I have received an email

From: Vince Maple <votevince4nec@gmail.com>
Sent: Wednesday, September 9, 2020 8:24 PM
To: votevince4nec@gmail.com
Subject: Sorry…another NEC Nomination Email!

Dear CLP Secretary.

Apologies for the general nature of this email but I am writing as one of the members seeking to represent CLP’s on the NEC.

As I am now confirmed to be on the ballot paper, I am able to contact CLP Secretaries which I’m doing (and I promise you won’t get hourly updates from me!)

I am running as an independent candidate who loves the Labour Party but has been fed up with some of the things we have seen over the past few years.

I’ve attached a leaflet and would be grateful if you could circulate this to your members even if your CLP has held it’s nomination meeting.

I’ve got five key pledges:

1 – Let CLPs select their parliamentary candidates.  In the South East Region alone last year more than 60 parliamentary candidates were imposed – that is unacceptable and if elected I’ll press for that to never happen again

2 – Sort out the complaints process.  There have been cases which have been dragging on for years, this should not be the case and should be resolved.  If I’m elected I would argue for a well resourced, efficient complaints process.  I support the call from Labour Too and Labour Womens Network for a fully independent process for sexual harassment cases and if practicable would be supportive for the whole complaints procedure to be independent.

3 – Resources need to get to the right places.  CLPs, Regions and Nations need to have the resources they need to be able to function effectively.  We must make sure there is a fairer deal when it comes to distribution of funding.

4 – Support for CLP Officers – I am a recovering ex CLP Secretary and I know the time, energy and effort that CLP Officers, who are volunteers, give willingly to keep our grassroots functioning.  If I’m elected to the NEC I will push for CLP officers to have access to good training, technology and the ability to share best practice more effectively.

5 – Support our Councillors – I’m proud to be a local councillor for the community I call home. Our party must redouble its efforts in supporting our elected representatives as well as Local Government Committees being supported in finding the diverse councillors for the future.

I was previously the GMB officer with responsibility for Labour Party Staff so I want to see our party not only being an election winning machine but also the best possible employer too respecting trade union values.

I’m very happy to answer any questions or take part in any zoom or online meetings.

If I’m elected I will make sure all CLP Secretaries are given an update from NEC meetings to share with their members.

Thanks for your time and for your ongoing efforts as a CLP Secretary.

Yours in Solidarity


Vince Maple
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