Nominations close on 13 September for the newly created Deputy General Secretary role in the National Education Union (NEU). All three candidates already have at least 15 Districts, the number they need to ensure they are on the ballot paper. Martin Powell-Davies is the Education Solidarity Network (ESN) candidate. The ESN is a rank and file organisation fighting for a more democratic, militant and industrial union. Workers’ Liberty is centrally involved with the ESN. Gawain Little is the candidate of the mis-named “NEU Left”, the group that currently control the union. Gawain is also a long-time member of the Communist Party of Britain, with all that that entails. Niamh Sweeney is a centrist candidate and was a member of the Association of Teachers and Lecturers (ATL) before it merged with National Union of Teachers to form the NEU. Prominent ATL members still act as a “moderate” caucus within the union.
If your District hasn’t nominated yet, we urge you to organise a nomination meeting, ideally a hustings, and back Martin Powell-Davies.