EC Election 2018

 List of Candidates for EC Election 2018

Alphabetical order and CLP shown where known. Order on ballots will be randomised.


Cllr James Beckles (West Ham CLP – Greater London)

Hello, my name is James Beckles and I am standing for the Labour Campaign for Electoral Reform Executive Committee. I’m a councillor in the London Borough of Newham. Our current electoral system of First Past the Post is an outdated system of electing governments whether at national or at local level. A fairer system that reflects the electorates’ preferences would be beneficial to our current system, which in many areas locks good Labour candidates out of Parliament and Town Halls up and down the country. I will positively engage members and non-members to ensure we have a strong diverse voice.
— James Beckles

Paul Blomfield MP (Sheffield Central CLP – Yorkshire & Humberside)

I’m a longstanding supporter of electoral reform and have served as a Vice-Chair, and more recently the Chair, of LCER since my election as the MP for Sheffield Central in 2010. I believe that there is a great opportunity for Labour to link a radical economic and social programme to a radical approach to democratic renewal. LCER has been refreshing the way we work over the last year, and we are now in a position to build on the growing support across the labour movement for proportional representation.
— Paul Blomfield MP

Andy Burkitt (Bristol West CLP - South West)

I have supported Electoral Reform all my political life and I still do not understand why we use a voting system that is appropriate for the long ago past and not for the future; a system that is shrouded in myths which bear little relation to reality. I have spoken regularly on the need for PR and only this week was involved with various student groups. I have been the Treasurer over the last eighteen months and want to carry on assisting with the work of LCER.
— Andy Burkitt

Mary Curran (Manchester Withington CLP - – North West)

I support proportional representation because the most important political issues (particularly inequality, climate change, health and social care) require long-term collaborative policy approaches which are more feasible with PR than under First Past the Post.
The FPTP system is unjust as not all votes have equal value. It reduces public engagement and increases short-termism, divisiveness, and conflict in politics.
I believe there is a majority in the UK for progressive policies, but the arguments for PR should be based on justice and values rather than tactical advantage. I believe ‘winner takes all’ is not compatible with Labour values.
— Mary Curran

Benjamin Eckford (Newcastle Centre CLP – North East)

Hi I’m Benj Eckford from North West Durham CLP. I’m standing to continue as North East representative. I believe in electoral reform because I want to achieve socialism in our lifetimes. That means we need to entrench progressive politics in Britain, like in Scandinavia, and the only way to do that is through proportional representation. Also, I am a democrat first and a socialist second. First past the post always leads to undemocratic and unrepresentative outcomes. In 2015 the Tories got 36% of the vote, 51% of the seats and 100% of the power. No democrat should ever accept that.
— Benj Eckford

Billy Hayes (Mitcham & Morden CLP - Greater London)

Conservatives stand in the way of greater democracy .That is the history of the right in the UK and for the matter the whole world over.
I am standing for the Executive of LCER because I want to play my part in the process in extending the vote.
Our country is thirsty for change.
A Labour Government led by Jeremy Corbyn will quench the dryness of contemporary politic debate.
Democratic reform must be at the forefront of Labour’s program for Government.
First Past the Post for the House of Commoms is past its’ sell by date.
We need to challenge the backward looking and ensure one person one vote one value becomes a reality.
— Billy Hayes

Euan Healey (Glasgow Maryhill and Springburn - Scotland)

For the last year, I have been serving as your Twitter Officer on the Exec. I am seeking re-election because I believe that our democracy is failing British people. How can our electoral system be called successful when MPs are regularly elected despite more people voting against them than for them? FPTP is a system that just benefits the few; the next Labour government must replace it. I believe social media is key in reaching members and politicians in our party to explain why Labour should adopt a policy of reform, and if re-elected I will continue to do this.
— Euan Healey

Mary Honeyball MEP (Holborn & St Pancras CLP - Greater London)

Parliamentary Candidate in Norwich North (1987), Enfield Southgate (1983), and from 1978-1986 a London Borough of Barnet councillor, now London MEP. As a longstanding member of the Co-operative Party, I served on the London Co-op Political Committee for 10 years. As a committed trade unionist, I am a member of the UNISON parliamentary group in the European Parliament. Through victory and defeat, I have supported Electoral Reform, active in LCER and member of the Executive for 23 years. I supported Yes in the AV referendum but now we need to demonstrate the positives of other voting systems, for PCCs, for the European Parliament and in local government.
— Mary Honeyball MEP

Maria Lacovou (Harwich & North Essex CLP - East of England)

I first joined LCER in the 1980s. On speaking engagements for LCER, I’m seeing a new thirst for change. The case for PR has gone mainstream.
We must seize the moment: Labour’s next manifesto should include a pledge to change the voting system. Achieving this means working with MPs, Trades Unions, party members, journalists. I’m an academic with great skills in speaking, writing and persuasion; I’m a proud socialist and an experienced and energetic organiser.
A fair voting system would encourage participation, not apathy, and a more honest, collaborative politics. Why shouldn’t everyone’s vote count equally? Let’s make it happen.
— Maria Lacovou

Graham Lane (Hornchirch & Upminster CLP - Greater London)

I am keen to join the EC of LCER and having retired from Local Government am keen to help LCER with others to decide on an electoral system which helps Labour to win power.The present system of first past the post does not do this.We do not use first past the post in our internal elections to choose candidates.The time has come for Labour to campaign for electoral reform which will be a fairer system than we have now.
— Graham Lane

Jeffrey Loffman  (South Thanet CLP - South East)

Sadly, at age 11, I felt our electoral system needed radical change - too many voices unrepresented in Parliament.  Since then I have led several local campaigns, been a shop steward, marched against Thatcher, the Iraq war and austerity. I re-joined Labour when Jeremy Corbyn was elected.
— Jeffrey Loffman 

Adam McNamara (Wirral West - North West)

I’ve been an LCER member for a year & Labour member for 8 years. I consider myself an active member & campaigner, as well as a member of the Fabians, Coop Party, Momentum, SERA & Disability Labour, & a trade unionist.
I see the role of LCER as articulating a left-wing argument for electoral reform: winning over progressives to the cause of reform, & winning over supporters of reform to a broader progressive agenda.
Our country has a progressive majority, & probably has had since we became vaguely democratic a century ago.
In almost every general election since the war, an absolute majority of voters have chosen a party to the left of the Tories: only in 1955, 1959 & 2015 did parties of the right achieve a bare plurality of the vote. Yet for most of this period we’ve been governed by conservative or even reactionary governments.
In short, the progressive majority has been failed by our electoral system. This has to be the foundation of our argument for proportional representation, alongside championing democratic & progressive reforms such as votes at 16 & an elected second chamber. 
— Adam McNamara

Martin Prior (Greenwich & Woolwich CLP - Greater London)

Served on EC for many years - helped on stall last year in Brighton.
Kiwi taking interest in NZ and other elections.  Have vote in NZ – indeed voted in the ‘Jacinda’ election.
Undergraduate degree in economics, sociology and statistics.  PhD: Linguistics.
Believe that Lords or ‘Consultative Council’ should use STV in large constituencies or non-geographical constituencies initiated by potential members, e.g. Trades Unions, unemployed or travellers.
If I had my way the 1% would have their own constituency!
But we MUST reform the Commons first, and in the meantime focus on attaining gender parity in the ‘Lords’.
— Martin Prior

Ken Ritchie (Daventry - East Midlands)

Member of LCER for three decades and presently on the Executive; Chief Executive of Electoral Reform Society from 1997  - 2010 and now on its Council; Secretary of Labour for a Republic; district councillor; CLP Campaign Co-ordinator; secretary; parliamentary candidate in 1987, 1992 and 1997.
Regular speaker and writer on reform – publications include The Reform Debates, Fixing our broken democracy, and book on AV referendum (with Lewis Baston).
Standing because I believe we now have an opportunity to win the argument in Labour, but to succeed we need to get our message out to members across the country.
— Ken Ritchie

Cllr Mike Roberts (Aldershot CLP - South East)

My responsibility has been Local Government over the last year and from the contacts I have expectedly to get the Local Government Community instilled in the reasons why change needs to come in elections sooner rather than later.
Change is now being talked about and people are expressing concerns as to the democratic channels needs to encompass a wider richness of views and openings and that should be our key approach for 19/20. I am also in favour of the new models for overseeing many other aspects of our party.
With your support again we can move even further forward.
— Mike Roberts

Professor Prem Pal Sharma – Ealing North – Greater London

I hold LLM and have written work on PhD International Law. I am a Visiting Professor for International Law, a Legal Consultant and Chair of NRI Advisory Services. I have worked in the voluntary sector, civil service and local government. I have been a member of the Labour Party/Co-operative for over thirty years. I have held almost all responsible positions in the Labour Party at the Branch/CLP level. I want to continue as EC because I believe in the principles of Proportional Representation and advocate wider electoral reform.
— Professor Prem Pal Sharma – Ealing North – Greater London

Joe Sousek (Bristol West CLP - South West)

I passionately believe Proportional Representation is crucial to realising Labour’s values in society. In 2015 I co-founded Make Votes Matter and have been active on the LCER Executive for the last two years. Enabling activism for electoral reform within the party is key and is my ongoing priority. I lead on coordinating the programme to provide speakers to CLP meetings, which has seen dozens of CLPs pass motions for PR. I have spoken at many local meetings and organised conference presences, coordination meetings and media interventions. The time has come for real democracy; I am committed to winning it.
— Joe Sousek

Jane Speller (Calder Valley CLP - Yorkshire and the Humber)

I would like to seek election to the LCER Executive. I am the Women’s Officer for the Calder Valley CLP in Yorkshire and have set up a Women’s Forum, organised training sessions and served as an agent for my ward in the 2018 local elections. I have also co-ordinated the formation of a group to campaign for democratic reforms, both locally and to help build the campaign throughout the North. I support proportional representation as most voters hold progressive views, and ensuring every vote counts will play an essential role in building a more egalitarian society which works for everyone.
— Jane Speller

Monica Threlfall (Holborn & St Pancras CLP - Greater London)

Became involved in electoral reform while working for the Spanish Socialist Party (PSOE) in post-1975 period as coordinator of party’s equivalent to Fabian Society during the setting up of the new PR Party List system using D’Hondt. Later saw reasons for disappointment setting in.
During a career as a Politics lecturer (Loughborough, London Metropolitan), the AV referendum spurred me to develop a better system for electoral reform, responsive to British needs, called Constituency-based Elections with Proportional Allocation of Seats-CEPAS. A 1-page summary and the full system are available.
Labour member since the 1980s; Trade union member until recent retirement. Long experience in the voluntary sector; currently a vice-Chair of London4Europe. Would like to bring knowledge and experience of electoral systems to LCER.
— Monica Threlfall

Owen Winter (Cornwall/Oxford University – South East and West)

My name is Owen Winter. I co-founded and am a director of Make Votes Matter and from January to April I will be co-chair of the Oxford University Labour Club. I would like to attend Young Labour and Labour Students events to make the case for electoral reform. I have already passed motions for PR in North Cornwall CLP and helped raise the issue in Oxford District Labour Party, I would like to speak at more CLP meetings and contribute to LCER’s social media and publications. I would also be interested in potentially standing for the National Policy Forum or being a delegate at next year’s Labour conference.
— Owen Winter