Pete Willsman reports from Labour’s November Executive

by Peter Willsman.

National Executive Committee Away Day 26 November 2017 This NEC was the annual ‘Away Day’, where ‘blue sky thinking’ is encouraged. This year we held our meeting in Glasgow where we were warmly welcomed by the new leader of the Scottish Labour Party, Richard Leonard and the very enthusiastic Scottish Executive Committee (SEC), and part of […]

Peter Willsman reports from Labour’s September Executive

by Peter Willsman.

National Executive Committee 19 September 2017 As some of you will know, I have been on-and-off of all four of Labour’s National Committees since 1981 and I have been present when some very important decisions have been made. But in some ways, this NEC was very special. I think am not exaggerating when I call […]

Peter Willsman reports from Labour’s July executive

by Peter Willsman.

National Executive Committee 18 July 2017 There was a very positive and constructive attitude all around the table. Everyone was fully aware that Labour had had a bigger increase in our vote share since 1945. Also everyone was fully aware that Jeremy was the key to our success. As of course were all of our […]

Peter Willsman reports from Labour’s Clause V meeting, May 2017

by Peter Willsman.

For new members, I will just explain what the ‘Clause V’ meeting actually is. It has pride of place in our party’s Constitutional Rules – “Chapter 1, Clause V – Party Programme”. It is when the party’s Mandarins get together to produce the party’s General Election Manifesto. When not in government, the Clause V meeting […]

Peter Willsman reports from Labour’s special May executive

by Peter Willsman.

Peter Willsman reports from Labour’s special executive National Executive Committee 3 May 2017 This meeting was called to agree the list of Labour candidates covering every Parliamentary seat in England, Scotland, and Wales. It was a very up-beat meeting. As always, Jeremy, Glenis, and Iain were in fine form. Leader’s Welcome Jeremy gave a ‘big […]

Pete Willsman reports from Labour’s emergency NEC meeting

by Peter Willsman.

Peter Willsman reports from Labour’s emergency executive National Executive Committee 19 April 2017 Following Theresa May’s breaking of her word on Tuesday 18 April, the NEC swung into action and had a meeting on Wednesday 19 April. It was a very upbeat and business-like meeting. Everyone was totally focused. A lot of work has already […]

Peter Willsman reports from Labour’s March Executive

by Peter Willsman.

Peter Willsman reports from the National Executive Committee Tuesday 21st  March 2017 A useful NEC: dominated by the comprehensive and impassioned presentation (by our two National Campaign Co-ordinators, Andrew Gwynne MP and Ian Lavery MP) of our preparation for the wide range of local elections in the Spring. Leader’s Report Jeremy paid tribute to the […]

Peter Willsman reports from Labour’s January executive

by Peter Willsman.

National Executive Committee 24 January 2017 For the second time running, we had a very tranquil NEC. This may be down to the fact that there was very little on the agenda that was controversial. The most noteworthy issues had arisen at the Disputes Panel and Organisation Committee held on the 17 January. I cover […]

Peter Willsman reports from Labour’s November executive 

by Peter Willsman.

National Executive Committee 22 November 2016 (‘Away Day’) After several very tense and fractious set-tos there was clearly an effort made to have a tranquil NEC for a change. There was nothing faintly controversial on the agenda. The whole ‘Away Day’ was reminiscent of one of the Maharishi meditation sessions. Before reporting on the 22nd […]

Peter Willsman reports from Labour’s September executive 

by Peter Willsman.

National Executive Committee 20 September 2016 The NEC lasted for some 8 and half hours – the sandwiches and tea had been provided but the staff, due to massive pressure of work at the moment, were unable to organise sleeping bags. Jeremy Corbyn was present from beginning to end. As you will see, in some […]

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