By Jon Lansman
Six candidates backed by the Centre Left Grassroots Alliance today launched their campaign to be elected to Labour’s national executive committee as constituency party representatives. Constituency parties have until 20 June to make up to six nominations.
All six stood at the last elections in 2012, and between them received 47% of the votes of individual party members, compared with 33% for the right-wing Progress/Labour First slate and 20% for other candidates. The six centre-left candidates include the three who were elected last time — Ken Livingstone, Ann Black and Christine Shawcroft — who took thee of the top four places and the other three — Kate Osamor, Peter Willsman and Darren Williams — were amongst the top four runners up with Kate Osamor only 123 votes from victory.
The candidates are standing on a platform which sets out “the bold progressive policies Labour needs to win back the five million voters lost in the New Labour years” as well as the reforms needed to create the “living, breathing party” promised by Ed Miliband and which is so necessary to mobilsing Labour’s grassroots to deliver that victory.
We reject austerity as a solution to the economic crisis. Instead of cuts, we will work for a Labour government committed to a plan for public investment and jobs that can get the economy growing, to restore manufacturing and to fund improvements in housing, health, education, transport and state pensions.
A Radical Reforming Labour Party
These candidates will campaign for a Labour Party committed to:
This article is reproduced from Left Futures.