The following letter has been sent out to established Party members:
Following this week’s meeting of Labour’s National Executive Committee, I can now confirm the full timetable for the Leadership Election, and the role you can play in it.
Because you are a party member who joined on or before 12 January, you are entitled to vote to decide who leads the Labour Party. You must keep your membership payments up-to-date or you will lose this right.
You can find the full timetable and details at labour.org.uk/leadership, but here are the key dates:
Monday 18 July at 7pm — Nominations open (MPs and MEPs)
Thursday 21 July at Noon — Nominations close
Friday 22 July — Hustings period begin
Monday 8 August at Noon — Members must be fully paid up and in compliance to be eligible to vote
Week beginning Monday 22 August — Ballots packs will begin to be despatched (you’ll receive yours in the fortnight following)
Wednesday 14 September — last date to request a reissue of your ballot
Wednesday 21 September at Noon — Ballot closes
Saturday 24 September — Special conference to announce result
In recent months there has been a marked increase in reports of intimidation and threatening behaviour taking place at party meetings. Whilst the NEC recognises that the majority of our members hold vigorous yet collegiate meetings, the NEC has a duty of care for individuals who feel that their safety is threatened. It was therefore saddened to have to take the decision to suspend all normal party meetings at CLP and branch level until the completion of the leadership election.
However, in recognition that there is some essential business which must be agreed by CLPs, the NEC has made a number of exceptions to this suspension while this timetable is in place.
Meetings able to go ahead as agreed by the NEC include those Meetings solely for the purpose of making a supporting nomination in the leadership contest and for essential Annual Conference businessCampaign planning meetings for by-elections or devolved mayor campaignsAny other meetings (Such as Executive Committee meetings) with the explicit permission of the Regional Director (General Secretary).Meetings which go ahead under these exceptions will not consider ordinary motions or other business, except as explicitly agreed by the Regional Director.
This means any CLP meeting already scheduled should be postponed until after the completion of the leadership election. This is with immediate effect.
You will receive ballot papers in the post, and electronically by email.
The election will be contested using a One Person One Vote system. For full details of the voting system, go to labour.org.uk/leadership.
Thank you for your support.
General Secretary of the Labour Party