SERA Nominates Keir Starmer in Labour Leadership Race

Following an Executive Committee meeting, Labour’s Environment Campaign SERA has nominated Sir Keir Starmer MP in the Labour Leadership Race. 

SERA co-chairs Jake Sumner and Melanie Smallman said: 

“We looked hard at the record and competences of all of the candidates and it was very clear to us that Keir stood out as the candidate who had consistently supported SERA’s positions within the party and in Parliament – opposing the expansion of Heathrow airport, standing up to protect environmental legislation in the Brexit debate, and campaigning with us on air quality.

“Most importantly, we are in a race to tackle the climate emergency. We need a leader who can take on the Government now and who has the experience and broad appeal to take Labour into power and urgently deliver the measures needed to address the looming climate emergency.”

Keir Starmer responded to this and said:

"I'm delighted to have received SERA's nomination.

"We are living through a climate emergency. If elected Labour leader, I will make tackling climate change our number one priority and hard-wired into everything we do.

"Another future is possible, but we have to fight for it."


SERA members will also have the opportunity to vote for candidates for themselves. SERA will invite candidates to address members directly – both through articles on this website and through possible climate hustings. SERA members are entitled to vote in the Labour Party leadership and deputy leadership election. This is how you can participate.

Members of the Labour party do not need to take any action. They will receive a vote automatically and won't receive a second vote as a SERA member.

SERA members that are not member of the Labour Party will need to register as an 'affiliated supporter' of the Labour Party. It is free to register, and the deadline is 5PM on Monday 20th January.

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  • Dave Bradney
    commented 2020-01-26 01:53:39 +0000
    How does SERA justify the fact that it has nominated Keir Starmer for leader without first consulting its members? (nobody asked me what I thought, and I assume that SERA members generally have been treated in the same way).
    Possibly I might not need to ask this question if I had an understanding of SERA’s internal structure and processes, and this leads me to my second and third questions: How can it be that despite twice requesting sight of SERA’s constitution I have still not been sent a copy? What kind of an organisation is it that refuses to show its own members its constitution?
    Possibly you will tell me that the SERA EC decided to take this decision in isolation from the views of its own membership because SERA’s (secret) constitution gives its EC that right. Which leads me to my fourth and fifth questions: the party as a whole conducts its leadership elections on the basis of OMOV, so why does SERA’s process fall short of that standard, in terms of democracy, accountability and transparency? As a Socialist Society, should SERA not feel itself obligated to match the general democratic standards of the party of which it is a constituent part?
    I was instrumental in persuading my CLP quite recently to affiliate to SERA, but I have to say that this is not at all the type of democracy that I rejoined the Labour Party to support.
  • Stuart Naylor
    commented 2020-01-15 21:39:16 +0000
    “Why have you nominated Keir when its blantant who was the major contributor and massively more climate focussed?”

    Dunno how it doubled up at the start like that but an answer to the question would be reasonable?
  • Stuart Naylor
    commented 2020-01-15 21:37:23 +0000
    Why have you no why have you nominated Keir when its blantant who was the major contributor and massively more climate focussed?

    Did you consult your members at all?
  • Julian Clapham
    commented 2020-01-15 16:41:23 +0000
    Strange this. Rebecca Long Bailey’s credentials for advocating exceptionally progressive environmental policy and making this a top priority seem to be greater than Keir’s. Are the exec committee demonstrating utmost transparency with their statements or is there a little more to their decision making than meets the eye? Are the minutes of the exec. committee meeting available for members’ perusal? I’ll confess I have only just joined, but was surprised to see this article a I had naturally assumed that this was the organisation at the forefront of some of Labour’s most progressive policy making decisions of recent years. I hope that I have not been misguided in presuming these policy making decisions to be aligned with the ideals of progressive socialism.
  • Phillip Fenton
    published this page in Latest Posts 2020-01-15 15:00:09 +0000