PCS strike at British Library. Photo: Hugo Pierre
PCS strike at British Library. Photo: Hugo Pierre

In December 2023, Socialist Party member Marion Lloyd came within 800 votes of becoming general secretary of the Public and Commercial Services union (PCS), as the candidate of the PCS Broad Left Network (BLN).

On 18 April elections open for the PCS National Executive Committee (NEC), president and vice-presidents.

BLN activists continue to work jointly with the Independent Left, and now also a broad range of reps from right across the union to campaign for a leadership capable of tackling the challenges we face.

Marion won 71 branch nominations to 70 for her opponent, the current acting president. This is the chance for PCS members to vote a serious, fighting, democratic leadership team in PCS

The BLN says

It took huge effort by reps and members to break the 50% voting threshold imposed by the Tories’ 2016 anti-union law and win a mandate for strike action. This action, in 2023, targeted and national, forced £1,500 out of the government.
We were having an effect. But at that pivotal moment, the union leadership cancelled strikes, cancelled reballots, and cancelled the strike levy that had helped to fund our campaign. They dishonestly called this “continuing the national campaign”. Time has proven they had no intention of fighting on pay and jobs.
On top of this, the national union ignored the huge appetite for action in the devolved nations. They capitulated, and they must be ousted.

Please vote for:


  • Lloyd, Marion (DSIT)


  • Carlsen, Bryan (HSE)
  • Laidlaw, Bev (DWP)
  • Semple, Dave (DfE)
  • Wesley, Hector (HMRC)

NEC members

  • Bishell, Tom (DWP)
  • Brittle, Fiona (Scottish Govt)
  • Carlsen, Bryan (HSE)
  • Chown, Josh (Home Office)
  • Clarke, Eleanor (Cabinet Office)
  • Criddle, Gemma (HMRC)
  • Cuckson, Victoria (HMRC)
  • Davidson, John (HMRC)
  • Day, Chris (National Archives)
  • Dennis, Alan (Defence)
  • Hamer, Chip (Culture)
  • Heemskerk, Rachel (DWP)
  • Jones, David (DLUHC)
  • Laidlaw, Bev (DWP)
  • Lawton, Reece (DWP)
  • Lloyd, Marion (DSIT)
  • Marks, Chris (DWP)
  • Menezes-Jackson, Vijay (DWP)
  • Norris, Liat (MoJ)
  • Ritchie, Rob (Met Police)
  • Rosser, Jon-Paul (HMRC)
  • Semple, Dave (DfE)
  • Smith, John (HMRC)
  • Spencer, Gary (DLUHC)
  • Tweedale, Saorsa-Amatheia (DWP)
  • Virtue, John (HMRC)
  • Williams, Katrine (DWP)
  • Worswick, Craig (Home Office)
  • Wright, Annette (HMRC)
  • Young, Bobby (HMRC)

Please vote for these BLN-supported candidates in the DWP election

Group Vice Presidents:
Heemskerk, Rachel; Menezes-Jackson, Vijay; Williams, Katrine

Group Assistant Secretaries:
Brown, Ian; Fearn, Jill; Lawton, Reece; Marks, Chris; Power, Declan; Thompson, George; Tweedale Saorsa-Amatheia

Group Treasurer:
Scott, Emma

Group Organiser:
Greb, Michele

Group Journal Editor:
Thomas, Sarah

GEC Members:
Brown, Ian; Fearn, Jill; Hamer, Peter; Heemskerk, Rachel; Ilesanmi, Yemisi; Jouanny, Steve; Lawton, Reece; Loy, Alan; Marks, Chris; Menezes-Jackson, Vijay; Pollard, Jenny; Power, Declan; Thompson, George; Toomer, Catherine; Williams, Katrine

Please vote for these BLN-supported candidates in the HMRC election

Group President:
Wesley, Hector

Deputy President:
Dever, Tracy

O’Donnell, Andy

Deputy Group Secretary:
Davidson, John

Assistant Group Secretaries:
Benton, Linda; Criddle, Gemma; Dever, Tracy; Smith, Adam; Smith, John; Virtue, John; Young, Bobby

GEC members:
Benton, Linda; McCleary, Fiona; Crumpton, Tim; Davies, Jaime; Doyle, Nick; Hansford, Dave; Ismail, Amjad; Lynch, John; Mellis, Martyn ; Mort, Cerys ; Paul, Robin; Poole, Heather; Price, Darren; Rosser, Jon-Paul; Stratful, Jane; Watts, Gill; Virtue, John; Young, Bobby