Timeline

 

This timeline covers Ann’s involvement with the Labour Party from her first conference as a delegate in 1995, colour-coded to distinguish different contexts.

Key

Elections
National policy forum
Party Democracy
Money
Giving members a choice
Policy
Elections
01.01.1995
Attend first annual conference as a constituency delegate
Elections
01.01.1996
Elected as constituency party secretary
Party democracy
01.01.1997
Conference votes on Partnership in Power, which established the National Policy Forum

I move the motion on behalf of 100 CLPs calling for delay to allow full consultation, and arguing that NPF constituency representatives should be elected by one-member-one-vote (OMOV). Islington North seconded. Conference rejects the motion, though 43% of constituencies support it.

Elections
01.01.1998
Elected to the national policy forum representing West Midlands CLPs
Elections
01.01.2000
Elected to the NEC

Re-elected in 2001, 2002, 2004, 2006, 2008, 2010, 2012, 2014, 2016. Topped the poll in 2004 and 2006, and in 2016 with 100,999 votes.

Party democracy
30.05.2001
Propose OMOV for NPF elections at the NEC

Lost, with only Christine Shawcroft and I voting in favour

Policy
01.03.2002
NEC votes 21-7 to refer motions on public services to the national policy forum commissions instead of debating them

I am in the minority.

Party democracy
01.09.2002
Propose excluding peers from the constituency section of the NEC

Lost 7-10

Policy
01.09.2002
Vote for motion rejecting military action in Iraq without a second UN resolution

(lost with four in favour) and for the TUC general council statement on Iraq (lost 13-18). NEC agrees its own statement 18-6, but withdraws it from the conference agenda amid signs that it would be defeated. Also lose votes in the NEC on opposing PFI (10-16), but conference takes a different view.

National policy forum
01.01.2003
Support Tony Robinson as vice-chair

With opposition from the leadership he loses 48-64

Party democracy
01.09.2003
The NEC and conference vote to exclude peers from the constituency section

And to replace constituency representatives immediately if they are elected as MPs.

Policy
01.09.2003
NEC meeting to decide attitude to resolutions

Vote in favour of UNISON’s resolution on foundation hospitals but lose 15-16, with Tony Blair skipping breakfast to take part.

Giving members a choice
01.01.2004
I vote again for Ken Livingstone to be readmitted, and this is carried by 22-2, with Tony Blair speaking in favour
Giving members a choice
01.07.2004
75% of members want Ken Livingstone readmitted to the party as Labour’s mayoral candidate

I voted for his readmission. Lost 13-17 with Tony Blair speaking against.

Policy
01.07.2004
National policy forum at Warwick University to lay the basis of the manifesto.

I submit amendments on student fees, joined-up transport, quality rather than choice in health and education, opposition to ID cards, index-linking all out-of-work benefits to earnings, promoting race equality in the private sector, reducing the gap between rich and poor. Most were incorporated in some form, though considerably watered-down. I also proposed or supported amendments on ending selective education, taking disadvantaged students’ background into account when applying to university, and maintenance grants for the poorest students, all of which were lost.

Policy
01.09.2006
NEC decides by 18 votes to 13 not to take positions on conference resolutions on health and corporate manslaughter

I vote against, and the resolutions are carried by conference anyway. From now on, the NEC rarely takes a view on policy.

Money
01.07.2007
One of only five NEC members to vote against Gordon Brown’s proposal to enshrine an all-member ballot on the draft manifesto in the rulebook, because of cost and political risks

In September conference carries it anyway.

Elections
01.03.2009
Elected as Chair of the NEC disputes panel

Re-elected each year until 2018, when Christine Shawcroft took the position, briefly.

Party democracy
01.07.2009
One of only five NEC members to support OMOV for electing NPF representatives, as proposed by a number of CLPs
Elections
01.09.2009
Elected as Chair of the NEC through to September 2010, when I announced Ed Miliband’s election as leader
Party democracy
01.09.2009
Conference, in a departure from tradition, rejects the NEC position and votes for OMOV

With majorities in both the constituency and the trade union sections. Mission accomplished.

Money
01.07.2010
NEC deletes all-member ballot on draft manifesto from rulebook because of cost and political risk

In September conference agrees, and deletes it.

Giving members a choice
01.07.2010
Leadership election. I work with the Chair of the PLP Tony Lloyd to argue for giving members a real choice

Diane Abbott makes the ballot with seconds to spare.

Money
01.09.2011
Conference agrees Refounding Labour, which changes the basis of CLP funding.

The cost of election insurance, the Euro-election levy, contact creator and one conference delegate pass – a total of around £1,400 – will be paid centrally rather than being deducted from membership subscriptions. In addition CLPs will receive £1.50 per member.

Money
01.01.2013
I propose index-linking the £1.50 to inflation.

The business board agrees, and per capita payment rises to £1.64 through the next few years.

Giving members a choice
01.09.2013
Oppose special conference on the Collins report because of the financial and political risks of making trade union levy-payers opt in.
Giving members a choice
01.07.2015
Leadership election. I encourage my MP to give members a real choice.

He agrees and nominates Jeremy Corbyn, who makes the ballot with seconds to spare.

National policy forum
01.01.2016
Nominate George McManus as vice-chair

He loses 76-31

Money
01.01.2016
I propose raising the amount to £2.50 per member, index-linked, and the business board agrees

I have won a 70% increase in six years for CLPs.

National policy forum
01.01.2018
Elected Chair of the National Policy Forum 100-65