Labour NEC elections: The results

20th August, 2014 12:04 pm

Labour’s NEC election is a long one – but it came to an end on Monday after 8 months. The results have just been announced, and we’ve published them below. The top six candidates (Ken Livingstone, Ann Black, Ellie Reeves, Christine Shawcroft, Kate Osamor and Johanna Baxter) will be representing Labour members as “constituency reps” on the NEC for the next two years:

LIVINGSTONE, Ken 39,548 Elected

BLACK, Ann 36,496 Elected

REEVES, Ellie 31,278 Elected

SHAWCROFT, Christine 29,558 Elected

OSAMOR, Kate 28,484 Elected

BAXTER, Johanna 24,325 Elected


WILLSMAN, Peter 23,362

WILLIAMS, Darren 21,307

AKEHURST, Luke 21,115

NOSEGBE, Florence 19,174

WHEELER, Peter 18,724

PEEL, Kevin 17,830

FLINTOFF, Crispin 12,539

Update: We’ve also got the results of the local government section – the two councillors representing local government on the NEC will be Jim McMahon and Alice Perry. Here’s the results:

McMAHON, Jim 1,894 Elected

PERRY, Alice 1,510 Elected


LUCAS, Ann 1,402

HENIG, Simon 1,229

Congratulations to the successful candidates and commiserations to those who missed out. We’ll have analysis of what the results mean later this afternoon…


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  • I think we should introduce term limits on NEC constituency reps. 5 Women elected and 1 Man is a nice surprise, I wonder what Austin Mitchell MP makes of that.

    It’s a little strange that Labour policy doesn’t reflect the political make up of the winning slate of candidates. I’m please election returns have been released alongside candidates and I think it would be a welcome democratic development if figures were given for all Parliamentary, European and devolved selections too. If you cast a vote in the Labour Party you ought to be able to see it represented.

    • Tom Miller

      Yep, anything that stops people getting the results they vote for, I think.

      Term limits are a poor way of pursuing diversity and a terrible way of pursuing democracy…

      • I suppose so, it’s not very democratic but i’m not sure how we get fresh talent on to it. I’m not entirely sure what the point of the NEC is when we’ve moved towards a convention style conference.

        Reading Johanna’s other post on here i’m surprised that it’s all self funded, not entirely sure how they’re expected to fund their travel around the country to do their job. Perhaps a small stipend would encourage a more diverse set of applicants.

        • Chilbaldi

          I agree with you on term limits, mostly because I’m sick of Ken Livingston.

          • Well personally I think politicians with the exception of perhaps councillors should be banned from standing in internal elections. They have plenty of other access points. Also perhaps a delay on politicians having recently left elected office like a “revolving door” cooling off period.

            In everything we do we should be projecting the voice of ordinary members and fresh talent. There’s some real talent on the NEC but the list of all the candidates reads as Who’s Who in the Labour Party.

  • Anniesec

    So not a single member elected from North of the Trent? does that reflect voting patterns, membership patterns or a bit of both. Term limits and regional representation please.

    • Tom Miller

      It probably shows that we’re not recruiting enough members in the North…

      • Redshift1

        It probably also shows that the Grassroots Alliance slate having no candidates from the north is pretty awful. And why? To give Willsman yet another go?

        I’m a natural grassroots alliance supporter but the past two NEC elections I’ve mixed my support for this fact alone. The Labour First/Progress slate had two Manchester based candidates (I voted Wheeler, couldn’t really bring myself to vote for Peel). Are you seriously saying the Grassroots Alliance couldn’t have found anyone in Manchester, Liverpool, Leeds, Newcastle, etc? Or even better someone not from a big city at all?

        • Matty

          As pointed out below, reps have to fund their own travel expenses. With all meetings in London, perhaps that puts people off. As for Pete Willsman he has always been one of the most effective reps that the left has had (imo).

          • Redshift1

            I’m not sure that’s an adequate argument for having noone from any of the 3 northern regions on a slate of 6.

            As for Peter Willsman, I’ve no personal beef with him and perhaps he has been great in the past, but that’s 3 NEC elections he’s lost on the trot now. I don’t think you can sustain the argument that ‘he’s just that bloody good’ in the face of 3 defeats and the lack of any northerners on the slate.

            I think we need regional representation but if it doesn’t come about then I’m not going to return to voting for the Grassroots Alliance as a whole unless they ensure some regional balance on the slate.

          • MikeHomfray

            If you have to pay your own travel expenses and go in work time, its not surprising that northerners don’t put their name forward
            Also – the slates by their nature focus on organisations based in London, who choose their most active people, who, surprise, surprise, live in London. Even the one from Nottingham used to live in London!

      • David Lindsay

        It is full of people from the South because it insists on meeting there, as if the Palestinian Authority were to meet in Tel Aviv.

  • Gary Pepworth

    Somewhat ironic that one of the most hardworking and accessible NEC members only just scrapes in, while perhaps the laziest and least accessible NEC member tops the poll. As in the MEP selections, name recognition wins the day.

    • Yes I did notice that. That particular candidate has done a ridiculous amount of work.

    • nana

      absolutely.i did’nt know any of my labour candidates for MEP in European Elections.
      i was asked by a few neighbours ‘who are they’ how do we answer the electorate on that one.

  • Ash McGregor

    Wonder how much organisation there was behind the campaigning. A massive increase in votes from 2012. Sixth place last time was 17,721 and this time 24,325.

  • To quote the young Bennite who went up to Jack Straw at Conference in 1980: “We are the masters now!”

  • Ian Robathan

    How is Livingstone still in Labour after backing Rahman and his destructive politics ?

    • Ian Robathan

      I do not understand the love for him amongst some of the party, be interesting of those votes how many were London based ?

    • Danny

      I don’t think that many people vote Livingstone for his personality or his policies, more because of what he represents.

      He’s seen, rightly or wrongly, as a leftist, Old Labour type. By voting him, it sends a message to the Party that their MPs have drifted, and are drifting, significantly away from his roots. Ironically, I think the right of the party only have themselves to blame for Ken Livingstone’s popularity.

      • Ian Robathan

        It would be good that people understood the type of character they vote for though

  • Irene Faseyi

    Actually, I’m disappointed with the results. So who’s to be the voice of the majority in the North West?

    • MikeHomfray

      This is a genuine issue – we do need to regionalise these elections to make sure different areas are represented

  • swatnan

    Peter Wilsman just missed out, yet again.

  • Daniel Speight

    Again commiserations to Luke who at least responds to comments on his LL posts.

    • treborc1

      If you say so, he also responds to the his comment on Progress as well.


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