Welsh Executive Committee meeting, 4 November 2017 (report from Chris Newman only)

The meeting began by the chair allowing Andy Richards, the regional secretary of Unite to raise a matter that had not been included on the agenda, to a packed meeting. What followed, shocked me. What I witnessed was an act of un-comradely behaviour, that was intended to humiliate and intimidate Darren Williams. DW then left … Continue reading “Welsh Executive Committee meeting, 4 November 2017 (report from Chris Newman only)”

NEC meeting, 19 September 2017 and Labour Conference

The NEC meeting on 19 September was the annual pre-conference gathering, dedicated primarily to signing off the motions and other business to be debated by the party the following week. Given the controversial nature of some of the rule change motions, in particular, there was originally an expectation that the meeting would be contentious and … Continue reading “NEC meeting, 19 September 2017 and Labour Conference”

Welsh Executive Committee meeting, 9 September 2017 (joint report with Chris Newman)

The meeting began with the Chair, Mike Payne asking the WEC to agree to discuss the papers, even though they had not been circulated with the amount of notice specified in the party rules; this was duly agreed (otherwise it would have been a very short meeting!) Mike also announced that Martin Eaglestone would be … Continue reading “Welsh Executive Committee meeting, 9 September 2017 (joint report with Chris Newman)”

NEC meeting, 18 July 2017

This was the first full meeting since the general election and the Chair, Glenis Willmott began by congratulating Jeremy on playing an “absolute blinder” in his leadership of the election campaign. The next item consisted of obituaries for Joel Joffe, who had served on Nelson Mandela’s legal team in the 1960s, and former Welsh First … Continue reading “NEC meeting, 18 July 2017”

NEC Disputes Panel and Organisation Committee meetings, 4 July 2017

I rang in to these meetings, rather than going to London, as I do normally, as I needed to attend important meetings in Cardiff both beforehand and afterwards. As usual, there is little that I can say about the Disputes Panel meeting, because practically all of the agenda consisted of the confidential details of disciplinary … Continue reading “NEC Disputes Panel and Organisation Committee meetings, 4 July 2017”

Welsh Executive Committee meeting, 22 July 2017 (joint report with Chris Newman)

This was the first meeting since the election on 8 June and the first substantive item was therefore a General Election Debrief, the main contributors to which were the General Secretary, Louise Magee; Wayne David MP, who had chaired the Welsh Labour Campaign Committee; and Carwyn Jones. All three reinforced the general view of the … Continue reading “Welsh Executive Committee meeting, 22 July 2017 (joint report with Chris Newman)”

Welsh Executive Committee Meeting on Thursday 20th April 2017 (joint report with Chris Newman)

This special meeting was called within hours of Theresa May’s announcement of a snap general election on 8 June and was intended primarily to agree procedures for the party’s selection of candidates. The NEC, meeting the day before, had agreed the broad principles governing candidate selection and a detailed procedure for England but Wales and … Continue reading “Welsh Executive Committee Meeting on Thursday 20th April 2017 (joint report with Chris Newman)”

Welsh Executive Committee Meeting 25th February 2017 (Joint Report with Chris Newman)

This was a special meeting to consider the business of Welsh Labour conference, due to take place in Llandudno at the end of March. The first item of business was the Welsh Labour Rules Review – i.e. the rule changes that the WEC itself will put before conference, many of which aim to incorporate in … Continue reading “Welsh Executive Committee Meeting 25th February 2017 (Joint Report with Chris Newman)”

Welsh Executive Committee Meeting 4 February 2017 (Joint report with Chris Newman)

In opening the meeting, the Chair initiated a vote of thanks to both Dave Hagendyk, who had announced that he would be stepping down as Welsh Labour general secretary, in order to take up another position, and Jo Stevens, who had resigned as Shadow Welsh Secretary in order to vote against the whip on Article … Continue reading “Welsh Executive Committee Meeting 4 February 2017 (Joint report with Chris Newman)”

NEC Meeting 21st March 2017

The meeting took place after 24 hours of media coverage of divisions in the party, following Tom Watson’s dire warnings about the supposed threat posed by Momentum and its (supposed) would-be paymaster, Len McCluskey, with the result that Jeremy Corbyn was a little late arriving, due to the throng of journalists outside. We began, as … Continue reading “NEC Meeting 21st March 2017”