Timetable for Labour leadership contest confirmed

13th May, 2015 4:13 pm

Labour HQ One Brewers Green

Labour’s National Executive Committee (NEC) have this afternoon confirmed that the new Labour leader will be announced at a special conference on September 12th, as reported on LabourList earlier today.

Each candidate needs the nominations of 35 Labour MPs to appear on the ballot paper. These Parliamentary Labour Party (PLP) nominations will officially open on 9th June and close on the 15th June.

Friday 15 May                             Election Period Opens

Monday 8 June                            PLP Nomination Hustings for Leader

Tuesday 9 June                           PLP Nomination Hustings for Deputy Leader

Tuesday 9 June                           PLP Nominations Open

12 noon Monday 15 June              PLP Nominations (Leader) Close

12 noon Wednesday 17 June         PLP Nominations (Deputy Leader) Close

Wednesday 17 June                     Hustings period opens

12 noon Friday 31 July                 Supporting Nominations Close

12 noon Wednesday 12 August      Last date to join as member, affiliated supporter, or registered supporter

Friday 14 August                         Ballot mailing despatched

12 noon Thursday 10 September   Ballot closes

Saturday 12 September                       Special conference to announce result

This will be the first leadership contest run under the new rules, abolishing the electoral college system and introducing One Member One Vote (OMOV), with non-members supporters and trade unionists having to register as an affiliated supporter to receive a ballot. The deadline for affiliating is the 12th August – three months from now. In the 2010 leadership election, the affiliate and trade union section of the contest saw the most votes cast.

A deputy leader election will run concurrently, with the date for MP nominations closing two days after the leader’s.

Announcing the timetable, acting leader Harriet Harman said:

“Labour is today announcing the timetable for electing our next Leader and Deputy Leader.

“The General Election saw the Labour Party suffer a serious defeat, and over the coming weeks we need an open and honest debate on the right way forward. 

“Our challenge now is to use this time to listen and learn, to elect a new Leader and Deputy Leader who will rebuild the Labour Party in order to take the fight to this Tory Government and to stand up for Britain. 

“This contest will be run under the new rules we agreed last year: a broad and open contest with one person, one vote. We want as many people as possible to take part. More than 30,000 new members have joined the party in the last few days and I hope many more members and supporters will take this opportunity to have their voice heard.

“In the meantime, Labour will be taking forward our task as the official Opposition of holding the Government to account.”

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  • Simon Haydon

    Confucius said the “walk of a million miles starts with one step” . Okay ours is a bit further and we only have 4 years but at least we have hope..

    • swatnan

      Along with ‘Hope’ there’s ‘Faith’ and ‘Charity’ … its going to be a long hot Summer to keep the Faith … and I expect those begging emails for ‘Donations’ will still keep coming through.

  • Lorraine Hardy

    Hope online balloting is going to be possible – otherwise many Labour International members will be excluded (as they were from the General Election due to ballot papers not arriving in time).

    • Tim Mullen

      Given that the process will be run by the Electoral Reform Society I would expect online voting; we have it for the NEC and other internal positions within the Party so I see no reason why it won’t be utilised here.

      • redrose54

        Confirmed in an email from Harriet that online voting will be utilised.

  • Jane Manby

    what if they select no one the rest of us want and why should only MPs get a say in who they want to stand?

    • Mark Reilly

      because at the end of the day they need to lead the PLP. You could argue one of Ed M’s problems was that the PLP were luke warm on him

    • Chris in Balham

      Rules are the same for Tories and Lib Dems. Leader must be an MP.

      In the Tories case their Parliamentary Party vote to whittle down the nominees to a final two which then goes to a members ballot.

  • RWP

    So will the special conference be instead of the normal party conference, or before it?

    • Tim Mullen

      Before and separate to Annual Conference. Although I don’t think the NEC reached a final decision yesterday, I think the hope is to announce the London Mayoral candidate simultaneously.

      • RWP

        The party must be in a pretty healthy financial state to be able to afford a second conference, with all the venue hire, catering etc.

        • redrose54

          Possibly, although Annual Conference pretty much pays for itself with the stalls etc outside the main hall. I’d imagine it’ll also be on a considerably smaller scale, one delegate per CLP and maybe PLP and Union Gen Secs. No catering costs though, the last one was done and dusted in about 90 minutes, and even at Annual Conference you have to buy your own food and drink unless you survive on fringe meetings that provide finger food.

  • Harry Barnes

    We need an addition to the arrangements already made for the Labour Leadship elections. Each candidate should be obliged to issue a “Manifesto Of Intent” of at least 3,000 or so words. Not only would that allow us to judge their visions for Labour’s future, but it would give us something to seek to hold the winner to in the future – if we liked something they said. On the very limited victory some of us were able to achieve on this matter at the time of the 2010 vote, link into the current lead item on “Dronfield Blather” and click into the word “here”.

    • leslie48

      Populist appeal is all that counts not articles, Hampstead seminars or Guardian think Tanks..

      • Harry Barnes

        You mean that the party membership should be ignored as they are too thick to examine ideas and only need some Sun style guidance. If that is the case, then it is time to pack up.

        • leslie48

          OK I was a little OTT – I mean some combination of popular appeal otherwise we choose candidates like Michael Foot or Tony Benn, chosen by hard Leftists out of touch with our post-modern society but meeting old Labour zealot’s criteria.

          • paullafargue

            Hi Leslie
            On the contrary you were being honest.
            The present Labour party is unprincipled, right wing, nepotistic and lacking in talent.
            None of the leadership candidates are fit to lick the boots of Michael Foot. Tony Benn was a statesman and the best leader that Labour never had.
            The Tories choice for Labour leader is Andy Burnham. With him at the helm the Tories will remain in power for decades.

          • leslie48

            I do not know where you are going with this. Yes Tony Benn and Michael were fine intellectual socialists of a kind but such types cannot and never will be able to win England. We know how power, wealth and influence operates for the Conservative establishment but sadly that does not mean we choose someone of their opposite type because we have a right wing media ( possibly the worst in Europe with the savage Sun/Mail) and voters have wants and you can only win on the Centre ground / social democratic version of Labour.

            Moreover as Tony Blair acknowledged in his Observer article its no longer just about Left/Right – its about how you go forward in a globalised economy, post crisis. high value, knowledge type jobs etc., and we relate to ‘supply side’ factors in our distorted economy. In effect everyone is more insecure and thats why they were so undecided until the last minute last week. Its why they ‘defaulted’ to the Tories in marginals which is the major question?

          • paullafargue

            Hi Leslie

            Under Blair the Labour party became a pale blue version of the Tories. It worked for a while but now Labour’s chickens have finally come home to roost. The Tories are more professional, slick and devious and Labour has paid the price for their unprincipled move to the right.
            Conversely the SNP have succeeded not by their nationalism, which was rejected, but by adopting traditional socialist policies.
            That should be a lesson to the Labour Party.

  • Paul Hudson

    I am pleased that this going to be done so quickly. This means the tories cant use this against us as well.

    • leslie48

      Are you being sarcastic?

  • leslie48

    Only the Labour party could take 4 months. So what have we learnt from the last time when the Party took its eyes off the ball allowing the Coalition parties to create a false narrative of economic incompetence. It beggars belief that so much process and red tape can defeat the object of being an effective opposition to the galloping Conservative party who will quickly serve their backers and supporters not least the press barons. By the way how come we had so long last time and still chose a leader who was not seen as PM material by large numbers of voters across the UK. Does it follow that time somehow makes it all better know, Get the public to choose the most effective candidates in focus groups as BBC 2 did with Cameroon.

    • Chris in Balham

      Last weekend the Progressive Conservatives in Ontario, Canada elected their new leader.

      This was 11 (yes ELEVEN) months after the last one resigned after failing to win the provincial election.

      In March 2012 the New Democratic Party in the Canadian Federal Parliament elected a new leader – the leader of the Opposition. This was after the death of Jack Layton the previous August. So 7 months later.

      When Cameron was elected in 2005 that was after a 2 month election period. BUT that was essentially preceeded by a 6 month campaign whilst there was ‘a review of the rules’ . Michael Howard announcedt hat he would resign after his loss in the 2005 General but only after the rules review which made no changes (quelle surprise) but basically allowed for a long campaign.

      So a party taking it’s time is not that unusual.

      But no doubt someone will point out that in 2013 the Australian Labor Party took only a month and that included an all members ballot. Or that In 2007 it was two months between Ming Campbell resigning and Clegg winning.

      • leslie48

        I accept your point but I think a drawn out out affair is bad for politics particularly given the Tories greatest victory since 1992. What happens here is the Media can be overly critical. We too are not being critical of the Tory govt. and is Harriet going to do it all at PMQs etc., Do you know what last Autumn we all knew this would happen but no one had the balls to do the right thing. We let the voters down. i voted wrong for Ed too as did the silly unions back then.

  • Aaron Golightly

    12th Sep seems okay to me, I don’t see the point in rushing. The economic argument has been lost already. It’d be futile and ridiculous to seek to spend the next 5 years going back fact-checking the narrative of the past. What’d be more effective would be making a break from the past as hopefully a new leader and leadership team will bring. Whether we like it or not we’ve lost the ‘Labour spent too much’ narrative and I think even trying to fight this entrenched belief that people have in this regard will be a ridiculously uphill start for whoever is our new leader.

    Take it on the chin and move on. Fresh faces and a new direction will benefit us more than trying to win already lost arguments on our economic competence. The new leader shouldn’t come in with a shopping list of Tory wrongs to correct; to a large degree that was the problem with our last election campaign. We need leader with a vision for the future not one who’s going to get bogged down in arguments the party needs to move on from.

    • Fred Worthy

      Agree Aaron

  • Fred Worthy

    iNgel Farage, resigned from ukip, had a reality check, stuck his head up his arse and re-signed for ukip.Wonder if he’s thought of writing Mien Kampf the sequel, he could have knocked that out in the three days he was away.

  • paullafargue

    Labour fiddles while Britain burns.

  • Fred Worthy

    At least Labour have a leadership election,Ukip depend on whether Nigel decides to resign or not, but they like Dictators, whoops there goes another lump ripped off the warring ukip members.


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