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Unite nominee for Vice Chair of the London Regional Board

Unite nominee for Vice Chair of the London Regional Board

17 October 2016

I have been an active member of the Labour party since 1982 and I am now an active
member of Brentford and Isleworth CLP in West London. I am a GC delegate from my
legal workers branch of Unite the Union and I represent the union on the LCF. I work as a
Trade Union Lawyer representing union members in disputes in the workplace and in
relation to accidents at work and am proud to work in a firm that successfully represented
the blacklisted construction workers in their fight for compensation. I regularly lecture on
health and safety issues and rights in the work place.
Standing to be Vice Chair of the London Regional Board
Niamh O’Brady
Seeking nomination for Vice Chair of the London Regional Board
Brentford & Isleworth CLP nobrady@yahoo.co.uk
“Our Members - Our Values”
I have campaigned locally to save
the Charing Cross Hospital and
am active in the Justice Alliance
campaigning to save legal aid and
to raise awareness about the
attacks on access to justice
brought about by the abolition of
legal aid for most social matters
and the introduction of prohibitive
fees in the civil courts ,
employment and immigration
tribunals.
I supported Jeremy Corbyn in both
leadership battles and this year
spoke at my CLP to help have the
CLP nominate Jeremy Corbyn for
leader by a margin of 2-1. I was part
of the London and Eastern political
committee of my union that
nominated Sadiq Khan for Mayor at
the outset and I supported and
campaigned for him as a candidate
from the start. I attended the
London policy forum where policy
was discussed and made
contributions to the manifesto
process.
I am currently a TULO/ Unite representative on the London Labour Board and have been for the
last two years. I believe that the structures of the party should be supportive of its
leaders, open and democratic. I have attended all but one meeting. In that time I have been
struck by the democratic deficit in the London Region.
I have argued in the face of opposition for;
􀁸 The introduction of written rules, now finally drafted, for the London Board.
􀁸 The introduction of annual conferences with time allocated for delegates to discuss
motions and develop policy and activity in London.
􀁸 The election of an enlarged CAC and the women’s officer position.
􀁸 Democratically elected board members to hear all appeals to the appeals panels in
relation to the selection of local authority panels of candidates. This will be especially
important in 2017.
􀁸 The attendance of the Mayor, leaders of the London Assembly and London MP’s to
attend the board and be accountable.
I be lieve London members want the board, London labour conference and the London Labour party
to be relevant.
I believe that party member’s , and the scores of new members who have joined under Jeremy
Corbyn want the Board to be proactive in developing a London wide narrative based on Labour
Values. The board’s purpose is to liaise with the NEC, CLP’s and local branches “to promote,
co-ordinate and build a political organisation and a campaigning profile in London and to develop a
London dimension to national policy and campaigns.” I believe that the board has to start that task
in earnest, as campaigning is more than knocking on doors and leafleting at election time. The
greatly increased Labour membership wants a new kind of politics. The Housing and Planning Act
2016 and the London impact of compulsory higher rents on tenants of social landlords, and the
impact of cuts to the NHS across London Hospitals are only two obvious areas with which to start.
I am supported by Crispin Flintoff of #JC4PM and Kate Osamor MP as well as the following
unions
If elected I will continue to argue the case for openness, transparency and
accountability. As part of that process I will provide a written report on a quarterly
basis to all London CLP’s on the board’s meetings and planned activities.
As a Tulo representative to date I have regularly reported back to my union.
Please Nominate me at your CLP meeting for Vice Chair.
Your CLP must make their nomination by 28th October
“Niamh has always been a strong voice in my local party calling for greater democracy and
improving voter engagement. On a personal level, without her moral and practical support I
would have struggled to get Stand up for Labour off the ground. I know she would make a
dynamic vice-chair.” Crispin Flintoff