|Peter Willsman's letter to CLPs seeking NEC nominations|
|Sunday, 31 January 2016|
Election of Labour Party NEC Constituency Section
185a Iffley Road Oxford OX4 1EL
NEC Constituency Section – Elections 2016
I am writing to your CLP to ask whether your members might consider giving me the privilege of nominating me for the constituency section for this year’s National Executive Committee elections (closing date for nominations is 24th June). Your CLP can make up to 6 nominations.
I am privileged to be a member of the NEC, representing CLPs and party members. For varying periods since 1981 I have uniquely served on all four of our Party’s National committees. I have used this experience to give help and advice to CLPs and party members in every region – I am only a phone call away. I am also very happy to visit CLPs and give a report – I have spoken at meetings in every region. For over 30 years I have been sending to every CLP my regularly updated 12 page Guide to Annual Conference and I send out regular NEC reports (NB. To assist CLPs, full reports of all NEC and NPF meetings are available at www.grassrootslabour.net).
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.
An effective and accountable NEC could and should play a vital role in the Party’s fight back, bringing together as it does, the CLPs, the unions and the Parliamentary leadership. My record proves I have the necessary commitment, determination and enthusiasm to play a full part in our drive to victory in England, Scotland and Wales up to 2020 and a majority Labour Government.
A PDF version of this email is attached here, which can be printed out.
Yours in comradeship,
Membership No A071448 (Oxford East CLP)
My Labour and Co-op movement experience
At national level:
NEC: 1998-1999, July 2005-2010 and 2015 onwards
Conference Arrangements Cttee 1981-1994
National Constitutional Cttee 1995-1998
National Policy Forum 1998-1999, 2002-2010 and May 2015 onwards
National Research Officer NUPE/UNISON 1979-1994
At regional and local level:
London Region Board 2002-2005
GC of CLP 1975-2016
Ward Secretary 1994-2010
ILEA Councillor 1986-1990
Branch Secretary APEX/GMB 1980-1998
Co-op Group (CWS) Area Cttee/Party Council 1988-2010
Having served on our Party’s national committees since 1981, I would like to thank members and CLPs for their support over the years.