Tuesday, February 21, 2023

Prospective Parliamentary Candidates: Greater London Labour Link


This evening I interviewed prospective candidates wishing to be nominated by UNISON Labour Link to a Greater London Parliamentary seat. Labour Link (used to be called the APF) is the Political Fund which is affiliated to the Labour Party, which UNISON members can choose to join. 

This was in my role as the elected lay Chair of the Greater London UNISON Labour Link Committee and I was assisted by the elected lay Vice Chair, Yvonne Green.  We were supported by the Greater London Political Secretary, UNISON full time official, Joel Bodmer, acting as Procedure Secretary.

We have had a pretty good "success" rate so far in London, of nominating our members who have since become Parliamentary candidates. 

There was a number of excellent candidates interviewed tonight via MS teams and there was one who was successful. 

All UNISON Labour Link members (normally with at least 6 months membership) are eligible to make an expression of interest to the Political Secretary about which seat the are considering, then when the Labour Party decide to start the nomination process in that Parliamentary seat, Joel will email out application forms to those who expressed an interest. 

However, we do welcome applications from new UNISON and non members, who are strong Labour movement candidates. Please note that other UNISON Labour Link regions will have different processes. 

These forms will all be considered and after a long listing process by Yvonne and myself, we will interview candidates via teams who wish a nomination.  All candidates interviewed will be asked the same questions and responses will be marked by an agreed matrix. The candidate who has the highest score will be nominated. If the scoring is very close we may reconsider application forms. 

We are accountable for the process and our decisions to our Regional Labour Link committee. We want to make sure that all candidates, including those not successful on this occasion, get positive, but honest and constructive feedback.

While apologies that this post is more than a little formal, I think it is important that we are transparent and everyone understands the process. We have had a lot of positive feedback from candidates who regardless of results think we have a fair and understandable system.

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