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.
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
Proposed: Frederick Gent
Seconded: Jonathan Clyne