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, November 14, 2010

London Labour Board

Yesterday's London Labour Biennial Conference saw the regional party in good spirits and united in its desire to win the forthcoming 2012 Mayor and Assembly elections.

The new Regional Board elected was:

Chair: Len Duvall AM
Vice-Chair: Linda Perks (89%, beating Tony Belton 8% and Aktar Beg 3%)
National Policy Forum Reps x2: Lucy Anderson and Sam Gurney (42% and 43% beating Lisa Homan 16%)
Disabilities Rep: Nick Russell (36% beating Sally Mulready 33% and Sean McGovern 31%)
Ethnic Minorities Officer: Raj Jethwa (94% beating Ebeneezer Akinsanmi 6%)
North West CLPs (F): Lisa Homan (55% beating Judith Atkinson 45%)
North West CLPs (M): Chris Payne
South & SE CLPs (F): Maggie Hughes (40% beating Christine Bickerstaff 37% and Anne Reyersbach 23%)
South & SE CLPs (M): Charlie Mansell (53% beating Jeff Hanna 30% and Tony Belton 17%)
North & NE CLPs (F): Laila Butt
North & NE CLPs (M): Unmesh Desai (57% beating Mark Holding 24%, Joe Ejiofor 13% and Aktar Begg 5%)
Central CLPs (F): Joy Johnson
Central CLPs (M): Francis Prideaux (52% beating David Bellamy 21%, Ian McKenzie 20%, Cormac Hollingsworth 7%)
Trade Unions x8: Leonie Cooper, Gary Doolan, Steve Hart, Gloria Hanson, Amarjit Singh, Alan Tate, Sheila Thomas, Rachel Voller
Co-Op x2: Joe Simpson, Dora Dixon-Fyle
Socialist Societies: Huw Davies
Young Labour: Daryn McCombe
London Councils Labour Group x2: TBC

So where there were contested elections the left did well in the NPF contest, largely through running candidates who had union backing so started with half the available votes; but badly in the CLP seats, with only Francis Prideaux and Joy Johnson in the Central London division winning of the left candidates.


Anonymous Tom said...

Is "good spirits" a euphemism for having a massive row? Probs over what to do about Ken Livingstone's efforts in Tower Hamlets?

12:41 pm, November 14, 2010

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Is Raj Jethwa on the right?

12:47 pm, November 14, 2010

Anonymous Anonymous said...

You should be united Luke and back candidates and stop sneering at the left wing.

The legacy of Labour portrayed by the media shows it to be the party who created a Trillion pound debt for us all to pay, this is the obstruction to getting any Labour candidate elected.

With wet fish leader and shadow cabinet careerists it will be very hard to win back our once loyal voters!

1:04 pm, November 14, 2010

Blogger Luke Akehurst said...

Tom, Tower Hamlets was referred to (not by Ken) by a number of speakers, but there was no row or debate. Everyone who mentioned it just urged hard work to win it back for Labour in 4 years time.

Anon 12.47 Raj is on the soft left but everyone votes for him because he does a good job.

Anon 1.04 where was the sneer? I just factually reported the politics of the people who won.

8:56 am, November 15, 2010

Anonymous Anonymous said...

How annoying to see Alan Johnson on the television yesterday undermining the 50% tax rate.
This man is supposed to be the Shadow Chancellor. If he cannot defend the 50% rate then he should make way for someone who will.

I have never been taken in by his 'down to earth charm'. It beats me how anybody could be taken in by him given his deeply reactionary views.

12:32 pm, November 15, 2010

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Luke, were you surprised Lisa Homan was run so close by Judy Atkinson in her CLP division?

And Christine Bickerstaff wasn't far behind in her division...

12:43 pm, November 15, 2010

Blogger Luke Akehurst said...

12.43 I think Lisa feels her CLP divisional vote suffered from the fact she was running for NPF as well.

5:31 pm, November 15, 2010

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anonymous 1:04PM

Under its "wet fish leader", Labour has just scored its highest poll rating for three years.

Suck it up ;-)

12:38 am, November 16, 2010


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