Our motion to the Labour Party Conference 21st – 25th Sept 2019 passed at CLP GC meeting on 11th Sept
For a democratic choice in Labour leadership elections
West Ham Labour Party notes:
The 9.6 per cent increase in Labour’s general election vote share (from 2015 to 2017) under Jeremy Corbyn’s Leadership.
The continual Tory Government attacks on people’s living standards, which Labour is committed to halt and our plans to improve people’s lives, combat racism, implement a progressive international agenda and tackle climate change.
The current Labour leadership election rules (when there is a vacancy) are not ideal, in that they require a candidate to receive a minimum of 10 per cent of Labour MPs’ and MEPs’ nominations for a place on the ballot paper – allowing MPs to veto who can stand and potentially block the preferred choice of Labour’s Members, Affiliated Supporters and Registered Supporters. Within living memory, a candidate merely required one nomination and seconder from the PLP.
West Ham Labour Party believes:
A potential leadership candidate who resolutely defends people’s living standards and could command the support of the majority of the party, must be allowed to stand for Party Leader. That is basic democracy.
It is vital when a vacancy next arises for Leader that a candidate with such progressive policies and commitment can stand for election and be elected Leader – if that is the choice of Labour Members, Affiliated Supporters and Registered Supporters.
West Ham Labour Party notes the Democracy Review contained a proposal in line with this motion.
We therefore asks the NEC to bring forward to 2020 Conference a range of options, including the Democracy Review proposal, to widen the range of potential candidates.
West Ham Labour Party will be taking this resolution to the Labour Party Conference in Sept 2019