It has been a packed few weeks!

Ed Geraghty's picture

The 18th saw the 4th ever NEC physical meeting in Sheffield which was a fantastic opportunity for our new NEC to all meet in the same place for the first time and discuss the plans for the coming year.

As you are aware, the immediate focus is on the EU elections coming up in May.  Jason Winstanley, our Nominations Officer, recently sent out a final call for potential candidates#1" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">1; as stated in that email and blog post, you have until the 11th of February to put yourself forward if you want a chance to join our existing pool of candidates.

At the beginning of this meeting, the NEC also voted to adopt a new organisational structure#2" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">2 - however this chart is supposed to be descriptive of the party as it exists, rather than imposing new structure.  Hopefully, by sharing this document we can give some clarity to you, our members, about who to get hold of and who is responsible for a given area.

We also agreed upon our aims and priorities for the upcoming year, with a focus on the national, local and issue-based campaigns we wish to run, as well as plans to increase our outward (and inward) facing information such as Election Reviews, Press Output and the next stage of our Policy platform, Policy Beta.


This week: Looking forward to Physical NEC Meeting

Ed Geraghty's picture
This week's update will be as much about looking forward at the next few weeks as it will be looking back at the past one#1" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">1.   One of the most important fixtures in the NEC calendar is the annual full-day NEC physical meeting, and this year will be no exception!  These physical meetings allow the NEC to set the tone for the coming term#2" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">2, and are incredibly productive as an in-depth dialogue between the various teams within the party#3" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">3.  This year's meeting will be held in Sheffield on the 18th of January.   As I mentioned in last week's post, work is still ramping up around EU Elections activity, expect to hear more information in the coming days.

Reflections of a Former Nominating Officer

Phil Cooke's picture

It's that time of year where people traditionally reflect on the past 12 months. Having recently stood down from the NEC, I've been reflecting on my time so far with PPUK. It's been an interesting journey, from initially volunteering to spend the odd hour working on the IT systems to the last couple of years as an elected officer on the NEC. Along the way, there have been a mix of good and bad times (I've made a number of new friends, been threatened with legal action and frequently had to learn new skills for the tasks I've picked up).

Recent events, highlighted especially on Christmas day by Edward Snowden's alternative speech, show that my reasons for joining & becoming an active member of the party remain. We need to keep (and step up!) campaigning on our core issues, lest we completely lose our rights to Privacy, Free Speech and everything associated with them.


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