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4th November 2014 – Report of National Executive Committee Meeting

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‘Only by working together will we defeat nationalism’ Johanna’s post for Labourlist;

http://labourlist.org/2014/10/only-by-working-together-that-we-will-be-able-to-defeat-nationalism/

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Johanna’s speech to Labour Conference 2014;

Watch Johanna’s passionate plea for Better Politics following the Scottish Independence Referendum

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*Thank you*

I am deeply honoured and privileged to be re-elected to Labour’s NEC representing our members in the CLP section. I stood for election this time, as I have previously, because I believe that Labour Party members are not ordinary, you are extraordinary. As members and activists – the advocates of our democratic socialist values – you deserve a bigger voice.

I want to thank every one of the 24,325 members who voted for me (full results here; http://labourlist.org/2014/08/labour-nec-elections-the-results/). Thanks also to every CLP Secretary who has, despite being deluged with NEC e-mails, been kind enough to circulate my election material and all the members of my team who have had a key role in spreading the word and for all your messages of support. Those messages have sustained me throughout the campaign and have truly humbled and inspired me. I am proud of my record and the honest, positive, energetic grassroots campaign that we have run.

  • I have visited 119 CLPs across the every region in country, talking to members about rebuilding our party, our policy making process and listening to their ideas for change. That level of engagement set a new record and will keep doing this.
  • I have tried to speak to every CLP Secretary personally over recent months (though with 600+ it was a huge challenge though so apologies if you were one of the few that I didn’t quite reach!)
  • I secured 162 CLP nominations –that put me behind Ann Black and ahead of Ken Livingston.
  • I secured the endorsement of a number of senior figures in the party including: Shadow Treasury Minister Chris Leslie MP; Labour’s Leader in the House of Lords Jan Royall; Lord Jim Knight and Lord Jack McConnell.

I have always tried to work hard on your behalf – to put you first – and I will continue to do so. I’m your advocate and as your only independent representative on the NEC I’m answerable only to you. I want to hear your views and I will continue to proactively seek them in every way I can. We made already made a difference to how our party is run – let’s continue to make a difference in the next term!

With grateful thanks,

Johanna

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Newly elected Cllr Jasmine Ali explains why she’s #BackingBaxter for the NEC #JB4NEC

http://youtu.be/3ikNcJ7flxQ

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Ballots for Labour’s NEC elections need to be returned by 5pm on the 18th August.  Which means there are just 7 days left to vote! Make sure your voice is heard at the top of the party and vote for someone who is committed to Putting Members First!

Here’s my friend Chris Leslie MP explaianing why he’s #BackingBaxter for the NEC #JB4NEC

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Cllr Joani Reid on why she’s #BackingBaxter for the NEC #JB4NEC;

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UYznjFDQ6cQ

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Cllr Jamille Mohammed explains why he’s #BackingBaxter for the NEC #JB4NEC;

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4d0tJUGV2E4

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18th – 20th July & 22nd July 2014 – Report of National Policy Forum and National Executive Committee Meetings

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Employment Tribunal Fees Are A Tax On Justice - my article for the New Statesman ahead of Labour’s National Policy Forum

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NEC ballot papers have started to drop and I’m writing to ask for your support.

It has been an honour and a privilege to serve as your representative and I have been truly overwhelmed by the level of support I’ve received in my campaign in recent weeks.

A phenomenal 162 CLPs nominated me for re-election.  Thank you.  With 289 CLPs nominating that is 56% of all nominations made and puts me second on the nominations leader board, behind Ann Black and ahead of Ken Livingstone.

Because I stand as an independent, I need your help now more than ever in reaching out to members to ask them to use their vote for an independent candidate who will stand up for openness, transparency and a member-focussed policy making structure.

Can you spread the word to other Labour members?

  • All the information about my campaign is in my leaflet here;  http://johannabaxter.com/campaign-literature/  And a few fellow members have recorded a video saying why they’re supporting me;   Could you forward these to your friends in the party?
  • Tweet your support to @JohannaBaxter using the hashtag #JB4NEC or ‘like’ my Facebook page – Johanna Baxter Putting Members First on Labours NEC and invite your friends to do the same.
  • Tell other members you’re supporting me – write an endorsement http://johannabaxter.com/johannas-supporters/ or record your own ‘vox pop’, send it to BackingBaxter@gmail.com and we’ll link it to the site.

Remember I’m always willing to visit constituencies, so if you would like me to speak at yours please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

Don’t forget to use your vote in the all-member ballot to vote Johanna Baxter for the NEC.  All members who were paid up at 26th June 2014 are entitled to vote.  You can vote online or by post.  If you haven’t received your ballot by 21st July you should apply for a replacement by 11th August – just call 0845 092 2299.

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Others may have decided to support but I’m still an Independent Candidate in the NEC Elections

I have recently learned that a number to organisations within our party have taken the decision to endorse my bid for re-election to the Labour Party National Executive.

I stood in the past two NEC elections as an independent candidate. I do so again in this election. My independence is – in part – what helps me keep my focus where I believe it belongs – on serving members.

As an independent I welcome and am grateful for support from all wings of our party. I abhor destructive factionalism, and have always sought to focus on the many positives that unite our party, not the few issues on which we disagree. I intend to focus my attention on fighting the Coalition government, not my colleagues within our party.

I have not sought endorsement from any group and as a non-slate candidate, I think it is important that I do not endorse any other candidate. But when the election is over, if I am re-elected, I will work everyone else on the NEC in a comradely fashion to represent members.

As always, my priority has been and will remain if re-elected, to continue putting members first & making sure your views are heard at the top of our party. Thank you.

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162 nominations for  re-election – Thank You!

At the close of nominations for the Labour Party’s National Executive Committee yesterday a phenomenal 162 CLPs had nominated me for re-election. Thank you.

With 289 CLPs nominating that is 56% of all nominations made and puts me second on the nominations leader board, behind Ann Black and ahead of Ken Livingston.

Ballot papers will start dropping in July - you should receive yours by the 14th July – and need to be returned by the 18th August.  Because I stand as an independent, I need your help now more than ever in reaching out members to ask them to use their vote for an independent candidate who will stand up for openness, transparency and a member-focussed policy making structure.

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3rd June 2014 – Report of National Executive Committee Meeting

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Following the recent local elections results I’ve written my top tips for newly elected Councillors here;

Top tips for newly elected Councillors  (24th May, 2014)

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25th March 2014 – Report of National Executive Committee Meeting

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Its 6 months to the day until the Scottish Independence Referendum, which has potentially far-reaching consequences for the whole of the UK.  Here is the Executive Summary of the Scottish Labour Devolution Commission Report in which we set out our vision for enhancing the democratic accountability for decisions affecting the people of Scotland within a strengthened union. (18th March 2014)

18th March 2014 – Scottish Labour Devolution Commission Report Exec Summary

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4th February 2014 - Report of National Executive Committee Meeting

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28th January 2014 – Report of National Executive Committee Meeting

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 I’m standing for re-selection to Labour’s National Executive Committee so I can keep Putting Members First.  I’ve put more information on why I’m standing in my leaflet here

http://johannabaxter.com/campaign-literature/

Please do get in touch if you’d like to support my campaign.

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4th & 5th November 2013 – Report of National Executive Committee Meeting

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Johanna’s speech to Labour Conference 2013

Like many party members, Johanna attended this year’s party conference in Brighton. Below is footage of Johanna moving the better Politics Policy Report.

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When I first stood for election to Labour’s NEC I promised to Put Members First – to make sure that your views and concerns on the big issues of the day were heard at the top of our party.  That commitment has taken me now to 100 CLPs right across the UK. To see where I’ve been and what I’ve been doing watch this short clip here:

1 NEC Member – 100 CLPs – Putting Members First

I go to CLPs that ask me to.  If you’d like your CLP to be part of my next 100 visits please get in touch.

NEC members get no expenses from the party for visiting CLPs.  If you’d like to help keep me on the road please consider making a donation via the donate button on the right hand side of this page.  Thank you.

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Why we need to engage, empower and employ more women in our party – my article for Progress ahead of their Winning with Women conference:

http://www.progressonline.org.uk/2013/08/30/engage-empower-and-employ/

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My first article for Comment is Free is now up here;

http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2013/jul/30/employment-precarious-new-laws-employees-tribunal

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16th July, 2013 – Report of National Executive Committee meeting

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My first article for the New Statesman’s Staggers on Party Reform is up here;

http://www.newstatesman.com/politics/2013/07/how-miliband-has-already-transformed-labour

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My 5 key tests for Ed’s speech this morning:

- Will it prevent abuses of power within our party? Will it ensure that selections are open, transparent and fundamentally fair?

- Will it make us more representative? Will it provide greater opportunities for those from under-represented backgrounds to get selected as Labour candidates?

- Will it ‘mend’ the link with our trade union partners? Will it lead to greater numbers of ordinary union members engaging with local Labour parties on the ground? Are our affiliate unions ready for the challenge of signing up individual trade union members into Labour affiliation?

- Does is spell out the advantages of Labour membership? Our members must be given a reason to be a members. If selections are, potentially, going to be opened up to non-members there must have a trade off in giving our members a greater say within the party. This must mean reviewing the number of member representatives within our elected structures. The most obvious example would be on the NEC where we currently only have 6 of 33 places (half the number of trade union places). I called for this in my own submission to Refounding Labour back in 2010.

- Fundamentally, does it have the capacity to deliver the people of Britain ‘better politics’?

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European Selections Ballot

I’ve just voted in our European selections ballot. I would normally have voted and posted my ballot back immediately but with NEC work and running our local government selection process in Southwark every spare moment seems to have vanished recently.

When casting my vote I had a clear idea of what I was looking for in a candidate. I wanted my vote to support a candidate who: has solid Labour values; has an understanding of European politics, the priorities and the ways in which, through European co-operation, we can deliver for the people of Europe and the Londoners they are there to represent; has the capability to be a strong advocate and representative for Labour and London and who has the ability to be a strong candidate.

In the sitting MEP section Claude Moraes was top of my list. Claude has been completely diligent in his work as an MEP over the last term. He has attended meetings of our CLP, sent me regular reports of his work and is always on hand – via twitter, web or phone – to discuss European issues and help with local campaigning. And he does all of that whilst also being an effective voice in the European Parliament – he was 2011 MEP of the Year for his work on Human Rights and Justice – and many of the 137 Parliamentary questions, 33 motions and 77 speeches he’s made are on issues that directly affect Londoners including employment rights, equality, older peoples’ issues and key environmental issues.

It was difficult to decide on my ranking in the ‘new’ candidates section. I have been impressed with many of the candidates – Lucy Anderson’s work on the party’s National Policy Forum, Kamaljeet Jandu’s commitment to equality and Seb Dance’s work on international development. But it was, in the end, Ivana Bertoletti who got my first preference. Ivana topped my list because she matched all my criteria above. She has:

- Solid Labour values; Ivana is a committed trade union activist, an NHS worker and the Deputy Director of the Fabian Women’s Network. She doesn’t just talk about change; she spends all of her working life putting into practise those values which underpin our party – fairness, equality and the fundamental belief that we achieve more together than we do alone.

- An understanding of European politics, the priorities and the ways in which, through European co-operation, we can deliver for the people of Europe and the Londoners they are there to represent; Ivana has ten years’ experience working in Labour sister parties across Europe, at the grassroots and governmental level and has spent time as a policy adviser to the Romano Prodi government in Italy. Her strapline “I know the real streets of Europe as well as I know the corridors of Brussels” might sound cheesy but these things matter. We need representatives in Europe who understand how our sister parties operate, who appreciate the political sensitivities that shape the behaviour of other countries at the table and who know how to navigate those to deliver social change within Europe and for London.

- The capability to be a strong advocate and representative for Labour and London; Ivana has delivered real change in those organisations she has worked in – she received the 2012 Award for Best Personal Achievement in the Public Sector for her efforts to protect frontline staff and vulnerable patients and the Fabian Women’s Network has gone from strength to strength since she became involved. She’s equally capable of delivering an engaging speech as a detailed policy proposal.

- The ability to be a strong candidate; Ivana is a campaigner. She’s been out on the Labour Doorstep with me in Camberwell & Peckham so I’ve seen her at work. She also has a good reputation as a hard-working doorstep activist for our party. And she’s running this campaign by herself, without the backing of any poltical ‘slate’ or faction. That takes guts. I know. It also takes strength of character and massive amounts of stamina. She’s had to work twice as hard as other candidates, many of whom have had resources showered upon them by different groups. Her leaflets are funded largely out of her own pocket and I know, because I’ve been there, that she’s had to use up a tonne of her own annual leave to be there engaging with members throughout the selection period. She will feel the impact of this campaign more than any other. That level of dedication is rare to find and speaks volumes about her commitment to our party and the fight ahead.

So for all those reasons I’m backing Ivana Bartoletti #1 but whatever the outcome I know our shortlist is a testament to the talent in London Labour and I know we’ll have a great team going forward in 2014.

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21st May, 2013 – Report of National Executive Committee meeting

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19th March, 2013 – Report of National Executive Committee meeting

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22nd January, 2013 – Report of National Executive Committee meeting

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27th November, 2012 – Report of National Executive Committee meeting

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84 CLPs in 24 months on the NEC

Johanna has visited a phenomenal 84 Constituency Labour Parties in the 24 months she’s been on the NEC. Here she reflects on her first 2 years on Labour’s NEC and why she’ll keep #puttingmembersfirst

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Party Conference

Like many party members, Johanna attended this year’s party conference in Manchester. Below is footage of Johanna moving the Health Policy Report.

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25th September, 2012 – Report: National Executive Committee Meeting

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17th July, 2012 – Report: National Executive Committee Meeting

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09th – 10th July 2012 – Report: National Executive Committee visit to the European Parliament

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A message from Johanna: Thank you!

I am deeply honoured and privileged to be re-elected to Labour’s NEC, representing our members in the CLP section. I stood for election this time, as I did last time, because I believe that Labour Party members are not ordinary – you are extraordinary. As members and activists – the advocates of our democratic socialist values – you deserve a bigger voice.

I want to thank every one of the 20,146 members who voted for me. Thanks also to every CLP Secretary who has, despite being deluged with NEC e-mails, been kind enough to circulate my election material, and all the members of my team who have had a key role in spreading the word and for all your messages of support. Those messages have sustained me throughout the campaign and have truly humbled and inspired me.

I am proud of my record and the honest, positive, energetic grassroots campaign that we have run.

  • I have visited 73 CLPs across the every region in country, talking to members about rebuilding our party, our policy making process and listening to their ideas for change. That level of engagement set a new record.
  • I have tried to speak to every CLP Secretary personally over recent months (though with 600+ it was a huge challenge, so apologies if you were one of the few that I didn’t quite reach!)
  • I secured 172 CLP nominations – that’s nearly three times the number of nominations I received at the last election and, incredibly, it was 19 times the average number of nominations received by other independent candidates.
  • I secured the endorsement of a number of senior figures in the party including: Shadow Business Secretary Chuka Umunna MP; Shadow Treasury Minister Chris Leslie MP; Shadow Food & Farming Minister Huw Irranca-Davies MP; Labour’s Leader in the House of Lords Jan Royall; Lord Jim Knight and Lord Jack McConnell.
  • My team led the way in reaching out to members through innovative campaigning using every medium possible, including social media.

I have always tried to work hard on your behalf – to put you first – and I will continue to do so. I’m your advocate, and as your only independent representative on the NEC I’m answerable only to you. I want to hear your views and I will continue to proactively seek them in every way I can.

We already made a difference to how our party is run – members have responded positively to the new methods of engagement I’ve tried to introduce and we have fundamentally changed the capability of many CLPs through the new funding mechanism I fought for. More people than ever now know what the NEC is and what we’re up to because of the work we have done, and all that is good for our internal democracy.

Let’s continue to make a difference in the next term!

With grateful thanks,

Johanna

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29th May, 2012 – Report: National Executive Committee Meeting

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20th March, 2012 – Report: National Executive Committee Meeting

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24th January, 2012 – Report: National Executive Committee Meeting

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1st November, 2011 – Report: National Executive Committee Meeting

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20th September, 2011 – Report: National Executive Committee Meeting

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19th July, 2011 – Report: National Executive Committee Meeting

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15th July, 2011 – National Executive Committee: Refounding Labour

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25th June, 2011 – Report: National Policy Forum Meeting

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24th June, 2011 – Response to Refounding Labour Consultation

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17th May, 2011 – Report: National Executive Committee Meeting

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29th March, 2011 – Report: National Executive Committee Meeting

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25th January, 2011 – Report: National Executive Committee Meeting

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30th November, 2010 – Report: National Executive Committee Meeting

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28th November, 2010 – Report: National Policy Forum Meeting

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