Breaking: CLPD/JVL/LCND first out of traps with a left slate. Momentum to follow?

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The deadlock over the candidates for the left slate in the important NCC (National Constitutional Committee) elections has been broken by an email sent out this morning by CLPD (Campaign for Labour Party Democracy) with the six candidates they have chosen.

The list includes Stephen Marks, who is the JVL (Jewish Voice for Labour) member that Momentum representatives at this week’s grassroots Labour meeting of numerous left organisations attempted to veto.

The slate is also backed by JVL and the Labour Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament (LCND):

Nominations are now open for six new CLP places on the NCC. These are the additional seats that Labour Conference agreed to last month. The NCC is an important committee dealing with disciplinary cases regarding members of the Labour Party.

This is a snap election in which CLP nominations will play a key role in the election process. Unfortunately the NEC agreed a very short timetable for this election, so CLPS need to nominate now.

The deadline for CLP nominations is 28 October. Following that CLPs will cast their votes in a ballot that will probably be sent to CLP Secretaries. Voting will take place from 12 November to 25 November.

Each CLP can nominate up to six candidates. The nominations can be made at a General Meeting or if there is not time to hold one, at a CLP Executive Committee or by CLP officers.

Please ask your CLP to nominate and vote for all six of the following candidates:

Kaneez Akthar
CLP: Keighley & Ilkley CLP
Membership Number: B040015
Kaneez is a Labour Councillor in Keighley and has held party positions including Women’s Officer

Annabelle Harle
CLP: Cardiff West
Membership number: A002070
Annabelle has previously served as a Welsh Labour Executive Committee member, National Policy Forum member and CLP Secretary

Gary Heather
CLP: Islington North
Membership number: A006966
Gary is a Labour Councillor, has previously stood for Parliament and held positions including CLP Chair

Stephen Marks
CLP: Oxford East
Membership number: A241053
Stephen has previously served as a Labour County Councillor and held positions including Vice-chair of the District Labour Party

Khaled Moyeed
CLP: Tottenham
Membership number: L0128862
Khaleed is a Labour Councillor, who has held positions including CLP BAME Officer. He is Vice Chair of Young Labour Lawyers

Cecile Wright
CLP: Derby North
Membership number: A481680
Cecile is a former member of the TUC Race Relations Committee, has served on a Mental Health Trust, acted as a Trustee of the National Children’s Bureau and chaired a Women’s Refuge. She has held positions including CLP Vice-chair

The above candidates are committed to securing a Jeremy Corbyn led Labour government and, if elected to the NCC, would act impartially, insist on natural justice and fairness to all and seek to improve the integrity of Labour’s internal disciplinary processes.

As the Labour Party fights for a more democratic and equal society, it is important that our internal disciplinary procedures also reflect these principles. It will aid the party’s campaign to win elections.

The composition of the current membership of the NCC does not remotely reflect the diversity of our society, so please ask your CLP to nominate and vote for all six of these candidates, to ensure an effective NCC which is more inclusive.

These candidates are backed by: the Campaign for Labour Party Democracy (CLPD), Jewish Voice for Labour (JVL) and the Labour Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament (LCND).

It’s not yet known whether Momentum and LRC (Labour Representation Committee) will swing behind this slate or issue one or more alternatives, but Labour members meeting to decide their nominations now have a set of left candidates to support against the right-wing slate published last week.

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