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Important Information for Members - please read!

Welcome to all our new members!  We now have 906 members or supporters, with over 200 of you joining since the EU Referendum.  Please read on for more on the current cancellation of meetings, our socials, and your opportunities to vote in the NEC Elections and the Leadership Elections this summer.

Important Update on Recent and Current Events

Lots of  necessary stuff below.  Apologies for some delay but we have waiting to get clarification.

  • Ludlow Labour Party's Growing Membership

As we write we have a total of 906 people listed as members or supporters. Over 200 of these have joined since the EU referendum and of those 200 over 95 are under 26. Young people do therefore seem to be flocking to the Labour party looking to have an effect in these uncertain times.
The first thing we would like to say is you are very welcome, and we look forward to meeting you.  However, at the moment, as you may have heard, all meetings of the Labour Party are suspended. 

  • Cancellation of CLP Meetings on 30th July and 24th September

As a result of the NEC ruling which has banned all meetings (apart from a few exceptions) the CLP meetings planned for 30th July and 24th September will now not take place. We will issue further notices of meetings at some point in the future.

However there is an informal social every other Wednesday from 8pm at The Blue Boar pub, Mill Street, Ludlow and the next informal social will be on Wed 27th July. It would be great to see a few new faces there. 

  • NEC Elections

You should have received or will very shortly receive your individual voting forms for members of the National Executive Committee of the Labour party. You are allowed to vote for up to 6 people. The ballot will either come by email or in the post. Please note votes have to be received by NOON on 5th August 2016. Please direct any queries about non-receipt of ballot forms to the Labour Party on 0345 092 2299.

  • Information relating to the Labour Party Leader vote

Since the adoption of the Collins Review at the Special Conference on 1 March 2014, Leadership Elections are conducted on a One Person, One Vote basis.

The Collins Review also established voting rights for Registered and Affiliate Supporters, as long as they are on the electoral register in the UK, support Labour’s aims and values and are not members or supporters of other political parties or organisations.
Currently due to the NEC voting 18-14 Jeremy Corbyn is automatically on the ballot – though this is currently subject to a court case. Other potential challengers have to get support from 51 MPs or MEPs and so far two people, Angela Eagle and Owen Smith have indicated they will be able to get this level of support and will stand. The deadline for putting in nominations is 21 July at noon so we should know shortly after that if there are any more (or less) candidates (subject to the court case currently happening)

As is standard with Labour Party selections procedures, members who joined the party at least six months prior to the freeze date will be eligible to vote. This means those who joined the party on or before 12 January 2016 will receive a ballot.

Members who are in arrears with their membership subscriptions must pay those arrears in full by 12 noon on Monday 8 August to be eligible to vote. Any member in arrears after this date will not receive a ballot paper. People can pay any arrears online by visiting renew.labour.org.uk or by calling 0345 092 2299. This number can also be used to check your membership status if you are not sure whether you are a member or supporter and exactly when you joined.
People who joined as members after 12 January 2016 will not receive a vote as members. They however can register as Registered Supporters between 18 July and 20 July as explained below at a fee of £25.
The decision to set the cut-off date of 12 January 2016 was passed by the NEC when attempts to change resulted in a 14-14 vote and therefore the amendment fell.

Registered Supporters
People who are currently registered supporters will not automatically get a vote in this leadership election. Registered Supporters who pay a fee of £25 will be able to sign up online from 5pm Monday 18 July at labour.org.uk/leadership. The deadline for Registered Supporters to sign up is 5pm on Wednesday 20 July.
The decision to increase the fee for registered supporters to £25 was passed by the NEC 15-12.

Affiliated Supporters
Tuesday 12 January is the last date to have joined the Labour Party or an affiliated organisation (Trade Unions and social societies) in order to vote in the leadership election. Affiliated organisations will have until Monday 8 August to submit new and updated affiliated supporters lists. The last date to register as an affiliated supporter is 12 noon on Monday 8 August.

The Labour Party will organise debates with the candidates. Dates and details of how you can take part will be available shortly on our website at labour.org.uk/leadership.

Leadership Conference
The results of the election for Leader of the Labour Party will be declared on Saturday 24 September. The Leadership Conference will be open to all delegates and ex-offico members already registered for Annual Conference at no extra cost. Due to space restrictions, however, delegate and ex-officio members places will only be held if you have registered to attend by Friday 9 September. Registration will open shortly on the Labour Party website.




Dates for your Diary

20th July - Deadline to become Registered Supporter
5th August - Deadline for receipt of NEC Votes
24th September - Leadership Results
24th September - Women's Conference
25th September - Labour Party Conference

All Meetings currently suspended until after 24 Sept 2016.

We will however send out notices as soon as we know any new dates



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