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Labour International is holding a ballot to fill the post of Political Education and Training Officer, which is currently vacant. 

This is an important election as the winner will have a voting position on the LI Executive Committee, and an influential role in the future activities and development of Labour International as a CLP.

Voting opens on Friday 17 July 2020

The online ballot paper, with instructions, will be sent by email to all eligible members from our Survey Monkey account on that date

The deadline for voting is 23:59 BST on Friday 24  July

Voting deadline in all time zones

You will have two choices on the ballot – one is a single candidate and the other is two candidates in a job-share arrangement.

About the Candidates

Name: Robert A Howells

Proposer: Stephen Harrison Snr
Seconder: Stephen Harrison Jnr

Active members will be the difference between victory and defeat, especially in key marginals, at the next General Election

With a successful senior management career in recruitment and training, spanning four decades, combined with winning every election I stood in as a District Councillor in one of the UK’s largest local authorities, my skill set and experience offers:

  • Proven political campaigning leadership
  • Team building and talent spotting
  • Political communication, increasingly via social media
  • Information providing. I have written copious campaign material and published internationally
  • I have run training courses, professionally and politically
  • I have led political working groups and committees at Cabinet Member and Deputy Leader level
  • Having started up and run a successful company, I know what it takes to enable others to be successful
  • I have always promoted Unity to Win

I can enable our team to grow and influence others to vote Labour

Names: Calum Paramor and George Massey (job-share)

Proposer: Jenny Semahimbo
Seconder: Katy McCafferty

Political education, if done right, enables us to get something back from our activism: to learn, grow and get inspired. Unfortunately, there is a lack of political education in our movement. As political education officers, we would work to remedy this.

We believe that there is a huge amount of knowledge and skill in our movement, and our job as political education officers is to facilitate sharing it.

We plan to:

  • Develop materials to help members learn about our movement’s history and foster engagement in key policy issues
  • Include meetings with expert speakers
  • Establish a working group and solicit membership feedback to identify needs
  • Assist campaign organisers with training and materials.

We bring complementary skills to the role: Calum is a professional educator and George a project manager.  Calum co-founded Young Labour International and we both have worked extensively on social media campaigns for LI.

Can You Vote?

All LI members who are fully paid up with their membership fees on the date the ballot opens are eligible to vote.

A number of our members are currently in arrears with their fees. If you are one of them and you want to vote for your choice in this election, you need to fully pay off your arrears by 23:59 BST on Thursday 16 July. If you are still in arrears after that time you will, regretfully, be removed from the voting list.

Remember that the NEC elections are also taking place soon. If you clear your arrears now you’ll be able to vote in them as well. The NEC is the National Executive Committee of the whole Labour Party, so the results of these elections will have a big impact.

If your ballot doesn’t arrive on the date given above but you think you are eligible to vote, please check your email spam folder (and promotions folder if your email account has one). If by Saturday morning you still cant find it, contact the LI membership officers at the email address given below.

If you haven’t received any emails from Labour International this month, please check that the Labour Party has an email address for you that is correct and still in use. We find that some people’s email addresses become invalid due to changing their place of residence, their job or their internet service provider, and sometimes just due to a typo.

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