In a General Election year we need NEC members with real campaigning expertise and experience who can add value to the NEC oversight of Labour’s election campaign. We need people we can trust to take fair decisions and ensure members are presented with a real choice of candidates in overseeing the late candidate selections that happen close to an election. And we need people who will contribute constructive, vote-winning policy ideas to Labour’s final manifesto formulation. After the election we need an NEC that seeks to work with an incoming Labour Government not criticise it from the sidelines.
And at a time when the essential link between Labour and our trade union affiliates is under intense pressure, I believe that as an NEC member I could help play an important role in defending that link, as a staunch supporter of it but also someone firmly grounded in Labour’s moderate wing.
Last time I only just missed re-election by under 200 votes. This time I’m asking for your support to return to the NEC and pick up where I left off in 2012 as a strong voice for transparency and accountability, Party democracy, upholding the rulebook, and moderate election-winning values and policies; and a proven grassroots campaigner with real experience of how the Party works, and how it can win, to bring to the table.