By Patrick Murphy
A meeting of National Union of Teachers activists on 29 November in Nottingham failed to reach a consensus on a left candidate for the General Secretary election next year.
The previously agreed candidate, John Illingworth, has withdrawn because of illness.
There were three potential candidates at the Nottingham meeting, Ian Murch of the CDFU, Alex Kenny of the STA and Martin Powell Davies of the Socialist Party. But it was neither a local associations delegate meeting nor a joint meeting of the main left organisations in the union (STA and CDFU). An indicative vote was taken; it was made clear by all but the SWP that this bound no-one.
Efforts to ensure that there is only one left candidate will continue.