NEC Elections 2020 – additional candidate statement received by the CLP.

This candidate has received enough nominations to be included on the final ballot.


Gemma Bolton
Gemma Bolton

As an active member and officer of my local CLP in Mid Sussex, I see on an almost daily basis the amount of time and effort my CLP secretary puts into the work of running the CLP and I would first like to take this opportunity to thank you for everything you do. It is precisely to represent grassroots members like yourself that I am running for the National Executive Committee on the Grassroots Voice slate, supported by the Centre-Left Grassroots Alliance. Grassroots members like ourselves are the lifeblood of the Labour Party and our voices need to be heard loud and clear at all levels of the party.

I am therefore getting in touch to ask your CLP to consider nominating me for the NEC at your forthcoming meeting (if you have already had your nomination meeting then apologies for disturbing you and, to those of you who’ve nominated me, thank you so much for your support). The two central premises on which I am standing are: a) to seek a mandate for the policy agenda developed over the last few years, so popular with Labour members and voters, and b) to continue the democratisation of the party. I am standing to continue to work for and to win, for the people, a transformative Labour government. Socialist policies and democratic principles go hand in hand and I will pursue both on the NEC unwaveringly:

A radical policy agenda
I will seek a mandate for a radical policy agenda going into the 2024 general election and to unite the party in support of progressive policies, including public ownership, strong opposition to austerity, and a Green New Deal to tackle the climate emergency. These policies are overwhelmingly popular with voters and provide a platform for power to elect a Labour government. I also want to see the repeal of anti-trade union laws, to see our party stand firm for anti-racism, liberation and equality, and promote an ethical foreign policy based on peace not war.

Democratisation of party structures
Members must be at the heart of our party, engaged in decision-making and able to hold those in elected positions to account. Far too often in the Labour Party, members have been side-lined and their voices suppressed. This has begun to improve but there is still much further to go. I will always be a vocal campaigner for member-led democracy. I have championed maintaining and improving democratic procedures throughout my time as Co-Chair of the Campaign for Labour Party Democracy and will continue to do so if elected to the NEC.

My credentials
An active member of Labour’s South-East Regional Executive for the last 4 years, I am also the South-East Youth Representative on the National Policy Forum and a constituency representative on the Women’s Conference Arrangements Committee, working to ensure our party’s Women’s Conference is democratic, member-led and has as much power to influence party policy as possible. Through these roles and other campaigns, I have developed vast experience of internal party organising and knowledge of our party’s structures. I have fought for greater democracy and a voice for grassroots Labour members at all levels of our party and was proud to run as a parliamentary candidate for my home constituency in the 2019 general election.

I don’t sit in these meetings because I enjoy complicated discussions about process. I do so because I am committed above all else to a mass-membership, socialist, democratic Labour Party, one that will oppose the Tories and fight for peace, socialism and internationalism here and abroad.

I hope your CLP will consider supporting me and the rest of the Grassroots Voice slate: Yasmine Dar, Ann Henderson, Nadia Jama, Laura Pidcock and Mish Rahman.



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