Vote for Centre Left candidates for Labour’s NEC Print E-mail
Saturday, 09 August 2014

Ballot papers for the NEC election will be sent to party members between 10 and 14 July with website voting due to be available online from 14 July.
The ballot closes at 5pm on 18 August.

The Centre-Left Grassroots Alliance is promoting candidates who will stand up for party members and for the progressive policies needed to win in 2015.

Download the leaflet about the centre-left candidates here.

Please circulate it widely to other party members to help inform them about the centre-left's policies.

The candidates are standing on a platform which sets out “the bold progressive policies Labour needs to win back the five million voters lost in the New Labour years” as well as the reforms needed to create the “living, breathing party” promised by Ed Miliband and which is so necessary to mobilsing Labour’s grassroots to deliver that victory.

This year, constituency parties have the chance to elect representatives to Labour’s National Executive. The Centre Left Grassroots Alliance, representing democratic socialist groups across the centre and left of the Labour Party, is promoting candidates who will stand up for the rights of party members and the bold progressive policies Labour needs to win back the five million voters lost in the New Labour years. Each candidate, while retaining freedom of judgment on specific issues, will therefore work for:

An End to Austerity

The Tory-led Coalition’s cuts agenda has caused huge damage to the economy, slowing growth, increasing unemployment, reducing living standards of most people, and increasing poverty and inequality. It has even failed in its own aim of lowering the national debt, which has increased as the economy has stagnated.

We reject austerity as a solution to the economic crisis. Instead of cuts, we will work for a Labour government committed to a plan for public investment and jobs that can get the economy growing, to restore manufacturing and to fund improvements in housing, health, education, transport and state pensions.

A Radical Reforming Labour Party

These candidates will campaign for a Labour Party committed to:

  • redistributing wealth, income and power from the few to the many;
  • ending poverty and improving universal benefits;
  • protecting the environment;
  • promoting social justice; and
  • fighting discrimination on grounds of gender, race, age, class, disability, sexual orientation and religion.

We believe that disputes between countries should be resolved by negotiations through the United Nations, not through unilateral military action, and that Britain & the world would be safer without replacing Trident.

Economic Democracy

These candidates will:

  • Promote policies that extend the accountability of public services, utilities and resources through the extension of public ownership, by resisting and
  • reversing privatisation, and by extending democratic and financial powers for local government.
  • Campaign for a radical redistribution of power in the workplace, with improved trade union and employment rights, the right of trade unions to recruit members, recognition by employers with negotiating rights and sectoral collective bargaining, and a legally-enforced living wage.

Democracy, Transparency and Accountability

These candidates will:

  • Support the trade union link and back the collective voice of trade unions on the basis of parity of representation with individual members through their CLPs;
  • Work to restore the role of the Party Conference as the party’s sovereign decision-making body, able to choose policies not just rubber stamp them,  and debate motions submitted on the basis of fair criteria, with 50% of conference time reserved for grassroots delegates;
  • Argue for changes to the policy-making process which give CLPs and members greater influence, including the right to amend policy documents at Conference;
  • Safeguard the right of members to choose their own candidates without prior or political vetting, or interference by party officials.
  • Press for Young Labour to be a resourced campaigning organisation controlled by young members and run by its elected leadership, with a full input into policymaking.