I was elected to the Labour Party National Executive Committee (NEC) in a ballot last year. Arch loyalist and grand dame of Labour First, Maggie Cosin, when she heard I was standing, asked me why I wanted to waste my time. I wouldn't quarrel with her assessment of the NEC. What excites me is its potential. Never has there been a greater opportunity for constituency and trade union NEC representatives to exercise influence.
In my capacity as chair, Save the Labour Party, I wrote to the Prime Minister Gordon Brown ahead of the Parliamentary Labour Party meeting on Monday suggesting that he should be supporting an extra meeting of the NEC to review the recent election results, strategy and organisation. That's long-hand for General Election - how can we win?
You can help secure that meeting. Get your branch and CLP to back the call. My own branch discussed my letter to the PM and came up with the following resolution:
"City of London Labour Party calls on the chair of the NEC to convene an extra NEC meeting before the end of June to review the results of the European, English county council and new unitary authority elections, party strategy and organisation; so that:
all party members are fully involved in current and future policy making
the next manifesto fully reflects Labour values
which are both essential if the Party is to mobilise all members and supporters in the forthcoming General Election campaign."
It was composed following debate, rather than being tabled to force an outcome - so it's a consensual resolution. Now the question is whether other party units and activists agree that the NEC should meet sooner, rather than later. Alternatively, the Prime Minister could be left to govern the country. leaving the question of whether that is sufficient to win the next election to the electorate.