The NEC was supposed to have met last Thursday 12 December but for obvious reasons it was postponed until this week.
The General election result dominated the meeting. In order to move business along, our President, Josie Bird, asked NEC members not to make detailed arguments why they thought Labour had lost the election since we need more time to reflect and need to concentrate on what to do next. However, many members, particularly those who lived in the previously rock solid Labour heartlands did give chapter and verse on the calamity.
I gave my pennyworth as well. Firstly, I made a joke since everyone was so depressed. I had stolen it from a colleague of a certain age, who had said the 2019 result was the worse since 1983, but at least in 1983 we had a really good music scene to lighten the defeat. I pointed out that this defeat was actually the worse since 1931 and I have no idea what music they had at that time.
My point was that I have no firm views on who should be the next leader but I want someone who can unite the Party and win the next general election.
Where I live in Newham, East London (population 359,000), a report this morning from housing charity Shelter found that 1 in every 24 of residents are homeless. 1:24!
In Newham once you take into account the cost of housing, 50% of families with children live in poverty. 50% of families!
We need a Labour government in power to tackle homelessness and poverty. No if's or buts.
We have lost 4 general elections in a row. I am totally fed up of us losing general elections.