All Labour Party members in Newham, East London should have received a letter last week from the Labour Party encouraging those eligible to apply to stand as a candidate.
Quite rightly “Women, Black and Minority Ethnic members, Carers, people with disabilities, Council and social housing tenants and members 26 and under” are “particularly welcome“.
To be a candidate you:-
Must live in Newham and be on the electoral register at the address where you hold your membership
Member of Labour Party before 1 January 2016
Must be up-to-date with your member subscription
Cannot be legally disqualified e.g employee of Newham Council or be politically restricted
Must accept the standing orders of the Labour Group and the code of conduct
Will need to demonstrate a track record of campaigning for the Labour Party.
To seek selection you need to fill out a form and then undergo an interview. If you pass that then you would have to selected by local Party members in a relevant ward. Sitting Councillors, such as myself, have to go through a similar process.
If you are interested and meet the eligibility then email the regional Labour Party on Newham2018@labour.org.uk and ask for an application pack. This will need to be sent back by Monday 7 August.
Candidates who do not meet the track record of campaigning for the Labour Party will in my view have a real problem now with meeting this requirement.
I would strongly urge candidates who have never applied before to take advice from others on filling out the form and preparing for interviews. I and other existing Councillors will be more than happy to offer advice and support.
Finally, in the letters sent out about the process there has been some sort of an IT error and members told wrongly that they are in arrears or otherwise ineligible. Please check your eligibility and challenge if a mistake has been made.
John Gray West Ham Labour Vice Chair Campaigns and Communications
UPDATE: NOW 14 AUGUST DEADLINE TO SUBMIT FORMS DUE TO PRINTING ERRORS