Twenty four constituency Labour Parties from across Eastern England have backed Daniel in his bid to continue to represent the region on Labour’s National Policy Forum. Ballot papers are being sent to party members this week, and Daniel says that he is extremely grateful for the wide support: ” Getting support from so many CLPs, including CLPs in all six counties across our region, is a very good start in this election campaign. Labour’s National Policy Forum meets in Birmingham on June 16 and 17 and I will be taking the issues raised by party members direct to our party leaders. I welcome the appointment of Jon Cruddas to chair the policy review, and the recommendation that Angela Eagle chair the National Policy Forum – this is the radical turn that Labour needs to equip us to face the huge challenges that will face us when we move into Government.”
Daniel’s election statement:
Britain needs Labour to win the next election – but the lesson from 1997 is that winning isn’t enough, we must be clear about what we intend to do, and why. That is what the NPF should be about, but at the moment it isn’t being allowed to do the job. I have represented Labour East members on the NPF for many years – it has sometimes worked well, but for too long it has been under-resourced and party leaders have paid too little attention to it. The basic principles remain sound, aiming to be inclusive, encouraging participation and concentrating on what Labour members agree on. But now we need a new impetus, with party members rather than shadow cabinet members driving our policy ideas – then we can win with a clear purpose. We particularly need strong voices from the East to make the case for much-needed sustainable housing and a living-wage in high-cost areas.