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.

Tuesday, January 07, 2014

Why I'm standing for the NEC this year

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.

I believe I would bring all those qualities to the NEC. The proof is in my record when I served on the NEC previously from 2010 to 2012.

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.

My campaign website is here: http://www.luke4nec.org.uk/

You can register your support here: http://www.luke4nec.org.uk/register-your-support/
and on Facebook here: https://www.facebook.com/luke4nec


Anonymous Anonymous said...

" After the election we need an NEC that seeks to work with an incoming Labour Government not criticise it from the sidelines."

If there had been more criticism of the last Labour government, then some of the bad decisions might not have been taken and Labour might not have lost power.

There is no virtue in being united in error!

11:12 am, January 08, 2014

Anonymous Anonymous said...

“as a strong voice for… moderate election-winning values and policies”

Luke's support for the Iraq War clearly contradicts this statement. Pat McFadden MP mentioned the damage it did to the Labour Party when he was on the radio a few days ago.

2:34 pm, January 13, 2014


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