Trigger mortis

11 Nov

The Executive Committee of West Ham Labour Party agreed on Wednesday to submit an emergency motion to the London regional conference tomorrow (Saturday).

As you can see from the text, party members believe that Sir Robin and his cronies have been playing fast and loose with the rules in order to rush through his re-selection:

This Regional Conference notes:

  1. The Labour Party Rule Book states that all Local Campaign Forums (LCF) must hold annual AGMs after May each year at which an executive has to be elected. Where a LCF fails to elect an executive, the Rule Book implies that the entire LCF makes executive decisions.
  2. That the Newham LCF did not hold its 2015 AGM until March 2016, and failed to elect an Executive at that delayed AGM.
  3. Since the last meeting of the Newham LCF on the 31 May 2016, new delegates to the LCF have been elected by West Ham and East Ham CLPs.
  4. That a trigger ballot timetable on re-selecting the current directly elected Mayor of Newham to be the Labour Party candidate at the May 2018 local elections was approved at meeting with the London Region Director on the 25th October 2016 and some members of the Newham LCF.
  5. That the whole of the current Newham LCF members weren’t notified about this meeting taking place.
  6. That London Regional Board members were not notified by the London Region Director of the planned meeting with the Newham LCF or the proposed trigger ballot process.
  7. At the meeting on the 25th October 2016, a procedural secretary was also appointed who is a is paid mayoral advisor to the current Labour Mayor of Newham seeking re-selection. This potentially creates an unacceptable conflict of interest.
  8. Based on the Trigger Ballot timetable agreed by the London Region Director and some members of the Newham LCF, only members of the Labour Parties in Newham who joined on or prior to the 25th April 2016 will be eligible to participate in Trigger Ballot meetings held by eligible branches and affiliates. This freeze date will mean that hundreds of new members in Newham will be disenfranchised
  9. Branches and affiliates in Newham will have to meet and vote on a ‘affirmative nomination’ to re-select the current directly elected Mayor Sir Robin Wales between the 14th November 2016 – 4th December 2016 and there is emerging evidence of procedural abuse happening where NEC guidelines are being ignored. For instance, officers in one branch in West Ham CLP had the date of the branch’s Trigger Ballot meeting determined by the Procedural Secretary without their knowledge.

This Regional Conference resolves:

  1. That the current Trigger Ballot timetable in Newham be suspended and withdrawn;
  2. The London Region Board oversee an investigation of alleged procedural abuses in conjunction with the NEC Organisation Committee;
  3. That the Newham LCF calls an emergency meeting where all new LCF delegates elected at the respective East Ham and West Ham CLP AGMs to elect its new Executive. Where possible this should be constituted as the Newham LCF’s 2016 AGM which hasn’t taken place;
  4. That resolves 3 should be followed by a new Trigger Ballot timetable, set and circulated before 31 December 2016.

If the motion is carried the current process will have to be stopped and a new timetable agreed. This may allow hundreds of new party members a say in who gets to be the mayoral candidate. And that’s a good thing.

6 Responses to “Trigger mortis”

  1. Trump November 18, 2016 at 22:24 #

    There are too many ungrateful b*sta*ds in East Ham and West Ham CLP. They are just power hungry and cannot ever come near what SRW has achieved for Newham. Our leader will win again and we will flush out all these cockroaches in Boleyn, Forest Gate North, Little Ilford and East Ham North and all over Newham. Day of Judgment is coming and inshaallah you will all be OUT, OUT, OUT of Newham Labour Party sooooooooooon.

    • Terry ball November 19, 2016 at 19:17 #

      You sh##head go and eat the breadcrumbs your master throws at you. YOU SHOULD BE ASHAMED TO CALL YOURSELF A MUSLIM.

    • Terry ball November 19, 2016 at 19:29 #

      Did you get offered a councillor position to talk well about your master.

    • scwalkermecom November 19, 2016 at 20:45 #


    • Sheila Thomas November 24, 2016 at 00:40 #

      The only person who is power hungry is Wales and the people keeping him his highly paid loyal cabinet appointees. The nec London region who despite all the complaints against him and others just turn a blind eye as Newham us a Labour strong hold.

  2. Down to Earth November 20, 2016 at 18:54 #

    Voting people out for normal differences of opinion is not a very good idea. Why, it could end up with Labour branches that don’t meet, branches told they can’t hold socials and members told its against the rules for them to know regular meeting dates.
    Oh, and the voters believe their MPs are more important than the Mayor.

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