Ann Black’s report from Labour’s March executive

by Ann Black.

National Executive Committee, 15 March 2016 Ann Black reports on Labour’s national executive committee meeting which took place this month. This was a shorter meeting than January, only five-and-a-half hours. Glenis Willmott MEP opened with her European report, pleased that the government had finally applied for flood relief funds after Labour lobbying. Talks with Turkey were aimed […]

Ann Black’s report from Labour’s November executive

by Ann Black.

National Executive Committee, 17 November 2015 Ann Black reports on Labour’s national executive committee meeting which took place this month. The first meeting after conference is always a long session, planning for the challenges ahead. Overall objectives were to develop Labour as a campaigning movement, achieve real change, build trust in communities, and win elections at all […]

Ann Black’s report from Labour’s September executive

by Ann Black.

National Executive Committee, 22 September 2015 Ann Black reports on Labour’s national executive committee meeting which took place this month. NEC meetings have their own familiar rituals, and though the world may have changed, the routine remained the same.  Members welcomed the return of Dennis Skinner, replacing John Healey who is now in the shadow cabinet, and […]

Ann Black’s report from Labour’s July executive

by Ann Black.

National Executive Committee, 21 July 2015 Ann Black reports on Labour’s national executive committee meeting which took place this month. Interim leader Harriet Harman said that we were living through turbulent times, and she was under no illusions about the scale of the challenge. Labour had to listen to the country and campaign in a spirit of […]

Twelve things Labour members thought about the general election campaign

by Ann Black.

On 8 May I mailed Labour Party members asking for feedback on the campaign and thoughts on the way forward. I received hundreds of messages from all parts of the UK which I collated and passed to the Learning the Lessons Taskforce. The document runs to 231 pages and may be rather indigestible, so I […]

Ann Black’s report from Labour’s May executives

by Ann Black.

National Executive Committee meetings, May 2015 Ann Black reports on two meetings which have taken place this month. Special meeting 13 May 2015 This was a special meeting, called to agree procedures for choosing the next leader and deputy leader. The Chair Jim Kennedy welcomed Hilary Benn MP, who replaces Sadiq Khan, and Peter Willsman, returning to the […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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