Excellent member letter challenging delegate cut-off. Use as model if needed

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Last week, the SKWAWKBOX featured legal advice by a highly-qualified barrister that Labour’s decision to prevent members who joined between 23 June and 6 July last year from attending the party’s annual Conference as delegates.

Labour has been rejecting applications from such members on the grounds that the original cut-off date for applications was 23/6 this year and members must have 12 months’ membership by the cut-off. However, the cut-off was subsequently moved to the 7th of this month because of the General Election – and legally, the cut-off for membership therefore also moved to the same date in 2016.

One member affected by this unlawful application of an incorrect cut-off date has used the information highlighted in the SKWAWKBOX’s article to write to Labour’s Conference Services challenging the decision and requiring reinstatement. Here’s the beginning of the clear, detailed letter, which was sent by email today:


The SKWAWKBOX recommends that every member blocked in this way make a similar challenge – Conference this year will vote on several crucial rule-changes and every delegate who supports the party’s direction is needed.

The full letter – with personal details removed – is available for download in PDF form at the end of this article. Feel free to use it as a model for your own challenge – and keep us informed of progress!

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  1. Hi
    Do we know if anyone has had any success using this draft letter about dates for conference Do we know whether the Labour Party has changed its opinion. We have in Wimbledon a delegate who is affected by the early freeze date.

    1. The NEC has decided to stick with the unlawful earlier cut-off date. Realistically, only a legal challenge might work and there’s insufficient time.

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