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The National Executive Committee (NEC) is the governing body of the
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, setting the overall strategic direction of the party and policy development. Its composition has changed over the years, and includes representatives of
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, the
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,
constituency Labour parties __NOTOC__ A constituency Labour Party (CLP) is an organisation of members of the British Labour Party who live in a particular parliamentary constituency An electoral district, also known as an election district, legislative district, voting d ...
(CLP), and
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, as well as ''ex officio'' members such as the Party Leader and Deputy Leader and several of their appointees.


History

During the 1980s, the NEC had a major role in policy-making and was often at the heart of disputes over party policy. In 1997, under
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Tony Blair
's new party leadership, the General Secretary
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enacted the Partnership in Power reforms. This rebalanced the NEC's membership, including by reducing trade union membership to a minority for the first time in its history. The reforms also introduced new seats: two for local government, three for the Parliamentary Party, three for the (Shadow) Cabinet, and one for the European Parliament party. Until these reforms, Members of Parliament could stand for CLP section seats on the NEC, but thereafter MPs and MEPs could not stand in this section. Moreover, under Blair, the committee's role declined. Its former policy development function is now largely carried out by the
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. One of its committees has disciplinary powers including the ability to expel members of the party who have brought it into disrepute or to readmit previously expelled members. However, the NEC remains the administrative authority of the party. In 2007, a new seat on the NEC was made for the Black Socialist Society, now known as BAME Labour. In 2016, two new seats, one each for Scottish Labour and Welsh Labour, were added. The 2017 Conference saw the creation of four additional NEC seats: one in the trade union section and three in the CLP section. Although the additional union seat was elected at Conference, the extra CLP seats were not elected until January 2018. In November 2020, the single seat on the NEC for the European Parliament party was replaced by a new disability representative. The Labour History Archive and Study Centre at the
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in
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Manchester
has the full run of the minutes of the National Executive Committee in their collection.


Organisation


NEC Officers

As of June 2021, the Officers of the NEC are: *
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:
Keir Starmer Sir Keir Rodney Starmer (born 2 September 1962) is a British politician and former lawyer who has served as Leader of the Labour PartyThe title Leader of the Labour Party may refer to: *Leader of the Labour Party (Ireland) *Leader of the Labo ...
MP * Deputy Leader of the Labour Party:
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MP * Chair: Alice Perry * Vice-Chair: Johanna Baxter *
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:
Diana Holland Diana Holland is a British trade unionist who is the Assistant General Secretary of Unite (trade union), Unite and the Treasurer of the Labour Party, Treasurer of the Labour Party (UK), Labour Party. Holland was awarded the OBE in the 2001 New Y ...
* Chair of Organisation Committee: Wendy Nichols * Chair of the Equalities Committee: James Asser * Chair of the Disputes Panel:
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MP * Chair of the National Policy Forum (when a member of the NEC): Ann Black * NEC Co-Convenor of the Joint Policy Committee: Tom Warnett


Joint Policy Committee

The
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(JPC) has strategic oversight of policy development in the party through overseeing the rolling programme of Partnership in Power. The JPC acts as the steering group for the
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. It is therefore a joint committee made up of NEC, Government and National Policy Forum representatives. NEC Co-Convenor: Tom Warnett


NEC sub-committees

The following are sub-committees of the NEC:


Equalities Committee

The Equalities Committee responsibilities and roles include: *Women’s recruitment, retention and participation in the Party in elected office and the development of women’s forums at local level *Black, Asian and ethnic minority recruitment, retention and participation in the Party *Lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender representation and participation within the Party *Disability access and increased representation and participation of members with disabilities *Considering effective Party responses to Employment Framework Directive based on Article 13 (
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) and the European Union Action Programme to Combat Discrimination *Responsibility for driving the Party’s equality agenda and the development of an inclusive organisation at all levels *Link with Organisation Committee and Young Labour Co-ordinating Committee on issues of age discrimination *Biannual women’s forum *Biannual ethnic minorities forum Chair: James Asser


Business Board

The Business Board is responsible for overseeing the business functions of the organisation including the management of the finances. Chair:
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Audit, Risk Management and Compliance Committee

The Audit, Risk Management and Compliance Committee has responsibility for audit and compliance oversight, and is accountable for internal audit procedures providing a systematic approach to risk management in all of the Party’s activities. The Committee ensures that the Labour Party’s financial activities are within the law, and that an effective system of internal control is maintained. Chair:
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MP


Organisation Committee

The Organisation Committee is responsible for party rules and
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; ensuring parties are operating effectively throughout the country to the highest standards and has overall responsibility for membership, investigations, selections, Conferences, electoral law, boundaries strategy and internal elections. Chair: Wendy Nichols


=Disputes Panel

= The NEC Disputes Panel is a panel of the NEC Organisation Committee which hears membership appeals; re-admission applications; party disputes and conciliation; minor investigations and local government appeals where referred to the NEC. It operates in a
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fashion, conducting hearings and interviews around the country where necessary. Chair:
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MP


Membership

NEC members are elected by their respective constituencies and each serve a two-year term. As of November 2020, the NEC has 39 members elected from the following constituencies: * 1:
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* 1: Deputy Leader of the Labour Party * 1:
Treasurer A treasurer is the person responsible for running the treasury A treasury is either *A government department Ministry or department, also less commonly used secretariat, office, or directorate are designations used by a first-level executi ...
* 3: Opposition Front Bench (MPs nominated by the Shadow Cabinet) * 1: Young Labour * 1: Disabled members * 13: Trade Unions * 1:
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* 1: BAME Labour * 9: CLPs * 2: Labour Councillors * 3: PLP (Backbench
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elected by all Labour MPs) * 2:
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and
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In addition, the
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(currently Alan Campbell MP) and the Chair of the
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(currently
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MP) attend ''ex officio'' without a vote. The
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acts as the non-voting secretary to the NEC.


Current members

; Leader of the Labour Party: *
Keir Starmer Sir Keir Rodney Starmer (born 2 September 1962) is a British politician and former lawyer who has served as Leader of the Labour PartyThe title Leader of the Labour Party may refer to: *Leader of the Labour Party (Ireland) *Leader of the Labo ...
MP ; Deputy Leader of the Labour Party: *
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MP ; Treasurer: *
Diana Holland Diana Holland is a British trade unionist who is the Assistant General Secretary of Unite (trade union), Unite and the Treasurer of the Labour Party, Treasurer of the Labour Party (UK), Labour Party. Holland was awarded the OBE in the 2001 New Y ...
; Opposition Front Bench: *
Anneliese Dodds Anneliese Jane Dodds (born 16 March 1978) is a British Labour Co-op politician serving as Shadow Chancellor of the Exchequer The Shadow Chancellor of the Exchequer in the British Parliamentary system is the member of the Official Oppositio ...
MP *
Shabana Mahmood Shabana Mahmood ( ur, شبانہ محمود; born 17 September 1980) is a British Labour Party politician and barrister serving as the Member of Parliament A member of parliament (MP) is the representative of the people who live in their co ...
MP *
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MP ; Youth Member Representative: * Lara McNeil ; Disabled Members Representative: * Ellen Morrison ; BAME Representative: * Carol Sewell ; Trade Unions: * Kathy Abu-Bakir ( GMB) * Mark Ferguson (
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) * Andi Fox ( TSSA) * Isabelle Gutierrez ( Musicians' Union) * Amy Jackson (
Unite Unite may refer to: Arts, entertainment, and media Music Albums *Unite (A Friend in London album), ''Unite'' (A Friend in London album), 2013 album by Danish band A Friend in London *Unite (Kool & the Gang album), ''Unite'' (Kool & the Gang alb ...
) * Andy Kerr ( CWU) * Joanne McGuinness ( Usdaw) * Ian Murray ( FBU) * Cllr Wendy Nichols (
UNISON Unison, stylised as UNISON, is the largest trade union A trade union (or a labor union in American English American English (AmE, AE, AmEng, USEng, en-US), sometimes called United States English or U.S. English, is the set of varie ...
) * Jayne Taylor (
Unite Unite may refer to: Arts, entertainment, and media Music Albums *Unite (A Friend in London album), ''Unite'' (A Friend in London album), 2013 album by Danish band A Friend in London *Unite (Kool & the Gang album), ''Unite'' (Kool & the Gang alb ...
) * Tom Warnett ( GMB) * Michael Wheeler ( Usdaw) *
Mick Whelan John Michael Whelan (born 1960) is the General Secretary of the British trade union Associated Society of Locomotive Engineers and Firemen, ASLEF. He is the 18th General Secretary of ASLEF. Early life Whelan was born in Paddington to Irish pare ...
(
ASLEF The Associated Society of Locomotive Engineers and Firemen (ASLEF) is a British trade union A trade union (or a labor union in American English American English (AmE, AE, AmEng, USEng, en-US), sometimes called United States Englis ...
) ; Socialist Societies: * Cllr James Asser (
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) ; CLPs: * Luke Akehurst * Johanna Baxter * Ann Black * Gemma Bolton * Cllr Yasmine Dar * Nadia Jama * Gurinder Singh Josan * Laura Pidcock * Mish Rahman ; Labour Councillors: * Cllr Nick Forbes * Cllr Alice Perry ; PLP: * Margaret Beckett MP *Angela Eagle MP *
George Howarth Sir George Edward Howarth (born 29 June 1949) is a United Kingdom, British Labour Party (UK), Labour Party politician who serves as the Member of Parliament (United Kingdom), Member of Parliament (MP) for Knowsley (UK Parliament constituency), ...
MP ; Scottish Labour and Welsh Labour * Jackie Baillie, Jackie Baillie MSP (Deputy Leader of the Scottish Labour Party) * Carwyn Jones (Welsh Labour, Welsh Labour Representative)


Chair of the National Executive Committee

The chair of the party is elected by the NEC from among its own members, and holds office for a calendar year, chairing both NEC meetings and national party conferences. The name of this post has become confused since 2001 when Labour Party leader
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Tony Blair
appointed Charles Clarke to the courtesy position of Chair of the Labour Party (UK), Chair of the Labour Party without the NEC or the national conference authorising such a position. The office's name remains "chair of the party" in the Labour Party Rule Book, Labour Party Constitution, but elsewhere the party presents the position as "Chair of the NEC". Prior to 2001 the position was called "Chair of the Labour Party", and before that "Chairman of the Labour Party".


List of chairs of the Labour Party National Executive Committee

Chairmen of the Annual Conference of the Labour Representation Committee :1900: W. C. Steadman, William Charles Steadman MP :1901: John Hodge (politician), John Hodge :1902: William John Davis :1903: Joseph Nicholas Bell :1904: John Hodge (politician), John Hodge :1905: Arthur Henderson MP Chairmen of the National Executive Committee of the Labour Representation Committee :1900: W. C. Steadman, William Charles Steadman MP :1901: Allen Gee, Allan Gee :1902: Richard Bell (British politician), Richard Bell MP :1903: John Hodge (politician), John Hodge :1904: David Shackleton, David J. Shackleton :1905: Arthur Henderson MP Chairmen of the Annual Conference of the Labour Party (UK), Labour Party'British Political Facts 1900–1994', Butler & Butler 1994, pp.144–5 for the period down to 1993


See also

*Labour Party Rule Book


References


External links


National Executive Committee (About Labour)
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