Internal elections results

March 30, 2014

lu-voteThese are the results of Left Unity’s internal elections, as announced at the conference on 29 March.

Officer posts
National Secretary Kate Hudson
Principal Speakers Felicity Dowling, Pete Green, Salman Shaheen, Bianca Todd
Nominating Officer / Elections Coordinator Chris Hurley
Membership & Communications Officer Terry Conway
Treasurer Andrew Burgin
Media Officer Tom Walker
Trade Union Officer Tim Nelson, Oliver New (job-share)

National Council – directly-elected section (15 seats)
Kerry Abel, Toby Abse, Matthew Caygill, Gioia Coppola, Merry Cross, Liz Davies, Jon Duveen, Stephen Hall, Guy Harper, Yassamine Mather, Sharon McCourt, Pete McLaren, Joana Ramiro, Barbara Segal, and Pip Tindall.

National Council – English regional, Scottish & Welsh representatives (40 seats in total, divided in proportion to the membership)
Where there are unfilled seats, nominations will be re-opened.
Eastern (2 seats) Drew Milne.
East Midlands (2 seats) Rob Marsden and Liz Silver.
London (10 seats) Rachel Archer, Simon Hardy, Fred Leplat, Kathy Lowe, Terry Stewart, Dave Stockton, and Doug Thorpe.
North East (2 seats) No candidates.
North West (5 seats) Laura Cockett.
Scotland (2 seats) No candidates.
South East (6 seats) Anna Bluston, Colin Piper, Ben Lucas, and Mark Findlay.
South West (3 seats) No candidates.
Wales (2 seats) Kat Burdon-Manley and Andy Hewett.
West Midlands (3 seats) Darren McCourt.
Yorkshire & Humber (3 seats) Melanie Griffiths and Geoff Halliday.

James Non

The Disputes committee election is being re-run.

The election was conducted by single transferable vote (STV). Click here for the full breakdown of the vote count.

12 Responses to Internal elections results

  1. lee
    March 30, 2014 at 9:33 pm

    I’am a committed Socialist and I’am surprised I didn’t see a candidate in S.Wales because S.Wales valleys are Socialist that is where labour gets most of it’s seats from but people feel let down by labour .

    • Len Arthur
      March 31, 2014 at 4:16 pm

      Lee – if you look down the lists you will see two comrades elected to the National Council from Wales Katheryn Burdon-Manley and Andrew Hewlett. We are just about to set up a Rhondda / Mid Glamorgan LU branch tomorrow night. See also our Left Unity Wales Fb page: Thanks for your concern: we here and fighting back:)

      • Andy Hewett
        April 1, 2014 at 11:25 am

        All the best for the meeting tonight, Len. I also believe a Swansea branch may be set up soon and an all Wales meeting may be in the pipeline

    • Noel Kennedy
      April 2, 2014 at 1:11 am

      There was an Excellent inaugural meeting of the Mid Glamorgan branch tonight which covers RCT; Merthyr; Caerphilly; and Bridgend. Due to the demand to continue the discussion another meeting will be held in two weeks. Also heard tonight that Left Unity membership in Wales is now 65 up 20 in a month with two new branches in Swansea and Mid Glamorgan joining the existing one in Cardiff. Join us in building the socialist alternative to austerity and the Tories.
      Noel Kennedy

  2. March 31, 2014 at 12:01 am

    Could you stick up the Directly-Elected section manifesto so we know roughly who was standing on what platform? Cheers.

  3. dave sykes
    March 31, 2014 at 7:31 am

    Re. National Council. I would like to represent the Northwest.
    Member #1632 Dave Sykes.

  4. March 31, 2014 at 3:29 pm

    We’ve had one NW regional meeting recently, so some of us sort of know each other. Are all these nominations to be re-opend by another online process, Terry?

    Secondly, is there a provision for job-sharing on these, as the extra travel etc is what is putting me & maybe others off. I want to focus on building this branch and helping other new branches form south and east of Manchester, not on national work, so I would only consider a job-share. Does anyone else feel this way?

  5. April 1, 2014 at 5:19 pm

    i see the National Council includes English regional, Scottish & Welsh representatives.
    Scotland may well vote for independence come September. If so what happens?
    There is no provision for Northern ireland. Why? Has LU a position with regards to NI’s place in the UK?

    • Johny
      April 1, 2014 at 7:13 pm

      Ben, the November conference decided not to organise in N. Ireland on the basis it is for the people of Northern Ireland to decide the future of North Ireland. There are, and will not be, any Left Unity members in Northern Ireland.

      I think the Scotland position will have to be decided following the referendum.

      • April 2, 2014 at 9:32 pm

        thanks for your reply Johny – I can see the “wait until the day” approach is wisest as far as regards Scotland.
        And of course “it is for the people of Northern Ireland to decide the future of North Ireland” summarizes perfectly the Good Friday agreement and generally speaking westminster policy towards NI.
        However I do not see the connection to your next statement
        “There are (not?), and will not be, any Left Unity members in Northern Ireland”.
        Would you be so kind as to explain the reasons? Am just curious.
        Unless (thought has just struck me) it is to do with the general practice that parties in Great Britain (the island) do not organise in NI?I posted about this some time ago
        Or because you think it would be a waste of time and energy?
        looking forward to hearing why LU has eliminated NI from its sphere of action!!

        Ps am following website with great interest and wish you all the best and every success in your endeavours to create a fairer government

  6. M. Jones
    April 1, 2014 at 11:38 pm


    Those of us in Scotland have nominated two comrades for the Scottish seats (Chris Cassells and Lauren Bryden), however, we were too late getting these nominations in, but they will or have been put in once nominations re-open.

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