NEC Elections 2020 – additional candidate statement received by the CLP.
This candidate has received enough nominations to be included on the final ballot.
CLPs have until 27 September to make nominations, and between 19 October and 12 November every paid-up member will be able to vote for their representatives on Labour’s ruling body. I previously served on the NEC for 18 years, and reported on every meeting at www.annblack.co.uk – please check my record. After two years of relying on leaks and Twitter I decided to stand again as a left independent candidate committed to truth and transparency, so members can again get their information direct from an NEC representative.
CLP secretaries have a special role on the local frontline, and I would build on links between the general secretary’s office and the secretaries’ Facebook group which does sterling work in clarifying procedures and raising technical issues with Organise and other party software. Earlier this year several secretaries stood in the NEC by-election and I supported their platform, which included:
- Giving CLPs prior notice of key NEC agenda items
- Asking CLPs, through the secretaries’ forum for their views on key organisational issues which directly affect them
- Making CLP views heard at the NEC
- Providing focused and timely feedback to CLPs on NEC decisions
- Providing effective oversight for CLPs of the governance and operation of the party’s organisation
as well as campaigning for a review of regional organisation to empower CLPs, branches and members, and fighting for half of all NEC meetings to be held in the North. I would add my personal commitment to getting a fair share of subscription income down to CLPs so we can organise and campaign effectively. In 2018 the NEC and conference promised a full review of membership rates and local party funding. I’ve heard nothing since then, and it is time to deliver.
A recent example of failing communication: there are unofficial reports that a national women’s conference is being arranged on 12/14 February 2021 in Harrogate. We don’t yet know if delegates will be elected by individual CLPs or chosen at regional level. This conference will apparently elect CLP representatives to a national women’s committee which does not exist in the current rulebook. As CLP secretaries we should surely be kept informed by our NEC representatives as well as by the general secretary.
If elected I will work to
- Build on the 2017 and 2019 manifestos towards a popular socialist programme
- Support the democratically-elected leadership. I will be loyal to Keir Starmer and Angela Rayner, as I have been loyal to all previous leaders.
- Restore full decision-making power to local parties, with a continuing role for online participation to include those with disabilities, caring responsibilities or transport issues.
- Value the grassroots volunteers who keep the party alive.
- Support Labour councillors through tough times.
- Let CLPs choose their own parliamentary candidates. From June 2017 CLPs were pleading to select candidates, but when the 2019 election was called, dozens again had candidates imposed.
- Review membership subscriptions and give CLPs a fair share of the income.
- Make sure that the women’s conference doesn’t fall off the agenda, again.
Supporting documents: Ann-Black-1 (PDF)