Posts Tagged ‘NPF’

I want to be the members’ champion

by Angela Eagle.

It was one of the proudest days of my life when I was elected Chair of Labour’s National Executive Committee at Conference in September 2014. Accepting the role I recalled to those present that I shared this privilege with only eleven women MPs In over 100 years of Labour history including Ellen Wilkinson and the […]

Peter Willsman’s report from Labour’s special May executive

by Peter Willsman.

National Executive Committee, 13 May 2015 This special executive was called to consider the arrangements for Labour’s leadership and deputy-leadership elections. The meeting was v ery comradely and there was a serious intent to reach a consensus. Harriet Harman paid tribute to Ed Miliband for his unstinting commitment to our cause and to his dedicated leadership over […]

Support Katy Clark and Jon Lansman for the Conference Arrangements Committee

by Peter Willsman.

Although most Labour Party members are now focused mainly on working for a Labour victory in the general election, there are some important internal party elections shortly after 7 May. Since the closing date for nominations in those elections is 10 June and many constituency parties won’t even have a cycle of meetings before that date, many […]

Deciding on a coalition: should Labour follow Attlee or MacDonald?

by Jon Lansman.

Labour has had two experiences of formal coalition. In the first, its leader chose not to consult the party which was very divided about his austerity programme, and chose to go into coalition with the Tories and Liberals. This split the party which didn’t form a majority government for 14 years. In the second, the leader […]

Ann Black’s report from Labour’s November executive

by Ann Black.

National Executive Committee, 4 November 2014 As usual the first meeting after conference was an extended session, setting strategy for the year ahead, with general election victory the over-riding objective.  Presentations showed an impressive level of organisation on the ground and increasingly sophisticated online operations.  The Tories will massively outspend us and regular donations from thousands of […]

Ann Black’s report from Labour’s executive in September

by Ann Black.

National Executive Committee, September 2014 September was a strange month, with the lead-up to annual conference dominated by suspense over Scotland. The NEC meeting scheduled for Tuesday 16 September was moved to Glasgow so we could all pitch in, and then cancelled as bad weather disrupted travel. Many staff and activists came straight from the campaign […]

Unions have united for Labour victory. The party must respond to union concerns

by Billy Hayes.

All the signs are that Labour can form a majority government in 2015. Lord Ashcroft’s larger opinion polls all indicate that the Tories and Lib Dems are going to lose a lot of seats to Labour. David Cameron seems to agree. This realisation forced him into a large Cabinet reshuffle in an attempt to find […]

Labour’s economic policy – a lingering attachment to austerity

by Peter Kenyon.

There was nothing subtle about economic policy under New Labour. ‘We are getting into bed with business‘. Fingers to the hoi polloi. ‘You’ve got nowhere else to go‘. People in their millions voted blindly for it in 1997. A significant proportion got wise by 2001 and placed their ‘X’ elsewhere or decided ‘None of the […]

Ann Black’s report from Labour’s July executive

by Ann Black.

National Executive Committee, 22 July 2014 NEC meetings always start with tributes to members who have died, and in July these included Bob Jones, the police and crime commissioner for the West Midlands, who was just 59.  The by-election for the PCC was triggered, disrespectfully, even before his funeral, and would be held on 21 August.  […]

Ann Black reports on Labour’s national policy forum

by Ann Black.

Milton Keynes, 18/20 July 2014 Like the last pre-election Forum in 2008 this was held on the hottest weekend of the year, but there the similarities ceased, and not just with the move from Warwick University to Milton Keynes.  For the most part constructive dialogue and willingness to compromise outweighed arm- twisting, and all sections […]

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