The fee for non-members voting in primary to select Labour’s candidate for the London Mayoralty has been confirmed as £3. The Party’s National Executive Committee (NEC) agreed on the price in a meeting tonight.
This will come as a relief to many, following reports that the fee could be as high as £10 – rumours that were roundly denounced by potential candidates. Diane Abbott and Tessa Jowell have both said that a £10 price would put off people who would otherwise take part, while David Lammy set up “Three to Decide”, a campaign to make sure the participation fee is no more than £3.
Labour’s selection for the 2016 race will take the form of a primary so, while all members will have a vote as normal, non-member Labour supporters can sign up and vote for a one-off fee. Currently, the only confirmed candidates are David Lammy and Christian Wolmar.