I’m really pleased with my showing in the Labour NEC elections, the results of which were released today (here). I received 8,968 votes, which means by a considerable margin I came top among all of the non-slate candidates who were not existing NEC members. This was the personal target I set myself at the start of the campaign. This result wasn’t enough to get me elected, as I came behind the candidates who were backed by a slate and the other incumbent, but I’m very pleased with this showing in an election which is notoriously difficult for first-time, non-slate candidates (particularly those who do not reside within the London political scene).
The best thing about running has been the amount of fantastic, inspirational Labour members from the length and breadth of the country that I’ve met and got to know. I can’t wait to seeing many of you at Conference in the Autumn – I know I owe many people a pint for the help and support they’ve given me over the last few months!
The overall results show little change in NEC composition. While the terribly poor existing geographical spread of NEC representatives was slightly improved by the election of Peter Wheeler from Salford (though this was regrettably at the expense of Luke Akehurst), much more progress is needed next time to make sure the NEC is truly national in scale.
Now that the elections are over, I hope the flare-up of factional infighting that has reared its head in the last couple of weeks will now subside. We may be rivals in internal elections, but we need to resume working together as comrades so as a united party we can win the election that really counts – the next general election. I repeat what I said in my candidate statement: I will always focus on fighting the Tories, Lib Dems and Nationalists, not others within our party. I hope others will do the same.
Thanks for all of your support over the last few months. I’ve definitely got the appetite to run again in the future if the circumstances are right, and in the meantime I will to continue to work for positive change in our party and country in anyway I can be useful.
See you on the doorstep!