FOLLOWING the recent round of elections, there will be four new faces on the National Executive Committee of the Co-operative Party in its 90th anniversary year.
George Conchie, Chair of the UK Society for Co-operative Studies, has been elected to represent the Party's Eastern section, while Paul Flowers and Kiran Mahil topped the polls in the Yorkshire & Humberside and Youth sections respectively.
Margaret Smyth was re-elected in the Scottish section vote, while seven others, Brenda Forster, Alun Michael MP, Gareth Thomas MP (re-elected as Chair), Roy Mayhew, David Pownall, Bob Harber and Geraint Day were returned unopposed.
The fourth NEC newcomer is Fay Tinnion, who topped the poll in the One Member One Vote women's section, defeating Co-operative Group main board member Jeanette Timmins in the process.
Ms Tinnion, daughter of former Co-op Party Northern Organiser Paul Tinnion, stood against the then Tory leader William Hague in Richmond in the 2001 general election. In the OMOV men's section, former MEP and Leeds Co-op President Michael McGowan was re-elected to the NEC with a reduced share of the vote.