Posts Tagged ‘Labour General Secretary’

Labour General Secretary: who voted which way?

by Jon Lansman.

It’s been a long time since votes on Labour’s national executive were recorded. Although all members of the executive are representatives of someone, they prefer to vote in secret. They don’t get away with it in parliament and we may not agree with the practice, but don’t expect it to change anytime soon. But since […]

Iain McNicol’s in-tray: Pandora’s Box

by Peter Kenyon.

I welcome Iain McNicol’s election as the Labour Party’s next General Secretary. I would not describe him as a buddy, or close personal friend. Iain is a comrade. And I would like to share two experiences that highlight why. I first met him in my capacity as chair of Save the Labour Party in 20045 while […]

Iain McNicol is Labour’s new General Secretary

by Jon Lansman.

The new general secretary of the Labour Party is Iain McNicol, currently national political officer of the GMB. Iain won the support of the centre-left members of the NEC and most trade union representatives which was sufficient to win by 17 votes to 14. Even though he was not the favoured candidate of those advising […]

Labour’s new General Secretary: a battle for the soul of the Party

by Peter Kenyon.

Behind the scenes a battle is underway for the soul of the Labour Party. In a week’s time its national executive will be in full swing. Top of its agenda will be deciding who is to be the next general secretary. The short-listing panel has offered the 33-member body a simple choice between head of […]

Labour General Secretary: Will Ed leave machine politics in the past?

by Jon Lansman.

Yesterday, a Labour selection panel chose a shortlist of two for a new general secretary. The panel was carefully chosen to comprise largely those who would, in the bad old New Labour days, have been described as Leadership loyalists. The full executive, which has chosen the party’s chief executive since the party’s early days, may […]

The race for Labour’s next general secretary: opening bets

by Jon Lansman.

Applications for Labour’s General Secretary closed today and an NEC officers panel will meet tomorrow to decide the long list of candidates whom they will interview on or before 11 July. The full NEC will make the final decision on 19 July after interviewing a short list. The leading runners remain as we predicted some weeks […]

Will Ed hand the party back to the ÜberBlairites?

by Jon Lansman.

It’s eight months since Ed Miliband was elected promising change. Eight months that have seen more promise but precious little change. The party was promised a new voice, and maybe it will still be allowed a little one, but Liam Byrne’s policy review looks set to resurrect much of the old Blairite mantra before that voice […]

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