National Executive Committee

National Executive Committee

The National Executive Committee or NEC is the chief administrative body of the UK Labour Party. Its composition has changed over the years, and includes representatives of affiliated trade unions, the Parliamentary Labour Party and European Parliamentary Labour Party, Constituency Labour Parties, and socialist societies, as well as ex officio members such as the Party Leader and Deputy Leader and several of their appointees.

During the 1980s, the NEC had a major role in policy-making and was often at the heart of disputes over party policy. In the Tony Blair era, the committee's role declined and its membership was reformed, but it remains the administrative authority of the party. Its former policy development function is now largely carried out by the National Policy Forum. One of its committees has disciplinary powers including the ability to expel members of the party who have brought it into disrepute or to readmit previously expelled members.



As of 2009 the NEC had 33 members elected from the following constituencies:

  • 12: Affiliated Trade Unions
  • 1: Socialist and co-operative societies
  • 6: Constituency Labour Parties
  • 2: Labour Councillors
  • 3: Backbench MPs or MEPs elected by all Labour MPs and MEPs
  • 2: Leader and deputy leader of the party
  • 1: Treasurer
  • 1: MEP leader of the European Parliamentary Labour Party
  • 3: MPs nominated by the Cabinet or Shadow Cabinet
  • 1: Young Labour
  • 1: Black Socialist Society

The General Secretary acts as the non-voting secretary to the NEC.

Current members

(As of July 2011)

  • Ed Miliband (Leader)
  • Harriet Harman MP (Deputy Leader)
  • Diana Holland (Treasurer)
  • Angela Eagle MP (Frontbench)
  • Peter Hain MP (Frontbench)
  • Tom Watson MP (Frontbench)
  • Glenis Willmott MEP (EPLP Leader)
  • Callum Munro (Young Labour)
  • Keith Birch (Div. I - Trade Unions)
  • Jim Kennedy (Div. I - Trade Unions)
  • Harriet Yeo (Div. I - Trade Unions)
  • Paddy Lillis (Div. I - Trade Unions)
  • Norma Stephenson (Div. I - Trade Unions)
  • Andy Kerr (Div. I - Trade Unions)
  • Cath Speight (Div. I - Trade Unions)
  • Mary Turner (Div. I - Trade Unions)
  • Chris Weldon (Div. I - Trade Unions)
  • Andy Worth (Div. I - Trade Unions)
  • Rachel Maskell (Div. I - Trade Unions)
  • Vacant (Div. I - Trade Unions)
  • Simon Wright (Div. II - Socialist Societies)
  • Keith Vaz MP (Div. II - Socialist Societies: Black Socialist Society)
  • Ken Livingstone (Div. III - Constituency Labour Parties)
  • Johanna Baxter (Div. III - Constituency Labour Parties)
  • Ann Black (Div. III - Constituency Labour Parties)
  • Ellie Reeves (Div. III - Constituency Labour Parties)
  • Christine Shawcroft (Div. III - Constituency Labour Parties)
  • Luke Akehurst (Div. III - Constituency Labour Parties)
  • David Sparks (Div. IV - Labour Councillors)
  • Ann Lucas (Div. IV - Labour Councillors)
  • Michael Cashman MEP (Div. V - PLP/EPLP)
  • Dennis Skinner MP (Div. V - PLP/EPLP)
  • Margaret Beckett MP (Div. V - PLP/ELP)


Chair of the Labour Party

The chair of the party is elected by the NEC from among its own members, and holds office for a calendar year, chairing both NEC meetings and national party conferences.

The name of this post has become confused since 2001 when Labour Party leader Tony Blair appointed Charles Clarke to the courtesy position of "Party Chair" without the NEC or the national conference authorising such a position.[1] The office's name remains "chair of the party" in the Labour Party Constitution, but elsewhere the party presents the position as "Chair of the NEC".[2] Prior to 2001 the position was called "Chair of the Labour Party", and before that "Chairman of the Labour Party".

List of Chairs of the Party

(Information taken from 'British Political Facts 1900-1994', Butler & Butler 1994, PP144-5 for the period down to 1993).

Chairmen of the Annual Conference of the Labour Representation Committee

Chairmen of the Annual Conference of the Labour Party

1917: George Wardle MP (acting)
1917-18: W. F. Purdy
1918-19: John McGurk
1919-20: William Harold Hutchinson
1920-21: Alexander Gordon Cameron
1921-22: Fred Jowett MP
1922-23: Sidney Webb MP
1923-24: Ramsay MacDonald MP
1924-25: Charles Cramp
1925-26: Robert Williams
1926-27: Frederick Roberts MP[3]
1927-28: George Lansbury MP
1928-29: Herbert Morrison MP
1929-30: Susan Lawrence MP
1930-31: Stanley Hirst
1931-32: George Lathan MP
1932-33: Joseph Compton
1933-34: Walter R. Smith
1934-35: William Albert Robinson
1935-36: Jennie Adamson
1936-37: Hugh Dalton MP
1937-39: George Dallas (no conference in 1938)
1939-40: Barbara Gould
1940-41: James Walker MP
1941-42: Walter Henry Green MP[4]
1942-43: Alfred Dobbs
1943-44: George Ridley MP
1944-45: Ellen Wilkinson MP
1945-46: Harold Laski
1946-47: Philip Noel-Baker MP
1947-48: Emmanuel Shinwell MP
1948-49: Jim Griffiths MP
1949-50: Sam Watson
1950-51: Alice Bacon MP
1951-52: Harry Earnshaw
1952-53: Arthur Greenwood MP
1953-54: Wilfrid Burke MP
1954-55: Edith Summerskill MP
1955-56: Edwin Gooch MP
1956-57: Margaret Herbison MP
1957-58: Tom Driberg
1958-59: Barbara Castle MP
1959-60: George Brinham
1960-61: Richard Crossman MP
1961-62: Harold Wilson MP
1962-63: Dai Davies
1963-64: Anthony Greenwood MP
1964-65: Ray Gunter MP
1965-66: Walter Padley MP
1966-67: John McFarlane Boyd
1967-68: Jennie Lee MP
1968-69: Eirene White MP
1969-70: Arthur Skeffington MP
1970-71: Ian Mikardo MP
1971-72: Tony Benn MP
1972-73: Willie Simpson
1973-74: James Callaghan MP
1974-75: Fred Mulley MP
1975-76: Tom Bradley MP
1976-77: John Chalmers
1977-78: Joan Lestor MP
1978-79: Frank Allaun MP
1979-80: Lena Jeger
1980-81: Alex Kitson (1980–81)

See also


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