There will be a meeting on 8th February 2020 so that the CLP may nominate an MP as candidate for Labour party LEADER from amongst those who have secured the appropriate number of nominations from fellow MPs. There are 4 such candidates, since Jess Phillips withdrew.

The CLP may also nominate an MP a candidate for Labour party DEPUTY leader from amongst those who have secured the appropriate number of nominations from fellow MPs. There are 5 such candidates. To appear on the final one member, one member one vote ballot, the candidates must get nominations either from 5% of constituency Labour parties (that’s 33 of them), or from at least three affiliate organisations, of which at least two must be unions, collectively comprising at least 5% of the affiliate vote.

There is a event on our event pages which gives information about the meeting and more information will be provided as organisation progresses. The meeting will also have the opportunity to nominate CLP representatives to the National Executive Committee (NEC).

The procedures for the election can be found on the Labour party website — https://labour.org.uk/activist-hub/governance-and-legal-hub/ballots-and-nominations/ballots-procedures/

According to the procedure agreed by the National Executive Committee (NEC) members eligible to attend and vote to nominate candidates are:

As per Chapter 2; Clause II; 4 of the Labour Party Rule Book only those members who have passed their 8 week provisional period of membership at the relevant date shall have the right to attend and vote at CLP meetings. For these purposes, the relevant date agreed by the NEC is date on which the meeting is due to take place. Members who joined between 6 September and 12 December 2019 – and who are therefore subject to the NEC decision to extend the provisional membership period during the General Election – will be entitled to attend and vote, providing they have eight weeks continuous membership at the time of the meeting.

Which is a 100+ word way of saying that which can be captured in just 14 – only members who have been full members for 8 weeks prior to 8th February, when our nomination meeting is to be held are eligible to attend.

That means for a members to be eligible to attend and vote at our 8th February meeting they must have been members on or before 14th December 2019. We will have to check membership at the door so please arrive a little early. Once the meeting has commenced late comers will not be allowed to enter.

The procedure also says:

Those members who are showing as being in arrears from after the relevant date, will be able to participate in the meeting provided they pay the arrears at the commencement of the meeting, or provide proof that they have since paid the arrears to the national party. Any dispute with regard the eligibility of any member shall where practicable be referred by the CLP Secretary to the Regional Director, who will rule on the member’s eligibility. Where the issue is not clear cut, the Regional Director will consult with the Governance & Legal Unit before giving a ruling.

Originally published on 15th January, subsequently updated.

Philip Williams, Broadland CLP Secretary.

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