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The Leadership Election - Am I eligible to vote? - What meetings can be held in our Constituency?

These are the letters we have received outlining the leadership election, the suspension of most formal meetings and who is eligible to vote.

 

Membership Freeze Date:

 

The 6 month freeze date was determined by the National Executive Committee (the elected body that oversees the Labour Party) and is normal for internal selections. 

 

Members who joined before 12 January 2016 and are still fully paid up members by noon on 8 August will be entitled to vote.

 

Members who joined after 12 January can still take part in the leadership election by registering as supporters before 5pm on Wednesday 20 July, paying £25 and agreeing to our terms and conditions.

 

Members in Arrears:

 

Any member who is currently in arrears, who was a member on or before 12 January 2016, has until noon on Monday 8 August to bring their membership payments up to date. You can renew online at renew.labour.org.uk from 5pm Wednesday 20 July.

 

2015 Registered Supporters:

 

If you were a registered supporter in 2015 you will not receive a vote unless you re-register as a supporter or you fulfil the conditions of either a member (see above) or an affiliated supporter (see below). You will need to register as supporter before 5pm on Wednesday 20 July, paying £25 and agreeing to our terms and conditions.

 

If you were a registered supporter and subsequently joined as a member before 12 January 2016 and are currently fully paid up, you do not need to re-register to vote.

 

2015 Affiliated Supporters:

 

If you were an affiliated supporter in 2015, are still on the electoral register and still a member of your affiliated organisation, you will receive a ballot in this leadership election. There is no action you need to take. We will confirm your eligibility with your union, and check you against the electoral register.

 

All members and supporters taking part in the leadership election must subscribe to the Labour Party’s aims and objectives, and not be a member or a supporter of any organisation that opposes the Labour Party.

 

All other information about the leadership election can be found at labour.org.uk/leadership.

 

Our terms and conditions can be found at labour.org.uk/pages/membership-terms-and-conditions.

 

With best wishes,

 

The Labour Party

 

 

Dear Constituency Labour Party Secretary,

I am writing to inform you that the National Executive Committee (NEC) has agreed the timetable for the election of the Leader of the Labour Party.

Today, there has been a further meeting of the Procedures Committee, established by the NEC, to oversee the contest. They agreed the remaining papers and procedures for the leadership election.

The election will conclude with a Leadership Conference on 24 September 2016 at which the results will be declared.


CLP meetings
In recent months there has been a marked increase in reports of intimidation and threatening behaviour taking place at party meetings. Whilst the NEC recognises that the majority of our members hold vigorous yet collegiate meetings, the NEC has a duty of care for individuals who feel that their safety is threatened. It was therefore saddened to have to take the decision to suspend all normal party meetings at CLP and branch level until the completion of the leadership election.

However, in recognition that there is some essential business which must be agreed by CLPs, the NEC has made a number of exceptions to this suspension while this timetable is in place.  If there are any queries, please contact your Regional Director/General Secretary who will be able to provide guidance.

Meetings able to go ahead as agreed by the NEC include those:

  • Meetings solely for the purpose of making a supporting nomination in the leadership contest and for essential Annual Conference business
  • Campaign planning meetings for by-elections or devolved mayor campaigns
  • Any other meetings (such as Executive Committee meetings or social or fundraising events) with the explicit permission of the Regional Director/General Secretary

Meetings which go ahead under these exceptions will not consider ordinary motions or other business, except as explicitly agreed by the Regional Director/General Secretary. This means any CLP meeting already scheduled should be postponed until after the completion of the leadership election. This will be with immediate effect.


Supporting nominations
As you may know, each CLP and affiliated organisation is entitled to cast a supporting nomination for the position of Leader. The supporting nomination process opens at 5pm on Wednesday 20 July and supporting nominations must be received by 12 noon on Monday 15 August.

The MP and MEP nomination process opens on Monday 18 July and candidates, except the incumbent Leader, will require the support of 20 per cent of MPs and MEPs to go forward to the ballot. The Procedures Committee will declare all validly nominated candidates for Leader on Wednesday 20 July.

Your supporting nomination will be recorded on the website once received and in the candidate booklet enclosed with the ballot mailing.


One Person, One Vote
Since the adoption of the Collins Review at the Special Conference on 1 March 2014, Leadership Elections are conducted on a One Person, One Vote basis.

The Collins Review also established voting rights for Registered and Affiliate Supporters, as long as they are on the electoral register in the UK, support Labour’s aims and values and are not members or supporters of other political parties or organisations.

Members
As is standard with Labour Party selections procedures, members who joined the party at least six months prior to the freeze date will be eligible to vote. This means those who joined the party on or before 12 January 2016 will receive a ballot.

Members who are in arrears with their membership subscriptions must pay those arrears in full by 12 noon on Monday 8 August to be eligible to vote. Any member in arrears after this date will not receive a ballot paper. People can pay any arrears online by visiting renew.labour.org.uk or by calling 0345 092 2299.

Registered Supporters
Registered Supporters who pay a fee of £25 will be able to sign up online from 5pm Monday 18 July at labour.org.uk/leadership. The deadline for Registered Supporters to sign up is 5pm on Wednesday 20 July.

Affiliated Supporters
Tuesday 12 January is the last date to have joined the Labour Party or an affiliated organisation (Trade Unions and social societies) in order to vote in the leadership election. Affiliated organisations will have until Monday 8 August to submit new and updated affiliated supporters lists. The last date to register as an affiliated supporter is 12 noon on Monday 8 August.


Debates
The Labour Party will organise debates with the candidates. Dates and details of how you can take part will be available shortly on our website at labour.org.uk/leadership.


Leadership Conference
The results of the election for Leader of the Labour Party will be declared on Saturday 24 September. The Leadership Conference will be open to all delegates and ex-offico members already registered for Annual Conference at no extra cost. Due to space restrictions, however, delegate and ex-officio members places will only be held if you have registered to attend by Friday 9 September. Registration will open shortly on the Labour Party website.


Membership lists and data protection
Many people, including elected representatives, have access to Labour Party membership data to conduct the legitimate business associated with their role. I would like to remind everyone that on no account should data be given to other persons or organisations. It is particularly important during the leadership contest that no-one can be accused of misusing Labour Party membership data. No-one misusing data in this way will be supported in any case brought against them by the Information Commissioner and they may also be subject to Labour Party disciplinary procedures.

The NEC has agreed a moratorium on any access to membership lists by any office holder save for normal membership procedures.


Bullying, intimidation and harassment
No abuse of any kind by members or supporters will be tolerated in the Labour Party. All members and supporters must conduct themselves in a calm and polite manner and be respectful to each other at all times.

If you become aware of abusive behaviour from any member towards any other member, or if you yourself are subject to abusive behaviour, please let us know the details (such as names, specifics of incident, and any other details that may help) so that we can investigate. You can do this by emailing legal_queries@labour.org.uk

Yours sincerely

Iain McNicol
General Secretary

 

To: East Midlands CLP Chairs & Secretaries

Dear Friend,

Further to my email yesterday please see below more detailed information relating to the Leadership Election.  Please can you circulate this information to your branches.

CLP Meetings

The NEC has agreed that all normal party meetings at CLP and branch level shall be suspended until the completion of the leadership election. The only meetings which may be organised while this timetable is in place are:

  • Meetings solely for the purpose of making a supporting nomination in the leadership contest and for essential Annual Conference business.
  • Campaign planning meetings for by-elections or devolved  mayor campaigns.
  • Any other meetings (Such as Executive Committee meetings) with theexplicit permission of the Regional Director (General Secretary).

This means any CLP meeting already scheduled should be postponed until after the completion of the leadership election.

Supporting Nominations

As you know, each CLP and affiliated organisation is entitled to cast a supporting nomination for its preferred candidate for the position of Leader. The supporting nomination process opens at 5pm on Wednesday 20 July 2016 and supporting nominations must be received by 12 noon on Monday 15 August. Supporting Nomination Guidelines and nomination forms will be sent out shortly. 

The MP and MEP nomination process opens on Monday 18 July 2016 and a candidate will require the support of 20 per cent of MPs and MEPs to go forward to the ballot. The Procedural Committee, established by the NEC to oversee this election, will declare all validly nominated candidates for Leader on Thursday 21 July.

One Person, One Vote

Since the adoption of the Collins Review at the Special Conference on 1 March 2014, Leadership Elections are conducted on a One Person, One Vote basis.  

As is standard with Labour Party selections procedures, members who joined the party at least six months prior to the freeze date will be eligible to vote. This means those who joined the party on or before the 12 January 2016 will receive a ballot.

Members who are in arrears with their membership subscriptions must pay those arrears in full by 12 noon on Monday 8 August to be eligible to vote. Any member in arrears after this date will not receive a ballot paper. People can pay any arrears online by visiting renew.labour.org.uk or by calling 0345 092 2299. 

The Collins Review also established voting rights for Registered and Affiliate Supporters, as long as they are on the electoral register in the UK, support Labour’s aims and values and are not members or supporters of other political parties or organisations. 

Registered Supporters who pay a fee of £25 will be able to sign up online from Monday 18 July via the website.

Members of the party can also sign up as Registered or Affiliate supporters, but nobody will get more than one vote in the leadership contest.

Debates

The Labour Party will organise debates with the candidates. Dates and details of those will be available shortly.

Leadership Conference

The results of the election for Leader of the Labour Party will be declared on Saturday, 24 September. The Leadership Conference will be open to all delegates and ex-offico members already registered for Annual Conference at no extra cost.  Due to space restrictions delegate and ex-officio members places will only be held if for those who have registered to attend.

Membership Lists and Data Protection

Many people, including elected representatives, have access to Labour Party membership data to conduct the legitimate business associated with their role. I would like to remind everyone that on no account should data be given to other persons or organisations. It is particularly important during the leadership contest that no-one can be accused of misusing Labour Party membership data to support a candidate. No-one misusing data in this way will be supported in any case brought against them by the Information Commissioner and they may also be subject to Labour Party disciplinary procedures.

The NEC has agreed a moratorium on any access to membership list by any office holder or elected representative save for normal membership procedures related directly to their office for the duration of this election. Any member using Labour Party membership data in an unauthorised way will be referred to the Office of the Information Commissioner and may be subject to disciplinary action.

Bullying, Intimidation and Harassment

No abuse of any kind by members or supporters will be tolerated in the Labour Party. All members and supporters must conduct themselves in a calm and polite manner and be respectful to each other at all times.

If you become aware of abusive behaviour from any member towards any other member, or if you yourself are subject to abusive behaviour, please let us know the details (such as names, specifics of incident, and any other details that may help) so that we can investigate. You can do this by emailing legal_queries@labour.org.uk

Best wishes,

 

 

Gordon Pattison

Regional Director

East Midlands Labour Party 

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commented 2016-07-16 14:00:04 +0100
“Momentum bullies” is a bit of fiction from the right. Yes there’s a lot of bad temper about on all sides but trying to smear the Corbyn side is not really sustainable.
Quite the opposite when you consider the heavy handed undemocratic way they attempted to oust Corbyn.
commented 2016-07-16 13:13:10 +0100
Isn’t democracy such an elastic notion for some of us. It’s a cherished right of the membership when the demonised PLP vote no confidence in their leader, but when the democratically elected NEC impose restrictions to protect members from Momentum bullies the concept is quickly distorted. Democracy seems only to apply to what Corbyn supporters agree with, disagree and it’s not democratic. Brilliant double think.
commented 2016-07-16 10:38:50 +0100
PANIC MEASURES NOW, BY THE NEC THAT NEARLY COST LABOUR IT’S MOST HONEST AND TRUSTWORTHY LEADER IN DECADES AND HAS ALLOWED / ENCOURAGED THIS ONCE GREAT PARTY TO BE RIVEN WITH STRIFE. IT IS NOT JEREMY CORBYN WHO IS WEAK, IT IS THE PANICKING, POWER HUNGRY, PLP.
Despite their vain attempts at a “Remove Corbyn” campaign, MANY HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF US WILL ENSURE JEREMY REMAINS OUR LEADER AND LABOUR REMAINS A SOCIAL DEMOCRATIC PARTY!
commented 2016-07-15 17:28:20 +0100
What an extreme example of failed leadership and appalling management: 1000s of enthusiastic new members attracted to the party but immediately alienated by insults and removal of membership privileges. What a wasted opportunity. Unbelievable.

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