Labour confirms: no MP selections for #GE2017

As the SKWAWKBOX indicated yesterday was likely to happen, the Labour Party has confirmed that Theresa May’s snap General Election means that Labour members will have no opportunity to select a different MP/candidate for their constituency.

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn

In an email circulated to CLP (constituency Labour Party) chairs and secretaries that will frustrate many members, the party announced that incumbent MPs will automatically go forward to stand as candidates in the June ballot and the only selections will be in constituencies where a candidate is retiring or has decided not to stand for re-election.

Here is the full wording of the communiqué:

To CLP Secretaries and Chairs

Dear Stephen,

Emergency candidate selection procedures

The National Executive Committee has agreed an exceptional selections procedure for candidates in the General Election to be held on Thursday 8 June 2017.

The NEC has agreed MPs will be reselected automatically if they wish to stand again. Vacancies will be advertised on Friday 21 April and after close of applications on Sunday 23 April will be selected directly by panels of the NEC and Regional Board members in order to ensure candidates are in place and endorsed by the NEC before the nomination deadline of 11 May 2017.

It is with the greatest regret that local party members will not be able to select parliamentary candidates. This process is necessary and it is only due to the exceptional snap General Election circumstances and will not set any precedent for future elections.

It will be simply impossible to hold trigger ballots, selection hustings and meetings in the 631 Parliamentary constituencies in the given timescale, especially at a time when members are out campaigning in the local and general elections. As with standard election campaign procedures, meetings at all CLP meetings have now been suspended for the duration of the local and general election period except for campaign planning purposes.

Sitting MPs
All sitting MPs have been asked to confirm their intention to stand for re-election in the next General Election by 6pm on Thursday (tomorrow). If they decide to stand again, they are deemed automatically reselected.

Retirement seats
Where MPs retire, vacancies will be advertised via the Labour Party website from Friday 21 April and applications close on Sunday 23 April at noon. The NEC will make decisions in the normal way about All Women Shortlists in all seats, but as a minimum where a women MP retires, that seat will be an All Women Shortlist to at least maintain the number of women MPs in the PLP. To be eligible to be a candidate, individual members must have 12 consecutive months’ membership of the Labour Party on 18 April (ie joined on or before 18 April 2016), and not be in arrears or under any NEC-imposed restrictions such as suspension. The NEC will then longlist applications, interview longlisted candidates and then select a candidate for each retirement seat.

All other seats
In all other seats, adverts will be placed on the Labour Party website from Friday 21 April and applications close on Sunday 23rd April at noon inviting applications from party members seeking selection. This will be in the form of a standard CV and monitoring form. Candidates will also be asked to indicate their preference of seat in which they are seeking selection.

Candidates who stood in the 2015 election, and who remain in compliance and eligible to be a candidate, will be contacted by Regional Offices asking that they seek selection again in those same seats.

A panel of NEC and Regional Board representatives will evaluate applications and appoint candidates in each seat. Successful candidates will need to confirm they intend to accept nomination as the Labour Party candidate.

Scotland and Wales
Following the rule change at annual conference last year, the Scottish and Welsh Labour Party will run their own selection procedures. Details of these procedures will be issued by Scotland and Wales to members in due course.

We hope all party members will now fully focus on campaigning and opposing the Conservative Government and ensure that the Labour message is breaking through in every community. We would like to wish you all the very best for this campaign.


Thursday 20 April – 6pm Deadline for MPs to declare intention to stand
Friday 21 April Applications open for candidates in all seats including retirement seats
Sunday 23 April – Noon Applications close
Week commencing 24 April NEC officers long-list, interview candidates in retirement seats
By close of Friday 28 April Candidates selected in retirement seats
From Sunday 30 April NEC and Regional Board panels meet to appoint candidates in all other seats
By close of Tuesday 2 May All candidates in place
Thursday 4 May Local elections
Thursday 11 May Close of Nominations
Thursday 8 June General Election

This must be a matter of dismay to members in Wallasey, Brighton and other places where most members have lost all faith in their MP, but there is no time to lament it.

The SKWAWKBOX urges all Labour members and supporters to work to exploit the unexpected opportunity to defeat the Tories. If you live in a very safe seat or do not feel you can support your local Labour candidate, please find out what’s happening in your nearest marginal constituency and jump in there.

May is running scared of a debate with Labour’s leader and the party recently announced policies supported by the vast majority of the electorate.

This is a fight we must win. Our country and our children are depending on it.

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  1. On top with there being no CLP meetings it means my wife and I will be away when conference delegates are chosen. We wanted to be self financing official delegates as I suspect our chair will want to limit the number.
    Most annoying.

  2. in the Mandelson years selections openned on a friday with selection conference and adoption following tuesday I know becacuse it was done to me against the CLP wishes.

  3. This may be because of the workload that will be Local and General elections in the space of 2 months. However the cynical amongst us may be thinking that there have been so many calls for deselection of some MPs that they have gone running scared. The thing we need to do is ensure that the Margional Labour seats are defended, and the Margional seats of other parties are solidly canvased. Voter Fatigue will be a MAJOR issue this time around.

  4. I live in Angela Eagle’s constituency of Wallasey (CLP remains suspended for absolutely no reason – 10 months now) and for many other goos reasons will therefore be voting Green.

    1. In your situation I really don’t blame you for wanting to vote that way. As someone who is quite honestly desperate for Jeremy and his policies I’d have to vote for him ignoring your local idiotic MP, with the hope that if Labour do well in the election the power will start to shift, there is a possibility some of these MP’s could use this as the time to resign if they truly believe their own words. I hope your CLP is reinstated sharpish and really hope Ms idiotic stands down

  5. It’s not just the candidates who’ll be chosen by the NEC but also delegates to conference will be chosen by the GCs with no full membership input. Doesn’t look good for the McDonnell amendment and perhaps looks better for the Labour First attempt to return to the tripartite electoral college.

    1. No, deadline for delegates to conference has been extended to July so every CLP should have time to meet after the GE.

  6. Awesomely HQ managed to balls it up as well. The deadline for applications was 12 noon sunday. The computer system at HQ went tits up so it wasn’t recieving emails and lots of people who sent in applications (including me) just before the deadline did not have their emails actually get through but no message was received to tell you at the time.

    I only found out today that my email failed because the Labour Party system would not connect to GMail. I called to ask if it would be accepted because it was sent before the deadline but nope if it wasn’t received in time it is void. So HQ cock up their IT and members pay the price and get excluded from the candidate process! I know it was a total long shot application but it would have been nice to at least get fair consideration and not be excluded because of an IT glitch that was not my fault.

    1. Whoops a major mea culpa. It was my fault because I missed the.UK off the end of the email address. That is embarrassing! This is what comes of rushing last minute to get it in. However they have been very nice about it and said they will include me anyway as I did sort of send it before the deadline. I won’t be holding my breath about being selected but at least I will get considered, if only briefly!

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