‘Labour to Win’, the new joint project of Progress and Labour First, has recommended a “pluralistic” set of nine candidates standing this summer to represent members on Labour’s national executive committee.
The umbrella group, a self-described “coalition of mainstream Labour activists”, officially launched last week. It has pledged to work with other factions to “make Keir Starmer’s leadership a success”.
The six Labour to Win candidates for the party’s ruling body elections are as follows:
- Luke Akehurst – Former NEC member (2010-2012), former Hackney Council chief whip, parliamentary candidate in Aldershot (2001) and Castle Point (2005), Labour First director
- Johanna Baxter – Current NEC member, Cunninghame North CLP chair, Scottish executive committee (SEC) member
- Gurinder Singh Josan CBE – Current NEC member, Sikhs for Labour vice-chair, Sandwell Unite branch secretary
- Terry Paul – Newham Council cabinet member and former PLP campaigns officer
- Michael Payne – Gedling Borough Council deputy leader, Nottinghamshire County councillor, LGA Labour deputy leader
- Shama Tatler – Brent Council cabinet member
Baxter and Singh Josan were both elected in recent NEC by-elections, while Labour First’s Akehurst is a former NEC member. The other three, all councillors, have not stood for the NEC before.
In addition to these six candidates, Labour to Win is endorsing the following three: