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.

Friday, May 09, 2008

And then there were 10?

CLP Secretaries have been sent the list of valid nominations for the NEC.

I'll do some analysis of this in due course.

There now appear to be only 10 people in the running for six places as the Grassroots Alliance's Fran Griffiths - who got in excess of 50 nominations - is listed as "invalid, ineligible or declined". Does anyone know what the story is on this? This would be the first time ever that the GRA hasn't had a full slate in the ballot.

Postscript: have now found out that Fran Griffiths' nomination was invalid because she was not nominated by her own CLP.


Anonymous Peter Kenyon said...

Dear Luke

Correction - Fran Griffith was nominated at a properly constituted quorate meeting of her CLP. The CLP Secretary omitted to send the official nomination paper in to Head Office before the 1 April 2008 deadline. I understand it was a genuine mistake and the person concerned has done the honourable thing and resigned.

It leaves an interesting question to be addressed. What if the CLP secretary had fallen under a bus between the time of the meeting and the deadline? Would that have constituted grounds for compassionate consideration?

I would like to think that party officials are charged with safeguarding democracy, not exploiting bureaucratic oversights. At least the CLP had a secretary. I wonder how easy the person concerned will be to replace? I wonder how many CLPs in the country haven't got a secetary. Time to find out.

7:01 pm, May 09, 2008

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm sure in the case of a genuine case of "something has happened to the CLP Secretary" then the officers would be sympathetic. "Oh I forgot/thought I'd sent it/omitted to send it" doesn't come into that category. Otherwise we could all submit everything late/at the last minute on the grounds that we forgot?

8:31 pm, May 09, 2008


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