East Midlands Regional Executive Committee Elections 2020
What will the composition of the EM REC be for the elections?
Currently the region is organised into five sub-regions, from which 2 CLP representatives were elected at the 2018 EM Regional Conference: Derbyshire, Leicestershire, Lincolnshire, Nottinghamshire and Northamptonshire. However the changes to REC standing orders mean that an additional two CLP positions will be elected this year to represent the East Midlands as a whole. There will also be elections for a BAME representative, women’s representative, LGBTQ+ representative, and disabled representative (in addition to the Young Labour rep who is elected at a separate Youth Conference). The numbers of trade union positions will also increase from 10 to 11. This year there will be no position for a BAME women’s representative or a national youth representative.
Who is currently on the East Midlands REC?
- Denise Mellors
- Kevin Hepworth
- Andy Furlong
- Betty Newton
- Lucinda Preston
- John Grocock
- Jane Marshall
- Kathryn Humphreys
- Kevin Watts
- Isobel Stevenson
- Amanda Hack
- Nicola Heaton (Chair)
Women’s Rep: Kathryn Salt
BAME: Hermant Bhatia
BAME Women’s Rep: Nicole Ndiweni
LGBTQ+: Sean Kelly Walsh
Co-operative Party: Mark Grayling
Youth National: Char Tyler
Youth Regional: Jacob Collier
LGA Rep: James Dawson
PLP: Lillian Greenwood
- Adele Williams
- Sophie Vale
PCC: Willy Bach
Regional Director: Emma Foody
- Olwyn Emery
- Paresh Patel
- Richard Oliver
- Vicki Wass
- Pam Shepherd
- Ash Morley
- Stevie Cassidy
- Ed Leach (Vice Chair)
- Linda Woodings
- Kate Hudson
How will EM REC CLP representatives be elected at this year’s Conference?
East Midlands CLP REC representatives will be elected at the regional conference in June (date TBC). Ten CLP reps will be elected by delegates from CLPs within the respective sub-regions, and the two East Midlands CLP reps will be elected by delegates of all CLPs in the region. East Midlands equalities representatives will be elected by Regional Conference, with the vote share split 50/50 between CLP delegates and trade union delegates. The voting weights of CLPs and affiliates to the conference should mirror Annual Conference, and the number of delegates permitted should be relative to the size of the nominating Party unit. CLPs will be expected to elect delegates to the Regional Conference, and nominate candidates, in the months prior to the Regional Conference, probably in the Spring of 2020.
Meanwhile the Chair and two Vice Chairs shall be elected by delegates to regional conference from amongst the membership of this REC. At least one of the vice chair positions shall be a woman with at least 50% of all other officer positions being held by a woman. No chair or vice chair should serve in that position for more than one term.
What else does the EM Regional Conference do?
In addition to electing the REC and Chair and Vice-Chair, the Conference can also approve policy motions as well, but the existing policymaking mechanisms in the Party do not offer a clear process for those motions to influence policy. It will also elect the Conference Arrangements Committee to oversee the following Conference in 2022 approximately (see below).
Who oversees the Regional Conference?
The regional conference shall be overseen by a Regional Conference Arrangements Committee (RCAC) of no fewer than three people who will set the priorities for the conference and oversee the organisation of the conference. For this year’s Conference, the RCAC will be elected by and from the existing REC. Thereafter, the Regional Conference Arrangements Committee for each Conference shall be elected by delegates to the previous Regional Conference, meaning that this year’s Conference will elect the RCAC for the next one.
How will Momentum decide who stands on the left slate for the regional board?
Momentum will attempt to build a slate which is fully capable of effectively representing the members of the East Midlands and transforming the regional Labour Party. In order to decide who we will support, we would like to invite any members who wish to represent members on the Regional Board to apply. Applicants will be chosen on the basis of who best meets the person specification, as well as ensuring the final slate is as representative of the diversity of the East Midlands as possible. Candidates previously supported by Momentum who currently sit on the REC and who have proven themselves to be effective and committed CLP representatives are likely to be favoured, but there will nonetheless be vacancies in a number of sub-regions due to people standing down and the additional CLP representatives following the new standing orders.
How do Momentum members apply to be on the slate?
Before applying, please read this explainer and the one on RECs, as well as the Regional Executive Committee standing orders (p84 of CAC 1 from the 2019 Conference), and the person specification for applicants. You may also wish to consult fellow Momentum and Labour Party members before doing so. If you like, you can also contact us at [email protected] if you have any questions. When you’re ready, use the link below to apply to our slate. The deadline for applications for Momentum’s support is midnight on March 26th.
Our aim is not just to increase the representation that the left has on the East Midlands REC, but also to achieve greater accountability and transparency. Therefore successful applicants would be expected to complete a collective report after each meeting for publication on the Momentum website.
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