My own personal blog. Newham Council Cabinet member for Housing Services & Chair of Investment & Accounts. Councillor for West Ham ward, UNISON Branch secretary, Regional Council Officer & NEC member, Pension & Charity Trustee, Centre left and proud member of Labour movement family.
Tuesday, January 24, 2017
Democracy Triggered "lobby the NEC about the Newham Trigger Ballot"
On Tuesday 24th
January Labour’s ruling body, the NEC, will be considering a letter submitted by party members in
Newham demanding that they hold an enquiry into the Newham Trigger Ballot
process in light of a number of irregularities that took place.
Add your name here and show the NEC that calls for a
fair and open selection to select the 2018 Mayoral candidate are growing
and won’t go away.
Also tomorrow, the national Fabian Society national executive committee
will be considering its report following an investigation into the controversial Newham Fabians Trigger
Ballot meeting - it may mean that the vote is declared void. We'll send
you more details as soon as we hear!
Here are 6 reasons why you should take action now
1. MEMBERS VOTED FOR IT
Members overwhelmingly voted ‘No’ to automatically reselecting Sir
Robin Wales as the Labour Party Candidate for a fifth term so that they
could choose from a range of candidates through a subsequent Open
2. VOTES WERE
Despite Labour Party members voting for choice and during the Trigger
Ballot, their votes have been discounted unfairly because of suspect
votes cast by some affiliate organisations.
There have been a number of irregularities with the Trigger Ballot
process that Labour members in Newham are asking the Labour Party's NEC
to investigate urgently. These irregularities have made a material
difference to the result of the Process, tipping its result in favour
of the incumbent Mayor by 20
votes to 17.
Voting guidance for trade union affiliate organisations in a Trigger
Ballot are unclear. They can be interpreted in different ways and has
led to some trade union affiliates voting more than others. Such a
stark variation in practice within a single franchise should not be
allowed and is undemocratic.
5. A LACK OF
There has been a lack of openness about affiliates, failings in
individual ballots, conflict of interest issues of those responsible
with managing the Trigger Ballot process in Newham, undermining the
integrity of the ballot and raising concerns that the vote has been
6. WE NEED AN
A number of votes are disputed. The disputed votes will affect the
current outcome and if there is no investigation, the votes of Labour
Party members will remain discounted.
Read more details in the
letter sent to the NEC last week by Labour Party members in Newham here. Be part of the growing Democracy
Triggered movement in Newham and take action now.
Yours, Keeping Democracy
P.s. help us spread democracy
in Newham by sharing this with Labour Party members you know - and check out
our new website which we've launched today! www.democracytriggered.org