CAC ballot paperwork now revised to show nominations. Here they are

The SKWAWKBOX covered yesterday the omission, against all usual practice, of the number of nominations by CLPs (constituency Labour parties) of the four candidates for two CAC (Conference Arrangements Committee) positions. The CAC is a vital committee because it decides the business to be discussed at each year’s annual Labour Party Conference, where key issues of the party’s rules and policies are decided.

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A tweet by one of the candidates showing the placeholder for the nomination figure in the proof of her statement

In previous years, the number of CLP nominations for each candidate are shown, so that members who wish to gauge the extent of support for each candidate in the wider party can do so.

The proofs of the papers for this year’s election had a place marked for the insertion of the nominations, but these were not shown on the version sent out.

After an urgent NEC investigation, a version with the nominations has replaced the unnumbered version in new ballots sent out, although many members will already have received ballots without the nomination numbers. The official count of nominations is shown below but the SKWAWKBOX understands that a number of nominations for Billy Hayes and Seema Chandwani were not included in the totals:

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The SKWAWKBOX asks its readers to vote for Seema Chandwani and Billy Hayes, who are candidates with a solid track record of genuine activism on behalf of members and of support for Labour’s vision and direction under the leadership of Jeremy Corbyn and his team.

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  1. Hi, Skawkbox,

    In connexion with the CAC nomination voting, I tried to vote for Seema and Billy using my codes to log in. When I ticked the two boxes for my two choices, , only Seema’s name seemed to get ticked, no matter how often I tried to vote for Billy as well. Then it switched unexpectedly to:’ this is who you voted for, ‘ and a big BLANK space appeared with NO NAMES ON IT. Alarmed, annoyed, and cynical about what lengths the Blairite side of the party might be going to in order to stop Corbyn supporters being elected, I tried to return to my original voting page, but was told that I had already voted and was barred from doing anymore.

    I am just wondering what was going on and if either of the two people I voted for WERE voted for by me, as I tried, and intended to do.

    Has any one else mentioned this apparent censoring of a vote for Seema and Billy, and is there ANY way of checking that our votes are not being tampered with?

    Best wishes

    Sheelah Goldsmith


  2. Yea!! Speaks for itself, doesn’t it! I have already voted – for Seema and Billy, of course – but I hope this helps any undecided members to decide who they should vote for.

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