We are campaigning for more transparency and accountability in the Labour Party in Newham so that an open, accessible and participative democracy thrives locally
We are campaigning for strengthened political education and training so that members are empowered to make their voices heard and contribute to the electoral success of the Labour Party in Newham
We are campaigning for greater representation for women, young people and ethnic communities so that Labour elected representatives reflect the vibrant diversity that exists in Newham locally
During a recent Trigger Ballot, members overwhelmingly voted ‘No’ to automatically reselecting Sir Robin Wales as the Labour Party Candidate for a fifth term so that they could choose from a range of candidates through a subsequent Open Selection.
Voting guidance for trade union affiliate organisations in a Trigger Ballot are unclear. They can be interpreted in different ways and this has led to some trade union affiliates voting more than others. Such a stark variation in practice within a single franchise should not be allowed and is undemocratic.
Despite Labour Party members voting for choice during the Trigger Ballot, their votes have been discounted unfairly because of suspect votes cast by some affiliate organisations.
There has been a lack of openness about affiliates, failings in individual ballots, conflict of interest issues of those responsible with managing the Trigger Ballot process in Newham, undermining the integrity of the ballot and raising concerns that the vote has been manipulated.
There have been a number of irregularities with the Trigger Ballot process that Labour members in Newham are asking the Labour Party NEC to investigate urgently. These irregularities have made a material difference to the result of the Process, tipping its result in favour of the incumbent Mayor by 20 votes to 17.
A number of votes are disputed. The disputed votes will affect the current outcome and if there is no investigation, the votes of Labour Party members will remain discounted.