Following a few celebratory socials, executive committee meetings and branch meetings we held our first full meeting since the election for the Newcastle Constituency Labour Party (CLP) on Friday. During the meeting we voted for our supporting nomination for the Labour leadership.
Read a summary of the meeting and who we are supporting as a CLP....
It was a real pleasure to meet so many new members, their contribution to the general debate was much valued. We certainly look forward to working with you all in the future to develop the ideas you have put forward, particularly towards digital media (helping hands and authors always welcome).
As always, the discussion was lively,but good-natured, as we debated the outcome of the General Election and our way forward. We agreed our nominations for various committees and forums, including Trudie McGuinness for the National Policy Forum (NPF). Trudie did such an excellent campaign as the parliamentary candidate for Staffordshire Moorlands and we hope her nomination for the NPF is successful as we are confident she would do a superb job.
In addition to this we had a very lively debate regarding the CLPs supporting nomination for the Labour Party leadership. Strong cases were made for Andy Burnham (who is supported by Paul Farrelly MP), Yvette Cooper and Jeremy Corbyn. Voting was close with Andy Burnham gaining our supporting nomination, with Jeremy Corbyn just 3 votes behind. Tom Watson, also supported by Paul Farrelly, won our nomination for Deputy Leader by a large margin, with Caroline Flint in second place.
Obviously this is just a supporting nomination and is not the actual vote. Every Labour Party member, affiliate and registered supporter has an individual vote. If you want to find out more about the candidates and how to vote click here.
One rather irritating and disappointing note with regards to registered supporters are incidences of members of certain opposing parties signing up to try and swing the leadership contest in their favour. Given how large our membership is, it is very doubtful that this petty, nasty, gutter-politics trickery will have an effect. It does, however, highlight the appalling ethics of these people and their parties (who will be aware and are resoundingly silent – silence is complicity!). This lack of common decency is also apparent in their policies and the damage they are inflicting on the country. It is back-firing though as it is further galvanising us to vote and to make a real stand for the Party and the people. So please, if you know anyone who is sympathetic to our ideals and would like a chance to vote for a future Prime Minister (we are determined to fight this government!) then encourage them to become a registered supporter, or better yet, a member.
At the end of the meeting it was announced that we will be having a social gathering after the AGM in August, all welcome – so keep an eye out for updates on that.
Also, as we have new members, we will be planning on various events, blog posts etc. to give people perhaps not used to the way the party works, both locally and nationally, some background. Not least of which is to navigate all the terminology and acronyms, of which there are many. There is nothing worse than going to a meeting where everyone seems to know each other and you do not understand a word that is being said! Again, keep an eye out for posts and events related to this.
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