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, April 02, 2008

NEC Nominations

Early indications now that nominations to the Labour Party NEC have closed are that the usual lead in CLP nominations enjoyed by the left "Grassroots Alliance" has been overturned.

Final figures are yet to emerge but I've heard that:

Ann Black (GRA) has over 170 nominations (including many CLPs that nominated the 5 Labour First candidates plus her as the most moderate of the GRA slate)
Ellie Reeves and Peter Wheeler (both Labour First) are both around the 125-130 mark
Pete Willsman (GRA) is at just under 120
Christine Shawcroft (GRA) has just under 100
Mohammed Azam (GRA), Peter Kenyon (GRA) and Sonika Nirwal (Labour First) have between 60 and 70.
Deborah Gardiner (Labour First), Azhar Ali (Labour First) and Fran Griffiths (GRA) have between 50 and 55.

It looks as though the actual ballot will be highly competitive, with some chance of Labour First taking 4 or even 5 seats.


Anonymous Lord Low's Guide Dog said...

"A derelict theatre or a tube station, which do you think people in Hackney want more?"

Did you ever ask the people of Hackney???? I don't think so

Lastly are you really the Deputy Mayor of Hackney?

2:21 pm, April 02, 2008

Blogger Luke Akehurst said...

I think the 2006 local election results in Dalston Ward indicated they wanted the tube station not the derelict theatre.

No I'm not - the Deputy Mayor of Hackney is Cllr Jamie Carswell.

2:26 pm, April 02, 2008

Anonymous Peter Giardino said...

Your rich City friends wanted the tube station so they could get to work more quickly from their yuppie flats without having to travel on buses with the riff-raff. The rest of us wanted the heritage of Hackney to be protected.

2:45 pm, April 02, 2008

Anonymous Peter Kenyon said...

Dear Luke

As anyone with the scantest knowledge of Dalston Junction knows, the derelict theatre was sited to the east of the station. If there had been the political will then the theatre could have been rebuilt/renovated and brought back into use alongside the new station.

The 2006 election results were hardly a mandate to either bulldoze the theatre or agree a social housing development that is least likely to deliver sustainable affordable housing.

3:23 pm, April 02, 2008

Anonymous Sir Mildmay said...

The Council's own consultation showed that 95% wanted to save Dalston's character its historic architecture and have some affordable housing.

I'll hope you acn dig this out someone

4:19 pm, April 02, 2008

Anonymous John said...

Am I right in thinking that they're the only ones who have got the neccesary minimum number of nominations?

i.e. Are those 11 the only ones that will be on the ballot?

6:36 pm, April 02, 2008

Blogger Luke Akehurst said...

Correct. No one else got validly nominated.

7:13 pm, April 02, 2008

Blogger Miller 2.0 said...

Are people even aware that LF are standing as a slate? And in't it time they had a website?

9:34 pm, April 02, 2008

Blogger Luke Akehurst said...

We've managed perfectly well for nearly 30 years without a website.

10:11 am, April 03, 2008

Blogger Miller 2.0 said...

Haha, that is classic old right.

4:29 pm, April 03, 2008

Blogger Dave Brinson said...

As both a Labour and Equity member, I know quite a lot about theatres and the NEC, but am mystified as to what the connection is in this thread. Was Luke's "NEC Nominations" post written in some code that I don't understand ?

10:23 pm, April 03, 2008

Anonymous Andrea said...

last time Ann Black had around 156 nominations, Wheeler 88, Reeves 64, Willsman 109, Shawcroft 116, Ali 36 and Azam 70

So Black, Wheeler, Reeves and Willsman up, some (Reeves) more than others. Shawcroft down.
Last time the ranking according to the number of nominations was 1) Black 2) Shawcroft 3) Willsman 4) Wheeler, then the rest with a group (Reeves, Wolfgang, Azam and Jackson) having more or less the same number of noms

Black will certainly get in. And Willsman number of nominations is pretty decent, so I think it looks unlikely from the nominations stats LF getting 5 seats.

12:01 pm, April 04, 2008

Blogger Wiseman for NEC said...

I know I pulled out on March 3, do you know how many noms I got in the end


8:22 pm, April 04, 2008

Blogger Merseymike said...

But all this tells us is that with membership at an all-time low, many of those who are not in sympathy with Government direction have left the party.

Many will not be voting for it next time. Shouldn't this concern you more than maintaining the dominance of those who fail to recognise that the New Labour experiment no longer rings true for 2008 as it did in 1997?

11:16 am, April 05, 2008

Anonymous John said...

Luke - do you know when the nominations are 'official'?

2:16 pm, April 07, 2008


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