National Executive Committee
NEC Meeting 19 May 2009 Print E-mail
Monday, 25 May 2009 12:42
What had originally intended to be a short business meeting was eventually a long meeting dominated by an issue not on the agenda – namely MPs’ expenses – which was discussed on the basis of a tabled confidential report which was collected from NEC members at the end of the meeting.

A two hour discussion followed Gordon Brown’s report: he said how angry he was, that he would never have believed it possible, and if people don’t trust MPs, they cannot be expected to trust the government. Cath Speight (UNITE Amicus in the chair) allowed everyone to speak.
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NEC meeting 24 March 2009 Print E-mail
Tuesday, 14 April 2009 07:30

It was the day of the Leader’s speech to the European parliament in Strasbourg so Gordon Brown wasn’t present. Ann Black, vice chair of the NEC as well as a CLGA CLP representative, chaired the meeting.

Europe

Glenis Willmott, MEP and Labour's Leader in Europe, presented the draft Euro manifesto. The working time directive has been a divisive issue in the Labour and Socialist Groups (where a majority of Labour MEPs oppose the British opt out as demanded by Minister Pat McFadden) and, although the issue would not be in the manifesto, she hoped an agreement outside the manifesto could be reached.

Glenis Willmott also talked about Tory MEPs leaving the European People’s Party (an alliance of Christian democrats) in favour of a far-right alliance with Polish & Czech MEPs who pursue homophobic policies, deny global warming, and one of whom described the election of Barack Obama as marking the “end of white man’s civilisation”.  She also reported her call for one of the three top posts of the EU to be filled by a woman.

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NEC meeting 27 January 2009 Print E-mail
Tuesday, 10 February 2009 13:43
NATIONAL POLICY

The meeting opened with a discussion about the National Policy Forum (NPF).   Pat McFadden reported that it would meet on 28 February and would review both the most recent Partnership in Power (PiP) cycle and contemporary issues as well as considering the contemporary issues referred by conference this year.   The NEC has previously endorsed the role of CLPs in submitting amendments, new in this PiP cycle, but the NPF could take a different view in its review. The review of contemporary issues (referred by conference to the NPF without a vote) was promised when this procedure replaced contemporary resolutions two years ago.  

Ann Black suggested there was a lack of clarity about what happened to contemporary issues not selected by conference: Pat McFadden suggested at first that they were simply dumped, whilst Diana Holland of Unite (TGWU) argued that they should be taken into the process, albeit without any special working parties like those that had been selected.  Peter Willsman noted that some policy commissioned involved all CLPs submitting those contemporary issues selected by conference to participate – surely an example of ‘best practice’ – whereas others merely invited movers and seconders.

The discussion quickly warmed up when Andy Kerr of the CWU expressed a lack of confidence in the NPF, and in particular in Pat McFadden’s handling, as Chair, of the Royal Mail issue on which he has a conflict of interest being also the Minister for Employment Relations and Postal Affairs.  The Warwick 2 policy statement, endorsed by Annual Conference had specifically stated: “We have set out a vision of a wholly publicly-owned, integrated Royal Mail Group in good health, providing customers with an excellent service and its employees with rewarding employment.” However, the twice-sacked and unelected Lord Mandelson, following the Hooper review, had announced a partial sell-off in violation of this policy and without any consultation.  Pat McFadden replied that the government would retain a majority stake, so it was not privatisation!  And Hooper took precedence over the ‘vision’, which simply described the current Royal Mail set-up and did not imply any commitment for the future!
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