Left Unity’s first national meeting has elected 60% of women to the directly-elected section of its new National Co-ordinating Group, reports Kate Hudson.
During an enthusiastic and exuberant – and occasionally fraught – first national meeting, Left Unity agreed the composition and procedure for electing its first National Co-ordinating Group, and promptly elected a majority of women in its directly-elected section.
After some discussion the following proposal on the composition of the new Group was agreed:
A proposal to delete point 3 was overwhelmingly rejected. But in the event, no gender adjustment needed to be made to the election results, as six women and four men received the highest votes from a field of around 30 candidates in an open nomination process.
Those elected (in alphabetical order) are: Andrew Burgin (M), Terry Conway (F), Merry Cross (F), Felicity Dowling (F), Guy Harper (M), Kate Hudson (F), Chris Hurley (F), Salman Shaheen (M), Bianca Todd (F), Tom Walker (M).
Gender balance, as part of our work against all forms of discrimination, is an important element in our ongoing discussion about the type of organisation that we wish to build/develop. Thanks to leading disability activists among our numbers, we are also working to facilitate the participation of disabled members and supporters. As we progress, our aim is to be inclusive of, and towards, all communities.
This election result is an important first step in the right direction. Our intentions must be made real, and this outcome gives me confidence that we can do it.
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