A majority of CLPs are backing JD4Mayor

The first phase of the campaign is over.  All of the CLPs (Constituency Labour Parties) have voted now, and a majority of CLPs have backed me.  The support has been overwhelming.  Even the CLPs who didn’t back me, the vote was close, and tied in some cases. 

At the time of writing, I also have the official backing of Unite the Union, the Fire Brigades Union, and the RMT union.  I’m also pleased to have the full support of Momentum and Red Labour, and what that means in terms of grassroots support.   

The shortlisting interviews are on Tuesday, with the panel of NEC members, Regional Board members, and a Shadow Front Bench representative.  Personally, I can see no reason why all three remaining candidates shouldn’t be shortlisted.  We’re all clearly intelligent, competent and experienced.  So fingers crossed.

The next phase is the one-member-one-vote (OMOV) ballot.  From Monday 21st Jan, all Labour members in the North of Tyne area will get a postal vote.  We’ll be trying to reach everyone in that time.  So if you want me to win, you can help.  Sign up to the campaign!  Like any good project, we need people with all kinds of skills.  Mostly, we need enthusiasm!  Please join us.