This is an updated version of the motion, to take into account the launch of trigger ballots by the NEC
Please pass this motion to the NEC at your branch and your CLP
This branch/CLP notes:
- The trigger ballot reform passed by Conference in 2018.
- That in 2017, Labour MPs who wished to stand again were automatically reselected.
- That many CLPs entitled to do so have not yet completed trigger ballots for or against an open selection of parliamentary candidates for the coming general election.
- That in the event of a snap general election being called before selections are completed, sitting MPs may be reselected automatically in spite of any trigger ballots.
This branch/CLP believes:
- Labour members have a democratic right to select their parliamentary candidates.
- For these rights to be abrogated for two general elections in a row would mean many Labour members have had no say in the selection of their parliamentary candidates since 2015. This would leave an indefensible democratic deficit that the NEC must take emergency measures to prevent.
We, therefore, call on the NEC to:
- To amend its selection timetable as foreseen under Chapter 5.IV.1 of the Labour Rulebook by:
- Instructing CLPs with sitting MPs who wish to stand again to complete all trigger ballots by 31 October 2019.
- Beginning all CLP selection processes automatically within one week of any trigger ballot threshold being reached, and by 1 October 2019 if this threshold has already been reached.
- To complete rather than abandon all ongoing selections in the event of a snap election, by bringing forward the selections timetable under the powers granted under Chapter 5.IV.10 & 12 of the rulebook.
Background: How the reformed trigger ballots work
Labour Party conference 2018 voted to introduce two separate trigger ballots: one for all the branches of a CLP, another one for all local affiliates (trade unions, socialist societies, cooperative organisations).
Now that the NEC has published its timetable members and affiliates will be asked to vote ‘yes’ or ‘no’ to retaining the sitting MP as the only candidate. If 33 % of a CLP’s branches or 33 % of the CLP’s affiliates vote ‘no’, then a full selection process starts – ie, a democratic contest between different candidates, including the sitting MP. If a branch chooses not to vote it is not counted towards the number of branches needed for the trigger. Only full Labour Party members have a vote in this next stage of the process.
We would like the NEC to push for early completion of this process as it is almost certain that there will be a General Election in the near future.