Here's the official press release re appointment of Jennie Formby
Labour appoints new General Secretary
The Labour Party has today appointed Jennie Formby as the incoming General Secretary. Interviews took place this afternoon and the decision was made by the party’s NEC. Jennie will succeed Iain McNicol.
Jennie Formby said:
“I am honoured to be appointed Labour’s new General Secretary. I would like to thank my predecessor, Iain McNicol, for his tireless dedication to the party over the past seven years.
“Last year’s General Election showed the strength of our movement when we are united, challenging this Government’s failed and damaging policies and campaigning for real change, in the interests of communities across the UK.
“Labour is preparing for government and I look forward to working with Jeremy Corbyn, our party’s staff, Members of Parliament, members and affiliates to oppose the Conservatives’ destructive austerity programme inside and outside Parliament, and to win elections to build a society that works for the many, not the few.”
Iain McNicol said:
“I would like to congratulate Jennie Formby on her appointment as the 17th General Secretary of the Labour Party.
“After seven years serving as General Secretary and with the Party now financially sound I am pleased to be handing over the reins to someone with such strong trade union experience. I’m confident Jennie will build on our electoral gains last year, working with our talented and experienced staff to win the next General Election, whenever it comes.
“As someone who has dedicated her life to fighting for workers’ rights, equality and social justice, I know Jennie will put all the commitment, drive and organising talent into getting Labour into government and Jeremy into Number 10.”
Jeremy Corbyn MP, Leader of the Labour Party, said:
“I would like to congratulate Jennie Formby on her new role as General Secretary of our party. Her talent, experience and commitment to the Labour and Trade Union movement makes me confident she will play a crucial role in building on last year’s inspiring General Election advance and taking our party forward to victory.
“The Labour Party is on the cusp of power and we are ready for a General Election whenever it comes. We have the team, the passion and the policies to win the support of the British people, form a government and transform our society for the many, not the few.”
Notes to editors:
Jennie Formby is currently the South East Regional Secretary of Unite trade union, serving previously as political secretary to the union. Jennie has sat on Labour’s NEC for seven years and served as an NEC Officer and presently as the Vice Chair of the committee.
Having been persuaded to enter the race for the job of General Secretary of the Labour Party, Sunday Momentum founder Jon Lansman announced his withdrawal.
Closing date for applications is March 13, Tuesday.
He took to Twitter posting "A further statement about the appointment of the @UKLabour general secretary:
While many people have applauded Jon Lansman for this decision others have been scathing. Kevin Maguire of the Daily Mirror claimed on Twitter Lansman was pulling out as he knew he would lose heavily.
But we believe it is mission accomplished and the race is now opened up rather than just out with Iain McNicol, in with Jennie Formby.
Remember there is no member voting on this. The Labour Party powers that be will decide because after all it is just a job application.
Good luck to all who apply.
Jon Lansman steps into General Secretary race
Who will replace Iain McNicol as party General Secretary?
The King is dead long live the King or will it be Queen?
Last week Labour Party General secretary Iain McNicol announced his intention to quit the role. Hopes of one member one vote resulting in a memebr's choice for replacement were quickly dashed. The party machinery and its main players will decide who takes over from a possible handful of wannabees.
The decision will be fast-tracked and the new General Secretary will be announed in around three-weeks time.
Tuesday Unite's Jennie Formby announced her intention to apply for the role
For immediate issue: Tuesday 27 February 2018
JENNIE FORMBY STATEMENT
I have today decided to apply for the post of General Secretary of the Labour Party. Before setting out my reasons for doing so let me pay tribute to the work done by Iain McNicol in that role and to join every Party member in thanking him for his service and wishing him well for the future.
Our Party is now united as it has not been for years under Jeremy Corbyn’s leadership. The General Secretary of the Party needs to be someone who can build on that unity to mobilise and organise the entire party and the wider labour movement behind a Labour victory at the next general election whenever this callous and crumbling government decides to call it.
Labour’s strength rests on three pillars – the support of millions of voters, an individual membership far larger than that in any other British political party, and our link with our affiliated trade unions. I believe I am well-placed to help our party build on all three.
My service as a party member for forty years, as a member of the National Executive Committee for the last seven, and as a senior official of my union in industrial, political and administrative posts has given me the breadth of experience to lead the whole party in meeting the challenges and seizing the opportunities ahead.
I will work with all parts of the movement to ensure that the Party democracy review empowers the party membership, opens up policy-making, and ensures democratic best-practice throughout. I will ensure our exciting new community organising initiative is developed to help entrench Labour in the communities we serve and win the seats we need at the next general election.
I stand for a tolerant and welcoming party, with no place for anti-Semitism, racism and misogyny or any form of abuse or intimidation; a party in which complaints are handled both fairly and speedily. I value the commitment and hard work of party staff and will ensure the whole party machine is working in support of our Leader and our policies, embracing the new campaigning tools and methods which we used to such effect in the 2017 election.
I would be proud to be the first woman to serve as Labour Party General Secretary in a generation and only the second ever. I have fought for gender equality – often the hard way – throughout my lifetime in the labour movement.
Labour has only one objective – to bring to Britain the socialist change it desperately needs. And it has only one means of delivering that – electoral victory at all levels, and above all in a General Election. As General Secretary, I will devote all my time and energy to ensuring that we grasp the historic opportunity before us.
February 27 2018
Note: To contact Jennie Formby, call Pauline Doyle on 07976 832 861
Friday February 23, 2018
Iain McNicol stands down as Labour Party General Secretary
Labour Party statement:
Iain McNicol has decided to stand down as General Secretary of the Labour Party to pursue new projects on behalf of the party and wider Labour movement. The officers of the Party will meet to decide the process for the election of a successor. To maintain stability, Iain will work with our NEC Officers to deliver a smooth and proper transition ensuring that the Labour Party remains on an election footing.
Jeremy Corbyn MP, Leader of the Labour Party, said:
“I would like to personally thank Iain McNicol for his long and dedicated service to the Labour Party as General Secretary. He has run our party’s organisation at a time of great change, including a near tripling of the membership, two general elections and the EU referendum.
“Iain has served the Labour Party and trade union movement in a wide range of roles throughout his career and is a credit to our movement. I am confident Iain will continue to play a major role in politics and our party, and will support our team inside and outside Parliament with his experience and skills.”
Iain McNicol said:
“It’s been an absolute honour and a privilege to serve as General Secretary of the Labour Party. I have now decided to move on to pursue new challenges in the service of the Labour Party and wider labour movement.
“I would like to thank our fantastic staff across the country for their brilliant work and support. A team who continuously go above and beyond to deliver for Labour. It has been a tumultuous seven years including; two general elections, a huge increase in our membership, Scottish and EU referendums.
“It is a hugely exciting time for the Labour Party after we achieved the biggest increase in our vote since 1945 at last year’s general election. I will continue to support Jeremy Corbyn’s leadership and will work closely with him and our whole parliamentary team to take Labour to victory at the next general election.”
Reblogged from Labour Press
Jennie Formby: Labour's new general secretary