Senior Labour body may block some MPs from standing again under Labour banner
Labour’s National Executive Committee (NEC) is examining a radical response to the threat that the party’s ‘trigger‘ process for allowing local members to decide whether to retain a sitting MP may be curtailed by the calling of a general election.
Under the party’s rules, even candidates duly selected by members must be endorsed by the NEC in order to be allowed to stand under the Labour banner.
And at their September meeting, NEC members will discuss the withdrawal of the NEC’s endorsement as Labour candidates from a number of right-wing MPs.
The criteria on which the names would be selected are not yet known – one member described the overall principle as ‘some of the worst offenders who persistently undermine the party, within the bounds of feasibility’ – and the NEC may yet vote not to pursue this course.
However, with a left majority among its members, the step is definitely a concrete possibility and would be a significant boost to the morale of grassroots activists if they are unable to complete the trigger process across the board because of a snap election.
The next NEC meeting is currently scheduled for 17 September, but may be brought forward if a general election is called. Rumours this week that the party had already canned the trigger process were false – but with an election imminent, Labour members who wish to make their own decision about who represents them need to pursue their local officers to arrange rapid trigger meetings.
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