Since our party’s last annual elections in March 2019, the world is facing increasing dangers: the resurgent far-right across Europe and internationally, the continuing climate catastrophe and escalating tensions in the Middle East. Here in Britain, we face a Tory Brexit with a majority, far-right Tory government which will continue to wreak havoc on ordinary people’s lives, as well as fundamentally damaging our economy and social fabric.
Yet opposition continues on all fronts, in the US, globally, and across Britain: in defence of the NHS, building the housing campaigns, against war and nuclear weapons, against racism and in support of free movement and workers’ rights. The struggle against the far-right is ongoing and Left Unity was pleased to be central in organising the successful European conference No Pasaran! confronting the rise of the far-right, held in London last March.
Left Unity continues with its grassroots activism and engagement in these key areas of struggle, a clear voice in support of freedom of movement, against racism and fighting for the rights of all; striving to be an anchor to the left in ongoing political developments. Left Unity is a small party but its clear and principled politics and its hard-hitting analysis are crucial in helping to bring the movements and our communities together – both here and across Europe. We are now full members of the European Left Party – part of a movement of many hundreds of thousands across the continent. In November we joined activists from across the continent at the third European Forum in Brussels as well as at the European Left’s Triennnial Congress in Spain.
We thank you for your support for the positions taken by our party and welcome our new members. We hope you will consider standing for an elected position within Left Unity, to help take our political work forward. The election process is beginning now and will be completed by the end of March. We need to elect our national officers and other members of the National Council, as well as the Disputes and Appeals Committees.
We are writing to ask whether you would be interested in standing for any of these positions or in proposing someone else to do so.
As set out in our constitution there are different groups of people who make up the National Council that are elected nationally by membership online ballot
a) 15 directly elected members.
b) The following national officers
Four Principal Speakers
Membership and Communication Officer
Trade Union Officer
Recognised branches and caucuses elect their own representatives.
As we said earlier we are also electing members for the Disputes Committee and Appeals Committee.
At least 50% of those elected to the National Council and the other committees need to be women.
If you wish to nominate yourself or another member for any of these posts, your nomination should be sent by email to firstname.lastname@example.org or by post to Left Unity, 5 Caledonian Road, London N1 9DX by midnight on Sunday 16th February 2019. Please note that all nominations must have a seconder. If you are nominating yourself, please complete and return the form below. If you have nominated someone else they will be sent a form to complete by Sunday 1st March.
If you prefer to receive a ballot paper by post please let us know by the same deadline.
Ballot papers will go out on March 6th
The election will run until March 20th
The results will be announced by March 27th
Post you are standing for:
Nominated by (Any other members or branches or caucuses can nominate you – you will need at least one other member to do this for your nomination to go through. Please copy that member into the email or get them to sign the paper):
Statement (up to 300 words):
Return to email@example.com or by post to Left Unity, 5 Caledonian Road, London N1 9DX by midnight on 16th February 2019.
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