We decided to stand candidates for all posts. We would state our arguments for why we suited the post in our statements, but would use our speeches to give voice to the factionalism in our CLP. For the first time in a while we could say how we felt without being silenced.
Our speeches would be an opportunity for the left to articulate the experience of being in Holborn & St Pancras CLP, controlled by a right-wing anti-Corbyn faction endorsed by Keir Starmer.Holborn Left
Diane Pearson, with her husband and son are long-standing active members of their local branch and GC delegate for about 10 years to Holborn & St Pancras CLP. Here is her speech…
I have been involved in Cantelows branch since 2010 when the branch was almost dormant. I was Secretary in the branch for one year and with the other branch officers built it up to its current strength. I am an active member of my trade union branch, which I represent on the General Committee, however I have been a GC branch delegate prior to that for 8 years.
I therefore have the skills and experience to serve the CLP as its Secretary, and look forward to receiving your support to do that.
I am standing as secretary as someone who is good at meeting deadlines, precise and thorough, professional communications and inclusive
I want to see the constitueuncy unified with a diversity of comrades in our officers positions, so that the officers represent the consituency membership.
It would be beneficial for us and for democracy to operate in the manner that was our custom when Frank Dobson was our MP, when no one faction sought to block out the other in the branches or the constituency and I will encourage that.
Vote for a unifying candidate, vote Diane!