Welsh Executive Committee Report, 21st July 2018 (Joint Report with Christine Newman)

This meeting had a particularly heavy agenda and it was a struggle to deal with all 16 items even after extending the finishing time to 1.30pm. Report of the Welsh Labour Leader and First Minister Carwyn Jones gave a verbal report, where he described in not very flattering terms the current state of the Tory … Continue reading “Welsh Executive Committee Report, 21st July 2018 (Joint Report with Christine Newman)”

Welsh Executive Committee Meeting, 9th June 2018 (Joint Report with Christine Newman)

This was the first full meeting of the newly-elected WEC, following the Welsh Labour conference in April. The main item was discussion of the Welsh Labour Democracy Review, which had been agreed at conference. The Chair, Margaret Thomas, began the meeting by expressing her disappointment at the leaking of the papers on this item to … Continue reading “Welsh Executive Committee Meeting, 9th June 2018 (Joint Report with Christine Newman)”

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)”

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)”

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)”

Welsh Executive Committee Report 5th November 2016

This was the first meeting since the end of the leadership election and the party conference in Liverpool. With Welsh conference and the local elections on the horizon, there was a very full agenda, as a result of which the last couple of items were dealt with somewhat hurriedly. Chris Newman was away at a … Continue reading “Welsh Executive Committee Report 5th November 2016”

Welsh Executive Committee Meeting, 3 September 2016 (Joint Report with Chris Newman)

In opening the meeting, the Chair, Donna Hutton, congratulated Darren on this election to the NEC and welcomed Mary Williams, who had taken up the Unite seat vacated by Hannah Blythyn when she was elected to the Assembly as AM for Delyn. Report of Welsh Labour Leader and First Minister Carwyn Jones AM began by … Continue reading “Welsh Executive Committee Meeting, 3 September 2016 (Joint Report with Chris Newman)”