“At a time when the leadership is cracking down on internal democracy and debate in the Party, it’s more important than ever that we ensure the committee provides a strong voice for members.”
By Patrick Foley, Hornsey and Wood Green CLP & Arise Festival Volunteer
The elections for Conference Arrangement Committee (CAC) opened on 5th July. For a Labour Party conference that is run democratically and in a way that empowers members, it’s vital to cast your vote for Seema Chandwani and Bill Hayes before polls close on the 13th August.
CAC is the body that organises the business of Labour’s annual conference. At a time when the leadership is cracking down on internal democracy and debate in the Party, it’s more important than ever that we ensure the committee provides a strong voice for members.
Chandwani and Hayes are both experienced, long-serving activists on the left of the party, and have a strong record of delivering for the membership as representatives on CAC.
In her statement for candidacy, Chandwani said ‘Conference needs to hear what is happening in your communities and what is needed to limit the damage.’
‘I believe Conference is sovereign and that members views on policy direction is vital as they live within the communities we serve.’
Similarly, highlighting attacks on democracy, Hayes said, ‘I am deeply committed to representing party members on the CAC and making sure that decisions are taken to maximise democratic debate and discussion.’
‘We need to resist efforts to shut debate down and reduce Conference’s importance.’
If you haven’t voted already, you should have received an electronic ballot over email (and if you can’t find the email, remember to check your junk folder). It’s crucial we elect a committee which puts the interests of members first – so remember to get your ballot in before 12 noon on 13th August, and vote for Seema Chandwani and Billy Hayes!