Please forward to Labour Party members
to the Labour Party
National Executive Committee 2006
|VOTE||for candidates supported
by the Centre-Left Grassroots Alliance
|Soon members will again have the opportunity to elect rank-and-file
representatives to the constituency section of the National Executive Committee.
Since 1998 the Grassroots Alliance, a body of democratic
socialist groups and newspapers across the centre and left of the Labour Party,
has promoted candidates who stand up for the rights of ordinary members.
Ballot papers will be distributed from the end of June and may be enclosed with the members’ magazine Labour Today. The deadline for the return of ballot papers is currently 31 July.
Candidates supported by the Grassroots Alliance believe that members must be given a real say in shaping policy. This will help to reverse declining activism, recapture broad-based support and counter growing disillusion with politics. Each candidate, while retaining freedom of judgment on specific issues, will therefore uphold the following principles:
A radical reforming Labour government
These candidates will campaign for Labour to win elections as a party of democratic socialism, committed to redistributing wealth, income and power from the few to the many. They welcome increased government spending on public services and will press for progressive taxation to fund the still much needed improvements in health, education, transport and state pensions. They believe that disputes between states should be resolved through the United Nations, not through unilateral military action.
Both inside and outside the party they will fight discrimination on grounds of gender, race, age, social class, disability, sexual orientation and religion.
Democracy, transparency and accountability
These candidates will: