Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 20 September 2014

Labour Party 'too London-dominated'

The Labour PArty is too 'London-dominated', campaigners claim

Scotland and Wales need to have a bigger say in the "London-dominated" Labour Party, campaigners claim.

Activists are demanding more representatives from the heartlands of Labour support on the party's ruling National Executive Committee (NEC) in elections later this month.

As well as the leadership race, Labour Party members throughout the UK are about to also elect six members to represent local constituency parties onto the 30 plus NEC body which decides on policy and strategy.

The NEC is made up of three groups: MPs, trade unionists and representatives from the constituency parties, the rank and file of the membership.

But currently of the six representatives from the constituency parties, none are from Scotland and Wales and five of the six are from London or the Home Counties.

The sixth NEC party representative, Peter Wheeler, comes from Salford and is leading the campaign.

"The current arrangements just don't provide enough representation for the different parts of the UK," Mr Wheeler said.

"It's important that members in strong Labour areas like Scotland and Wales are directly represented when decisions are made about our Party's future.

"Labour can sometimes be seen as being too dominated by London."

The party did much better in Scotland and Wales compared to the whole of the UK at the last election.

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