London Regional Executive Committee
First of all, what is going on?
The London Regional Office is forcing through a Regional Conference on July 24th-25th. This is totally illegitimate & creates huge difficulties for local parties. It is a solely factional move designed to keep the left out of local govt. The REC, regional CAC, left CLP Secretaries & left NEC reps are protesting vociferously and opposing this move. However it is necessary to mobilise for a July Conference in the meantime.
What does the London Regional Executive Committee do?
The primary responsibility of the London Regional Executive Committee is to oversee key procedural processes governing the selection of candidates for local government in London. The most significant role is in running Appeals Panels which see appeals by candidates for local government who have been ruled out of running by Local Campaign Forums (LCFs)/Local Government Committees (LGCs).
The London REC is comprised of representatives of CLPs, trade unions, socialist societies, Young Labour, the Co-Operative Party, London Councils Labour Group, and the Parliamentary Labour Party. The London Region has its Conference every year, and re-elects the REC every two years. This year the London Regional Conference will be on July 24th and July 25th, and will re-elect the regional board.
Why does the London REC matter?
The London REC matters because of its role in overseeing appeals panels for local government selections. The incumbent REC has a commitment to fairness in overseeing these appeals panels, and preventing candidates from being unfairly excluded or excluded for solely factional reasons. It is therefore crucial to re-elect an REC which shares this same commitment.
How often does the Regional Board meet?
The London REC meets 4-6 times per year, although CLP representatives may be required to attend other meetings as well, including appeal panels, subcommittee meetings, and selection committee meetings.
Candidates for the London REC
CLPs are currently in the process of electing delegates and nominating candidates to the London REC and have until July 14th to do so. Momentum are supporting candidates in each of the divisions:
- Division 1 – London Assembly constituencies of South-West (Hounslow, Kingston, Richmond) and Ealing & Hillingdon – Rheian Davies (Lawyer, REC member 2019-present) and Ranjeev Walia (REC member 2019-present, 2019 Twickenham PPC)
- Division 2 – London Assembly constituencies of West Central (Hammersmith & Fulham, Kensington & Chelsea, Westminster) and Merton & Wandsworth – Murad Qureshi (London Assembly member 2004-16, 2020-21) and Katrina Ffrench (Founder and Director, Unjust UK)
- Division 3 – London Assembly constituencies of Lambeth & Southwark and Croydon & Sutton – Julie Setchfield (CLP Secretary, Croydon Central) and Sam Foster (Bermondsey and Old Southwark)
- Division 4 – London Assembly constituencies of Greenwich & Lewisham and Bexley & Bromley – Munir Malik (REC member 2019-present), and Amy Rushton (Social worker)
- Division 5 – London Assembly constituencies of City & East (City, Newham, Tower Hamlets, Barking & Dagenham) and Havering & Redbridge – Bob Littlewood (Redbridge Cllr and REC member 2019-present) and Sabia Kamali (CEO of the Sister’s Forum)
- Division 6 – London Assembly constituencies of North-East (Hackney, Islington, Waltham Forest and Enfield and Haringey – Emina Ibrahim (Haringey Cllr, REC member 2019-present) and Tom Taylor (CLP Secretary, Leyton and Wanstead CLP, former London Regional Secretary of the PCS trade union)
- Division 7 – London Assembly constituencies of Barnet & Camden and Brent & Harrow – – Jumbo Chan (Brent Cllr and REC member 2019-present) and Shezan Renny (Activist, Holborn and St Pancras CLP)
- London-wide CLP positions – Aydin Dikerdem (Wandsworth Cllr, former community organiser) and Sasha das Gupta (Newham Cllr)
In addition, CLPs can also make nominations for the positions of Women’s Officer, Disabilities Officer, Ethnic Minorities Officer, and LGBT Officer. These positions will be elected by an electoral college, of which CLP delegates will hold 50% and affiliates will hold the other 50%. We have endorsed the following candidates:
Disabled Members’ Officer – Rosa Gomez (Redbridge Cllr)
LGBT Officer – Bruno Diantantou (Activist, Kensington)
BAME Officer– Taranjit Chana (Trade unionist)
Women’s Officer – Niamh O’Brady (Trade unionist)
Conference Arrangements Committee (CAC), CLP section
Momentum are supporting the following candidates for the CLP section of the London Conference Arrangements Committee.
- Kathryn Johnson (London CAC, 2019-present)
- Sophia Naqvi (East Ham CLP, Central Ward Vice Chair)
- Conor Bollins (Chair of Kingston & Surbiton CLP)
Chair and 2 Vice-Chairs
Under the new rules, there will be a Chair and two vice-chairs (one of whom will be a woman) who will be elected from the newly elected REC at the same regional conference by the 50/50 electoral college. As a result of this voting system, CLPs are not asked to nominate candidates for Chair or Vice Chair.
Motions and rule changes
Each CLP is entitled to submit one motion, which must relate to London issues. Motions should be a maximum of 250 words. The deadline for submission of motions Wednesday 14th of July. There will be a priority ballot to select the topics of motions debated at conference on 15th and 16th of July. To submit a motion please send to [email protected].
Electing Delegates to Regional Conference from CLPs
The deadline for delegates to be registered is 14th of July.
If you haven’t already, please ask your CLP Secretary when your CLP will be electing delegates. If your CLP has an All Member Meeting (AMM) structure, please encourage as many members as possible to attend that meeting and vote for delegates who will support the democratisation of the Region, and if your CLP has a General Committee structure, please do the same with your GC delegates. CLP Secretaries have already been notified of their delegate entitlements. Delegations must be gender balanced, and CLPs who only send one delegate have to alternate between men and women each year. As with card votes at the Annual Conference, CLP delegates’ votes are weighted according to their membership.
Let us know when your CLP meeting is to elect regional conference delegates and about any delegates already elected by filling in this form. This is particularly important if you are a delegate and would like to be contacted by us before and during Party Conference.