Voting to place the loyal and constructive on the NEC
Today in the Financial Times, Essex Labour MP Jon Cruddas did his very feeble best to dsicredit Corbyn supporters and extol the ‘moderate’, Tory-lite wing of the party, adding: “For those of us who believe that a broad-based Labour party has been a blessing to our country, this is a time of great peril”.
The post-war Labour Party was indeed a blessing, but recent administrations, in and out of power, have totally failed to consider the well-being of those Cruddas himself calls “a dispossessed, abandoned and often despised tribe that created the party in the first place”.
The Electoral Reform Services Labour Party NEC ballot papers have been sent out and at first the writer, recognising only one name on the sheet felt unable to choose. Reading through the accounts however it was easy to spot the six loyal and constructive candidates.
Amanat Gul opens: “Professionally I am a doctor and would say I share compassion which is why I have a deep interest in politics. In my view, the Labour Party’s ethos of fairness, equality and social justice is embedded in the values I hold. I joined the Labour Party in 1985 when I was living in Norway, and continued my membership when I moved to the UK.
Currently, I hold the position of ward organiser at my CLP and the election coordinator in my ward in Birmingham. I support Jeremy Corbyn as the politics he brings, I can relate to as my own. There is a need for the Labour Party to set a vision based on fairness, compassion and integrity to pave the way to win the next General Election.
I believe my work as a doctor would support such compassionate politics”.
Christine Shawcroft includes in an online version: “As a proud supporter of Jeremy Corbyn, I have campaigned for many years for the true Labour values of public ownership, workers’ rights, job creation, affordable housing, decent pensions, and an end to international conflict and weapons of mass destruction. I have raised these issues many times on the NEC and the National Policy Forum. On many occasions, myself and other CLGA delegates, as well as delegates in other sections of the NEC, told Ed Miliband that he needed to take on the Tories over the myth that Labour in Government wrecked the economy. Unfortunately he didn’t listen”. Read on: http://www.labourinternational.net/christine_shawcroft_nomination
Claudia Webbe writes online: “I support Jeremy Corbyn’s clear anti-austerity stance and work to deliver a Labour Government committed to a plan for public investment and jobs that can get the economy growing, so that all can benefit, not just the few. Jeremy Corbyn won the Labour leadership with a huge, overwhelming mandate and I believe our role as ordinary party members is to unite behind this leadership towards ensuring that we win in 2020. I believe the National Executive Committee has a crucial role to play towards ensuring through listening, challenge and debate that we are fit for purpose and ready for power. I would like the opportunity with your help to contribute to that agenda”. Read on: https://www.crowdpac.co.uk/campaigns/35/claudia-webbe-for-labour-nec
Darren Williams, extract: ”As a committed socialist all my adult life, I was delighted by the election of Jeremy Corbyn as leader and am proud to say that I was actively involved in his campaign. I first joined Labour in order to work for the creation of a more equal, democratic and sustainable society. At a minimum, I want to see public services provided by the public sector, a more progressive taxation system and government intervention to create jobs and get the economy back on its feet. I want reform of the irresponsible financial sector and the reversal of attacks on our social security system. I believe that most Labour members, supporters and voters share similar aspirations. Yet the last Labour government, despite many positive achievements, strayed too far from authentic Labour values and beliefs – placing undue faith in markets and the private sector, neglecting our historic commitment to equality and embroiling us in two disastrous wars. We lost the confidence of many of our long-standing supporters and the consequence has been electoral defeat and almost six years of the deepest cuts in living memory, undermining the foundations of our welfare state and increasing economic inequality. Jeremy Corbyn’s election reflects the widespread feeling among Labour supporters that the party needs to present a clear political alternative, which could win the confidence and support of all those who oppose Tory ‘austerity’”. Read on: http://www.welshlabourgrassroots.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/DW-NEC-Letter-2016-.pdf
Peter Willsman, extract: “We have a new leader, elected with a huge mandate, who has commitment, integrity and a basic decency that is quite exceptional. I worked with Jeremy in NUPE before he became an MP. I have never met anyone as dedicated. Party members want Jeremy to have a chance to show what he can do. The NEC is united behind Jeremy as he gets to grips with a very difficult job. We all need to work hard to convince every Labour MP that publicly attacking Jeremy in the hostile press and media boosts the Tories and harms our Party – the Party that put them in Parliament and to whom they owe their privileged position”. Read on: http://www.labourinternational.net/pete_willsman-nomination
Rhea Wolfson, extract: “I am running for those Labour supporters throughout Scotland who are looking at a very different electoral situation than the rest of the UK. We need a Labour Party that offers a genuine alternative to the inequality of conservativism and the inertia of nationalism. We must engage with our new and growing membership. The Labour Party must be the exciting alternative that they signed up for and reflect the values of the leader they voted for. Britain needs a strong, united Labour Party that can deliver a confident and credible democratic socialist agenda and a country with fairness and equality at its heart, standing against Tory austerity to improve the lives of working people across borders”. Read on:https://www.crowdpac.co.uk/campaigns/33/rhea-wolfson-for-labour-nec.