The Members’ Voice

by Ann Black on 30.05.18 in NEC 2018 Election

I am standing for re-election because I believe that members deserve a principled, accountable, experienced and inclusive voice on Labour’s ruling body.


I’ve reported on every meeting since I was elected in 2000, explaining how I voted and why, and corresponded with hundreds of individual members from all parts of the country. No other candidate has a comparable record. My latest report, on the NEC meeting of 22 May 2018, is at published under reports.


When I joined the NEC Tony Blair was the leader, followed by Gordon Brown, Ed Miliband and now Jeremy Corbyn. Throughout that time my personal politics continued firmly on the left. I voted against austerity, privatisation, selective education, war in Iraq, Trident, and for public services, fair taxation, decent pensions and social security benefits, restoring funds to local government, and large-scale social housing, sometimes in a minority of three or four, now, with the popular 2017 manifesto, in the party mainstream.


While I have my own views, I consult widely and listen to what you tell me. All of us, particularly those with public profiles, owe loyalty to Jeremy Corbyn as our democratically-elected leader. However our party is a broad church, and In these polarised times it’s particularly important that every member is heard with respect, not treated as the enemy within.


I worked with the unions to bring in one-member-one-vote for elections to the national policy forum. I steered the women’s conference towards formal debate in 2017, with votes on motions this year, and a free-standing women’s conference next spring. In the 2016 leadership election I voted for Jeremy Corbyn to be on the ballot automatically. Contrary to “fake news” I did not support a six-month waiting period for members to take part. I proposed including everyone who joined the party up to 24 June, but this was rejected by the NEC.


I am secretary of my local party. I campaigned for Anneliese Dodds in the general election, and this year I again ran the committee room for the council election in my ward. As a member of the regional board I represent CLPs in my own area

Trade unionism

I joined ASTMS in 1979 and then NALGO, which merged with NUPE and COHSE in 1993 to form UNISON. I was a workplace steward and a staff side negotiator at Oxford Brookes University for 30 years, and a member of UNISON’s regional and national political committees. I have their support in this campaign.


I chaired the NEC from 2009 to 2010 and had the privilege of announcing Ed Miliband’s election as leader in 2010. I have served on most of the NEC sub-committees, I chaired the disputes panel for nine years, and this year I was elected as Chair of the national policy forum, the first NEC constituency representative to hold that position.

In the last NEC election, I topped the poll with 100,999 votes, and I hope to keep your support this year. Please vote for me, and encourage your friends to vote for me. As always you are welcome to contact me via this website, or directly at,, or 07956-637958.


  • Please could you outline your position on the EU specifically in relation to Brexit. I can find no mention of this on your website despite it being the single most important issue facing the UK over the next decade and more.

    • Hi Emma, I voted Remain and I am endorsed by Richard Corbett MEP – the leader of the EPLP. I’ll support a people’s vote but only when we have a good chance of winning it. I also support a debate on Brexit at Labour conference.

  • by Quentin Eliot Deakin | 27.07.2018 at 6:45 pm

    What is your opinion on the issue of the particular definition of anti-semitism some have pressed the party to adopt and the recent behaviour of Margaret Hodge?

  • by Jill Brian | 27.07.2018 at 10:47 pm

    I am very disappointed by the leadership stance on the EU. I have written directly to Jeremy Corbyn without receiving a reply so far.
    I agree with you that Keir Starmer is skilfully treading a difficult path.
    I am pleased that you support that there should be a debate on Brexit at conference. Now that we know so much more about the ways that the Leave campaign transgressed Electoral Laws I think Labour should be more positive about the EU.
    Together we can achieve so much more than we can alone.
    I have started a petition because of my frustration.

  • Hi Jill, thanks for this. Still mixed views within the party, including last night at the Birmingham meeting, both on principles and on practicalities. Conference is the party’s sovereign policy-making body, and should decide.

  • by Irene Mitchell | 21.08.2018 at 12:51 pm

    Given the sizeable 600,000+ petitioners on for a People’s vote will you now support this proposition at Conference.

  • by Irene Mitchell | 22.08.2018 at 7:32 pm

    Hi Ann
    Can you advise please on whether a petition of over 600,000 in support of a People’s Vote on Brexit and a number of prominent politicians supporting the proposition that the final decision should lie with the electorate, have you come any closer to being definitive on this matter?
    South Suffolk CLP

  • Hi Irene, I am moving that way, and noted that Keir Starmer today said that Labour is not taking anything off the table, including the People’s Vote. I don’t actually get to vote at conference – you need to talk to your CLP delegates and encourage them to (a) prioritise Brexit as a topic (b) vote for your preferred option.

  • I notice that you only mentioned Jeremy Corbyn when you nominated him for the leadership. Do you agree with Jeremy Corbyn’s vision for the future of the UK and globally. I am an avid supporter of JC and feel he has resurrected democratic socialism and because of his principles there are now over 500,000 members of the LP – the largest political party in Europe – all down to Jeremy Corbyn. You are obviously a very hard working and committed member of the LP and I just wonder whether you will throw your weight behind Jeremy Corbyn and help get him into No 10.

    • Hi Beryl, the answer is Yes. The 2017 general election showed the popularity of clear socialist policies, and also Jeremy Corbyn’s effectiveness in campaigning for them.

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