Labour’s unpopular deputy leader Tom Watson is facing a vote of West Bromwich East Labour members on Tuesday evening to decide whether he should be ‘triggered‘ – should face a full selection contest against other prospective candidates for the seat.
An email has gone to members of Friar Park branch informing them of the meeting this Tuesday at the Millennium Centre, Friar Park Road, WS10 0JS starting at 7pm:
Members of the branch who have been members of the party for at least six months by 28 August 2019 are eligible to participate in the trigger vote. Any members whose subscriptions are not fully up to date can participate by paying their arrears on the night.
Members not arriving by 7pm will not be allowed to participate. Those wishing to vote should bring a form of photo ID and their membership card.
West Bromwich East has seven branches. If all seven hold trigger votes, this means that three will need to vote for a full selection contest. If any branch does not hold a vote, the threshold would reduce to two.
The agenda for the meeting will be:
- Welcome by Chair and introduction of Executive Committee member to oversee
- Report from Door Steward on members present
(Any eligible member arriving after this point will not be allowed to participate)
- Outline procedure
- Election of Tellers
- Distribution of statement from Member of Parliament and Chief Whip’s report
- Members allowed 15 minutes to read statement and report
- Discussion on the merits of a full selection. Each member can speak only once, and for
not longer than three minutes
- Chair to declare result of the ballot, then close meeting
The other branches in the CLP are Hateley Heath, Greets Green, West Bromwich Central, Charlemont, Great Barr and Yew Tree, Newton.
This article originally stated that Tuesday’s trigger meeting is the first in West Bromwich East. One branch meeting took place last Friday.
Tom Watson will be sweating on the results of these meetings. Many members are reportedly unhappy with his conduct.
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