Chair’s welcome

Welcome to the second Wolverhampton South West members’ newsletter. I hope you find it an interesting read.

Articles in this edition highlight major shortcomings in the Government’s response to the Covid-19 crisis – from inadequate stocks of PPE to treatment of people with mental health and disability issues. All WSW members can take action against this agenda by writing to Stuart Anderson MP and using social media.

The recent leaked Antisemitism report and the election of three new CLP representatives has turned members’ attention to the National Executive Committee (NEC). But how much do members actually know about its work and purpose?

The NEC is the Labour Party’s governing body. It oversees the party’s work and its policy- making process. It also elects the General Secretary of the Labour Party and presents an Annual Report to Conference each September. The NEC meets bi-monthly and has a number of sub-committees dealing with specific areas, such as equalities issues and disputes (which includes membership appeals).

All sections of the Labour Party are represented on the NEC: the Shadow Cabinet, MPs, MEPs, councillors, trade unions, Socialist Societies, Constituency Labour Parties (CLPs), Young Labour and BAME Labour. Some NEC members attend because of the position they hold within the party. Others are elected at Labour Party conference, or by One Member One Vote (OMOV) ballots.

The NEC currently has 37 members: 13 Trade Union reps, 9 CLP reps, the Leader, Deputy plus 3 front bench MPs, 1 each from Young Labour, BAME Labour and Socialist Societies, 2 reps from Local Government, 3 from the Parliamentary Labour Party, 1 from the Welsh Assembly and 1 from the Scottish Parliament.

More information on the NEC’s work and members can be found on the Labour Party website.

We want to hear WSW members’ views on the newsletter – positive or negative – and to include contributions from across our membership in upcoming editions. Please get in touch via Organise with the newsletter Editor, Helen Lewis if you would like to contribute.

Amanda Bevan
CLP Chair
Wolverhampton South West Constituency Labour Party

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