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.

Sunday, June 29, 2008

NEC Ballot

Labour Party members should have received their NEC ballot paper by now. I would recommend voting for:

NEC:
Azhar Ali
Deborah Gardiner
Sonika Nirwal
Ellie Reeves
Peter Wheeler
tactically it makes sense to not use your sixth vote

Treasurer:
Jack Dromey (reluctantly - in my case the deciding factor was receiving an invite to join "Labour Friends of Palestine" on Facebook from his rival Mark MacDonald)

Auditor:
Kevin Hepworth
Michael Leahy

If you are a councillor you get some extra votes. Choices are a bit more nuanced here as there is no Grassroots Alliance slate running but I settled on:

NEC Local Govt Reps:
Sir Jeremy Beecham
Ann Lucas

NEC Joint Local Govt Cttee:
Caitlin Bisknell
Mehboob Khan

NPF
Jamie Carswell
Pauleen Lane
Roger Lawrence
Irene MacDonald

27 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Not having a brain I'm so pleased that I now know how to vote - what would we do without you Luke. Thank you, thank you!

9:25 pm, June 29, 2008

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Jack Dromey????

I wouldn't vote for him under any circumstances. He's a fool.

9:28 pm, June 29, 2008

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Will vote as instructed Comrade....

P.S. Will you hold my hand as I have awful trouble out in the real world...

9:35 pm, June 29, 2008

 
Blogger Miller 2.0 said...

"(reluctantly - in my case the deciding factor was receiving an invite to join "Labour Friends of Palestine" on Facebook from his rival Mark MacDonald)"

What's wrong with Palestine? Mark McD is a moderate 2 stater.

10:10 pm, June 29, 2008

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

miller 2.0

For God's sake, change your moniker.

And for that matter, change your pic.

You look like a testorone-challenged 14-year-old - a somethat genetically retarded version of Luke.

10:27 pm, June 29, 2008

 
Anonymous Jane Moneypenny said...

Just make sure that whoever you vote for has enough wonga in the bank to meet their responsibilities under the joint and several liability of officials and NEC members for the debts of the party when declared insolvent.

10:31 pm, June 29, 2008

 
Anonymous Huw Leslie said...

Slightly curious how Ellie Reeves managed to apparently get on both slates - how does that work?

10:37 pm, June 29, 2008

 
Blogger Miller 2.0 said...

"miller 2.0

For God's sake, change your moniker.

And for that matter, change your pic.

You look like a testorone-challenged 14-year-old - a somethat genetically retarded version of Luke."

This cracked me up. I go for the bratty look, what can I say?

I'll try to think of a better name. I reckon I'd come accross as taking myself a bit over-seriously if I started writing out my full name everywhere.

2:46 am, June 30, 2008

 
Blogger Miller 2.0 said...

"Slightly curious how Ellie Reeves managed to apparently get on both slates - how does that work?"

Apparently someone on the GRA slate didn't get nominated or something, so they backed Ellie.

Which is fair enough, but I would have voted for her whether they backed her or not. Top candidate.

2:48 am, June 30, 2008

 
Anonymous Jag Singh (Team McDonald) said...

Luke, it was hoped that the campaign for Treasurer would have made people
focus on the real issues affecting our party. It is shame that you
have decided to vote on the basis on what would seem a totally
unrelated issue of raising the issue of Palestine within the labour
movement and provide a forum for constructive debate with Labour
Friends of Israel; whose primary objective like LFP is to encouraging
a dialogue between Israel and Palestine.

7:15 am, June 30, 2008

 
Anonymous Jag Singh (team mcdonald) said...

And for the record - I've been known to wear my IDF shirt around town.

7:19 am, June 30, 2008

 
OpenID stuartbrucepr said...

All sensible choices, apart from treasurer which you appear to have made on totally the wrong basis. It would be a strange political person that agreed 100% with the views of another political person, usually you'll have broad areas of agreement and smaller areas where you don't.

But this is an internal election for Labour Party treasurer - therefore you vote on the issues directly related. Mark's views on Israel/Palestine are irrelevant. If you don't support Jack Dromey as treasurer (which is what you strongly hint at) then he is a very good choice.

8:31 am, June 30, 2008

 
Blogger Luke Akehurst said...

Actually I have broader concerns that Mark's politics are nearer to Compass than they are to mine.

8:41 am, June 30, 2008

 
Anonymous Ian G said...

"Actually I have broader concerns that Mark's politics are nearer to Compass than they are to mine."

Excellent. I shall definitely vote for Mark then!

9:44 am, June 30, 2008

 
Anonymous hughes views said...

Thanks - I was trying to work out which the sensible ones were. But there is of course even less point in voting in this election than in a general election given that, even in these difficult times, the constituency has about three times as many people in it as a parliamentary one has and thus my voting is even less likely to influence the result. Now remind me why I spend so much of my free time trying to convince people that it's worth voting!

10:25 am, June 30, 2008

 
Blogger Luke Akehurst said...

Hughes Views

actually turnout is so low (20%) that you have a lot more influence in this ballot than in electing an MP.

Last time the 6th place winner got less than 14,000 votes and another 7 candidates got over 10,000.

10:47 am, June 30, 2008

 
Anonymous hughes views said...

"the 6th place winner got less than 14,000 votes and another 7 candidates got over 10,000"

So if I had had 4,000 votes I could have made a difference!

11:12 am, June 30, 2008

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Still failing to grasp how the Palestine/Israel conflict should make me not vote for Mark? Why is LFP an organisation to be opposed? They aren't against Israel just against violence against Palestinians and their right to have a state of their own. Am I right or am I missing something Luke?

12:56 pm, June 30, 2008

 
Anonymous jdc said...

I won't be happy until the Jews are driven into the sea. We need a free Palestine!

2:03 pm, June 30, 2008

 
Blogger Chris Paul said...

The House of Loves (2) have voted for only Ellie Reeves (1) and Sonika Nirwal (1) and one of the auditors (Hepworth, 2) from your pick. The rest of our votes :

Azam
Black
Kenyon
Shawcroft
Willsman all (2)

McDonald (2)

Lavery (2)

And I commend this slate to Luke's readers one and all.

The NEC constituency reps are supposed to represent the grassroots Luke; not be super numeraries for the party's top table. Whipping this vote from the centre is a bit pathetic really. The Unions already do the super numerary thing, mostly ignoring their own policy.

The Friends of Palestine Facebook Group can not be taken as serious apostacy Luke, what are you on about? You could have joined for a bit of relaxing spying, ready for a denuciation follwing the cultural revolution.

Can the kid add up? Yes! Is he on top of the legals? Yes, he is a barrister! Will he be fobbed off or run rings round? No!

Try the same with Dromey and on track record you get two negatives and a positive. He has been bloody useless in terms of doing the job AND he hasn't delivered the 4th Option yet either!

4:14 pm, June 30, 2008

 
Blogger Duncan Hall said...

I already knew who to vote for, but it's nice to hear from Luke who NOT to vote for (just in case I started feeling churlish for not using my sixth vote...)

7:04 pm, June 30, 2008

 
Blogger Duncan Hall said...

By the way is there an imposter pretending to be jdc? I don't always appreciate everyone's sense of humour (especially in brief blog comment form) but the comment here and another on John McDonnell's blog don't really strike me has his usual sense of humour...

7:07 pm, June 30, 2008

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I threw mine in the bin and asked to be removed from the Labour party cut up my card and posted it back.

7:31 pm, June 30, 2008

 
Anonymous jdc said...

Duncan, you seem like a man of mature years.

Is there anything you could recommend for me? You see I can't seem to keep it up!

10:20 pm, June 30, 2008

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

In the absence of any manifesto anywhere I found the recommendations very helpful.

There were a few names on the ballot I recognised but didn't really know who exactly what was on which slate.

Your advice accompanied by all these comments from your avid readers quickly revealed who was who ;-)

So I have not used my sixth vote as tactically advised, but I don't really follow how that works!

8:50 pm, July 03, 2008

 
Anonymous Arnold Keswick said...

A point to bear in mind is that not all members of the CLGA are as bad as each other.

I would far rather have Ann Black than Peter Kenyon on the NEC and I reckon you would too, Luke - why not vote for her as your sixth position to make it that bit more likely that Shawcroft, Kenyon, Willsman etc will be kept off the NEC?

6:25 pm, July 06, 2008

 
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