Labour’s annual conference voted on Tuesday on the rule-change to reduce the nomination threshold for nominations in leadership contests from 15% to 10%. The result, announced in Wednesday’s CAC (Conference Arrangements Committee) report, was a huge majority of almost 90% in favour of the change, in spite of opposition by the party’s right.
The biggest majority was among Labour’s union affiliates. The exact results were as follows:
The party’s impending ‘democracy review’ will look at the option of extending the 10% threshold beyond Labour MPs and MEPs to both members and affiliates. Those who wish to ensure that a left candidate can always be on the ballot in future leadership elections will be eager to see that chance take place.
In the interim, the reduction to 10% of parliamentary and European members is a huge and welcome victory for Labour’s majority left.
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