National Executive Committee
NEC Meetings September - October 2009 Print E-mail
Tuesday, 16 February 2010 10:01

National Executive Committee, 22 September 2009


The prime minister spent an hour with the NEC before leaving for the United Nations and G20 talks in America, where he would be pushing for further progress on climate change, development aid and reductions in nuclear weapons.  These were testing times, not for him personally, the government or the party, but for our philosophy and our values.  Faced with the imminent collapse of global banking, the Tories would have stood back and let the markets rip, while Labour acted to support home-buyers, school-leavers and frontline public services, and led international measures to avoid recession turning into depression.  But he understood that voters felt insecure, and were still angry over MPs’ expenses.

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.

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