As agreed at our launch conference on February 22, we are now
planning on how the LLA can intervene in the next full elections for the
Labour Party NEC, which will be held this summer.
The process for selecting left-wing candidates has for far too long
been shrouded in mystery, while many of those who have eventually been
elected as part of the left slate often turn out to be anything but
left-wing. There is very little accountability and even less
The LLA wants to help change that. We therefore
agreed that we will approach other Labour left organisations with the
view of putting together a joint slate of candidates in a democratic and
transparent manner. Please click here to read the full successful motion online (which has also been discussed in our Facebook groups for a few months now).
though we want to ask all LLA signatories if they are interested in
becoming a member of the ruling body of the Labour Party. There are nine
positions for representatives from Constituency Labour Parties (CLPs)
and one position as the BAME representative.
Please find below the candidate statement of all LLA signatories who have put themselves forward. All of the candidates have declared that they:
- agree to campaign – as a minimum – for the political positions contained within our appeal.
- will cooperate fully with the steering committee and the organising group of the LLA .
- in the case that they are not selected, will not stand against the slate agreed by LLA.
CLP reps (9 positions)
Karunakaran (Suga) Thekkeppurayil
Chaudhry Qamer Iqbal
BAME (1 position)
Chaudhry Qamer Iqbal
Like many Labour party members, I was
inspired to join the party by Jeremy Corbyn’s vision of socialism for the many.
I’m Jewish. There is no place for
antisemitism or any form of racism in our party. In my lived experience, the
Labour party is a welcoming home. My positive messages often go viral. For
example, over 80,000 people have viewed my ‘Jews are welcome in Labour’ video.
I was dismayed to have been suspended twice
from Labour, in March 2019 (over my play on the words “due process”) and then
again in February 2020, while I was standing for the NEC by-elections. After a
huge public outcry and nominations by 118 CLPs, I was told that my “behaviour
did not amount to a breach of the party’s rules” and was reinstated as a
candidate and to full membership.
As your NEC representative, I will stand up
for members, democracy and transparency at every opportunity, just like I have
done as secretary of Wirral Labour Group.
As your electe d NEC representative, I will support 4 key changes:
1. Fairness and natural justice in our
2. Open selection of Labour MPs just as we have for Labour councillors
3. Freedom, justice and equality for all people under military occupation
4. Members-led policy decided at a sovereign democratic conference
This is our Labour Party. We, Labour Party members, should decide who can be a member and who cannot. We should not outsource this to some outside agency that works against our interests.
rejoined the Labour Party in 2015, and since then have put my best efforts into
supporting the local Party. I’m currently CLP Secretary, Branch Chair and
Treasurer for the LCF, so I understand the workings of the Labour Party. I’ve
recently retired from a career in NHS Finance and now work part-time in my own
gardening business. I’m a Unite Community member and have previously been a
member of Unison (where I was a workplace representative), Unison’s managers’
wing – MiP, and Unite.
rejoining the Party, I have been uplifted by comradely solidarity and at the
same time dismayed by the lack of democracy, and, too often, the lack of
socialism in the Party. I’ve been concerned too by the hold that neoliberal
identity politics has on our Party. I’ve been suspended for allegations of
anti-Semitism, and then had the suspension lifted without explanation. At the
2017 Conference I challenged Iain McNichol to justify the Party’s spending on
welcomed the rise of the LLA and joined at the earliest opportunity. I
completely agree that “there is now an urgent need to build a democratic,
transparent and socialist Labour Left Alliance”, and would like to do
everything I can to implement the aims set out in the LLA Appeal. I would be
honoured to be considered for service on the NEC.
The Corona emergency is reshaping the political landscape. Labour and the NEC will need decision-takers with experience, know-how and clear convictions. I put myself forward because of my unusual combination of political experience, intellectual expertise and socialist values:
- with one break, an active Party member for about 40 years
- current Unite Community union member but experience in shop steward roles in (what are now) the Public and Commercial Services Union, and Universities and Colleges Union;
- leading roles in community campaigns, such as football supporters groups and local environmental activism, especially on local transport ;
- various roles in Labour’s election campaigns;
- CLP Political Education and Policy Officer.
academic research and writing covered political processes, economic issues and
communication strategies. I have analysed and proposed the democratisation of
corporate power. Together with other left academics I co-authored a 2017 book
on Alternatives to Neoliberalism. The
conclusions of which anticipated some of the key features of Labour’s ethos
under Jeremy Corbyn. Born and bred in the West Midlands working class, I know
and understand the Brexit mentality and Tory voting there and in the North.
values and policies worked out from this practical experience and academic
analysis are clear-cut: more
participatory democratic decision-making is essential, in the Party and
government; but also in businesses and public bodies. We must put right
Labour’s 2019 campaigning mistakes but the transformative ideas from the Corbyn
project must be continued and developed. These are not obstacles to electoral
success but key ingredients for it.
Standing as Parliamentary candidate in
Berwick-upon-Tweed in 2019 I learned first hand of the sense of betrayal,
abandonment and injustice felt by so many former Labour voters.
It’s time for change, but electing a new
Leader and Deputy is not enough; the Party must also refresh its organisational
structures, including the NEC.
As a CLP Secretary, l have worked with
colleagues and Party officials to address issues with Party systems and
processes. My 32 nominations in the NEC by-election, came about because I am
trusted to deliver on my promises, by colleagues who have seen my
organisational skills and persistence in action.
My priorities are:
- Create a fit-for-purpose
complaints/disciplinary process that serves ‘natural justice’;
- Improve transparency and
accountability by publishing NEC agendas, minutes, and organisational and
business process information.
- Regular dialogue between
NEC reps and members.
- Regionally elected CLP
- Reps for LGBTQ and members with disabilities.
- Support for NEC members
with work and caring responsibilities.
- Update Constitution to
facilitate remote access to meetings and online voting for internal democratic
- Devolve decision-making on
selections, campaigning and local structures, to democratised and empowered
Regions and CLPs
- Introduce open selection for Parliamentary candidates.
I seek equality of opportunity, and social
and economic justice, for everyone. If elected I commit to continuing our
internationalist, Socialist agenda, to fight against this cruel and incompetent
Tory government, and to help transform Labour into an election winning Party.
I first joined the Labour Party 59 years ago. I remember canvassing for
Labour from the age of 14. I’ve been an active member ever since, with the
exception of the “New Labour” years, when along with hundreds of
thousands of others I let my membership lapse. I rejoined the party in West Ham
in 2015, and have been an active campaigner and GC delegate since then.
My father was practically a founder member of the Labour Party, an elected member of the National Executive Committee and a Labour MP for 33 years until his death. My mother was an LCC Labour councillor. In 1961 my father was temporarily expelled from the Parliamentary Labour Party for voting in line with Conference’s democratic resolution in favour of nuclear disarmament – an act which was branded as disloyalty to the current Party leader Gaitskell. (That was a punishable offence in those days!). Recently I too was arbitrarily suspended, without warning and without charge, and then reinstated following a telephone interrogation.
As an NEC member, I would campaign vigorously to end such abuses, restore the supremacy of party Conference, and uphold the democratic right of open selection of candidates for office. Without that, all our efforts to elect a Labour government on a socialist programme will be under threat of defection.
Labour’s defeat in the December general election was a disappointment,
but despite media distortions it was not “the worst result since 1931”. Labour
actually won more votes in 2019 than in 2015, 2010 or even 2005 (when Labour
won). We are still the biggest political party in Europe. In these days of
crisis, the Johnson government is already largely discredited. We must seize
the opportunity to harness the energies of our half a million members to build
a Britain for the many not the few.
I have been a Labour Party member since
2010. I was born and brought up in a working class family in Kerala, a south
Indian state where I learnt much of my socialist political ideology and its
application. And I am very proud that my
parents were members of the Communist Party.
They had helped me to shape my left political values. It has been reflected in my interaction with
society wherever I have been and fought for it.
It was no different whether I was in Delhi as a cop or in London as a
student or as a worker.
I fought for student’s rights; I fought for
rickshaw pullers’ rights and people living in slums in Delhi and against police
atrocities. I fought for waiters’ rights in London. I fought for travellers
against air tickets scams. I fought against the witch-hunt within the party
even before JC became the leader.
I marched with comrades against war, rights
for the Palestinian people, against austerity, against the fascist Modi
I went to the various picket lines in
London and across the country such as in Swindon against Honda plant shift and
stood for migrant’s rights and against deportations.
Comrades my point is I am very much left
oriented and very tough on that and never going to be compromised on left
I strongly believe that we are on the path
of reclaiming our party and we need me like comrades in the NEC in order to do
My name is Aram Rawf. In twenty years I have
gone from being an asylum seeker on the back of a lorry to being a Labour councillor.
I was born to an Iraqi Kurdish family in
I arrived in the UK in 1999 as a child
refugee. With the support of my local community I managed to resist attempts by
the Home Office to send me back to Iraq.
I was granted British citizenship in 2011.
I worked as an interpreter with Migrant
Helpline for many years and I have volunteered with Kent Refugee Support Group
and Kent Refugee Help. I Speak Kurdish, Arabic, Farsi and English.
In 2006 I was the first refugee in the UK to
join St John Ambulance.
I’m an active member in many campaigns such
as for our local hospital, Stop The War and campaigns against racism with Kent
Anti Racism Network.
In the 2015 General Election I was a member
of Stand Up to UKIP and I helped to stop Nigel Farage becoming an MP in South
In May 2019 I was elected as a councillor to
Thanet District Council and Broadstairs Town Council becoming one of the first
councillors in Kent from a refugee background.
I would like to take the opportunity of joining the NEC to use my skills and unique perspective to encourage other BAME members and be a much needed voice for social justice in the Labour Party.
Chaudhry Qamer Iqbal
A Labour party member for the last 12 years serving
- A Chair of Southall
- A CLP secretary of Ealing
- A proud member of Unite
I am a proud socialist who fully supports Jeremy
Corbyn. With strong campaigning background I have been active in every election
since 2007. Since I took over as CLP secretary in 2018 I delivered to transform
my CLP into fully active and functioning CLP.
My CLP is only the CLP in West London, which passed
a motion against the adoption of IHRA without an amendment of freedom of free
speech being protected. We passed various motions against the suspensions of
comrades based on political views and vile attacks on Jeremy Corby and his
I am signatory of LLA. I will:
- Work closely with Party
leadership, NEC and CLPs to fully implement the recommendations of the
Democracy Review including OPEN SELECTION
- Make it my top priority to
fight for the rights of every GRASSROOTS member to make sure a fair &
transparent disciplinary process is in place
- Not support any
suspensions based on political views
- Seek NEC members to be
more accountable to local members and CLPs
- Improve the communication
and report back to the members
- Be supporting our newly
elected leader to win back the trust of communities we lost in the last
- Promote and fully support
socialists policies to make sure grassroots members have a greater say on
policies and how party is run
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BAME seat only
am standing for the vacant reserved BAME place on Labour’s NEC for the
- The allocation
of this special place on the Labour Party’s NEC is an eloquent recognition of
the special threats and hardships faced under capitalism by members of ethnic
minorities, and a practical demonstration that their needs can be met only as a
fully integrated section of the Labour Movement.
- I will campaign
passionately for clear socialist policies to challenge the brutal and divisive
programme of the Johnson government, which endangers the basic human needs of
the vast majority in society. This is especially true in the case of ethnic
minorities, as is demonstrated by the continuing Windrush outrage.
- Along with the
hundreds of thousands of newly inspired members of the Labour Party, I strongly
support the radical policies set out under Jeremy Corbyn’s leadership and in
Labour’s 2019 election manifesto.
- I will campaign
for the utmost resistance to the Tory government’s war on trade unions and the
right to strike.
- I will strongly
support the democratic right of Labour Party members to select candidates of
their choice to represent Labour at elections.
- I will fight
against racism in all its forms and campaign without fear or favour against
oppression and colonialism wherever it raises its head.
vote for me in solidarity with these objectives.