Posts Tagged ‘Parliamentary Selections’

A battle for the party’s very soul

by Andy Newman.

In politics it is sometimes worth stepping back from the immediate hurly burly to take stock of the broader context. David Osland’s new pamphlet “How to select or Reselect your MP” invites us to do so, by his self-conscious decision to reboot a pamphlet that was first published in 1981. While both the Corbyn and […]

Time for the Labour Left to debate reselection of MPs

by David Osland.

For the past three months, the very word ‘reselection’ has been unmentionable in Labour left circles, for fear that even talking about it would represent an unwarranted provocation of the Labour right. But as the events of the last 48 hours clearly underline, it’s time to break the taboo. At the very least, Corbyn supporters now […]

Get over yourself, Kate Godfrey

by David Osland.

Last time I checked, the aims and values section of the Labour Party constitution did not include the advancement of the career of Kate Godfrey among its guiding principles. So unless it has subsequently been so amended and I somehow missed the press release, the special snowflake’s failure to make it onto the longlist of potential […]

The case for mandatory reselection

by Phil Burton-Cartledge.

If you want to know what a good slice of political journalism in the 21st century looks like,Michael Crick’s “scoop” is an exemplar. It has it all. The anonymous source. The wild claims. Guilt-by-association. Bandwagon chasing. According to Michael, the “far left are preparing to oust several Labour MPs”. Sounds serious. He names the two […]

Ann Black’s report from Labour’s March executive

by Ann Black.

National Executive Committee, 24 March 2015 The NEC congratulated Rachael Maskell, Conor McGinn and Kate Osamor on their selection as parliamentary candidates for York Central, St Helens North and Edmonton. If all goes well and they are elected as MPs on 7 May, this will have been their last NEC meeting. Lucy Powell, vice-chair of Labour’s […]

The return of Falkirk – more skulduggery, same victim, same perpetrators

by Jon Lansman.

The last few days has seen the sorry Falkirk affair return with a vengeance. Readers may remember that there were two people who had been seeking Labour’s parliamentary nomination for Falkirk who were accused of wrong doing in the recruitment of new members to that constituency party. One was left-wing Scottish Unite activist, Karie Murphy, former nurse and later office manager to […]

Ann Black’s report from Labour’s January executive

by Ann Black.

National Executive Committee, 27 January 2015 Ed Miliband was in Manchester launching Labour’s health pledge, so European leader Glenis Willmott MEP gave the opening report.  Labour MEPs opposed an increase in the budget because of continuing waste on the common agricultural policy, and were campaigning on violence against women, assistance for disabled people, allegations of corruption […]

Edmonton members ask for all-women shortlist – why won’t Labour’s executive oblige?

by Keith Wright.

When all-women shortlists hit the mainstream media, it’s usually because certain party members are unhappy with their application. But in the ongoing centrally-controlled selection in Edmonton, sources tell us local members and elected constituency Labour party (CLP) officers have specifically requested an all-women shortlist. Now, surely this would be welcomed by Labour’s national executive committee […]

The time and place for an all-BAME shortlist is now in Edmonton

by Jon Lansman.

In the last few days, Andy Love has announced that after 18 years as an MP, he will not be standing again in Edmonton. It is a very diverse north London constituency with a majority of almost 10,000 or about 24%, with a wide range of ethnic minorities comprising 73% of the population. Labour has an […]

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 […]

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