Major Labour Campaigning Group Urges Support for Five Grassroots Candidates for the NEC

By the Labour Assembly Against Austerity

One of the biggest and most active organisations of Labour Party members today urged support for five left wing, grassroots candidates for the Party’s ruling body, the National Executive Committee (NEC.)

Endorsing the same five candidates as MPs Jeremy Corbyn, Diane Abbott, John McDonnell and a wide-range of organisations and publications across Labour’s Left, the Labour Assembly Against Austerity (LAAA) is urging members to back Jess Barnard, Gemma Bolton, Yasmine Dar, Mish Rahman and Naomi Wimborne-Idrissi.

Commenting on the NEC elections, the Labour Assembly’s National Organiser Matt Willgress said,

“With Boris Johnson finally set to be dragged out of Downing Street, Labour needs to take the fight to the Tories. This means fully standing with all those resisting the Tory attacks on our health, rights, jobs and livelihoods, and putting forward bold and popular socialist solutions to the crisis. We are urging members to back these five grassroots candidates in Labour’s vital NEC elections to build the fightback our movement and communities so desperately need.”

The Labour Assembly Against Austerity, which has organised online petitions signed by more than 200,000 people since 2020, mobilises Labour Party members for demonstrations and actions against the Tories across the country, and holds regular online events attended by thousands of Labour members.

Explaining why she is standing, Jess Barnard said: “More than ever we need to take the fight to the Tories and deliver a socialist Labour government that tackles wealth inequality, putting people first.

“We must fight racism, stand for peace, global justice and real action to tackle the climate emergency, building the movements of resistance that can force the Tories Out. The Labour Assembly Against Austerity is playing a vital role in building and linking up these struggles, and I’m delighted to have LAAA’s support.”

Gemma Bolton said: “As the crisis deepens, we need to collectively fight for a socialist policy agenda in opposition to the intense Tory attacks on our jobs, health, rights and living standards. This means taking the fight to the Tories and advocating socialist solutions to the crisis, including public ownership, a Green New Deal and a wealth tax.

“If re-elected, I look forward to again closely working with the Labour Assembly Against Austerity to make sure policy solutions that put public need before corporate greed are put on the agenda.”

Yasmine Dar added: “Many thanks to the Labour Assembly Against Austerity for your continued support to re-elect me to Labour’s NEC. The battle against austerity is more important than ever as we face a new onslaught on living standards from a Tory Party moving ever further to the right. I’m standing for re-election to the NEC, to continue as a strong voice advocating progressive, anti-austerity policies and defending grassroots members, the lifeblood of our Party.”

Mish Rahman said: “Labour needs to stand with all those taking action against the Tories, from rail and postal workers on strike, to climate justice protestors, to those fighting to defend our right to protest.

“If re-elected to the NEC, I will work side-by-side with my comrades at the Labour Assembly Against Austerity to ensure we collectively resist the Tory offensive and take the message of these movements into the heart of the Labour Party.”

Naomi Wimborne-Idrissi added: “Johnson’s legacy will be a populist, right-wing government with an agenda that threatens hard-won civil liberties, workers’ rights and freedom of expression. We need a Labour opposition that will fight back, without equivocation. Thank you to the Labour Assembly Against Austerity for your support for these NEC elections.”

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