I received the following email:
From: Matthew Blakemore <email@example.com>
Sent: Wednesday, July 22, 2020 2:45 PM
Subject: Matthew Blakemore – NEC Candidate – CLP nomination request
Dear Broadland CLP Secretary
I hope this email finds you and your fellow CLP members well during this challenging time for all of us.
This year I felt compelled to run as an independent candidate in the NEC Div III (CLPs) election, and today I would like to ask for your consideration as you prepare to nominate candidates.
Though being independent makes it much harder to have one’s voice heard, I had to stay true to my belief that for Labour to win the next election, we can’t continue to have factions seeking to control our direction. I think it’s healthy that our party has a wealth of talented people with different policy outlooks and ideas. Factions build walls, put members in a box, curtail debate, and lead to infighting, when our priority should be on delivering a Labour Government we can all be proud of. I feel that the party is strongest when we all come together, share openly without barriers, and deliver a strategy and manifesto all of our membership can wholeheartedly get behind.
If I am elected to the NEC I commit to listening to all views and ideas. I will be a voice for all members.
What experience do you bring to the table?
Since my late teens I have been passionate about making a positive difference in society. I was elected Chair of Stevenage Youth Council at a time that the town had the highest underage pregnancy rate in Europe. Under my leadership the Youth Council supported an initiative ‘The Body Stop’ to provide sexual health education to young people which drove down underage pregnancies in the area. I was a lead contributor to the Hertfordshire Youth Charter setting out young people’s rights and responsibilities in the community, and worked with the council to deliver a website to provide young people with mental health support (HertsWired).
At University I developed a website that was adopted by the institution to help international students settle into life in the UK. I’ve helped raise the profile of Teens Unite Fighting Cancer, a charity close to my heart, through several innovative initiatives.
I specialise in tech product development, and am now an active member of the British Standards Institute (BSI) and International Standards Organisation (ISO) AI Committees. I was particularly motivated to get involved in AI standards following the Cambridge Analytica scandal. I want to better protect our data and our politics.
I am well connected with the UK business community. I am on the Young Professionals committee of the Swedish Chamber of Commerce (one of the most active chambers in this country).
What is your vision for the Labour Party?
I firmly believe we should be the party to renew our democracy and deliver a digitally smart economy fit for the fourth industrial revolution. The party for entrepreneurs, start-ups, and SMEs, driving innovation especially in the fields of environmental protection, sustainability, and health, leading to an increase in job creation and improvements in welfare. The party to enforce standards around the ethical use of AI in order to protect citizens’ personal data and our politics.
We should be the party to rebuild our relationship with Europe and our standing on the global stage.
Please find a one page summary of my policy commitments here.
I really appreciate your consideration, and look forward to us all working together to deliver a brighter future for this country.