I receieved the following email::
From: Ann Black <email@example.com>
Sent: Thursday, August 13, 2020 12:32 PM
Subject: From Ann Black – NEC Election Candidate, 2020
FROM ANN BLACK – THE FIRST CANDIDATE TO REACH THE NEC BALLOT
Dear CLP secretary
As the first candidate to be nominated by five CLPs and qualify for the ballot, HQ have provided me with your contact details. There are more than 100 candidates seeking nomination for the nine constituency places and the disabled members’ place. As a CLP secretary myself I am directing members to their statements on the party website, but not circulating masses of extra material. I am not asking you to do so either, but hope this will be of interest to you and your members.
CLPs have until 27 September to make nominations, and between 19 October and 12 November every paid-up member will be able to vote for their representatives on Labour’s ruling body. I previously served on the NEC for 18 years, and reported on every meeting at www.annblack.co.uk – please check my record. After two years of relying on leaks and Twitter I decided to stand again as a left independent candidate committed to truth and transparency, so members can again get their information direct from an NEC representative.
CLP secretaries have a special role on the local frontline, and I would build on links between the general secretary’s office and the secretaries’ Facebook group which does sterling work in clarifying procedures and raising technical issues with Organise and other party software. Earlier this year several secretaries stood in the NEC by-election and I supported their platform, which included
Giving CLPs prior notice of key NEC agenda items
Asking CLPs, through the secretaries’ forum for their views on key organisational issues which directly affect them
Making CLP views heard at the NEC
Providing focused and timely feedback to CLPs on NEC decisions
Providing effective oversight for CLPs of the governance and operation of the party’s organisation
as well as campaigning for a review of regional organisation to empower CLPs, branches and members, and fighting for half of all NEC meetings to be held in the North. I would add my personal commitment to getting a fair share of subscription income down to CLPs so we can organise and campaign effectively. In 2018 the NEC and conference promised a full review of membership rates and local party funding. I’ve heard nothing since then, and it is time to deliver.
A recent example of failing communication: there are unofficial reports that a national women’s conference is being arranged on 12/14 February 2021 in Harrogate. We don’t yet know if delegates will be elected by individual CLPs or chosen at regional level. This conference will apparently elect CLP representatives to a national women’s committee which does not exist in the current rulebook. As CLP secretaries we should surely be kept informed by our NEC representatives as well as by the general secretary.
I am accepting questions from Labour members about anything relating to the Labour Party, and I intend to address every issue before the ballot opens – members are welcome to put their questions to me at https://forms.gle/nwNgHTUuzrVnfK6q8 I am happy to attend any of your CLP or branch meetings.
Your members can also follow me at @AnnBlackLabour on Twitter, or on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/AnnBlackLabour, and contact me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org / email@example.com
You may already be on my supporters’ list, but if you would like periodic news from my campaign over the coming months, please reply to this email with ‘Yes’ and I’ll add your address. If you could let me know the date of your nomination meeting that would also be appreciated.
With thanks and best wishes
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