Over six hundred CLPs (constituency Labour parties) are eligible to nominate their preferred candidates for Labour’s National Executive Committee CLP slots, although not every CLP always nominates.
Once a candidate has five nominations, they qualify for the ballot – but overall nomination totals are often an indicator of likely levels of support in the OMOV (one member one vote) ballot this summer.
Nine CLP representatives will be elected and will take their seats after Labour’s annual conference in September for two years. At least four must be women. Each Labour member can vote for nine candidates.
The ‘left slate’ put forward by Momentum, CLPD, GLGA and others are:
The SKWAWKBOX asks readers to vote and campaign for this left slate.
Current NEC member Ann Black is standing separately to this slate after being dropped from it after what many consider a disappointing performance since Corbyn’s first election as leader.
The right-wing slate candidates supported by Progress and Labour First are Luke Akehurst, Lisa Bane, Johanna Baxter, Jasmin Beckett, Eda Cazimoglu, Gurinder Singh Josan, Heather Peto, Marianna Masters and Mary Wimbury.
It goes without saying that these candidates must not get anywhere near a place on the NEC.
The latest available nominations tally is below – candidates highlighted in red are on the left slate:
Luke Akehurst 13
Lisa Banes 7
Johanna Baxter 12
Jasmin Beckett 11
Ann Black 24
Eda Cazimoglu 7
James Craigie 5
Yasmine Dar 21
Huda Elmi 23
Rachel Garnham 23
Ann Henderson 17
Eddie Izzard 1
Gurinder Singh Josan 12
Jon Lansman 23
Marianna Masters 8
Nav Mishra 20
Nicola Morrison 1
Heather Peto 12
Stephen Stanners 2
Ross Sykes 1
Claudia Webbe 20
Darren Williams 19
Peter Willsman 22
Mary Wimbury 12
While the overall figures suggest a healthy lead for left candidates, the numbers supporting Ann Black are a concern.
Ms Black’s recent history on the NEC has drawn criticism from the left, but whatever your opinion on that a strong showing for Ms Black might not only prevent a solid left candidate winning a place, but could siphon away enough votes to allow one of the right-wing slate to sneak through ‘on the inside rail’.
There is a vital further consideration for left-wing members, after this week’s decision by Scottish leader Richard Leonard to help vote in a less solid left chair of the NEC ‘officers’ group and undo the left’s majority on a group with a major influence over the NEC’s agenda and decisions.
Ann Black currently has an officers’ place because she is chair of the National Policy Forum and that position automatically has an officers’ seat as long as the holder is also an NEC member.
If Ms Black fails to win a place during this summer’s elections, it will remove her from the officers’ committee and help undo the damage caused by Leonard’s action at Tuesday’s NEC meeting.
On all grounds, it’s therefore essential that the left-wing majority of members who support Labour’s direction under Jeremy Corbyn and the re-democratisation of party structures and processes maintain discipline and throw their weight solidly behind the left slate.
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