Rule Change for Labour Party Conference 2021 – Let Conference Trigger a Leadership Challenge

Please move this in your CLP so that it can be discussed at the next LP conference

Online here: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1IKDpyMVvDx7zic5QB0eC8dfaH3_C2XnuxjUfr6a_05o/edit?usp=sharing

Give conference the power to start a new leader and deputy leader election.

Proposed amendment:

(amendment in red) Chapter 4 Elections of national officers of the Party and national committees, Clause II. Procedural rules for elections for national officers of the Party, 2) Election of leader and deputy leader, B. Nomination

i) In the case of a vacancy for leader or deputy leader, each nomination must be supported by 10 per cent of the combined Commons members of the PLP and members of the EPLP and either:
a. 5 per cent of CLPs; or b. At least 3 affiliates (at least 2 of which shall be trade union affiliates) compromising 5 per cent of affiliated membership Nominations not attaining the thresholds under either a or b above shall be null and void.

ii) Where there is no vacancy:

a) nominations may be sought by potential challengers each year prior to the annual session of Party conference. In this case any nomination must be supported by 20 per cent of the combined Commons members of the PLP and members of the EPLP. Nominations not attaining this threshold shall be null and void. The sitting Leader or Deputy Leader shall not be required to seek nominations in the event of a challenge under this rule.

 b) Each year prior to the annual session of Party conference, upon request of no less than 5 per cent of CLPs OR at least 3 affiliates (at least 2 of which shall be trade union affiliates), party Conference must hear and take a vote FOR or AGAINST a new election for leader and/or deputy leader. Conference will resolve the matter by a simple majority and in accordance with Chapter 3 Party Conference 3. Clause III. Procedural rules for Party Conference Conference rule 3 – Voting A. If the conference resolves FOR a new election then nominations proceed as in B.i. above with the sole exception that, on request, the sitting Leader or Deputy Leader shall not be required to seek nominations in the event of a challenge under this rule. If the Conference resolves AGAINST a new election the motion falls and cannot be heard again until next conference. Such a motion to Party conference comes as an addition to, and as such does not preclude, CLP and affiliate participation as per Chapter 3 Party Conference Clause III. Procedural rules for Party Conference 2. Conference rule 2 – Agenda C and shall be timetabled to meet the same Conference deadline as constitutional amendments.

Consequential amendments to the rulebook to be made as required.