National Executive Committee
NEC Meeting 21 July 2009 Print E-mail
Tuesday, 16 February 2010 09:59

National Executive Committee, 21 July 2009


Gordon Brown paid tribute to all candidates who fought the June elections, and recognised that disunity damaged our vote.  However Labour was dealing effectively with current concerns.  On expenses, parliament was about to approve a new independent system which would draw a line under the past.  On the economic front Labour was looking after young people through thousands of extra apprenticeships and university places, supporting manufacturing, investing in low-carbon high-technology projects such as rail electrification, and protecting public services.  Half a million jobs had been saved, repossessions had levelled off, and unemployment, while too high at 7%, compared with up to 15% elsewhere.  Swine flu, though worrying for mothers of young children, was a minor illness for most, and plans for managing it were in hand.  Problems in Afghanistan could not be solved by military means alone, but required strengthening local security forces, reducing corruption, and helping Pakistan to tackle terrorists.

Response to current party crisis - draft motion Print E-mail
Tuesday, 16 June 2009 13:57

In light of the June 4th election results and the recent disruption in the party, the Campaign for Labour Party Democracy (CLPD) have prepared a draft motion for local parties to consider sending to the National Executive Committee and to Gordon Brown.

Draft motion

This GC/Branch notes that Labour's electoral support has been badly hit in the recent council and European elections as a large part of the electorate is finding itself squeezed in the current economic crisis, because our core supporters feel that insufficient priority has been given to their needs by Labour in government, and because of the MPs expense scandal.

We welcome the defeat of the coup attempt that was launched by some MPs on the eve of these elections, as it offered no solutions to protect people from the recession, proposed no policy changes and was bound to damage the party?s electoral prospects.

We urge the party leadership, as a matter of urgency, to institute a change in policy direction that addresses these concerns, so that Labour can be re-elected at the general election.

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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