Statement on Labour Party Leadership Election

Barnet Trades Union Council fully supports Jeremy Corbyn’s candidature in the upcoming Labour Party Leadership Election.

Furthermore

We deplore and condemn the lack of democratic process being exhibited by the Labour NEC in relation to the impending Labour Leadership Election.

Namely:

  1. Disenfranchisement of full Labour party members who have joined the Party since the end of January – even though it was clearly stated upon them joining as new members they would have a vote in any future party elections taking place.

 

This also call into question the legitimacy of any Branch Meetings, CLP All Members Meetings, Annual General Meetings and Local Campaign Forum Meetings which have been convened if new members who joined since the beginning of February had an active role and participated in voting.

 

 

  1. The assertion by the NEC that Supporters of the Labour Party who pay £25 by the 15th of July WILL have a vote in the Leadership Election even though full members of the Party who joined after the end of January will not.

 

This will also disproportionately effect people who will struggle to pay £25 at short notice – the very people who the Labour Party are meant to represent.

 

  1. NEC’s instruction that CLP, Branch and Local Campaign Forum meetings do not take place until after the Leadership Election is completed.

 

‘All normal Party meetings at CLP and Branch level shall be suspended until the completion of the Leadership Election. The only meetings which will be organised while this timetable is in place are:

# Meetings solely for the purpose of making a supporting nomination.

# Campaign planning meetings for by- elections or devolved mayors.

# Any meeting agreed with the explicit permission of the Regional Director [General Secretary]’

This is unacceptable and goes against the Labour tradition of inclusive Democracy.

 

We call upon the NEC and Local Labour Parties to reinstate Democracy in the Labour Party and to overturn these unconstitutional, anti-democratic, usurping of Labour Party rules.