Support #GrassrootsVoice – the left slate for NEC elections

Jeremy Corbyn, the Socialist Campaign Group of Labour MPs and the 13 organisations of the Centre Left Grassroots Alliance are supporting an agreed slate of six candidates for the CLP places on Labour’s National Executive Committee. JVL is working with others to democratise slate-making in future. In this crucial election, the left needs to unite behind #GrassrootsVoice. See their principles set out below.

 

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We endorse the following candidates for Labour’s NEC elections in the CLP section:

  • Gemma Bolton
  • Yasmine Dar
  • Ann Henderson
  • Nadia Jama
  • Laura Pidcock
  • Mish Rahman

CAMPAIGNING FOR A LABOUR VICTORY

All CLGA candidates are committed to the principles of democratic socialism in practice as well as theory. They stand for a transformative Labour Government, socialist policies and Party democracy.

Saving lives should be the priority in the coronavirus pandemic – the Tories’ priority of protecting profits has already led to tens of thousands of unnecessary deaths and has not contained the virus. There was a complete failure to plan for a pandemic despite clear warnings over many years. A decade of austerity has undermined public services and weakened their ability to tackle the pandemic. Labour should stop supporting the government’s deadly policy and instead fight to defend people’s lives and jobs.

For a socialist Labour government – the best vehicle for transforming society in the interests of the majority, working within communities and harnessing links with trade unions. This requires year-round campaigning in every constituency and a fully accountable and professional staff committed to a Labour government regardless of who is leading the party.

For an economy for the many, not the few – rejection of the Tories austerity agenda was at the heart of the 2017 and 2019 manifestos and provides the basis for moving forward. Labour should commit to expanding democratic public ownership and universal provision of public services and to guaranteeing the building blocks of a high-quality life including education, housing, healthcare, social security and social care.

For a socialist green new deal – Labour must be the party of workers and planet, investing in renewable energy and sustainable infrastructure and building support for a rapid and just transition to a zero-carbon economy. This means creating millions of well-paid, unionised green jobs, taking on the big polluters, and expanding commitments to public ownership across the economy. Workers must be at the heart of this transition and they must be unshackled from union-busting laws. That’s why Labour must repeal all of the UK’s anti-union laws and deliver a revolution in workers’ rights.

For an ethical foreign policy – Labour should have an independent, internationalist foreign policy the core objectives of which should be peace, conflict-resolution, and nuclear disarmament. Rather than participating in illegal foreign wars, we should support people struggling against oppression across the globe.

For liberation and equality – Labour should be a great force for equality, intersectionality and working-class unity. We must stand with the Black Lives Matter movement and achieve lasting structural change. We must campaign against all forms of racism including antisemitism, Islamophobia and Afriphobia and the scapegoating of migrant and traveller communities. We must challenge discrimination and prejudice wherever it occurs, including tackling sexism, sexual harassment, homophobia, biphobia, transphobia and ableism. We will build inclusive self-organised equality structures in the Party, and strengthen our candidate selection processes accordingly.

For party democracy – to represent the interests of the majority in society we need to democratise the party and empower individual members and affiliates. This must include open selections of all candidates for public elected office; natural justice, transparency, accountability and fairness in internal processes; a member-led policymaking process at every level; and properly resourced political education. We must build an inclusive party and break down barriers to participation.


Gemma Bolton       Membership Number: L1405940

I am standing for Labour’s NEC to seek a mandate for a radical policy agenda going into the 2024 general election and unite the party in support of progressive policies, including public ownership, strong opposition to austerity, and a Green New Deal to tackle the climate emergency.

These policies are overwhelmingly popular with voters and provide a platform for power to elect a Labour government.

I am also standing on a platform of anti-racism, an end to scapegoating of migrants, and for equality, peace and human rights.

An active member of Labour’s South-East Regional Executive for the last 4 years, I am also the South-East Youth Representative on the National Policy Forum and a constituency representative on the Women’s Conference Arrangements Committee. Through these roles and other campaigns, I have developed vast experience of internal party organising and knowledge of our party’s structures. I have fought for greater democracy and a voice for grassroots Labour members at all levels of our party.

I am supported by the Centre-Left Grassroots Alliance. I am fighting for a socialist Labour Government that will deliver the radical change we need.

Please also support Yasmine Dar, Ann Henderson, Nadia Jama, Laura Pidcock and Mish Rahman. Contact Channels: [email protected] | @gembolton


Yasmine Dar     Membership Number: L1173052

I’m standing for re-election to the NEC so I can continue to be a strong voice for grassroots members. In the past 2.5 years I have:

● Pushed for implementation of the Democracy Review, including creation of equalities structures and NEC seats that will allow the voices of BAME, disabled, LGBT and women members to be genuinely heard.
● Been a strong supporter of Jeremy Corbyn’s internationalist foreign policy for peace, justice and human rights throughout the world.

● As elected Chair of the Disputes Committee been committed to a transparent, fair disciplinary process based on natural justice.
● Supported more say for grassroots members, for example through open selections.

My experiences as a BAME woman, a social worker, co-founder of a Children’s Charity, anti-racist activist and a Councillor have shaped my socialism and fuelled my determination to fight for a transformative Labour government for the many not the few. We must defend and advance the progressive policies of 2017 and 2019, taking action to support campaigns such as Black Lives Matter and on the Green New Deal.

I am proud to be supported by the Centre Left Grassroots Alliance. Please also support Ann Henderson, Laura Pidcock, Nadia Jama, Gemma Bolton and Mish Rahman.

Contact Channels: 07405210784 | [email protected] | @Yasmine_Dar


Ann Henderson     Membership Number: A279236

I am standing for re-election to the NEC, committed to representing the views of the grassroots membership and improving support for CLPs across the whole country.

I joined the NEC in September 2018, and was elected Chair of the NEC Equalities Committee in January 2019.

We face the most significant global public health and economic crisis of our lifetime, and must prioritise building on policies developed for our 2017 and 2019 manifestos to win anti-austerity, internationalist Labour governments.

As a Party and trade union activist since the early 1980s, I have extensive experience across the movement at every level, including the Scottish and National Policy Forums, and as a member of Labour’s Scottish Executive Committee. Building a Party which understands devolution is important for us all.

On the NEC and in Scotland I have been centrally involved in re-establishing a Labour women’s organisation, with delegate based, policy-making Labour Women’s Conferences. The experience of the COVID19 pandemic has highlighted the need for women’s experiences and voices to be at the heart of our response.

I am supported by the Centre-Left Grassroots Alliance. Please also support Yasmine Dar, Laura Pidcock, Gemma Bolton, Mish Rahman, and Nadia Jama.

Contact Channels: [email protected] | @AnnDHenderson


Nadia Jama      Membership Number: L1486115

I grew up under Thatcher’s government on a council estate near Orgreave, the daughter of a Somali steel worker and grand-daughter of a Liverpool docker. The authentic voices of working- class Black women must be central to our movement. I’ll be a strong voice for members and party democracy.

To win, Labour must provide democratic socialist solutions to the unprecedented health, economic and environmental crises.

I’m a proud trade unionist. We must stand with our unions and health experts to put people before profit.

The Tories’ mishandling of coronavirus caused tens of thousands of deaths and risks thousands more. It also risks turning the austerity decade of economic stagnation into a deep recession.

I support a socialist Green New Deal to kickstart our economy, tackle the climate crisis, create decent jobs and redress spiralling poverty and wealth inequality.

The importance of our internationalism has been demonstrated by the pandemic. I believe in global justice activism, including supporting the Palestinian people’s right to self-determination.

I am fighting for a socialist Labour Government that will deliver the radical change we need. Please also support Gemma Bolton, Yasmine Dar, Ann Henderson, Laura Pidcock, and Mish Rahman.

Contact Channels : @MizJama | [email protected]


Laura Pidcock     Membership Number : L0086386

The scale and intensity of the challenges facing working class people here in the UK and across the world needs to be treated with the seriousness and urgency it deserves. We are facing a prolonged workers’ rights crisis, a global environmental emergency, a global health pandemic and a huge political crisis. It is up to us to change the course of history. The current economic system offers no hope or security to working class people.

I am from a political tradition that wants bring about a different system, one which eradicates in- work poverty, supports a sustainable and thriving planet and an end to war and oppression. There are no individual solutions to our problems, only collective ones.

I want to be your representative on the NEC to uphold socialist principles, to defend and push beyond the 2019 manifesto in order to achieve a Labour government, and to strongly defend democracy in our party. The membership is the Labour Party.

I am supported by the Centre-Left Grassroots Alliance. I am fighting for a socialist Labour Government that will deliver the radical change we need. Please also support Nadia Jama, Ann Henderson, Yasmine Dar, Mish Rahman & Gemma Bolton.

Contact Channels : [email protected] ! @LauraPidcock | https://www.facebook.com/LauraPidcockNWD

Mish Rahman      Membership Number: L0137964

As one of the first graduates of Labour’s Bernie Grant Leadership programme to empower more BAME people to stand for elected positions, I decided to stand for election to the NEC to ensure: ∙ A strong voice for Party members on the NEC, and greater oversight over the governance of our Party.

∙ Political education and development for members.
∙ That the NEC reflects the diversity of our Party and stands in solidarity with Black Lives Matter.
∙ Strengthened organisations representing equalities groups.
∙ Support for policies to deliver the future we need, which are overwhelmingly popular with the public: a Green New Deal, public ownership, a just welfare system, rolling back privatisation of the NHS, repealing anti-trade union laws, advancing migrants’ rights, and international solidarity.

As a working class man of Bangladeshi heritage, whose father campaigned with the Anti-Nazi League in the 1980s against the National Front, I have always been a committed anti-racist activist. I’m CLP Chair in Aldridge-Brownhills and I’m an experienced Labour campaigner in the West Mids.

I am proud to be standing on a platform backed by the Centre Left Grassroots Alliance, including Momentum and CLPD. Please also support Yasmine Dar, Ann Henderson, Laura Pidcock, Nadia Jama, and Gemma Bolton.

Contact Channels: [email protected] | 07882169720 | @misba70

Comments (3)

  • Ben says:

    I don’t understand why this list isn’t all ready democratised. Why are we hoping to democratise slates in the future? Where has the CLGA been for 20 yrs? I have had zero input, am not overly impressed with the ‘left” NEC we had during Corbyns time and suspect we need stronger candidates than this.

  • Anti-fascist says:

    Very disappointing and a great pity that Jo Bird, a real fighter and a comrade of immense principle and political courage, is not on the list of left contenders for the NEC.

  • John Webster says:

    We need to support those who will continue to fight. We can never give up against injustice.

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