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.

Thursday, July 24, 2008

NEC Election Results

A reliable source has told me that the results of the constituency section of the Labour Party NEC elections are that the following six got elected: Ellie Reeves, Ann Black, Christine Shawcroft, Pete Willsman, Peter Kenyon and Peter Wheeler. This maintains the previous 4-2 balance between Grassroots Alliance candidates and those supported by Labour First, but means that men called Peter now have 50% of the seats!

Labour First-supported Ellie Reeves topped the poll, displacing the GRA's Ann Black who has been the most popular candidate in most of the recent NEC elections.

Deborah Gardiner did extremely well on her first run at the NEC, coming 7th as best runner-up.

For Treasurer it appears challenger Mark MacDonald did very well in the constituency half of the electoral college but incumbent Jack Dromey took 99% of the affiliates' half of the vote.

10.15am update - full results now confirmed by the Labour Party:

National Executive Committee, Constituency section:
Ann Black
Peter Kenyon
Ellie Reeves
Christine Shawcroft
Peter Wheeler
Peter Willsman

National Executive Committee, Local Government section:
Jeremy Beecham
Ann Lucas

National Treasurer:
Jack Dromey

National Auditor:
Ian Lavery
Michael Leahy

Association of Labour Councillors, NEC Joint Local Government Committee:
Caitlin Bisknell
Mehboob Khan

Association of Labour Councillors, National Policy Forum:
Jamie Carswell
Pauleen Lane
Roger Lawrence
Irene MacDonald

12.15 update. Numbers are:
Ellie Reeves 21407 LF ( +7557 from 2006)
Ann Black 20203 GRA (+712)
Christine Shawcroft 19988 GRA (+2014)
Peter Willsman 17131 GRA (+1372)
Peter Kenyon 16464 GRA (new candidate)
Peter Wheeler 16395 LF (+2434)
Deborah Gardiner 15577 LF (new candidate)
Sonika Nirwal 14026 LF (new candidate)
Mohammed Azam 12895 GRA ( -540)
Azhar Ali 11523 LF (+1030)
Turnout: 19.82%


Blogger Merseymike said...

Interesting. Of course, Ellie Reeves was supported by both slates so its not altogether surprising that she came top.

What is revealing is that given the very large number of people who have left the party (including me) who are not enthusiastic about the direction of government, the GA candidates still win 4 places.

9:33 am, July 24, 2008

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I voted for Ellie Reeves to annoy Susan Press. Otherwise I would have just voted for the five GA candidates

9:38 am, July 24, 2008

Anonymous Andrea said...

any news on the turnout?
I didn't see much excitement for this round of elections this year compared to 2006.

Originally I expected a 3-3 split between GA and LF. But then a couple of days ago when I checked when the results were going to be announced, I tried to predict the 6elected, I was easily able to name the 3 GA candidates I expected to get in, but I had to trouble to do so with a third LF candidate. So I was less sure of the 3-3 prediction.

9:40 am, July 24, 2008

Blogger Luke Akehurst said...

Turnout similar to last time.

9:48 am, July 24, 2008

Anonymous Fan of useless treasurers who preside over scandal and incompetence said...

Good old Jack Dromey. Can't keep a good man down!

10:42 am, July 24, 2008

Anonymous Andrea said...

Th 5 incumbents standing again..difference between 2008 total vote and 2006 votes:

Revees: +7557
Black: +712
Shawcroft: +2014
Willsman: +1372
Wheeler: +2434

others standing both in 2006 and 2008
Azam: -540
Ali: +1030

there were more candidates in 2006, so that's why most of them got more votes this year. But some benefitted more than others.

11:04 am, July 24, 2008

Anonymous john mcdonnell said...

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11:42 am, July 24, 2008

Anonymous Anonymous said...

The 7,500 extra for Ellie shows the core GA vote. I suspect up to half of members split their votes to ensure a balance which is why no slate ever wins 6 seats and why the split has varied 4-2 both ways and 3-3 since 1998. Of course there will be the table produced in Campaign Group News showing something like 47-40-13, but the reality is that members vote in a more sophisticated way than that.

2:19 pm, July 24, 2008

Anonymous Anonymous said...

7500 doesn't show the core CLGA vote as many of their core wouldn't have voted for Ellie Reeves.

And I doubt the CLGA has access to 7500 people anyway...

Still the result goes to show the CLGA is more representative of party membership than Labour First and Progress, hey Luke?

2:32 pm, July 24, 2008

Anonymous Anonymous said...

what were the constituency results for Treasurer. Dromey is a disgrace and while I am not surprised he won, it really tells you a lot about the quality of today's trade union leaders that they put forward such a hypocrite as their candidate.

3:37 pm, July 24, 2008

Anonymous Anonymous said...

The whole thing suggests Margaret McDonagh's strategy for this (like much else of her handiwork) is completely broken: she changed the rules to bring the election dates forward and then made the whole thing biennial, all as a way of astopping stories about it getting in the papers.

But it remains the case that the best performance of the non CLGA people was the first when the whole battle was conducted in the glare of the media but also when the Members' First slate was rather broader than the Labour First mob.

Of course, the blame ultimately rests with Tony Blair. he appointed her and let her get away with three years of vandalism and substituing organisational fixups for political victories.

3:44 pm, July 24, 2008

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Luke, you say Ellie Reeves was a Labour First candidate when in reality she was just as much a GA candidate. Another way of looking it the results would be to say that the GA won the top five place with Labour First (the right wing) winning just the last spot.

4:38 pm, July 24, 2008

Anonymous Anonymous said...

The "CLGA core" is the 300-500 who turn up to all the same conferences. You could possibly stretch it the 1000 claimed by the LRC?

Of more interest is the members who dont go to these conferences but who are claimed to be part of an average 47% rejection of Brown/Blair in the September issue of Campaign Croup News.

The bottom line is that CLGA candidates put Ellie in their biogs a call to vote for her and this generated 7,000 extra votes.

So far no-one has disputed my point that up to half of members are likely to split their vote with probably 7,000 each down the line for both regular slates.

If you look at PCS union elections you tend to get solid slate voting thus most people get in on one or other slate. In the case of the Labour NEC there has been remarkable stability: 2-4, 3-3,
4-2. This is not just for one year but for the last decade. The inference is that is substantial cross-voting.

The extra votes for Ellie Reeves for the first time gives us a reasonable idea of what at least one slates core vote is. Isuspect the LF slate core vote is slightly smaller - about 6,000, with the rest of the turnout probably cross voting in ratios of 2-4, 3-3, 4-2

What this means is that the membership has not over the last decade been ideologically split into 2 blocks, but that there is a massive centre ground of members who want to sure there are both loyal members and critics elected to the NEC to speak in debates.

6:08 pm, July 24, 2008

Anonymous Daniel Blaney said...

Christine Shawcroft will be on the Executive til at least 2010, and has been on since 1999. The party establishment have changed the normal protocol to prevent her taking the vice-chair/chair positions of the NEC. Surely they can't prevent her forever?

9:00 pm, July 24, 2008

Blogger Shamik said...

Oh dear. How long before Brown gets shown the door?

At this rate we'll only have 20 MPs left

2:29 am, July 25, 2008

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