Conference 2018 Rule Change Motion

This is the Labour International Rule Change Motion, to be debated at 2018 Labour Party Conference

The motion removes the need for a trigger ballot. The trigger ballot means that more than half of the delegates convened for a special meeting need to be dissatisfied with a sitting Labour MP, before a selection for the next election can take place. We are proposing that parliamentary candidates are regularly selected before each election, as is normal elsewhere in the Labour Party.


Amendment
Replace Clause IV.5 and IV.6 with the following:


“5. Following an election for a Parliamentary constituency the procedure for selection of Westminster Parliamentary Candidates shall be as follows:

A. If the CLP is not represented in Parliament by a member of the PLP, a timetable for selecting the next Westminster Parliamentary Candidate shall commence no sooner than six weeks after the election and complete no later than 12 months after the election.

B. If a CLP is represented in Parliament by a member of the PLP, then a timetable for selecting the next Westminster Parliamentary Candidate shall commence no sooner than 36 months and complete no later than 48 months after the election. The sitting Member of Parliament shall be automatically included on the shortlist of candidates unless they request to retire or resign from the PLP.

6. The CLP Shortlisting Committee shall draw up a shortlist of interested candidates to present to all members of the CLP who are eligible to vote in accordance with Clause I.1.A above.”

Consequential amendments to be made elsewhere in the Rule Book where the ‘trigger ballot’ is
mentioned.

Proposed: Frederick Gent
Seconded: Jonathan Clyne

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  • John Sheehy
    commented 2018-09-17 13:53:58 +0100
    SO WE CAN HAVE MPs WHO BELIEVE IN LEXIT, RIP TONY BENN, & BACK CORBYN AS LEADER.
  • Nigel Rushby
    commented 2018-09-12 17:37:45 +0100
    It is a good question about a election’, if we have a vote of no confidence in the ruling party a general election could be called within weeks. In that situation what Party rule prevails? We could be facing that issue in the next 6 months.
  • Terry Deans
    commented 2018-09-12 11:37:05 +0100
    What would happen in the event of a ‘snap election’ occurred within 3 years of the end of the previous one?
  • Terry Deans
    commented 2018-09-12 11:37:05 +0100
    What would happen in the event of a ‘snap election’ occurred within 3 years of the end of the previous one?
  • Terry Deans
    commented 2018-09-12 11:37:05 +0100
    What would happen in the event of a ‘snap election’ occurred within 3 years of the end of the previous one?
  • Roland Laycock
    commented 2018-09-12 10:50:21 +0100
    A. If the CLP is not represented in Parliament by a member of the PLP, a timetable for selecting the next Westminster Parliamentary Candidate shall commence no sooner than six weeks after the election and complete no later than 6 months after the election.
  • Angelo Brieussel
    followed this page 2018-09-12 09:49:09 +0100
  • Mariatu Conteh
    commented 2018-09-02 06:51:28 +0100
    Firstly I say thanks to all those though put together for this motion, fantastic worked done.
    I believe MPs should be selection every election.
    MPs who are not respecting the memberships should be deselect.
  • Nigel Rushby
    commented 2018-09-01 23:01:05 +0100
    We have a potential issue here with regard to All Women Shortlists and the parachuting in of candidates by the NEC when a CLP has been suspended from meeting and region takes control. Also we saw in the last GE that all male Asian shortlists were used. Are we saying that we will see no more of this as it could lead to less women and BAME candidates being picked. When do we stop imposing AWS on CLPs and who decides this? It’s hard to believe the NEC are going to completely give up the right to impose candidates or force shortlists on CLPs to exclude undesirable local candidates.
  • Eileen Procter
    commented 2018-09-01 22:27:17 +0100
    Real democracy at work – at last!
  • s murray
    followed this page 2018-09-01 19:50:09 +0100
  • Barbara Cairns
    commented 2018-09-01 17:56:03 +0100
    All Labour candidates should regularly face a vote to represent their constituency. Those MPs who have already been representing the views of their members and the Party have nothing to fear from greater democracy in the party. No more backdoor deals and no more parachuting in candidates which the leadership has tapped on the shoulder.
  • Lesley Grange
    commented 2018-09-01 17:02:35 +0100
    I think all Labour parliamentary candidates should regularly face a vote to represent their party in parliament, it should be a privilege for them not an automatic right, it would be easier to get rid of the blairites that do not accurately represent a working class party. Let’s get back to doing what’s right for the masses instead of the privileged few.
  • Nigel Rushby
    commented 2018-08-27 01:46:29 +0100
    I’m lovin’ it …. it’s the real thing!

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