Schedule for NEC CLP nominations and ballots


ballot.pngOne of the left’s triumphs at last month’s Labour annual Conference in Brighton was the passing of a rule-change to elect three additional ‘CLP’ (constituency Labour party) representatives to the party’s ruling National Executive Committee (NEC).

The schedule for the election process has been finalised as follows:

  • Closing date for CLPs to nominate candidates: 5pm Thursday 16 November. Each CLP may make up to THREE nominations
  • Membership eligibility cut-off: 16 November 2017. It is believed that eligible members must have at least eight full weeks’ membership at that date, but clarification has been requested from the Labour Party
  • Sending of email ballots: from Thursday 30th November 2017. Ballots will be sent out in batches over the following week. Postal ballots will only be issued to members for whom Labour do not hold an email address for

Members who have not received a ballot can contact Labour HQ…

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Sarah’s story: #UniversalCredit cost us £2,500 immediately


pse6yogn_400x400Sarah Spoor

Sarah Spoor is a London-based full-time carer and disability activist. She appeared on Channel 5 on Wednesday and this morning will appear on the BBC’s Victoria Derbyshire programme to talk about her experience with the government’s Universal Credit system, which has been widely condemned as damaging and ill-conceived.

It cost Sarah and her family £2,500 as soon as they were put onto it.

She told the SKWAWKBOX her story – here it is in her own words:

I have two disabled sons aged 17 & 20 years. Our Child Tax credits and Child benefit stopped in October last yr when my oldest turned 20 yrs.

I immediately lost of £690 per month = £8280 per year. This was tax credits of £7204.

We had no money at all for 8 plus weeks.

Then we started to receive payment of £250 per month 8 weeks later – so shortfall…

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