Thursday, 19 February 2015

Who has nominated Max Watson for NEC, 2015

In January 2015 I sent out my letter seeking nominations for the NEC election to the Higher Education General seat. So far, I've received nominations from the following UNISON branches:

  1. Bolton Metropolitan University*
  2. Liverpool John Moores University
  3. London Metropolitan University
  4. London South Bank University
  5. Manchester Metropolitan University
  6. School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS)
  7. Southampton Solent University
  8. Staffordshire University
  9. Brighton University
  10. Cambridge University  
  11. University of West of England
  12. University of East London*
  13. University of South Wales
  14. Westminster University 
  15. Birmingham University 
  16. University of Bristol
  17. Leeds University 

* These nominations have been 'rejected' by UNISON - for reasons unknown to me...

Thanks to every one of you in those branch committees who voted to nominate me in the last few weeks - it has been a real pleasure to represent you over the last five years and an honour to be your fighting rep on the NEC for HE.

Thanks especially to those activists who took the time out of their very busy lives doing their best to fight the cuts, resist job losses and privatisation - I do know how stretched we all are during these tough times.

I'll be writing to you all separately soon.

The first time I stood for the NEC, in a by-election in 2010, I received nine branch nominations and then won the vote.

In 2011, I received nineteen branch nominations and was elected unopposed.

For the last NEC election, in 2013, fifteen branches nominated me for the NEC and again I was elected without opposition.

So, the question is: has another candidate gathered the two or more branch nominations required to stand against me to trigger an election this time? The deadline for nominations is tomorrow, 20th February, 5pm.

By the way, in 2010, when there was an election, my ballot paper did not arrive in time for me to vote (I've kept it on my notice board instead, see photo); so funnily enough I've not actually been able to vote for myself for the NEC yet. I'll let you know if things change...

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