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Written by John Boardman   
Sunday, 07 June 2015 22:22

I am pleased that Pendle Labour Party GC has endorsed a motion calling for change in the manner in which the initial nomination phase for the election of the leader/deputy leader is conducted.

It was generally agreed that the current threshold is too high. Each nomination must be supported by 12.5 per cent of the Commons members of the PLP. For the elections which will be underway shortly, this will require the support of 35 MPs. Pendle Labour Party believe that this should be reduced to a mover and seconder for each candidate.

CLPs have no initial nominating rights and are reliant on sitting MPs taking on board the opinion of the membership within the constituency.

Where there is no sitting Labour MP, CLPs can have no influence over the initial nominations.

All constituency parties can submit supporting nominations, but only for a candidate who has cleared the threshold of the initial (parliamentary) nomination phase.

Pendle CLP believes that to visibly extend the democracy of the Labour Party, constituency parties should have the opportunity to nominate a candidate of their own choice during the initial nomination phase.


 

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