Twitter Scott Eastwood from North Norfolk CLP asked:
Can lab clp#nec members tell me how many clps they've visited. Tbh I haven't
heard of any other clp nec mmbs apart from
an important question so I thought it deserved a full answer of more than 140
I am very
proud to say I have visited 18 CLPs to date to give reports (Barking, Dover, Hackney North, Hackney South,
Hammersmith, Hertford & Stortford, Hornsey & Wood Green, Ilford North,
Ilford South, Pudsey, New Forest West, Reigate, Sittingbourne & Sheppey,
Thanet South, Tottenham, Twickenham, West Bromwich East and Windsor), plus 4 other bodies that are not CLPs (West Hampstead BLP, Barnet
& Enfield JLM, Kent County Party Education Working Group, Leicester
I have visits scheduled to Battersea, Leeds NE, Norwich, Crewe and Congleton.
I would welcome further requests to do visits.
I try to use every possible online channel (my own blog, weekly columns
for Labourlist and Progress, Twitter, Facebook and regular email reports) to communicate
with members, including those who do not attend meetings, and to inform as many
people as possible about how I am representing them on the NEC, and what the
politics are that I fight for.
This is in addition to my core duties as an NEC member:
at Annual Conference (5 days)
Full NEC meetings a year
Organisation Committee + Disputes Panel meetings a year
standing Panel on Birmingham Local Government Selections (daytime visits to
& Diversity Fund Panel
& Skills Policy Commission (6
meetings a year)
Policy Working Group
Labour Implementation Working Group
National Policy Forum meetings
that I am a councillor (including chairing a committee), a very active officer
of my own CLP (including being volunteer Agent for this May’s elections), have
a very young family who I want to spend time with (a six year old and a two
month old baby), a demanding day job, and a disability, this is pushing at the
limits of what I can physically do.
I take my
hat off to Johanna for the amazing number of visits she has achieved and the
way in which this has promoted the NEC’s work round the country.
the six incumbents I think we are the most outward-facing and active set of NEC
CLP reps there has been.
given that it is a volunteer role that people do in their spare time, and the
Party cannot cover any expenses incurred in visits, we have to be very careful
not to deter ordinary lay members from standing for the NEC by creating an
unrealistic expectation about the amount of travel people will be able to do.
We need an NEC where it is possible to be a member if you have a demanding job,
or are not well-off, or have young kids or other caring responsibilities.
a whinge. It’s a fantastic honour to be one of only six representatives of
ordinary members on the NEC. I love the role, and particularly enjoy visiting
CLPs to meet and campaign with members.
only 15 years from the creation of a real CLP section reserved for lay
activists by the Partnership in Power changes.
this almost every member of the NEC was a full-time politician – either an MP or
a union full-time official. We need to take a serious look at our expectations
of lay NEC reps and the support given to them to fulfil what is an increasingly