Ballot papers for the election of constituency party representatives on Labour’s national executive committee and national policy forum are due to be posted to members on Friday. Although we published analysis of the nominations for the national executive six weeks ago, those for the national policy forum have only just emerged. They reveal that this years elections will be closely fought in most regions.
In the tables below, sitting members are shown in bold, and affiliations to Right-wing and centre-left slates are shown where known. The result and the number of nominations received in 2010 are shown in brackets where applicable, and links are provided to information on centre-left candidates where available. Where such information is not currently available, we will make it available on Left Futures as soon as it becomes available.
|EAST MIDLANDS (2010: 4 Right)|
|Julie||Brookfield (Right)||8 (13)|
|Marietta||Farnsworth (Right)||7 (14)|
|Andrew||Furlong (Right)||11 (13)|
|Mark||Glover (Right)||10 (13)|
|Charmaine||Morgan (Left)||7 (3)|
The right’s nominations are well down and the Centre-Left’s are well up. Charmaine Morgan was fewer than 900 votes behind Marietta Farnsworth last time in a high poll because of the leadership election so Left gains are possible.
|EAST OF ENGLAND (2010: 2 Right, 1 Left, 1 Ind)|
|Russell||Cartwright (Left)||14 (9)|
|Katie||Curtis (Right)||4 (16)|
|Jenny||Holland (Left)||11 (9)|
|Lorna||Trollope (Left)||11 (9)|
|James||Valentine (Right)||17 (23)|
|Daniel||Zeichner (Ind)||25 (29)|
Again, the right’s nominations are down and the Centre-Left’s are slightly up. Many Centre-Left voters are likely to support Daniel Zeichner in recognition of his strong support for council housing.
|LONDON (2010: 2 Ind, 2 Right)|
|Nicky||Gavron (Ind)||46 (32)|
|Gary||Heather (Left)||15 (10)|
|Alon||Or-bach (Ind)||43 (48)|
|Fiona||Twycross (Right)||30 (9)|
London Labour Left is recommending support for the two independents in addition to the two Left candidates though some on the Left will choose to cast only two votes. In the last election, nominations were not necessarily a good indication of votes. Of the two independents, Gavron looks certain to be elected with support of both Progress and many on the Left, and Or-back very likely but beyond that nothing is certain. Twycross has done much better in nominations this year but that partly reflects incumbency and being a candidate for the GLA — her abuse of the membership database may count against her this time. The fact that there are only two Left candidates this time compared with four last time will benefit Perry and Heather. It would be surprising if either Ogilvy or Ryan were elected.
|NORTH (2010: 3 Right, 1 Left)|
|Nick||Forbes (Right)||6 (4)|
|Veronica||Killen (Left)||5 (3)|
|Brynnen||Ririe (Right)||9 (6)|
|Liz||Twist (Right)||6 (12)|
|Nick||Wallis (Right)||11 (14)|
We can expect a close and hard fought contest here where there has been a narrowing of the Right’s advantage in nominations this time.
|NORTH WEST (2010: 3 Right, 1 Left)|
|Azhar||Ali (Right)||17 (6)|
|Mike||Amesbury (Right)||23 (5)|
|Theresa||Griffin (Right)||30 (8)|
|John||Wiseman (Left)||6 (3)|
The right have considerably increased their nominations in the North West. The Centre-Left suffered from several more candidates than places at nominations stage and may improve their position in terms of votes.
|SCOTLAND (2010: 4 Left)|
|Maria||Fyfe (Left)||9 (8)|
|Ann||Henderson (Left)||4 (4)|
|Jim||Mackechnie (Left)||5 (7)|
|Gordon||McKay (Left)||6 (8)|
|Ian||Miller (Right)||17 (3)|
Progress have made a great effort to boost the number of nominations this year. It remains to be seen how much they will increase their votes.
|SOUTH EAST (2010: 4 Right)|
|Marjory||Broughton (Left)||13 (13)|
|Simon||Burgess (Right)||27 (19)|
|Deborah||Gardiner (Right)||22 (23)|
|Karen||Landles (Right)||22 (21)|
|Martin||Phillips (Right)||29 (24)|
|Joyce||Still (Left)||18 (17)|
Neither side seems to have significantly advanced at nominations.
|SOUTH WEST (2010: 4 Right)|
|Keir||Dhillon (Right)||27 (18)|
|Glyn||Ford (Right)||18 (23)|
|Clare||Moody (Right)||7 (15)|
|Douglas||Naysmith (Left)||6 (6)|
|Ann||Phillips (Left)||5 (4)|
|Brenda||Weston (Right)||9 (16)|
A mixed result for both sides, but a Left gain is certainly possible.
|WALES (2010: 4 Left)|
|Nick||Davies (Left)||9 (4)|
|Annabelle||Harle (Left)||10 (11)|
|Hamish||Sandison (unknown)||3 (10)|
|Darren||Williams (Left)||11 (7)|
These results point to further consolidation by Welsh Labour Grassroots which swept the board at the last election.
|WEST MIDLANDS (2010: 4 Right)|
This is the weakest region for the Left, not least because of the suspension of labour parties in Birmingham.
|YORKSHIRE & HUMBER (2010: 3 Right, 1 Left)|
|Emma||Hoddinott (Right)||18 (17)|
|Mahroof||Hussain (Right)||12 (11)|
|George||McManus (Left)||17 (16)|
Thanks to the campaign of Winning Labour, the Left look well placed to make at least one gain this year
Finally, there will only contest for youth places on the NPF. The only regions where elections are contested are:
- London: Sally Hussein (Left, 19 nominations) looks likely to beat Ronit Wolfson (Right, 6 nominations) to hold a seat previously held by the Left.
- North West: A three way contest between Joe O’Neill (Left, 12 nominations), Anthony Lavelle (Right, 17 nominations) and Chris Hughes (Ind, 14 nominations), in a seat previously held by the Left.
- North: The Left will supprt Alex Hay (Ind, 3 nominations) against Daniel Johnson (Right, 6 nominations) in a seat previously held by the right.