My Quick-Notes report from Labour Party NEC meeting held on 29th September 2020 (approx 7.5 hours!):
A lengthy meeting with a number of items deferred to the next NEC meeting due to length of meeting. This is the last meeting of the full NEC before the elections to the NEC take place in October/November.
Leader, Keir Starmer, in his report spoke about the Tories failure on both the Covid-19 health crisis and the increasing damage being caused to jobs and the economy. He spoke about the need for better working with local authorities and more focus on saving jobs.
Keir spoke about Labour Connected during which around 120,000 watched his speech. Keir took questions on a wide range of topics including policy issues, organisational, disciplinary and governance matters. I asked Keir to reflect on issues arising from a recent high-profile case including the need to consider the wellbeing of complainants and respondents, implications for members with limited means to achieve justice and the adverse impact cases can have on support amongst BAME communities.
Deputy Leader, Angela Rayner, in her report also spoke about the challenges facing the country around jobs. Angela spoke in some detail about several areas to do with the 2021 elections including improving diversity of candidates, fundraising and campaigning. Angela gave a confidential update on the Forde Inquiry and disciplinary matters.
General Secretary, David Evans, in his report spoke about the Labour Connected online conference and invited NEC members to share their feedback. David spoke about work on preparations for 2021 elections including improving the Party’s digital and online campaigning offer and an organisation review that is taking place.
David presented reports for discussion and noting/agreement on several areas including an update on the general election review held by the NEC in September, progress on a Scheme of Delegation and progress on improvements to NEC working suggested by NEC members. A report from the Business Board was tabled and a detailed presentation given on Party finances. Reports were tabled on membership including some of the most detailed analysis and data I’ve seen in six months. There are currently around 560,000 members.
A report was provided on AWS and a motion proposed by Cllr Alice Perry was unanimously approved later in the meeting – wording of the motion can be seen here: https://labourlist.org/2020/09/the-last-full-meeting-before-labours-new-ruling-body-is-elected-alice-perrys-nec-report/
A report was presented to seek the views of NEC members on online meetings to inform a paper to be discussed the following week at the Organisation Sub Committee on CLP and Branch AGM’s. The consensus amongst NEC members was that AGM’s should be facilitated to take place as soon as possible online.
A report was presented and agreed on arrangements and timetable for policy development ahead of the 2021 annual conference.