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Labour rule changes backed by ruling NEC

Tarih: 20-09-2017 07:06:11 update: 20-09-2017 07:08:11 + -


Image copyright Getty Images Changes to the way Labour elects its leader have been agreed by the party's National Executive Committee.The threshold for nominations to get on a leadership ballot has been lowered from 15% of MPs and MEPs to 10%.The changes, which now have to be agreed at party confere.


Labour rule changes backed by ruling NEC

Jeremy CorbynImage copyright Getty Images

Changes to the way Labour elects its leader have been agreed by the party's National Executive Committee.

The threshold for nominations to get on a leadership ballot has been lowered from 15% of MPs and MEPs to 10%.

The changes, which now have to be agreed at party conference, could make it easier to elect a left-wing successor to Jeremy Corbyn.

The reforms also make changes to the make-up of the ruling executive committee.

Iain Watson: The story behind Labour's changes

They would see three more members elected by the largely Corbyn-supporting grassroots, with a new place likely to be given to USDAW, a union that did not back his leadership campaign.

Image copyright PA Image caption Some Corbyn supporters want the ballot threshold lowered further - to 5%

BBC political correspondent Iain Watson said some of Mr Corbyn's supporters had been pushing for the ballot threshold to be lowered further, to 5% - and that the issue would be revisited as part of a wider review into internal party democracy being carried out by ex-MP Katy Clark.

Mr Corbyn's spokesman said the leader welcomed the NEC's backing for the "expansion of democracy and participation in the party".

"Labour's membership has nearly tripled in the last two years - and the enormous benefits of that were felt at the last election," the spokesman added.

But Richard Angell, director of the New Labour pressure group Progress, said: "We are now in a permanent campaign to undermine the role of MPs, marginalise their voice and get them to acquiesce."






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