Baxter seeks re-election to Labour NEC

6th January, 2012 12:46 pm

Current NEC member Johanna Baxter is the latest candidate to announce that she’s standing for the NEC, following on from the announcement of the Progress/Labour First slate late last year. In a statement sent out earlier today Baxter confirmed that she would be seeking re-election. You can see that email below.

Dear Colleague,

Happy New year! I hope you have had a relaxing and enjoyable break over the festive season.

You might have missed it in all your Christmas post but the party sent out notification, on the 23rd December, that CLPs can now make nominations for their representatives on Labour’s NEC.

It has been an honour and a privilege to serve as your representative on the NEC. It’s been a busy term – electing our new General Secretary and reforming our party structures and I am proud to have advocated many of the reforms agreed, which will mean better resources for CLPs and more training for activists. Over the course of the next year CLPs will be trying to implement those reforms whilst also campaigning to return a Labour London Mayor, win locally in Scotland, England and Wales and respond to changing constituency boundaries. I can help CLPs through that process of change and will ensure that those areas of Refounding Labour that are still to be delivered continue to prioritise your interests. Our policy making process and technology reforms must be enacted, not filed and forgotten. That’s why I’m asking for your support once again as I stand for re-election.

I am proud of my record – I visited 52 CLPs in my first 52 weeks on the NEC and continue to make visits whenever I am asked, I have provided reports of every meeting and proactively sought members views on issues on our agenda.

If you re-elect me to the NEC I will: continue putting members first; ensure the commitment to a clearer, more transparent policy making process, which puts members at the heart of our decision making structure, is met; ensure that members and users are at the forefront of decisions taken about the party’s new technology platform and lead the charge for greater accountability within our democratic structures.

You can find more information about my campaign for re-election and all of my previous NEC reports and articles here; Please do share my campaign leaflet with your fellow members, pledge your support on the site or contact me if you would like me to speak to your CLP.

CLPs have until the 5pm on Friday 30 March 2012 to make their nominations.

CLP Secretaries can submit nominations online via Membersnet. If you need paper forms or a form in a Word format just email [email protected] or call 020 7783 1498.

Many thanks for your consideration,

Johanna Baxter

Editor’s note: LabourList welcomes posts from other slates or individuals seeking election to the NEC – email us at [email protected].

  • Anonymous

    Progress battle to take over the NEC, if you cannot control the labour leader you  ensure New labour has the NEC, brilliant strategy …..

  • Mike Homfray

    Johanna is an Independent candidate not aligned to a ‘slate’, and I think it is really important that candidates not on ‘slates’ are elected. Given the last batch of candidates all came from the south I am also looking for candidates from the north this time around.

    • John Ruddy

      Yes, and I am hoping for candidates from scotland. Its a pity the motion at conference on additional places for constituency reps on NEC to be expanded was not passed.

      • Anonymous

        I will keep my judgement we are seeing a lot of the New labour brigade now ending up in choice positions within the NEC, perhaps that’s the way to get a seat in some safe location. Luke is only one of many who can change like a chameleon

        • John Reid

          Ed backed Ed Milibnad

  • Anonymous

    I think Johanna sounds excellent.

    I like what I’m hearing about policy process, but don’t understand
    why this type of information isn’t more public knowledge?

    Anyway, wishing great luck.


  • Cookie

    Just to point out, in reference to a few points made already, Johanna is Scottish, although she lives in London now, she was born and brought up on the West Coast of Scotland in Saltcoats, first joined the party there in North Ayrshire and very much considers herself Scottish. You probably already know this now, but just to point in out in case

    I agree it was a shame that the resolution at conference about the expansion of the NEC wasn’t passed


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