Procedure is dull but it has to be done right if we're ever going to get anywhere. Rule changemotions are currently the only way to make things different and avoid another stitch-up like the recent leadership fiasco.
June 8 is the deadline for CLPs to submit. If your branch or GC isn't meeting before then, circulate to anyone else you know who can help get this through. . Calder Calley CLP has already done this, ticked all the boxes, and our delegate will be arguing our case at Manchester in 2008 - yes it takes a year to get on the agenda. You will need a Constitutional Amendment Form . Labour Party national Contact Renee Finan 0207 783 1374.Can I also urge all CLPs to affilate to the Campaign For Labour Party Democracy - CLPD. Their main man, Pete Willsman, iso on the NEC and knows the rule book inside out!
Proposed rule change:
4B Procedural rules for elections for national officers of the Party.
Nomination reads as follows
In the case of a vacancy for leader or deputy leader, each nomination must be supported by 12.5 per cent of the Commons members of the PLP. Nominations not attaining this threshold shall be null and void."
Amendment: Delete 12.5 and insert 7.5
Points to stress: This isn't about individuals, it's about democracy.Party members have just been denied a vote and a candidate reflecting a significant strand of opinion within the Party. They have been disenfranchised.In effect, the MPs have had a political veto.
The original 1981 threshold was a modest 5 percent which was raised in 1988 by Neil Kinnock ( to stop the Left, basically) . Ensuring a a contest engages the wider public and gives the Party more credibility .....Gordon Brown's coronation will not exactly help his case come the next Election.