A member has asked that the following motion be put on the agenda of the 5th September zoom general meeting:
‘This CLP supports our rights as Labour members to nominate candidates seeking election as CLP reps on our governing body- the NEC. It therefore calls on our EC to reverse its decision of 17th August 2020 and arrange a Zoom meeting during which Broadland members can nominate candidates seeking election to the NEC before the submission deadline of 27th September 2020’.
Members we are asked a number of times in early August to give an indication of whether or not that would like to attend a meeting to nominate candidates for the positions on the NEC. The deadline for giving a preference was midday on the 17th August. At that time there had been a grand total of 22 responses, 12 indicating that they would attend such a meeting and 10 indicating that they would not.
At their meeting on evening of 17th August the EC considered the data collected and decided that there was a very low probability of a nominations meeting being quorate (20 members) and hence able to make a decision on behalf of the CLP. Therefore they decided a meeting of members’ of the CLP for them to nominate for the positions on the NEC shoudl not go ahead. This does NOT in any way affect members’ ability to vote for the candidates of their choice in the one member one vote election for those positions.
However, as the date has been publicised the EC decided that a zoom meeting should go ahead on that date but repurposed as a general meeting – which does not need the complicated organisation that a nominations meeting would have done.
According to https://labour.org.uk/activist-hub/governance-and-legal-hub/ballots-and-nominations/nec-clp-nominations/ and as of 27 August 18 CLPs have met and submitted nominations. There are in excess of 600 CLPs.