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National Executive Committee

Candidate Statements

National Executive Committee Candidate Statements

Below you will find the statements submitted by members who wish to stand for the National Executive Committee. For clarity, being listed below is NOT a requirement of being nominated and your nominating organisation is free to nominated anyone who meets the eligibility criteria.


NEC CLP Section (Div III)

Statements of members who wish to stand for the National Executive Committee CLP Section (Div III).

There are nine positions in this section to be elected by a ballot of all eligible members of the Party, at least four of those elected must be a woman.

 

Luke Akehurst

Membership Number

A113881

Candidate Statement

I was elected to the NEC in 2020 having previously served 2010-2012. I voted for Keir Starmer in the leadership election and I have been working on the NEC to make his leadership a success; to reunite and rebuild a divided and demoralised Labour Party after four consecutive General Election defeats; and to get Labour into fighting shape for the next General Election.

A Labour activist for 34 years, I am passionate about tackling poverty and inequality. As a parent and cancer survivor I will fight to defend our NHS and schools from Tory cuts.

Support the closest possible links with Europe. Want zero tolerance of antisemitism, Islamophobia and racism. Strong record of fairness and defending democracy in taking decisions, openness and accountability in reporting back to members.

Extensive campaigning experience: Borough Campaign Manager in four Hackney elections increasing Labour seats from 29 to 50; parliamentary candidate Aldershot and Castle Point; full-time Organiser in Camden.

Councillor 2002-2014, trade unionist (Unite) 29 years. Member of Co-op Party and Fabians.

With over three decades experience of campaigning, on the NEC my absolute focus is on turning Labour back into an election-winning party.

I recommend also nominating Baxter, Duale, Singh Josan, Thomas.

 


Jose Alexander

L0062605

Candidate Statement

Jose Alexander I feel privileged to have served as a London Borough of Newham Councillor from 2010 to 2018. I am a Labour Party activist and have been a member for 21 years, including the Co-operative Party. I am a dedicated Labour Dialogue Team member who has was part of the National Phone Banking Task Force and received Best Practice Award. I am a Unite union member and was a former secretary with Remploy and promoted diversity and equality in the work place. I was supporting disabled employees and co-ordinated many meetings with Remploy management over an eleven-year period. I have shown dedication through Keir Starmer’s leadership campaign. Since 2003, I have been a dedicated campaigner for every election and hold experience of delivering projects to wider sections of the community. I would like to work with NPF to help elect the Labour government in 2024. If I am elected NPF for London Region, I would like to support and prioritise: Investment in education, the NHS and support climate change initiatives to reduce CO2 emissions by 2030. Invest in communities to help tackle cost of living crisis. Focus on a long-term strategy for energy supply sector to help vulnerable communities.
Email: [email protected]
Facebook: www.facebook.com/jose.alexander.357
Twitter: @Keralacommunity
Mobile:07957132895


Jessica Barnard

Membership Number

L1204334

Candidate Statement

As a youth worker I have spent years supporting young people and families experiencing insecure work, devastating cuts to their community and denied a secure home.
More than ever we need to take the fight to the Tories and deliver a socialist Labour government that tackles wealth inequality, putting people first.

We must fight racism, stand for peace, global justice and real action to tackle the climate emergency.

I am standing to ensure our party is led by working class voices who will stand up for the policies we need.

I will be a strong voice for party democracy, accountability, the rights of our brilliant membership and for equality and liberation campaigns.

As Young Labour Chair I have worked relentlessly to champion the voice of young members at one of the toughest moments facing us.

I have lead campaigning actions across my region for years, served as a County Councillor in Norfolk, stood as a Parliamentary Candidate and am a dedicated community activist and organiser.

I am firmly committed to trade unionist and socialist principles, and am proud to be supported by the Centre-Left Grassroots Alliance and Momentum. Please also support Mish Rahman, Gemma Bolton and Yasmine Dar.
E: [email protected]
T: @JessicaLBarnard


Johanna Baxter

Membership Number

A914587

Candidate Statement

Labour needs to win power for the many whilst keeping true to our radical values. We need to offer solutions as well as solidarity – a credible radical alternative that creates jobs, tackles climate change, and invests in the health and education of our nation.
As Head of Local Government for UNISON Scotland, representing 80,000 workers, I know the reality of fighting for those values on the frontline and my track record is one of delivery.
I’m a Labour member of 26 years, a previous CLP Chair and CLP Secretary, a CLP rep on the Scottish Executive and active campaigner.
It’s an honour to serve as your NEC Vice Chair and I have worked hard with colleagues to sort our complaints system, improve transparency and the training and support for CLPs to make sure we are match fit for the next election.
I am committed to engaging with members and retain the record for visiting the most CLPs to provide reports of our work.
I’ve never shied away from speaking truth to power and will work with everyone across our broad church to put Labour back in power.
Please also consider Akehurst, Duale, Josan & Thomas.

 


William Stenhouse Bettles

Membership Number

L1762388

Candidate Statement

I am a 22 year old from Buckingham working in the retail industry. I have struggled throughout life giving me a grit and determination to fight for what is right. I have a strong sense of justice and am infuriated by injustice. I seek to bring these characteristics as your NEC CLP Representative. I am a Christian and a member of the *Christians on the Left* socialist society. I believe Jesus Christ gave us the model for a fair, free and compassionate society. I am your choice if you want a candidate who is inspired by Christian Socialist and Social Democrat values.

 


Ann Black

Membership Number

A353890

Candidate Statement

I’m seeking re-election after serving from 2000 to 2018 and returning in 2020, still committed to accountability, socialist policies and genuine party democracy. I am loyal to Keir Starmer and Angela Rayner, as to previous leaders. I’m a lifelong UNISON member.

The party has to look outwards. As chair of the National Policy Forum I am focused not just on what a Labour government should do, but how to achieve that Labour government, with an inspiring vision and clear messages on equality, public services, workers’ rights and electoral reform.

In 2020 I argued that local parties should receive a bigger share of subscriptions, and have already got £1,500 returned to every CLP. As a CLP secretary myself I understand the stresses on volunteers. I helped to revive the national women’s conference, and continue trying to reduce unacceptable delays within complaints and disciplinary processes.

I judge issues on their merits regardless of faction. For instance I opposed expulsion for supporting organisations before they were proscribed, supported simpler selection procedures, but was the only representative to object to the NEC controlling parliamentary longlists and allowing candidates to spend £3,500. Please check my record at www.annblack.co.uk, and contact [email protected] for updates.

 


Gemma Bolton

Membership Number

L1405940

Candidate Statement

I’m standing for re-election to Labour’s NEC to continue to fight for a socialist and democratic party which upholds the rulebook, decisions of its annual conference, and puts members and working people at its core.
To win, Labour must fight for a socialist policy agenda in opposition to Conservative attacks on our jobs, health, shared values and living standards. We must oppose Tory austerity; support public ownership; a Green New Deal; a peace-oriented, independent foreign policy and fight rising poverty and racism.
As an NEC member I have:
– Worked to create new democratic Student and BAME structures
– Produced detailed written reports of NEC meetings
– Voted to return the whip to Jeremy Corbyn
– Campaigned for the publication of the Forde Report
– Opposed unfair proscriptions and expulsions
– Opposed rule changes that weaken members’ rights

I have fought for democracy and a greater voice for grassroots members at all levels of our party, including on the South East Regional Executive, Women’s Conference Arrangements Committee, and as co-Chair of the Campaign for Labour Party Democracy (CLPD).
I’m proudly endorsed by the Centre-Left Grassroots Alliance (CLGA) including CLPD and Momentum. Please support the other CLGA endorsed candidates.

[email protected]
Twitter: @gembolton
Facebook: Gemma4LabourNEC

 


Yasmine Dar

Membership Number

L1173052

Candidate Statement

I’m standing for re-election to the NEC, to continue as a strong voice defending grassroots members, the lifeblood of our Party.
On the NEC I have:
•Been a strong supporter of popular, transformative economic policies and an internationalist foreign policy for peace, justice, and human rights.
•Pushed for greater democracy, the long overdue publication of the Forde report and dynamic, inclusive equalities structures.
•Fought for transparent, fair disciplinary processes based on natural justice.
•Supported more say for grassroots members, including the right to select the candidates we want.
My experiences as a BAME woman, a social worker, anti-racist activist, and Councillor have shaped my socialism and fuelled my determination to fight for a transformative Labour government. As the cost of living and inequalities soar and the devastating impact of Covid continues, it is time to step up our campaign against this vicious government.
I support campaigns such as Black Lives Matter, a Green New Deal as well as maintaining a strong commitment to anti-war activism.
I am proud to be supported by the Centre Left Grassroots Alliance, Campaign for Labour Party Democracy and Momentum. Please also support Gemma Bolton, Mish Rahman and Jess Barnard.

 


Abdi Duale

Membership Number

L1396053

Candidate Statement

Hi, I’m Abdi Duale,
Vauxhall CLP member, Trade Unionist (GMB Union), former Labour Organiser (2017 – 2019) and former council candidate.
My Labour roots stem from my parents who fled war-torn Somalia as refugees. They sought sanctuary in Ealing, where the Labour council provided them with a council home that changed their lives.
The last Labour government lifted my family out of poverty thanks to the minimum wage and investment in education meant that I was one of the first in my family to go to university.
As an active Labour member, I have a track record of campaigning for Labour candidates across the country. I’m a community activist, from supporting local food banks to campaigning against racial injustice. A black man has never been elected to Labour’s NEC and with your support, I hope to become the first.
As a former campaign organiser, I know the road back to government isn’t easy. I’m running for NEC to focus our party on taking on the Tories, supporting Keir and Angela to make our party election-ready and winning the next election.
I also recommend voting for Akehurst, Baxter, Singh Josan and Thomas.
Email: [email protected]
Twitter: @AbdiDuale_
Thank you

 


Maryam Eslamdoust

Membership Number

L0113400

Candidate Statement

I’ve been a Labour activist for 15 years and councillor in Camden for 12 years, leading campaigns against betting shops and strip clubs taking over high streets, and currently mounting opposition to increasing numbers of school expulsions affecting our most vulnerable children.
As a BAME woman I’ve suffered racism throughout my life, so I know from direct personal experience that we must eradicate all forms of discrimination in our Party. I’m a lifelong equalities advocate and have used my voice as a councillor to speak up for those experiencing racism, disability discrimination and to fight for women’s safety.
As Secretary to the NEC Equalities Committee, I oversaw set up of the Party’s National Women’s structures and National BAME structures.
I have campaigned for Labour in every election and under every leader since 2008. The Tories are failing Britain, but it’s not good enough for us to think we can just coast into power. We need to offer socialist policies which give hope to voters and inspire Labour members and our affiliated trade unions.
It is time for the Party to end this civil war and start laying into the Tory government, instead of our own members.
FOR PEACE AND SOCIALISM!

 


Zakir Hussain Fayazi

Membership Number

L1716528

Candidate Statement

Being a member of the party since 2017, it will be an honour to put my further efforts to help the party reaching their goal through this position.

Best regards,
Zak

 


Katherine Foy

Membership Number

L0102021

Candidate Statement

I’m standing again for election to the NEC because we need to win the next General Election. The Tories have spent 12 years running down our nations; cutting our services, corrupting our institutions, and dividing our communities. We cannot let them win again. If elected I will work to ensure that all of our campaign teams have all the resources and support they need to win a majority when the time comes.

I’m standing again because I support party democracy. I want the Labour Party to value its membership as the genuine representation of the party in the country and in our communities. Power within the party should be devolved to ordinary members wherever possible.

I’m standing again because we still need to do better by our members. Bigotry and factional double standards are quietly tolerated within the party, as widely reported by our Muslim, GRT, BAME, and trans members. We must also avoid complacency by continuing to oppose antisemitism. If elected I will vote to continue adopting and enforcing our zero tolerance policies against hate speech and all forms of prejudice.
For those who are alone and who are afraid, for those who are powerless; we need to win.

 


Peter John Goodair

Membership Number

A613648

Candidate Statement

I have been a lifelong supporter of the Labour Party. I am passionate about the need to bring about a fairer society, remove poverty and homelessness and address the underlying factors causing them. As a member of the NEC I will argue strongly for policies that will help deliver these objectives as well as improving the health and wellbeing of disadvantaged citizens. I also believe in the importance of improving public transport and implementing measures to combat climate change. I believe in the need for progressive taxation so that those who are well off bear a larger share of the tax burden. I have held significant roles in Whitehall including policy formulation in environment and health and safety and have a strong understanding of the machinery of government.

 


Deborah Hobson

Membership Number

L0001446

Candidate Statement

Deborah is a socialist African Caribbean woman, trade unionist and long-standing activist in the Camberwell and Peckham CLP and nationally in the labour movement. For more than a decade, she has campaigned for the Labour Party. Deborah is her CLP BAME Officer, working to recruit under-represented people to Labour and get them actively involved in one of the most deprived areas of the country.
Black women are among the most deprived people in society and the most badly affected by the Tory government’s devastating policy of austerity and cuts and should therefore be in the forefront of the working-class fight-back. As an NEC member Deborah would fight for and be accountable to Labour members who need a strong voice at this crucial time for our party. She believes that the racism and attacks on Black communities in the UK that have resulted in the Grenfell fire tragedy, the Windrush scandal and continuing police brutality against Black men that reignited the Black Lives Matter movement, demand strong Black advocates in the Labour Party and wider labour movement. Deborah would oppose unfair disciplinary action against members and promote the value of natural justice.
Deborah is a documentary filmmaker and visual artist.

 


Gurinder Singh Josan

Membership Number

A635225

Candidate Statement

After four defeats, the Labour Party must win the next General Election and elect Keir Starmer as Prime Minister.
I was elected to the NEC in the two recent elections and have worked tirelessly to help rebuild our organisation, fix our complaints systems, improve transparency and help make Labour into an election winning Party again. I hope to continue that work.
I’m a Labour Party member of 34 years, Chair of Trustees at HOPE not Hate Charitable Trust, Vice Chair of Sikhs for Labour, Secretary of my Unite Branch, a school Governor and Central Council member of Socialist Health Association.
The Labour Party has been and can again be the progressive alliance that delivers change. But to deliver change we must end factionalism and become again the ‘broad-church’ Labour Party that wins elections. Our values have always allowed members to differ on policy matters but we must be united on working to win power. It is only then that we can hope to renew, reconnect and rebuild trust with voters who have left us.

Our community’s desperately need a Labour Government and I’ll ensure that is the NEC’s most important priority.
Please also nominate Akehurst, Baxter, Duale, Thomas.

 


David Littlefair

Membership Number

L1162157

Candidate Statement

TO WIN POWER WE MUST MOVE LABOUR BEYOND CITIES:
The Labour Party’s biggest problem is how our membership, manpower and energy is so completely biased toward safe, metropolitan, city seats.
I ask your support with real solutions that will ensure we are spending our time and energy in the right places. I want Labour representing towns like those in the North East where I grew up as much as big cities like London.
Since 2019 I’ve ran Labour Beyond Cities. We work to redistribute Labour’s energy, skills and time away from cities with safe majorities and into towns where we have been losing support.

You might have met me at the many swing seat phone banks we’ve ran, or have had a skilled activist assigned to you from our pool of volunteers.

Email me at [email protected] – I’d love to tell you about our fully costed and researched pitch for the party to fund a Labour Linkedin – helping you to access our movement’s huge skill base.

If you want to know more visit www.labourbeyondcities.co.uk
Tweet us: twitter.com/labbeyondcities
We will publish a draft manifesto for changing labour here:
www.labourbeyondcities.co.uk/necmanifesto

 


Dr Neeraj Patil

Membership Number

L0054413

Candidate Statement

Dear friends,

I’m standing for the NEC because I passionately want our party to win the next General elections and frame policies that work for the many and not the few.

We are undoubtedly a divided party, and split parties lose repeatedly. I don’t represent any of the ‘blocs’ and I’m proud to call myself an independent grassroots Labour activist. I have served as Lambeth Councillor for eight years and Mayor in 2010.

I have served the NHS as a doctor for 27 years with extensive experience working in the front-line COVID-19 unit.
I am aware of the policy priority in the NHS. The well-being of our citizens, especially given the ageing population and increase in mental and physical illnesses, will need looking after, now more than ever, which will be at the heart of my policy.

I believe in zero-tolerance towards Anti-Semitism, Islamophobia, Anti-Hinduism, and any racial prejudice. I support open Parliamentary selections.

I recommend nominating independent grassroots party members to the NEC to promote unity and end divisions within our party to win the next General elections.

DR. Neeraj Patil, MBBS, FRCS, MRCS, FCEM
Consultant, A&E
Mayor of Lambeth (2010-2011)
Member of National Executive, BAME Labour
[email protected]
Phone-07963312194

 


Mish Rahman

Membership Number

L0137964

Candidate Statement

I was elected to Labour’s NEC in 2020 to ensure a strong voice for members and greater oversight over Party governance.
I am now seeking re-election after a term where I have:
– Strived to ensure fairness and due process on disciplinary panels
– Continually argued for consistent implementation of the rulebook and opposed arbitrary decision-making
– Regularly reported back via online calls, articles and social media
– Worked with NEC reps from all sides to introduce new equalities structures, including a BAME Members’ Structure
With a General Election looming towards the end of this term, I will work to deliver an election-winning party which will radically change the lives of millions for the better.
That means supporting popular, member-backed policies like a Green New Deal, public ownership, rolling back privatisation of the NHS, repealing anti-trade union laws, advancing migrants’ rights, and internationalist solidarity.
As a working-class man of Bangladeshi heritage, whose father campaigned in the 1980s against the National Front, I have always been a committed anti-racist activist.
I am proud to be supported by the Centre-Left Grassroots Alliance and Momentum. Please also support Jess Barnard, Gemma Bolton, and Yasmine Dar.
twitter @mish_rahman
web – www.mishrahman.org
[email protected]

 


Karen Self

A005911

Candidate Statement

I joined the Labour Party in 1988 at the peak of Thatcherism, when attacks on worker’s rights and civil liberties were commonplace. I never thought I would see a worse Tory Government, but here we are in 2022 and the right wing extremists are in charge. The folly of Tory Party politics is now laid bare before us, with energy companies failing, a housing crisis, a cost of living crisis and NHS waiting lists at record levels. My Labour Party is one that is inclusive, diverse and representative of our society. I have no time for those who are just here to create division, those who are driven by the purity of their socialism. I am here to make a difference and we can only do that by winning. I believe under Keir Starmer the party has moved in the right direction. I am currently CLP secretary for Bristol North West. In this constituency we know how to win, we did it in 2017 and again in 2019. I will bring a winning mentality to the NEC. I believe in consensus decision making and won’t ‘throw my toys out of the pram’ if I don’t get my way.


Sam Theodoridi

Membership Number

L1383357

Candidate Statement

As a care worker, working in the public sector, I’m well aware of the cost of a Conservative Government. I’ve seen cuts to funding decimate the care sector, leaving staff demoralised, underpaid and overworked.

We need a NEC whose sole focus is electing a Labour Government and Labour Councils up and down the Country. In Worthing, we are on the cusp of taking control of the local council for the first time. We have done that by putting aside factional concerns and working together to elect Labour Councillors who hail from across the Party politically.

I believe that the work we’ve done in Worthing can be replicated nationally, and my main focus as a member of the NEC would be to get the Party campaign ready.

This would mean:
Supporting CLPs across the country to elect hardworking Councillors, some for the first time in history, to build up trust in the Labour Party at a local level;

Recognising successful election campaigns and asking organisers for feedback on why they were successful, and how that can be replicated across the country;

Delivering a manifesto that we’re proud of, and that people can believe.

 


Jane Thomas

Membership Number

A784581

Candidate Statement

Labour party activist and experienced campaigner in Sheffield with nearly 30 years experience at all levels – at various times Chair of my CLP, member of Labour’s Yorkshire Regional Board, National Policy Forum and parliamentary candidate in a key seat (Keighley). Former Head of England Team at Friends of the Earth where my team led the anti fracking movement – the largest sustained grassroots mobilisation for decades. Currently Yorkshire Bylines editorial board.

I have played an active role in fairness and equality in the city – helping to shape the Our Fair City campaign following Sheffield’s Fairness Commission, former Chair of South Yorkshire Women’s Development Trust, and more recently setting up and running a local mutual aid group when the pandemic first appeared.

I am a committed devolutionist (established and ran Campaign for Yorkshire), supporter of electoral reform and an active pro European (currently a member of Executive of the European Movement).

It is vital we face outwards – take the fight to the Tories; focus on winning elections at all levels and in ALL parts of the country; be ambitious in our plan to win the next general election. Our communities deserve no less.
E: [email protected]
T: @CampaignJane

I recommend also nominating Akehurst, Baxter, Duale, Singh Josan

 


Naomi Wimborne-Idrissi

Membership Number

L0089569

Candidate Statement

My purpose on the NEC – to represent grassroots members
Let’s face it – the left in the Labour Party is under existential threat. The policy gains and the process of democratisation under Jeremy Corbyn’s leadership are being jettisoned. The response has to be solidarity and unity.
If elected I will work with comrades to re-energise embattled grassroots members, advocating against militarism; for international solidarity with the oppressed; and for collective mobilisation in unions, CLPs and communities where resistance is building against racist threats, crumbling public services and attacks on working conditions.
I will stand firm against proscription of left groupings; defend those unjustly accused; oppose antidemocratic actions by the leadership; and commit to open communication with members.
My experience
Trade union activist since the 1970s; workplace rep in the NUJ and then NUT; vice-chair of Chingford and Woodford Green CLP 2016-20; currently Waltham Forest NEU International Solidarity Officer; Jewish Voice for Labour Media Officer.
I have worked collaboratively with left organisations in the party and unions, defending socialist policies, democracy and members’ right to free speech.
I am standing to add my voice to those of current left NEC reps Mish Rahman, Gemma Bolton and Yasmine Dar.

 


Treasurer

Statements of members who wish to stand for the position of Party Treasurer

There is one position to be elected an electoral college of 50% OMOV of all eligible members and 50% of affiliated trade unions

 

NO STATEMENTS SUBMITTED

NEC Youth Representative

Statements of members who wish to stand for the position of NEC Youth Representative

There is one position to be elected an electoral college of 50% OMOV of all eligible members under the age of 27 and 50% of affiliated trade unions

 

William Stenhouse Bettles

Membership Number

L1762388

Candidate Statement

I am a 22 year old from Buckingham working in the retail industry. I have struggled throughout life giving me a grit and determination to fight for what is right. I have a strong sense of justice and am infuriated by injustice. I seek to bring these characteristics as the NEC Youth Representative. I am a Christian and a member of the *Christians on the Left* socialist society. I believe Jesus Christ gave us the model for a fair, free and compassionate society. I am your choice if you want a candidate who is inspired by Christian Socialist and Social Democrat values.

 


Zakir Hussain Fayazi

Membership Number

L1716528

Candidate Statement

Being a member of the party since 2017, it will be an honour to put my further efforts to help the party reaching their goal through this position.

Best regards,
Zak

 


Lara Eleanor McNeill

Membership Number

L1326015

Candidate Statement

I’m incredibly proud to work as a doctor and I have been on the frontline since the pandemic started. Yet while my colleagues and I were working ourselves to burnout, the Tories partied in Downing Street.
As young people, we have not only suffered during the pandemic, but the cost of living crisis continues unabated and over a decade of Conservative rule has left our future in limbo.
The Labour Party should be the home of any young person wanting to change the world for the better. Yet the establishment of our Party has shown that it sees our organisation as an inconvenience rather than an avenue to guide and embolden the hearts and minds of young people seeking to change their workplaces and communities.
Representatives like me are fighting to hold onto our proudest traditions to ensure that when we take power, we change young peoples’ lives for good.
If re-elected you can trust my politics and my experience to build a Labour Party that looks outward into our communities and internationally, building that solidarity where young people need it the most.
I’m proud to be standing with the support of Momentum to fight for a socialist future.

 


Brenainn Stafford Sheppard

Membership Number

L1805498

Candidate Statement

Young people deserve a organised and progressive Labour Party. Our generation is the one that has suffered greatly at the hands of this pandemic and to rebuild our society to work for young people we need a strong, visionary Labour government that acts in the interests of all who it represents. As the Young Labour representative at the NEC, I would ensure that the concerns and ideas of young people are given their deserved merit and that strategy decisions are made taking that into account. Having joined the Party at 14, I have been involved in campaigning from the 2019 GE to the upcoming 2022 Local Elections. I would be honoured to represent young people in Labour so I can continue to campaign for a fairer and prosperous future for my generation.

 


Thomas Wilkinson

Membership Number

L1183667

Candidate Statement

The youth in London are being left behind and increasingly marginalised. I want to fight for your voice.

Over the last ten years house prices and rents have soared leaving many young people in London unable to get on the property ladder or even move out of their parents/guardians house.

The outrageous cost of housing and the lack of new build homes has exacerbated the issue with policy makers failing to come up with solutions and like the current Tory government; ignore the issue entirely.

Beyond this the pandemic has hit young people particularly hard as it has been mainly young people that have lost their jobs in London’s hospitality and tourist sectors, this added to the already insurmountable cost of living and housing has left many young Londoners despondent and angry. This needs to change and with the help of all Labour members we can change the narrative.

We must also all work to many London safer and continue the fight against knife crime and crimes against women. No member of the British public should be made to feel scared to walk the streets of our capital, the place we all call home.

 


NEC Disabled Members Representative

Statements of members who wish to stand for the position of NEC Disabled Members Representative

There is one position to be elected an electoral college of 50% OMOV of all eligible members who self define as disabled and 50% of affiliated trade unions.

 

Stephen Drake

Membership Number

L0135485

Candidate Statement

I am currently in my first term as Disabilities Officer for my local CLP. Since being elected to office I have begun to grow significant links with national, such as Disability Labour, and local groups.

As a disabled person myself, I know only too well the structural problems that deny disabled people access to opportunities others take for granted. If elected, I hope to give the disabled community the voice it truly deserves on the NEC.

Six out of ten people who have died from COVID were disabled either physically or mentally. This demonstrates how damaging the lack of opportunity for the disabled is. And why it is vital that as the Labour Party we take health inequality seriously.

As Disabilities Members Representative, I will work to increase the Party’s efforts to raise the issues of the disabled and strive to do whatever I can to reduce the structural inequalities the disabled face every day.

 


Ellen Morrison

Membership Number

L1509954

Candidate Statement

I’m proud that 18 months ago, you chose me to be the first ever disabled members’ representative on the NEC. I’ve been at every NEC and subcommittee meeting to represent disabled members, ensuring our priorities are heard.
I’ve kept focus on the policies disabled people need, telling shadow ministers and the NPF that we need implement a social security system that truly works for us, a National Independent Living Service and a better-resourced Access to Work scheme.
I worked to get the social model of disability into the Party’s rule book, recognising that it is society not our impairments that disable us; and to get autonomous Disabled Members Structures passed overwhelmingly at Conference. These structures will be crucial in giving us a greater voice in the Party.
But the work isn’t done. We need a Labour government that will implement the changes disabled people need and that won’t happen without an NEC rep willing to hold our leadership’s feet to the fire. I want to see the continuation of the hybrid meetings pilot I’ve helped introduce, and to see the social model put into action, with the cultural and procedural changes necessary to make Labour truly inclusive and accessible.

 


Nesar Rafiq

Membership Number

L0087975

Candidate Statement

I suffer from a number of long term disabilities which have given me a understanding of the issues faced by disabled people in terms of economic activity ,benefit and disability related poverty .also how many disabled people are cut of from society .I have been a member of the Labour Party and trade unions for many years .I want to see more done for disabled people hence why I’m standing for this position .I have been called to the UK Bar .I both work and also study .Very active in my local Labour Party ward ,CLP,branch ,GMB union and trades Council.I promise to speak up for disabled people and ensure things change for the better .

 


Andrew Kenneth Vincent

Membership Number

L1666484

Candidate Statement

Disabled people have been split into two groups, Physically or Mentally disabled, which is counter-productive and divisive. I myself am categorised as Mentally Disabled due to what happened to me during the Gulf War (1991) but it paints a false picture. I wish to speak on behalf of all disabled people and those wonderful people, known as Carers which is too small a word to describe them. I am just an ordinary Disabled Labour Party Member, what I have is a passion against Discrimination, a passion for inclusion, a passion that each voice has the right to be heard, that is why I have allowed my email address ([email protected]) to be made available. As your Representative I wish to be the conduit by which disabled people and their carers can communicate with the NEC. If the difficulties of the last couple of years have shown us anything, the technology of virtual meetings have allowed us to continue to communicate I believe Hybrid meetings, part in person and part via computers can allow disabled people who find a face to face meetings difficult because of their disability will be able to take part via Hybrid meetings

 


NEC BAME Representative

Statements of members who wish to stand for the position of NEC BAME Representative

There is one position to be elected an electoral college of 50% OMOV of all eligible members who self define as BAME and 50% of affiliated trade unions.

Jermain Jackman

Membership Number

L1186990

Candidate Statement

Between the high rates of COVID deaths amongst BME communities, George Floyd’s murder & police crime, sentencing and courts bill, now more than ever, the voices of Britain’s marginalised communities must be heard & represented.

I’m a proud socislist & Labour activist who has knocked on doors from Leeds to Leicester & London, advocated for greater representation of Black Men across our movement & campaigned for the removal of slave trader statues in Hackney.
I believe the NEC needs a strong voice for BME members and help the Party stand and fight for Britain’s global majority communities in the same way they have always fought for us.

If elected, I will work with the leadership to release the Forde Report, ensuring transparency and fairness remains at the heart of everything we do. I will support the creation of our long awaited BME structures while developing a strong wider BME network. I will lead in organising an empowering comprehensive programme of events and workshops during our Party Conference.

I will commit to online conversations & surgeries with BME Labour members as an opportunity to not only listen & learn from our communities who feel disheartened & disengaged but empower them to be actively involved in the party’s decisions.

 


Ankunda Joel Matsiko

Membership Number

L1337386

Candidate Statement

The law is not to be used as a tool of oppression but as an instrument to deliver justice. This is my belief and how I approach my career as an immigration adviser and my political service as a councillor serving the Sherwood Ward of Nottingham City.

It has been incredibly painful to walk alongside those who have faced oppression within all these spheres. And it is pure joy to witness them achieve the justice they deserve; whether an employment, immigration, police or other matter.

It’s time for this ethos and hard work to be demonstrated further within Labour party policy for us to win the trust and confidence to lead this nation where all are valued no matter creed, colour and/or name.

Within the past few years, including recent changes to the Party rule book, our record on equalities has resulted in disillusionment. Equalities is equalities, simple as that. They should not be played against each other or dismissed whenever alleged with the can passed from pillar to post. Therefore, I am standing for the BAME NEC position to provide professional experience to renew and empower all.

I’m proud to be endorsed by Momentum

 


Dr Neeraj Patil

Membership Number

L0054413

Candidate Statement

Dear friends,
I’m standing to be your NEC BAME representative because I want to strengthen the bond between our party and BAME membership so that we can build bridges into our wider BAME communities.
This partnership is essential for winning the next General elections and necessary to tackle our communities’ disproportionate poverty and inequality. I worked as a Lambeth Councillor for eight years and Mayor of Lambeth in 2010-2011.
I have served the NHS as a doctor for 27 years with a unique experience working in the COVID-19 unit and have witnessed the disproportionate impact of the pandemic on BAME communities.
I have zero tolerance towards Anti-Semitism, Islamophobia, Anti-Hinduism, and any kind of racial prejudice within our party. I will endeavour to increase BAME representation in our Local councils and Parliament.
I have served on the National Executive of BAME Labour for ten years without representing any of the “blocs” within our party. I seek your support as an independent grassroots member to promote unity and end divisions within our party.
DR. Neeraj Patil, MBBS, FRCS, MRCS, FCEM
Consultant, A&E
Mayor of Lambeth (2010-2011)
Member of National Executive, BAME Labour
Member of National Policy Forum (2009-2013)
Email: [email protected]
Mobile: 07963312194

 


Nesar Rafiq

Membership Number

L0087975

Candidate Statement

I am of British Pakistani origin ,have a number of disabilities and are a Muslim . All these factors have given me a understanding of the issues faced by marginalised people in terms of economic activity ,benefit ,health related poverty discrimination .also how many marginalised people are cut of from society .I have been a member of the Labour Party and trade unions for many years .I want to see more done for marginalised people hence why I’m standing for this position .I have been called to the UK Bar .I both work and also study .Very active in my local Labour Party ward ,CLP,branch ,GMB union and trades Council.I promise to speak up for marginalised group and all those without a voice . Want to ensure things change for the better hence why I’m standing

 


Carol Sewell

Membership Number

L0121663

Candidate Statement

I’m proud that as your NEC representative I have:
• Fought for and secured new representative structures for Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic Members, enshrined in our rulebook.
• Delivered a new independent complaints system for members that will see racism and all forms of discrimination dealt with, backed up by new Codes of Conduct on Afrophobia and Anti-Black Racism, and Islamophobia.
• Ensured that reflecting the diversity of our party and our country is hard-wired into our Parliamentary selection processes.

Re-elect me, and I’ll fight for:
• Greater representation in Parliament, delivering an audit of candidates selected to ensure the Parliamentary party is truly representative.
• Training and support to enable Black, Asian, and Minority Ethnic councillors to reach senior roles in Local Government.
• Changing the law to allow All Black, Asian, and Minority Ethnic Shortlists.

The past two years have been tough for all of us. Our party can and must do more to hear our voices, respond to our concerns, and reflect our demands in policy development. You need an experienced voice to speak up for you.

Re-elect Carol Sewell, and I will continue to fight your corner on our NEC.

 


NEC Local Government Representatives

Statements of members who wish to stand for the position of NEC Local Government Representative

There are two positions to be elected a ballot of all eligible members of the Association of Labour Councillors, at least one must be a woman

 

Matt White

Membership Number

L1406484

Candidate Statement

Having campaigned successfully against the Haringey Development Vehicle, a plan to privatise land and demolish council homes, I was elected as a Labour councillor in 2018. Since being elected, I’ve worked collaboratively with my colleagues to radically change Haringey’s approach: to build council homes at council – rather than so-called ‘affordable’ – rents, insource services, pay care workers the London Living Wage, increase Council Tax support, stand up to the Home Office in defence of homeless residents, expand free school meals for primary school children and much more.
I believe in putting my socialist principles into practice. Labour councillors in leadership roles in Labour-led councils can deliver genuine change that benefits the people Labour was founded to represent: those in insecure work, paid so little they can barely afford the over-priced, insecure and inadequate housing that’s available.
But I also want to amplify the voice of backbench councillors in Labour Groups nationwide, who have an important role in delivering Labour’s policies on the ground in our communities.
By building socialism locally and showcasing its success, we can lay the foundations for the election of the next Labour government.

 


Aneesa Akbar

Membership Number

L1303281

Candidate Statement

Elected onto Hull City Council for the first time in 2018, I am passionate about local government and the transformative change we can make in power. I support insourcing, investing in council housing, and learning from the examples of Preston and North Ayrshire to keep wealth in our communities through Community Wealth Building. In Hull, I have seen how progressive voices can profoundly improve the lives of people we seek to represent.

I have been involved in campaigns highlighting taxi driver abuse, working with trade unions and drivers to expose the appalling abuse suffered by those in the service industry, something that has been worsened by the pandemic. I also supported setting up a team to inspect privately rented housing to support renters being exploited by landlords.

As the only BAME woman Councillor in Hull I know that my presence has ensured that our policies and decision-making reflects all our communities and brings people together. If elected onto the NEC, I will represent backbench councillors and councillors from underrepresented backgrounds, whose voices go unheard all too often.

 


NEC Welsh Representative

Statements of members who wish to stand for the position of NEC Welsh Representative

There is one position to be elected a ballot of all eligible members and affiliated supporters residing in Wales as of the Friday 17 June 2022.

 

Carwyn Jones

Membership Number

A188716

Candidate Statement

I am looking for your support again as the Welsh representative on the NEC. Over the past year and a half we have made great strides in positioning our party to win the next General Election. There remain of course many viewpoints within the NEC but it has been noticeable in the last few months that the body is working more coherently than before, which I very much welcome. Our objective has to be to win the next general election and we must unite around that goal.
I would like to be part of the process of continuing to work toward the election of a Labour Government in Westminster and to continue to ensure that Welsh Labour has a strong voice within the UK party. We only have one representative on the NEC and it is important that our colleagues across the UK are fully aware of what a Welsh labour Government is doing and we must ensure that our NEC colleagues are aware that their decisions have to take into account the impact on Wales.
I will always bring an independent mind to the NEC and my sole purpose is to represent all members regardless of their viewpoint.
Rwy’n edrych am eich cefnogaeth eto fel cynrychiolydd Cymru ar yr NEC. Dros y flwyddyn a hanner ddiwethaf rydym wedi cymryd camau mawr i osod ein plaid ar gyfer ennill yr Etholiad Cyffredinol nesaf. Wrth gwrs, mae llawer o safbwyntiau o fewn yr NEC ond mae wedi bod yn amlwg yn ystod yr ychydig fisoedd diwethaf fod y corff yn gweithio’n fwy cydlynol nag o’r blaen, rhywbeth yr wyf yn ei groesawu’n fawr. Ein nod yw ennill yr etholiad cyffredinol nesaf a rhaid i ni uno o gwmpas y nod hwnnw.
Hoffwn fod yn rhan o’r broses o barhau i weithio tuag at ethol Llywodraeth Lafur yn San Steffan a pharhau i sicrhau bod gan Lafur Cymru lais cryf o fewn plaid y DU. Dim ond un cynrychiolydd sydd gennym ar yr NEC ac mae’n bwysig bod ein cydweithwyr ar draws y DU yn gwbl ymwybodol o’r hyn y mae Llywodraeth Lafur Cymru yn ei wneud a rhaid inni sicrhau bod ein cydweithwyr NEC yn ymwybodol bod yn rhaid i’w penderfyniadau ystyried yr effaith ar Cymru.
Byddaf bob amser yn dod â meddwl annibynnol i’r NEC a fy unig ddiben yw cynrychioli’r holl aelodau waeth beth fo’u safbwynt.

 


Lynne Jones

Membership Number

A053819

Candidate Statement

Labour is under constant pressure from powerful institutions that work for the 1%, not the many our Party was established to represent. Since devolution, Welsh Labour has resisted these influences and shown that Socialist policies are popular and win votes. Our NEC representative must assert these values, ensuring that members’ voices are heard. My experience as a determined campaigner with principled politics equips me well to do this. Joining Labour in 1974, I stood 3 times in the same Tory-held Council seat before I won, held it when ‘safer’ Labour seats were lost at Thatcher’s peak. In 1992, I defeated the Tory incumbent to become MP for Birmingham Selly Oak, which I represented until 2010 (see my record here: http://www.lynnejones.org.uk/lynne-jones-mp-u/).
I was Chair of the Socialist Campaign Group and my successor in that role, John McDonnell, has commended my commitment and attention to detail. Since moving to Wales in 2012, I have been active in Brecon and Radnorshire, serving as CLP Chair and branch secretary. If elected, I would work for a more democratic, member-centred party and provide regular report-backs. I am supported by Welsh Labour Grassroots and Momentum.

Mae Llafur dan bwysau cyson gan sefydliadau pwerus sy’n gweithio i’r 1%, nid y mwyafrif sefydlwyd ein plaid i’w cynrychioli. Ers datganoli, mae Llafur Cymru wedi gwrthsefyll y dylanwadau yma ac wedi dangos bod polisïau Sosialaidd yn boblogaidd, ac yn ennill. Rhaid i’n cynrychiolydd NEC ddatgan y gwerthoedd hyn, gan sicrhau bod lleisiau aelodau’n cael eu clywed. Mae fy mhrofiad fel ymgyrchydd penderfynol gyda gwleidyddiaeth egwyddorol yn fy arfogi’n dda i wneud hyn. Wrth ymuno â Llafur ym 1974, sefais deirgwaith yn yr un sedd Cyngor yn nwylo’r Torïaid cyn i mi ennill, a’i dal pan gollwyd seddi Llafur ‘mwy diogel’. Ym 1992, trechais y periglor Torïaidd i ddod yn MP dros Birmingham Selly Oak, a gynrychiolais tan 2010 (gweler fy nghofnod yma: http://www.lynnejones.org.uk/lynne-jones-mp-u/ ).

Roeddwn yn Gadeirydd yr SCG ac mae fy olynydd yn y rôl honno, John McDonnell, wedi cymeradwyo fy ymrwymiad. Ers symud i Gymru yn 2012, rwyf wedi bod yn weithgar ym Mrycheiniog a Sir Faesyfed, gan wasanaethu fel Cadeirydd CLP ac ysgrifennydd cangen. Os caf fy ethol, byddwn yn gweithio i blaid fwy democrataidd sy’n canolbwyntio ar aelodau a byddai’n darparu adroddiadau rheolaidd. Rwy’n cael fy nghefnogi gan Wreiddiau Llafur Cymru a Momentum.

 


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