A blog by Luke Akehurst about politics, elections, and the Labour Party - With subtitles for the Hard of Left. Just for the record: all the views expressed here are entirely personal and do not necessarily represent the positions of any organisations I am a member of.

Wednesday, September 26, 2007

NCC & CAC landslides

A slamdunk for the forces of light in today's CAC (Conference Arrangements Committee) and NCC (National Constitutional Committee) elections - they sound boring but determine how conference is run and the policing of the rulebook.

CAC:
Stephen Twigg - 108636 elected
Marge Carey - 86773 elected
Lynne Jones - 48800
George McManus - 28971
Selman Ansari - 9254

NCC:
Maggie Cosin - 90675 elected
Peter Kenyon - 25438
Rita Stephen - 13863
Stanley Henig - 9252

15 Comments:

Anonymous Andrea said...

Commiserations to Lynne Jones, one of the best politicians in the PLP

6:35 pm, September 26, 2007

 
Anonymous Peter Kenyon said...

Dear Luke

One person's forces of light could be another's forces of darkness.

BTW thanks for the hat-tip. STLP at its best, delivering for members.

7:27 pm, September 26, 2007

 
Blogger Doctor Dunc said...

I'm very disappointed Lynne Jones didn't get elected. And George McManus for that matter. The idea that the people who are already running the show winning these positions too is somehow some sort of great victory for the 'forces of light' is rather sad.

8:47 pm, September 26, 2007

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

doctor dunc, in the akehurst/new labour version of reality the "forces of light" are always the guys who control the switch.

10:03 pm, September 26, 2007

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dunc,

You're tragic. All your slate failed and you resorted to defending Slobbabob Wareing.

You don't even have an alternative in Respect anymore. Obscurity knocks for the GRA/SCGN.

10:41 pm, September 26, 2007

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Luke...can you clarify what you mean when you describe the Labour First slate as the 'forces of light' and presumably mean the CLGA are the forces of darkness.

I'll keep checking back to see if you answer...

12:20 am, September 27, 2007

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yes Luke is winding you up, but is it really so hard to understand that he thinks he is on the right side?

Not many people self-identify as Darth Vader.

10:33 am, September 27, 2007

 
Blogger Doctor Dunc said...

Of course Luke thinks he's on the side of the angels. Don't we all? I just think it's healthy for there to be plurality of positions in these elected party positions. I guess I would have indulged in some triumphalist nonsense if we'd won them all, so I'll let him off...

As for 'anonymous 10:41' - I'm tragic? I feel fine, to be honest. Have never considered Respect to be an alternative for me, and don't intend to engage with you on the other matters.

If you want to try firing cheap shots, maybe put your name to them?

5:52 pm, September 27, 2007

 
Anonymous Gareth Williams said...

Well I am old enough to remember previous elections.

That includes the 1964-70 Labour Government.

If the nut cases and frustrated spinsters/Onanistic members of Respect, CLPD, LRC etc. wish to get thier thrills out of reconstructions/reenactments of the 1980's well, thats fine by me.

Just keep your dreams to yourselves,

Most active Labour Party members wish to win the next election.

Despite the attitude of the looney fringe.

11:54 pm, September 27, 2007

 
Blogger grimupnorth said...

Yes, great Luke. The right have killed off the Labour Party. How happy you must be.....

2:03 am, September 28, 2007

 
Blogger Luke Akehurst said...

Yes Susan, we have killed it off by giving it an 11% poll lead after 3 election wins?????

7:34 am, September 28, 2007

 
Blogger Doctor Dunc said...

Gareth, leaving the completely unnecessary nastiness aside, let's consider some of your key assumptions:

The first is that those who support the LRC or the CLPD are not 'active Labour members' - quite the reverse is true. If you were to look back to the letters of support for John McDonnell that went to the press, urging parliamentary nominations, you would have seen that it was rife with councillors, MPs, CLP chairs, secretaries, other positions, Branch chairs, secretaries, etc. union officials, NEC members, etc. While, of course, many Labour activists are not of the left, to try and pretend that the left sit around whinging while the right get on with the job is simply fiction-writing: the evidence blows it out of the water.

The second assumption is that people on the left wish to recreate the 1980s. As I recall the 1980s were dominated by a 'conviction politician' obsessed with Britishness and neo-liberal economics. Not really my bag. As for the party through the bulk of the 80s - run by the right, deliberately picking fights with the left, losing elections: not my bag, either.

While those on the left may make historic references, and be proud of the achievements and history of our movement (and I might add, Luke fits that bill as well, from what I've read on this blog) - we are very much looking forward. Perhaps you should try it.

8:37 am, September 28, 2007

 
Blogger Ravi Gopaul said...

Gareth Williams said...
"Well I am old enough to remember previous elections.

That includes the 1964-70 Labour Government.

If the nut cases and frustrated spinsters/Onanistic members of Respect, CLPD, LRC etc. wish to get thier (sic) thrills out of reconstructions/reenactments of the 1980's well, thats fine by me.

Just keep your dreams to yourselves,

Most active Labour Party members wish to win the next election.

Despite the attitude of the looney fringe"

We all (left and right) want to win the next election Gareth. Even with its worst excesses this New Labour Government is better than a Tory one. My issue with people like you is that you only slither out the gutter to make hurtful, stupid and pointless remarks. Unless you have something fruitful to say (remarkable though that might sound) you should make it, if not, stay under the rock you came from.

10:57 am, September 28, 2007

 
Blogger grimupnorth said...

The Labour Party as we knew it ie democratic and accountable with sovereign policy-making Conference has most definitely been killed. I believe the name is even being changed.....

12:51 pm, September 28, 2007

 
Blogger Chris Paul said...

When Twigg is elected an MP presumably Lynne Jones gets his CAC seat? He wouldn't hold that as a member of the government would he? Not again?

12:52 am, September 30, 2007

 

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