First Welsh ‘CLP’ to do so – and third in UK on a single evening – also calls for change to leadership election rules
Labour members in Aberconwy last night became the first Welsh ‘CLP’ to declare their absence of confidence in Keir Starmer and to demand his immediate resignation as Labour leader. The CLP passed the following by a 12:1 margin:
No confidence Motion
Keir Starmer Aberconwy CLP believes that the election result in Hartlepool is a disaster for our party. Instead of winning back voters in key working-class areas, we are losing further seats to the Tories.
Aberconwy CLP believes that this is the result of the rightward turn taken under Keir Starmer’s leadership: abandoning class-based policies, and instead resorting to flag-waving and appeals to big business.
Aberconwy CLP notes that Starmer has also spent more time attacking grassroots Labour Party members, than he has attacking Boris Johnson and the corrupt Tory government.
For all these reasons, Aberconwy CLP declares that it has no confidence in Keir Starmer. We call on him to stand down immediately, and for a leadership contest to be set in motion – so that the membership can elect a new leadership that will fight the Tories on the basis of a bold socialist programme.
Two CLPs in England – North Devon and Liverpool Wavertree – passed similar motions on the same evening. Aberconwy members also called for a change to Labour’s leadership election rules to allow for a binding vote of no confidence in the party’s leader to be held at annual party conferences:
Rule Change Motion A Challenge to the leadership – leadership election
At present, with an incumbent in place, a left wing-candidate challenger would be required to get support from at least 40 MPs (20% of the PLP) to get onto the ballot paper. It is extremely unlikely, even in supposedly Socialist Party for a left-wing challenger, to get the required support.
If the incumbent were to stand down, however, then – according to the rules – a candidate would only need 20 MPs (or 10% of the PLP) to get onto the ballot. This is entirely possible for the left to achieve. The problem is: it is highly unlikely that Starmer would choose to stand down.
The only way to resolve this is to push through a rule change saying that there is an automatic vacancy if the leader has faced a successful Vote of No Confidence (VONC) at a party conference. Such a rule change is possible, and does not contradict the ‘three year rule’. If such a rule change is successfully passed, it would come into practice immediately.
The closing date for rule change motions for this year’s annual conference is 11 June 2021. Aberconwy CLP therefore proposes the following changes to The UK Labour Party Rule Book:
Chapter 4, Clause II:2 of the Labour Party rule book Rules change to Chapter 4, Elections of national officers of the Party and national committees. Under Clause ll:2 – Procedural rules for elections for national officers of the Party: Election of leader and deputy leader. Between 2A (The leader and deputy leader shall be elected…) and 2B (Nomination), insert a new clause 2B on ‘Vacancies’, as follows:
Chapter 4, Clause II:2.B: “A vacancy occurs either when an incumbent stands down; or has faced a successful vote of no confidence, carried by a simple majority at a national conference of the Party.” Renumber subsequent paragraphs.
Members in three CLPs have now come forward to say that Keir Starmer is the problem, not the solution – and to demand his immediate departure. How many more will add their voices to the call before Starmer’s acting general secretary David Evans again tries to gag members and assault their right to freedom of speech.
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