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Labour Deputy Leader Election, 2001

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Labour Deputy Leader Election, 2001
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Following the resignation of your Deputy Leader, Belinda MacDonald, you need to elect a new one. This starts with nominating candidates.

Nominations will go as follows: 
  • Each candidate requires a nominator and a seconder.
  • Candidates can nominate but cannot second themselves.
  • Nominations are open from now until 23:59 on the 22nd of March (22/03/18).
  • Nominations must be made using the following form:
Nomination form

Name of Candidate:
Name of Proposer:
Name of Seconder:
Declaration of Candidate's consent:

Campaigning Rules
On each Campaigning Day, each candidate has 6 hours of campaigning time to spend. MPs other than the candidates have 2 hours each per day to spend, and may wish to use these to help their preferred candidate. Campaigning time can be spent as follows:

Speech: 2 hours
Canvassing: 1 hour
Poster/Leaflet: 1 hour

Canvassing here means a summary of a conversation with a party member on 2-3 policy areas, either in a bullet point description or through a script of talking points the candidate would use.

A speech will be expected to contain either of the following; either a minimum five part summary of a speech including key quotes/paragraphs consisting of a minimum of three sentence quotes per part or a fully written speech. Candidates will also be required to define the place and audience they are speaking to; this can either be just Labour members or one of the many affiliated think tanks, campaigns, unions and groups with Labour as of 2001. If unsure about any of these organisations being affiliated to Labour at the time consult an admin. 

A Campaigning Day is counted from 00:00 to 23:59 GMT. Activities will not be counted outside of those times, or if the player has already spent all their hours that day. Unused hours cannot be carried over to the next day.

Timetable: (all times GMT)
Nominations: 18:30 (21/03/2018) - 23:59 (22/03/2018)
Campaigning: 00:01 (23/03/2018) - 23:59 (24/03/2018)
Player Voting: 00:01 - 23:59 (25/03/2018)
Result Announced: 26/03/2018

Duly Nominated
Barbara Bond
Omari Omondi
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#2
Name of Candidate: Barbara Bond
Name of Proposer: Barbara Bond
Name of Seconder:
Declaration of Candidate's consent:
Barbara Bond, Labour Party
Deputy Prime Minister
Leader of the House of Commons
Secretary of State for Public Services
Deputy Leader of the Labour Party
MP for Edinburgh North and Leith

“Without a revolutionary theory there cannot be a revolutionary movement.” - Lenin
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#3
Name of Candidate: Omari Omondi
Name of Proposer: Omari Omondi
Name of Seconder:
Declaration of Candidate's consent: I consent.
Omari Omondi MP
Member of Parliament for Tooting (1997-)
Labour Party




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I second the nomination of Omari Omondi.
Barbara Bond, Labour Party
Deputy Prime Minister
Leader of the House of Commons
Secretary of State for Public Services
Deputy Leader of the Labour Party
MP for Edinburgh North and Leith

“Without a revolutionary theory there cannot be a revolutionary movement.” - Lenin
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(03-21-2018, 07:38 PM)Barbara Bond Wrote: Name of Candidate: Barbara Bond
Name of Proposer: Barbara Bond
Name of Seconder:
Declaration of Candidate's consent:

I second.
Omari Omondi MP
Member of Parliament for Tooting (1997-)
Labour Party




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Barbara Bond and Omari Omondi's nominations have been accepted.
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Barbara Bond spoke to her former union, the National Union of Teachers, to launch her Deputy Leadership Bid.

Quote:Comrades, thank you for gathering here today to hear why I believe I should be the next Deputy Leader of our party, and the next Deputy Prime Minister of our country. Unlike others on the left of our party that have stood for this role, I am not dismayed at the state of our party. I’m not standing to undermine the efforts of our government, but rather to contribute to its many successes. We have a fantastic Prime Minister and a great Cabinet delivering the progressive, socialist change that Britain desperately needs. We’re delivering All Women Shortlists, an ambitious Queen’s Speech that our party can be proud of, and we’re going to take on the fat cats at the top of Railtrack to ensure our railways work for the people of Britain and not just the few at the top. However, there’s something missing at the top tier of government. We have a Cabinet of varying backgrounds, varying life experiences, and varying areas of specialism. What we don’t have, though, is a trade unionist. We are, as a party, wholly committed to supporting trade unions, so my election campaign is a chance to put our money where our mouths are and elect someone that has spent their life fighting for workers’ rights.

As your next Deputy Leader, I will continue to campaign for workers’ rights in every sector and at every level. From teachers to train drivers, from shop workers to civil servants, I will fight to make sure British workers get the respect they deserve in the workplace in terms of pay, pensions, and privileges. Starting from the top, I will lobby to give trade unions five extra places on our NEC, allocated by membership numbers, to make sure that the working people of Britain have even more of a say in the way our party and our country are run. As Deputy Leader I will also personally meet with trade union representatives every month to get their input on the policies that our government is implementing, and make sure that our government is working in the interests of working people. More than this, having me at the top levels of the party will mean having a voice that has experience in trade unionism around the Cabinet table to fight the corner of trade union members whenever it needs fighting. I promise, as Deputy Leader, I will never vote in favour of any legislation that will undermine the working people of Britain, and if that means I have to write out my resignation letter in order to speak against it, then so be it.

The Labour Party has a long history of empowering its members and giving them the final say over policy. It’s the members that have worked so hard to get us elected, and it’s the members that should decide what policies we stand on at the next election. If you choose me as your next Deputy Leader then I will tirelessly work to modernise the policy-making procedure within the Labour Party to give members the chance to help us write our next manifesto. From Conference to the Cabinet table, policies proposed by Labour members that are accepted by Conference will be debated by the Cabinet and then, if accepted, be implemented as national policy. My proposals are some of the biggest, most radical ideas that the party has seen, and I believe that giving members more of a say will mean even more progressive, socialist policy. Further to this, and further to the previously mentioned reforms to the NEC, I believe that young people in the Labour Party and across the country have important views that deserve to be heard. I will fight to give Young Labour one more spot on the NEC, doubling their current representation, and will also fight to have an elected representative from Labour Students. Ours is the party of young people, and it’s time we gave them a chance to form policy at the very highest levels. 

Continuing our long legacy as the party of minorities and underrepresented classes I will champion All Women Shortlists in available, winnable seats to help us get even more talented, determined women elected to Parliament. As we saw in the AWS debate in Parliament, there are hundreds and hundreds of men there to shoot down progressive, women-centred legislation, and we need more women in the halls of power to fight their corner. Further to this, and in conjunction with previous pledges, I will personally work to get more trade unionists elected to Parliament to help take the fight to the Tories and work for working class interests in the House of Commons. Our link with the trade unions is a proud and time-honoured one, and getting more working class people with experience of talking truth to power elected to Parliament can only be a good thing.

Scandals in the Labour Party are never something we want to see, and Solomon Trevitt’s misdeeds in the last month laid bare the ability of smooth talking people to slip through the vetting process when it comes to candidate selection. That’s why I want to give Labour members the right of recall within their CLP. If a Labour MP or selected candidate acts in a way that could bring the local or national party into disrepute then I want to give the members that selected them a chance to change their mind and recall them. If this happens then the MP in question will have the whip withdrawn at a national level and be forced to sit outside of the parliamentary Labour Party in the House of Commons. Further to this, I want to extend this right to every voter in the country and give them the right of recall. If Solomon Trevitt hadn’t had the good sense to resign when he did then the voters of Cambridge could’ve been lumbered with him as their MP until the next election. That, in my mind, is utterly unconscionable, and needs to be remedied. I want to give voters in a constituency the right to start and sign a petition that, if it gets enough signatures, will force a by-election. Voters in Britain have the right a representative that they can be proud of, and this will give them the chance to kick their MP out of a job if something comes to light that a large number of them are angry about. 

As your next Deputy Leader I will continue my long tradition of fighting the corner of the underprivileged, underrepresented, and the ignored. All my life I have fought for working class interests, and I won’t stop just because of a new title. If you want someone around the Cabinet table with experience in trade unionism, then I’m your woman. If you want someone that will personally meet with trade union representatives and make sure our government is working for working people, then I’m your woman. If you want someone that will fight for AWS and fight to get talented women elected in winnable seats, then I’m your woman. If you want someone that will never vote or speak in favour of a piece of legislation unless it works for working people, then I’m your woman. My candidacy represents a chance for the Labour Party to put its money where its mouth is and put working interests, women’s interests, LGBT interests, and all other minority interests a voice in our party and in our government. Let’s shake up the cushy hegemony that the male, pale, and stale House of Commons is used to and make me the next Deputy Leader of the Labour Party.

Thank you very much.

Following her speech to the NUT, Barbara Bond unveiled the following four posters, based on the key tenets of her speech: membership, reform, a socialist PLP, and trade unions.

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(Six hours used. Speech: two hours, posters: four hours.)
Barbara Bond, Labour Party
Deputy Prime Minister
Leader of the House of Commons
Secretary of State for Public Services
Deputy Leader of the Labour Party
MP for Edinburgh North and Leith

“Without a revolutionary theory there cannot be a revolutionary movement.” - Lenin
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Speech, 2 hours.

Quote:Omari Omondi delivered a speech to the GMB outlining his vision for Labour's future. 

Ladies and gentlemen, I'm proud to launch my campaign for Deputy Leader of the Labour Party by focusing on issues that cut directly to the heart of our purpose: Building A Britain of Equals. Look around you and you will see the backbone of Britain and the economic engine of our future. Sitting in this hall are shopworkers, boilermakers, healthcare professionals, retailers and workers in utilities, schools and countless other sectors. We come from all different backgrounds, of many different faiths and from small towns, villages and cities up and down the country. Yet we all share a common vision: building a better life for our families, sharing in the success of our work and leaving Britain better off than we found it. There is absolutely no better place to begin my campaign than right here, atthe heart of our movement speaking to the hopes, dreams, concerns and fears of those I've pledged to support. With your help, we will see victory. 

These last few years we have seen tremendous progress under a Labourgovernment. Our party has taken a pragmatic yet dogged approach to creating jobs, generating wealth, improving our schools, saving the NHS and putting us back on the path to prosperity. Inflation is low, wages are rising, we are lifting people out of poverty and expanding the middle class. This stands in stark contrast to the abysmal record of the Tories and their boom and must policies. Our party is having a meaningful impact on the lives of Britons, and our policies are the most successful Britain has seen in a generation. That is why it critically important we not turn back the clock. Labour is electable again. Labour is achieving the goals and fulfilling our pledge to raise people up and restore decency to our country. We need to press ahead, steady the ship and continue to deliver!

Yet with all of our success so far, we know there is still much more work to do. If we truly want to Build a Britain of Equals, we must take bold action to secure our future. I believe our most important areas of focus must be strengthening our public services, lifting people out of poverty, expanding the middle class, renewing our commitment to our friends and allies and stepping bolding into the future with a united Europe. These are not easy tasks. There are not quick fixes or easy solutions. Only through hard work, pragmatic action and an unwavering commitment to working people can we achieve our dream of building Jerusalem right here at home. We cannot be dragged back into the past with infighting. We cannot pretend the policies of yesterday that have been soundly rejected by the British people will solve the problems of tomorrow. But we can work together and put all ofour energy and focus on leading our party and our country into the future.

We must strengthen our public services. John Smith warned the British people that they had one chance to save the National Health Service, and they took that chance. We’ve made an awful lot of progress towards restoring the NHS. There is still more to do. We need to reduce wait times and expand services. We need to renovate older facilities and create new ones. We must place additional emphasis on mental health and establish a stronger foothold in communities and in the workplace to help those struggling with mental health issues. NHS workers deserve fair pay, decent working conditions and the knowledge that they are safe and secure in our hands. We need to transition the NHS from being the pride of Britain to the envy of the world. These are not merely talking points, they are commitments we must make to every Briton and generations of Britons to come. We must lead the charge as we are the only party with the strength, courage and willingness to protect the NHS.

We must have the best education system in the world. If we hope to be true leaders in global affairs, to see our children successful in the workplace and to advance our society for decades to come we cannot lag behind. So what does this mean in practical terms? Teachers need better pay, better incentives, security in their professions and support for the work they do. We need to be champions of those who teach our young people and these words cannot be hollow. We need to give our students the tools, resources and commitments to be successful. It is morally unacceptable for students born in poverty or living in economically depressed areas to have a more difficult future. We need to set high standards for our young people, and then pushed, pull and persuade them to succeed. Why? Because their success is our success. It is well past time that we recognize how vitally important our education system is and we must devote ourselves to this cause.

We must create a path to prosperity for every Briton. We’ve already started towards this path by pledging to end child poverty. We must expand this pledge to eliminate poverty entirely in Britain within our lifetimes. This is not a pipe dream or lip service to dogmatic rhetoric, it is an achievable goal if we have the courage and determination to see it through. Britain is a tremendously wealthy place, and we have the resources to spread that wealth around so that everyone is better off. But we cannot set our sights just on lifting people out of poverty, we must strengthen and expand the middle class that trade unions have worked so hard to build. We must make sure that the wealthy and financial institutions are paying their fair share. But we know that we cannot build some up by tearing others down. We need sustainable growth in wages and wealth that can weather any economic storm. No more boom and bust economics. This can only be achieved by a Labour party with modern economic policies, by a Labour Party that has broken with outdated policies that have repeatedly been rejected. We must look to the future.

We must renew our commitment to our friends and allies and expand our leadership on the global stage. Millions of people in the developing world look to us for leadership and support. Britain can be a beacon of hope to those people, giving them the support to build their own futures and determine their own destinies. We have a moral obligation to tackle hunger, poverty, disease and conflict in places like Africa. We cannot do this by leading from behind or by standing in the shadows. We must pay respect to our past by vowing a different future. We must engage with the United Nations to increase its effectiveness, we must link our international aid to human rights and we must prioritize our aid efforts to focus on tackling life threatening conditions abroad. We must have an internationalist foreign policy that shares a common vision for a better world for everyone.

One of the most important decisions we will make in the coming years is whether we will join the Eurozone. I believe that Britain’s future is necessarily linked to the future of our European neighbors and that we must be at the heart of a transparent, democratic and pluralistic Europe. There can be no half measures if we want a Europe project to succeed. Make no mistake, we cannot be a second class citizen in a European Union. If we want to have a seat at the table, if we want to reap the full benefits of membership, if we want to build a sustainable peace in Europe that can endure the test of time we must fully commit ourselves. This does not mean there will not be challenges or disagreements. It means if we want something to change, we must lead the charge. If we want a democratic Europe, we must fight for it. If we want transparency, we must draw back the curtains and let the sunshine in. These are huge challenges that require tremendous effort and ordinary people might be dissuaded. But we are not ordinary people. We are not easily dissuaded. We are ready, willing and able to tackle these challenges and create a better, brighter future for all.

Ladies and gentlemen, this is my vision for the future of the LabourParty. It is a vision of hope. It is a vision of unity. It is a vision of prosperity. It is a pledge to Build a Britain of Equals, to leave no person behind and to create a future where all of us have a place and a purpose. If a poor kid from Tooting can stand before you today and look to the future, we can do anything. Thank you so much, I hope you’ll join me in this effort.
Omari Omondi MP
Member of Parliament for Tooting (1997-)
Labour Party




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Signs/Posters - 1 Hr
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Leaflet - 1 HR

Front
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Back
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Canvas - 1 Hr, targeting young Labour voters

Quote:Deputy Leadership Candidate Omari Omondi spoke to young people(20s-30s) in London about his vision for the future. He focused on the following talking points:
1.       It’s absolutely critical that young voices influence the direction of our government and our party. In terms of policy, we need to strengthen Science/Technology/Engineering/Maths education for a bright future, have a fair cannabis policy that transitions from class B to class C, expand apprenticeship and employment opportunities to create wealth and opportunity. In terms of the party, we need to include Young Labour in decision making, stand more young people for office at all levels and focus on pro-Europe policies that will directly impact the lives of the next generation.
2.       One of the single biggest impact we can have on the lives of young people is making housing more affordable. We need to invest in the largest house building campaign since the war, rebuild housing stock, make it easier for young people to obtain loans and prevent predatory landlords from taking advantage of people.

 
Canvas - 1 Hr, targeting pensioners

Quote:Deputy Leadership Candidate Omari Omondi spoke to pensioners in Birmingham about his vision for the future. He focused on the following talking points:
1.       We cannot turn back the clock on the Labour Party. Returning to hard left Socialism will threaten John Smith’s legacy, allow the Tories to return to Thatcherite policies, threaten the economic security of pensioners and undermine the progress made on the NHS.
2.       We must have sensible immigration policy to encourage talented, educated professionals to build lives in Britain while protecting the fabric of local communities. We need to integrate immigrants into our society while celebrating the diversity of British culture that makes Britain a strong, vibrant and diverse nation.
3.       We cannot be afraid of closer relations with Europe. We must be at the heart of decision making in the EU so we can make sure the EU is transparent, democratic and works in Britain’s interests. Our friends and allies look to us for leadership and other countries will fill the void if we don’t step up to lead.

TODAY'S TOTAL: 6 Hrs.
Omari Omondi MP
Member of Parliament for Tooting (1997-)
Labour Party




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Signs/Posters - 1 Hour
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Leaflet - 1 Hour
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Canvas - 1 Hour

Quote:Deputy Leadership Candidate Omari Omondi spoke to women in Manchester about his vision for the future. He focused on the following talking points:
1.       We have to make politics more attractive to and supportive of women. If we ever hope to have a just and fair society that truly represents all of Britain we need to have female voices talking about issues that directly impact women. It’s not just about all women shortlists and strong women in politics. It’s about breaking the male centric focus in our politics and leveling the playing field for everyone.
2.       We need to renew our commitments to the kitchen table politics that impact working families. We need to be talking about how to keep the cost of utilities and groceries affordable, protecting our public services, investing in affordable housing and making sure our children have the best education in the world. Only by renewing our pledge for a fair Britain that puts people before politics can we hope to achieve our dream of a new Jerusalem here at home.
3.       Urban revitalization is absolutely critical to the safety and future of our cities. By cleaning up neighborhoods, cracking down on crime and investing in the growth of small business we’ll stoke the fires of economic success and breathe new life into our urban areas.

Canvas - 1 Hour

Quote:Deputy Leadership Candidate Omari Omondi spoke to industrial workers in Leeds about his vision for the future. He focused on the following talking points:
1.       We can never forget that the backbone of the Labour movement is working people. Our number one responsibility is to protect workers by advancing the rights of ordinary Britons and making sure the economy serves everyone.
2.       The rich have to pay their fair share, we’ve got to expand the middle class and lift people out of poverty. Yet we cannot build everyone else up just by tearing others down. We need organic, sustainable growth in income and assets for working people. We need to forge strong trade agreements with the developing world and make sure that we’re in a Europe that advances British interests.
3.       Change is happening in nearly every industry, and we need to give workers the tools and resources needed to keep pace with changing times. This means opening up skills trainings for workers who need to transition jobs, technical skills for those trying to advance in their occupations and apprenticeship places for people just staring out. We cannot leave anyone behind if we intend to build a Britain of equals.

Canvas - 1 Hour

Quote:Deputy Leadership candidate Omari Omondi spoke with Young Labour members in Sheffield about his views on the future of Labour:
1.       I believe we are at a turning point in the history of our great party and our great country. After nearly two decades of destructive Thatcherite policies, Labour has finally begun to turn Britain around. We’ve finally restored a sense of decency to politics. We’ve refocused our society’s attention on working people and the need to work together to accomplish a brighter future. For the first time in nearly a generation, Labour is electable again and has the opportunity to make irreversible progress towards social justice, economic prosperity and a strong and stable welfare state.
2.       We cannot risk turning back the clock by returning our party to a time of unelectable fringe politics. The future of our party cannot be rehashing old ideas that have been repeatedly rejected by the voters. We must honor the legacy of John Smith by building upon our new foundation and leading our party bolding into the new millennium.
3.        We can achieve our dream of a just and fair society through getting elected and carrying through with our promises. We cannot be the party of protest, the party of infighting, the party of failure. We can only stand up for the needy, fight for the underprivileged, raise wages, expand the middle class and make the wealthy pair their fair share if we actually win seats. We cannot be a merely a social club.

Campaign Button - 1 Hr

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TOTAL HOURS TODAY: 6 hrs.
Omari Omondi MP
Member of Parliament for Tooting (1997-)
Labour Party




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Now that campaigning has finished, it's time to vote for the Deputy Leader of the Labour Party.

Ballot for the Labour Party Deputy Leadership Election, 2001

Vote for one candidate with an X:
[ ] BOND, Barbara
[ ] OMONDI, Omari

Ballots must be sent by Private Message on the forum, not on Telegram, to both Andy and Nathan and be sent in before 23:59 BST Sunday 25th March.
Andy
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