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Official: Sir Keir Starmer forced to drop leadership rule change but 20% of MPs needed to nominate leadership candidates.

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Labour conference: Sir Keir Starmer forced to drop leadership rule change.

BBC.

Sir Keir Starmer has been forced to drop changes to the way Labour elects its leaders after they were rejected by the party’s left wing.

(Note: and the soft left centre, and people with any sense who is against turning over Labour to rule by a special class of alderpeople, and those who dislike factionalising right-wingers).

He had wanted to scrap one-member-one vote – but opponents said that would give Labour MPs too much say over who gets the top job.

Sir Keir is now hoping to get members to back a watered-down package of reforms in a conference vote on Sunday.

He says they will help the party win the next general election.

The row over Labour’s constitution began earlier this week, when the leader proposed changing the way his successors would be chosen.

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The shelving of the plan to put Labour alderman and women before anybody else in Labour leadership elections is to be welcomed.

But…

Labour’s National Executive Committee (NEC) approved a diluted package of reforms earlier on Saturday, but they will also need to be agreed by party members.

The package includes:

  • A rule that any candidate would need the backing of 20% of party MPs to get onto the leadership ballot – up from the current 10%
  • Increasing the percentage of local party members needed to trigger a reselection process for their MP – up to 50% from a third
  • Scrapping registered supporters – where voters can pay a one-off fee to vote in the leadership election
  • Another rule where people will have to have been a party member for six months before they can vote for a leader

These new plans were agreed by 22 votes to 12.

Speaking after the meeting at the party’s conference in Brighton, Sir Keir said: “I’m very pleased these party reforms have got the backing of our NEC.

“These proposals put us in a better position to win the next general election and I hope constituency and trade union delegates will support them when they come to conference floor.”

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20% of MPs is a high bar, and look, because it is, an attempt to prevent left-wingers getting nominated for a contest.

In the 2020 leadership elections “Long-Bailey, who is backed by John McDonnell and Diane Abbott, secured 26, while Phillips had 22 and Nandy 24, putting them just over the threshold needed to make it on to the ballot.” That’s when the bar stood at 10% and the number of nominations needed was 22.

Now candidates will have to get 40/4` nominations.

Had that applied in 2020 there would have been one candidate on the ballot paper, Keir Starmer.

It’s an interesting question as to how ‘Labour members’ can decide on these proposals since they only pulled out of a hat, or written on fag-packet, in the last day. Nobody at CLP meetings will have discussed them.

Starmer’s support from the reasonable left is peeling away:

The Tendance Central Committee met this morning to discuss the backsliding by one-time Pabloite Starmer.

Written by Andrew Coates

September 25, 2021 at 5:57 pm

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  1. Be Afraid, be very afraid…

    Andrew Coates

    September 25, 2021 at 7:36 pm

  2. Rules seem like a sensible compromise especially this one:
    “Scrapping registered supporters – where voters can pay a one-off fee to vote in the leadership election”
    Mischief makers, wreckers and assorted fascists were bragging in 2015 how they joined just to cast votes in the Leadership Election.
    Labour needs stable sensible leadership with. Global internationalist perspective (just like Biden/Harris and Trudeau in the US/Canada) which will put Climate and Covid first, tax massively Capital Gains and remake their societies using Modern Monetary Theory and eventually UBI.
    Starmer can join Centrist, Globalist leaders in all the major Western countries who will define the next 50 years. The hard left need to get out of the way.

    IainF

    September 25, 2021 at 7:57 pm

  3. Andrew Coates

    September 26, 2021 at 2:49 pm


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