I’m writing to ask if you will support me for re-election as one of the four London CLP reps on the National Policy Forum. But first let me thank you for all your work in the recent London elections. Great job achieving an impressive swing to Labour which gave us four additional members and kept me as a list member. All this work will stand us in good stead for the next challenges: : the European and borough elections, and then winning the government back for Labour in 2015.
This is the moment when the NPF steps into its crucial role of developing policy for the manifesto. I hope to have your support to continue being part of that process.
As a London NPF CLP rep, I’ve pushed forward your cutting edge policy ideas – on the environment, housing, equalities and the gender pay gap. This will be particularly important in the next two years as we must create compelling manifesto policies which offer hope to Londoners and consign this destructive government to history.
From the congestion charge to affordable housing, I have a track record of developing policies with positive impacts on Londoners’ lives – initially as a councillor and chair of the London Planning Advisory Committee, then as Ken Livingstone’s deputy Mayor and lead in City Hall on planning, climate change, and children and young people.
I now lead for the Labour Group on planning and am group spokesperson for housing, holding Boris Johnson’s feet to the fire and exposing how he and the Tory-led government are hammering people in social and private rented homes and destroying mixed communities. See the briefings I’ve produced on my blog here.
Having recently worked on Labour’s progressive manifesto for London and with the London Labour Housing Group, I know the best policies come from your ideas and experience. Currently, there is an opportunity to respond to six key policy areas in which Labour is setting out a new approach. Unfortunately, there are only a few weeks in which to respond. You can read the documents and submit your responses here. And please copy me in.
We need a strong voice to speak up for London on the Forum. With your help I will be that voice, working with other London NPF reps, party members, trade unions, socialist societies, and Assembly colleagues to ensure that London is at the forefront of the national policy making process.
NPF ballots are hitting doorsteps this week along with the NEC booklets. You can vote for up to four candidates as your London representatives. Thank you for your support and please stay in touch.
Hornsey and Wood Green CLP
Member of the Co-op, Unite and GMB, and Socialist societies
London-wide Assembly Member