Delegates to the AGM of Brighton Pavilion CLP met on Saturday 8 December 2018 to receive the annual reports of our Executive Committee (known as the ‘EC’ or ‘Exec’) elected at the 2017 AGM and to elect a new Exec for the year ahead, to run our Party and administer its business in the constituency. Constitutional changes nationally created several new posts and the Exec has also been expanded with the inclusion of one representative from each Branch Labour Party. Additionally, our CLP agreed to create the post of Older People’s Officer and remove other Executive posts and representatives from selected affiliates. Pavilion Labour’s full Executive Committee for 2019 is shown below and you can find out more about all our Exec members lower down this page.
Find out more about each of our Exec members below:
CHAIR – Jon Rogers (Regency Branch): I first joined our Party in this constituency in 1980 and I have been a Labour Party member ever since. I have been a longstanding activist within UNISON, serving as a Branch Secretary and on the National Executive Council.
I am a committed socialist not afraid of argument or controversy but, as Chair of our Labour Party, I am determined that all members will be able to express our views and participate in our democracy.
I have been honoured to have served as Chair of Brighton Pavilion CLP since the Party was re-established in February 2017. I believe that I can continue to serve the Party usefully in this capacity. With your support I hope that we can build on the firm foundations laid in the past two years (for which our outgoing Secretary, Claire Wadey, deserves our particular gratitude) and that we can continue to move forward – not least by electing more Labour Councillors this coming May. I promise to continue doing my best to develop a welcoming and inclusive Party, campaigning for socialism.
SECRETARY – Adam Englebright (Hollingdean & Stanmer): I became involved with the Labour Party in 2015, believing then as I do now that this city and this country desperately need socialist government to roll back the heinous damage to the social fabric and depredation of our institutions brought about by so many years of Conservative government. As secretary I hope to be able to support our members, branches and candidates in reaching that goal. Please get in touch with me or any of our officers using firstname.lastname@example.org
TREASURER – Claire Wadey (Withdean): I grew-up in a Council flat in Hollingdean, attending Hertford and Dorothy Stringer schools, and felt the benefit of free school meals, the NHS keeping me well, and a free university education – the first woman in my family to go. Labour provided me with all of this, which is why I have been a lifelong member since age 16 and continue to campaign for these things to benefit everyone in our society.
I am a socialist and a Unite member. Some of my key priorities include disabled people’s rights, ending austerity and privatisation, returning rail and Royal Mail to public ownership, and scrapping tuition fees. Policies which Labour Leader Jeremy Corbyn has brought to the fore. Jeremy has an ambition for power that changes this country forever in the interests of ordinary people. People like you and me.
As CLP Secretary from February 2017 to December 2018, my overriding goal was to re-establish Pavilion Labour as a united and strong CLP – with robust branches, officers and members growing in knowledge and confidence, developing equalities forums, and a campaigning presence on Brighton’s streets, online, and within our Party nationally and regionally. A Party the size of Brighton Pavilion CLP has a role to play far beyond our own constituency.
Now Pavilion Labour has rediscovered its voice and re-established its presence, to push forward with our priorities we need more resources. As CLP Treasurer I aim to bring my expertise as a Chartered Accountant and Chartered Tax Adviser to the funding of our Party, our aims and objectives. Contact me on email@example.com
VICE-CHAIR/MEMBERSHIP – Judy Richards (Hanover & Elm Grove): Members have added importance in an election year. I will be using my community development background to support Branch Membership Secretaries in their roles.
I am an active member of the BAME Forum and some of our other equality groups. As one of the Pavilion Labour delegates to 2018 Labour Conference, I spoke on the Justice for Windrush motion and I am involved in planning BAME meetings on socio economic and political representation issues.
I intend to encourage more members to be active and also to engage with the wider community to increase membership and encourage people to vote Labour.
WOMEN’S OFFICER – Katie McMurray (Patcham): I intend to make Brighton Pavilion Labour Party an active and powerful force for our shared goals of socialism and equality.
I first joined the Party at 16 and have been active again now for two years. In that time I have been campaigning and taken on roles as GC delegate, Chair of my branch and Chair of the Women’s Forum. I will continue to work hard as an activist to help elect Jeremy Corbyn as our next Prime Minister. Contact me on firstname.lastname@example.org
YOUTH OFFICER – Dan Carey (Hanover & Elm Grove): Hi I’m Dan. I’m 17 and currently a student at college. The world is facing more opportunities than ever before accompanied by ever more challenging issues. I believe the current Labour Party can provide sensible and needed solutions for our country and our city, and so I am doing what I can to make 2017’s campaign of hope, that resonated with so many young people around this country, a reality. Please feel free to get in touch if you’re under 27 and are interested in becoming a locally active member. You can contact me at email@example.com
BAME OFFICER – Mohammed Asaduzzaman (Hanover & Elm Grove): It was my great pleasure to be re-elected as Black Asian Minority Ethnic (BAME) officer. I also act as Vice Chair – Community Campaigner for the BAME Labour Group Brighton and Hove (known as the BAME Forum). I am one of the founders of the BAME Forum and my position there enables me to oversee the activities, concerns and interests of the BAME community in Brighton Pavilion. I feed these activities, concerns and interests back to the BAME Forum, crucially, translating items into implementable policies.As such, my role in the overall objective of the Labour Party is, fundamentally, to increase the BAME membership so that the Labour Party can empirically demonstrate that it has fulfilled its inclusiveness policy. Email me on firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com .
I am a GMB delegate to Pavilion Labour, the Chair of the SPNL Labour branch, employed by UNISON Brighton and Hove as Education Convener and also the Assistant Secretary of Brighton & Hove District Trades Council.
When I’m not working or campaigning for the Labour Party I unwind by making very noisy music.
COMMUNICATIONS & SOCIAL MEDIA OFFICER – Jane Clarke (Preston Park): I worked in TV, press and public affairs for 28 years, working in a range of organisations from Westcountry TV and the Foreign Office to the British Film Institute and Sport England. I now write full-time and have had four novels published under the name Jane Lythell. I therefore have extensive experience of crafting clear, effective and accessible messages.
COMMUNICATIONS & SOCIAL MEDIA OFFICER – Michael Brown (Withdean): I would like to see a fairer society and a balanced distribution of, not only wealth and power, but also opinion and diversity of viewpoint. This will benefit not only my three children but everyone’s children here in Brighton. Together we can all begin to make this ideal happen by securing a Labour majority council in Brighton in May 2019.
I grew up in a working class family in Grimsby. I helped local Labour on the 2015 general election campaign trail in Brighton and have been involved ever since, volunteering on the campaigns for both Jeremy’s leadership elections. The first step in achieving a fairer society is to effectively communicate Labour’s compelling manifesto policies. Those policies need to be better understood in the mainstream. With a long-term history in advertising I believe I have the ideas and ability to help.
NB: Jane Clarke and Michael Brown have been elected to the Exec in a jobshare.
POLITICAL EDUCATION OFFICER – Gabriel McCook (St Peter’s & North Laine): I believe that political education is fundamental to democracy, both internally and externally. It is difficult for us to fully participate in political processes if we cannot formulate our demands or access the workings of the processes themselves.
I don’t intend to be lecturing people on what I think is right, but to help people reach their own conclusions. I believe that we must have political education in mind at many other events – and make political education fun, not a chore.
Like many in the Party, political education has been something I have had to focus on for myself, and I hope to make a painless starting point for other members. Email me on firstname.lastname@example.org
As one of the constituency’s delegates I helped ensure our motion on inclusivity and equality for trans people got heard at Labour South East Regional conference.
The LGBT+ Forum will become a branch over the next year, which I think will make it more meaningful and have more structure. I feel this means Labour is taking all of the equalities forums more seriously. I hope to help encourage more members to come forward and participate in this changing structure.
I’m also campaigning for more attention to be brought to the rise of hate crime towards the disabled and the abuse of people with hidden disabilities. More needs to be done to tackle it.
I’m an active member of the Pavilion Labour Disabled Members’ Forum. I want to support it becoming a branch next year, help more disabled members be active, get organised and encourage better self-representation on the council. Contact me via email@example.com