Regional Executive Committee, 25 November 2020

South East Regional Executive Committee, 25 November 2020 The meeting opened with a presentation from the party’s national Head of Safeguarding.  The unit was responsible for protecting children, and also vulnerable adults.  There were now up to 10,000 children (aged under 18) in membership.  Incidents could occur where there was a potential victim, a perpetrator, […]

NEC Report, 24 November 2020

Joint Policy Committee, 17 November 2020 This was the first formal meeting I attended, as the returning chair of the national policy forum.  The leader Keir Starmer stressed his commitment to democratic policy-making processes.  The wealth of knowledge and experience among the membership would help us build a vision for the future of the country, […]

South East Regional Executive Committee, 19 May 2020

Regional executive members gathered on Zoom for an informal update.  Like local parties we were not able to make decisions, but it was a useful opportunity to catch up and share experiences.  Most of us, including myself, expressed frustration on behalf of our members, and when councils, Labour groups and the NEC itself are meeting, […]

South East Regional Executive Committee, 15 February 2020

This was the first meeting since the general election. Back in September the committee asked the NEC to allow all CLPs to select parliamentary candidates, with a shortened process for non-Labour seats, but sadly we were ignored. Instead the NEC prioritised trigger ballots for sitting MPs. When Labour voted for a December election, 62 south-east […]

Annual Conference, September 2019

Bird’s Eye View  After three years attending conference as a constituency delegate, two years as a national policy forum representative and 18 years on the NEC, this time I watched as a visitor from high in the balcony.  I was proud of our delegates from Oxford East and Oxford West & Abingdon, all of whom […]

South East Regional Board, 15 June 2019

The meeting welcomed Ellie Buck, acting regional director while Amy Fode is on maternity leave. Carol Hayton and Joyce Still, national policy forum representatives, encouraged members to engage with the current consultation process, while recognising that the deadline of 30 June gave little time. They offered to visit local parties to assist with discussion. Rosie […]

South East Regional Board, 16 March 2019

The meeting opened with a minute’s silence for the victims of the horrific massacres in New Zealand. John Howarth then gave what may or may not be his final report as an MEP. He said that the whole Brexit process had been a long lesson in how not to negotiate. Up to two months ago […]