NEC ELECTIONS: So You Think You Want To Be On The NEC?
The 2016 NEC Elections saw 91 people put themselves forward.
I wonder how many of the folks submitting nomination papers have an accurate idea of what the NEC does? I suspect that most think that it is all about policy and campaigning. That could not be further from the truth.
What will you do if you get elected to the NEC? Well the first thing will be that you will become a Director of UKIP Ltd and your name will be registered at Companies House.
Shortly afterwards you will find you are a target to be blamed for everything that anyone thinks is wrong with the party – everyone from ex-Leaders to members past and present, But Hey – I suppose everyone needs someone to blame. This because you have been elected by the membership and you spend your own money travelling to London once each month to attend meetings!
So, what is exactly is the function of the NEC?
It exists to manage the party; to ensure that the Party Constitution and Rule Book are adhered to and that the Party complies with Electoral Law, Tax Law, the Information Commissioner – and every other branch of law affected.
It hears regular reports from the Chairman, the Leader, the Treasurer and the General Secretary. It discusses business matters and proposed affiliations; it deals with internal elections and adjudicates on disciplinary matters. It examines and approves changes in the Branch Network. It approves Conference dates and venues – Grunt work!
Very occasionally it gets to approve Policy – but only if the Leader has approved it first.
So, if people are putting themselves forward thinking that the NEC is a political platform they are sadly misguided – there will be no chance of your strutting your stuff on a political stage at the NEC. Even our Leader gets his head down to the minutiae of party administration.
So guys and gals – if it is a Political Stage you want to try the Old Vic – everybody else does politics from the Stage these days – but if you have an eye for detail and expertise in running an unwieldy organisation you will be much appreciated on the NEC.