(I like these arguments. Hat tip Trigger Democracy)
If you believe in democracy, fairness and choice read on…
- No is NOT a vote against Robin Wales and his record. Voting No is actually voting YES to choice, YES to fairness and YES to democracy
- If members don’t vote this November for an open selection, the current Mayor will have run Newham for 27 years (1995-2002 as Newham Labour Leader and 2002 -2022 as mayor)
- Party Members will have only been given a choice of candidate once in those 27 years in 2002. An estimated 95% plus of current members have ever had this choice.
- The current Mayor will automatically become a candidate in a selection, but why prevent debate and other candidates from putting themselves forward? Why after all this time doesn't he want to face a challenge?
- Every Councillor in Newham goes through a full selection every four years as do 17 other Labour Council Leaders In London. Why doesn't the Newham Labour Mayor face the same challenge?
- The Mayor has executive powers as Mayor) him/her more powerful than any other elected role, including MPs, MEPs, Councillors and Assembly Members.
- When Labour created elected Mayors it initially set a two term limit (since removed)
- Robin Wales is the only elected Mayor in the country to be seeking a fifth term
- Newham is the most diverse place in the UK – isn’t it time it had a diverse selection too.