Rhea Wolfson Nomination and response to questions
Nomination could not be considered as candidate only secured nomination from her CLP after our ballot opened. You will be able to vote for Rhea in the NEC ballot over July/August.
However, we still have asked Rhea to reply to questions which she sent to us on 15 July and nomination information is below questions:
1.1 If elected to the NEC, will you attend one of our events at Conference and/or come to our LI members' meeting in Germany planned for October?
1.2 We have tripled our membership since May 2015, and experienced infighting and tensions between groups within LI. How will you try and bring the Party together?
I firmly believe that the more opportunity that local groups have to come together and the more opportunity for debate and organising around issues, the less difficulties we will have. I appreciate that with LI opportunities to meet face to face may be more difficult but hopefully the party can facilitate more online forums and cross country campaigns.
I believe giving more power to local groups to bring forward campaigns and policy will allow groups to come together more frequently and not just interact with other members when tensions are high around issues of elections. I think the root of tensions and infighting is often that members do not feel their voices and opinions are being heard. Guidelines for CLPs running meetings and welcoming members and discussions could go some way to help ensuring everyone has a voice.
2. Voting rights
2.1 Do you support the right of UK citizens living abroad having the right to vote for life and remove the present restriction?
I think Labour Intentional is relatively unknown to members in the UK and a campaign to showcase members across the world would be great to both break down this prejudice and also show that Labour is an international and internationalist community!
2.3 Do you support the idea of having MPs to represent Britons living abroad i.e. international constituencies, like France?
3.1 Should the current Leader of the Labour Party automatically be on the ballot in the event of a leadership election?
Obviously this is a little late for me to be answering but I did believe it was the right thing however I disagree with the current freeze date and supporter rates set.
4.1 Do you support the “unfreezing” of the rate of UK state pension paid to pensioners living in many countries abroad? (e.g. Australia, Canada, India, Pakistan)
4.3 Are you in favour of scrapping university/tuition fees?
Dear Labour International,
My name is Rhea Wolfson and I am standing for Labour's NEC. I have attached a letter that I would be very grateful if you would circulate to your members in advance of your internal nominations ballot.
Please do get in touch with any questions and thank you in advance for any support,
Link to letter click here
Link to website click here