I’m proud of my record on the NEC in my previous term from 2010-2012. I want to get back on the NEC so I can do more for Labour and our members.
Being on the NEC gave me the opportunity to contribute at the highest level on the issues where I have most expertise, developing party organisation and election campaigning, and to travel the country listening to and hopefully giving heart to our fantastic members. I would like to make this contribution again.
On the NEC I:
- helped ensure Refounding Labour introduced changes such as decent funding for small CLPs so they can actually resource campaigning,
- backed All Women Shortlists in seats where this was in dispute like Redcar and Bristol South,
- fought alongside Dennis Skinner at Organisation Committee to ensure we ran a Labour candidate in every Police Commissioner election,
- worked with Ann Black to ensure democratic council selections in Birmingham,
- defended Ed Balls’ and Ed Miliband’s economic strategy when it came under attack,
- chaired sessions of the 2011 and 2012 Annual Conferences fairly and even-handedly,
- voted for Iain McNicol to be a transforming new General Secretary.
I acted at every point for members and their interests and I did everything I could to report both in writing and in person to members so they could hold me accountable.
I did not compromise on my politics because there is no point holding political office if it is not to champion the causes you believe in.
At what I hope was not my final NEC meeting in 2012 with Ed Miliband!