Elections to fill three vacancies that have arisen on the Labour Party National Executive Committee (NEC) are taking place in parallel with the leadership elections.

Two of the vacancies are for constituency party (CLP) representatives and the third is for a BAME representative.

Deciding LI Nominations 

As a CLP, Labour International will decide who to nominate for these three positions by means of electronic ballots which will be emailed to eligible members on 9 February 2020, together with the ballots for leadership nominations. The voting deadline is 13 February.

For the CLP positions you can vote for two candidates, and those getting the two highest and second highest numbers of votes are elected. For the BAME position you can only vote for one candidate and the one getting the most votes is elected. These are not transferable votes.

Proposals from LI members for the following candidates to go on these ballots have been received by the LI secretary. Each candidate has two proposers, and a 250 word candidate statement which you can download by clicking on their names. Candidates and proposers have provided their LP membership numbers to the LI secretary.

CLP Representative Nominations

Peter Apps proposed by William Carter and Reagan Ward

Johanna Baxter proposed by Edward Lewis and John Bennett

Deborah Hobson proposed by Colin O’Driscoll and Eve Drayton Hill

Paula Sherriff proposed by Andrew Ryder and Ryan Thomas

Gurinder Singh Josan proposed by Edward Lewis and John Bennett

Lauren Townsend proposed by Steve Hudson and Carol McGuigan

BAME Representative Nominations

Mehmood Mirza proposed by Eve Drayton Hill and Dushyantha Large

(He is the only candidate on the LI ballot for the BAME vacancy so is nominated without contest.)

The winning candidates from these ballots will be submitted as LI’s NEC nominations to the General Secretary of the Labour Party by 14 February 2020.

The Labour List site maintains a rolling list of NEC nominations by CLPs 

Final ballot

This stage is different for the CLP and BAME vacancies.

CLP representatives – any candidate getting nominations from at least 5 CLPs qualifies for the final ballot. This is carried out by OMOV electronic ballot emailed to all eligible Labour Party members. Postal votes will be sent to members without functioning email addresses. Each member can vote for two candidates. To be eligible to vote a member must have passed the 8 weeks probationary membership period by a particular cutoff date. There is conflicting information about which date this is and it needs to be clarified.

BAME representative – any candidate getting nominations from at least 5 CLPs or at least 2 trade unions qualifies for the final round. The BAME position will then be decided by an electoral college of 50% OMOV ballot of self-identifying BAME members and 50% trade unions. .

Only Labour party members with a continuous membership of at least 8 weeks (cutoff date again unclear), and who have notified the party that they identify as BAME by 14 February, are eligible to vote.in the members’ section. They can each vote for one candidate.

Affiliated trade unions whose affiliate fees are fully paid up to the party as of the 31st December 2019 will be eligible to participate in the trade union section. The trade unions may vote for one candidate each, with their vote being weighted to the number of fully paid up members that they have affiliated to the party as of  31 December 2019.

Balloting for CLP and BAME positions will open on 21 February and close on 2 April, as with the leadership ballots. The winners will be announced on 4 April.

You can download election procedures and timetables for the

NEC CLP and the  NEC BAME vacancies.

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