Kezia Dugdale to join Labour NEC as comprehensive party reforms are passed.
Kezia Dugdale to join Labour NEC as comprehensive party reforms are passed
Scottish Labour leader Kezia Dugdale will join the Labour National Executive Committee, filling the newly created place for Scottish Labour on the decision making body.
Ms Dugdale, who was elected Scottish Labour leader with 72% of the vote in August 2015, will take the place following a package of reforms delivering greater autonomy for Scottish party was passed by Labour conference.
The packages includes reforms such as:
- The Scottish Labour Party Executive Committee (SEC) will be responsible for the procedures and selection of all UK parliamentary candidates in Scotland.
- The SEC will have overall responsibility for the management of Constituency Labour Parties in Scotland.
- The Scottish Labour Party will be directly represented with voting rights on the NEC by a frontbench member of the Scottish Parliament, nominated by the Scottish Labour leader.
- Scottish Labour will have full control over policy making, including in reserved policy areas.
The reforms follow Kezia Dugdale and UK Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn signing a joint statement on autonomy in 2015
Scottish Labour leader Kezia Dugdale said:
“These reforms will be the biggest changes we’ve seen to how the Scottish Labour Party is run in a generation, and is the culmination of years of work.
“These reforms are important – they mean that Scottish Labour will be better placed to stand up for Labour values in Scotland, something we need now more than ever.
“I am delighted that myself and Jeremy Corbyn have delivered what we set out to do a year ago, some of the measures passed today were first discussed back in 2010.
“It is right that as devolution strengthens across the UK that Scottish Labour changes to reflect that – that means Scottish Labour having a seat on the party’s rule making body, the National Executive Committee
“Given the vital importance of this role, I will join the NEC. I will be a loud and passionate voice for Scotland’s interests within our UK wide Labour family. This is a key moment in the history of our party, and our movement.”