Luke Akehurst Nomination
Dear CLP Secretary,
I am writing to ask for your CLP’s support in this year’s election for the six CLP seats on the Labour Party National Executive Committee (NEC) and for my request (in the form of the leaflet/letter here - http://www.luke4nec.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2012/01/NEC-flyer-2016.pdf) to be tabled at the CLP meeting where you consider nominations.
If you are not the Secretary of your CLP (I only have an incomplete list at this stage in the process) please forward this email to the current secretary and let me know the new contact details.
This summer Labour Party members will elect the six CLP representatives on the NEC. I’ve stood – and in 2010 won – before but it has never felt as though so much is at stake for the future of the party we all love.
We only get six voices dedicated solely to representing members’ interests on an NEC of 33 members. It is vital that we choose the strongest team possible, particularly as the NEC is currently balanced on a knife-edge between the Hard Left and more moderate members.
Labour is in a mess. It needs strong people with mainstream politics on the NEC to try to turn things round. The election result was a catastrophe where we lost seats and were wiped out in Scotland despite five years of Tory cuts and the collapse of the Lib Dems. Instead of listening to the tough message voters were giving us about leadership and economic credibility, we have turned in on ourselves and lurched to the left, away from ordinary voters, not least the working class people we are supposed to represent.
I did huge amounts of phone canvassing for Labour in marginal seats in the General Election including Reading West, Milton Keynes South, Dover, Thanet South and Southampton Itchen. We have to win these seats to form a government. Voters there gave us a very clear message and it was not that we needed a narrower, more leftwing Labour Party.
We desperately need a broad-based, united Labour Party with realistic, credible policies, and a total focus on winning the 2020 General Election, not indulging our own ideological dogmas.
If elected to the NEC I will ensure the leadership is held to account and given frank advice about what needs to be done to win in 2020.
I will fight against Hard Left factionalism whether that is opposing partisan rule changes, defending hard-working incumbent MPs and councillors from sectarian deselection bids, or stopping the Momentum faction from becoming a bridgehead back into the party for the entryist far left.
I’m asking for your support to return to the NEC and pick up where I left off in 2012 as a strong voice for transparency and accountability, Party democracy, upholding the rulebook, and moderate election-winning values and policies; and a proven grassroots campaigner with real experience of how the Party works, and how it can win, to bring to the table.