Steve Wins Seat at the Labour NEC(July 10, 2012)
Labour's Steve Rotheram has become one of the Labour Party’s most powerful policy setters after being elected to the National Executive Committee.
The NEC comprises up to 32 members including leader Ed Miliband and deputy leader Harriet Harman as well as trade union officials, socialist societies and constituency party representatives.
Mr Rotheram secured more votes than Margaret Beckett MP, who led the party briefly following the death of former leader John Smith in 1994, and was only a few votes behind the so-called ‘Beast of Bolsover’, the left-wing MP Dennis Skinner – but all three secured places.
The dad-of- three will shape party policy alongside News International scourge Tom Watson, who played a key role in exposing the hacking and corruption scandal surrounding the multi-national media empire.
Mr Rotheram said his election would ensure a strong voice for Merseyside in the decision making of the Labour high command.
He added: “I’m pleased because it’s a seat at the top table and it’s a good position to be in because it will ensure Liverpool has a strong voice within the party.”
Last month Mr Rotheram won a Total Politics award for best speech of the year for his powerful address on the Hillsborough disaster during a Parliamentary debate in October last year.
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