CLP leadership supporting nomination meeting
This meeting will be held at The Tillage Hall, Cambridge Road, Waterbeach, CB259NJ on Thursday 11th August at 7:30pm. The rules relating to this meeting can be found below.
Calling the meeting:
· Only members eligible to vote in the ballot for the leadership contest are entitled to attend- so only those who joined on or before 12 January 2016.
· No registered supporters, affiliated supporters or ineligible members should be invited, even as observers.
· Those in arrears can take part only if they can show proof they have paid those arrears to the national party. Anyone not eligible to attend should not be admitted to the meeting.
· 7 days written notice is required.
· If your CLP has a GC structure, the meeting can be either a meeting of GC delegates only (excluding any delegates who joined after 12 January or who are in arrears) or an all member meeting. If your CLP does not have a GC structure anymore, it should be an all member meeting.
Conducting the meeting:
· As CLP meetings are suspended during the leadership process, the CLP supporting nomination should be the only item of business.
· Members should have up to 10 minutes to read candidates' statements (biographies are available on the Labour Party website).
· After this, no late arriving members will be eligible to take part in the meeting or the ballot.
· Prior to the ballot, a discussion for a maximum of 30 minutes on the qualities of the candidates should take place.
· It is important that the Chair does not let some members dominate this discussion. No member should speak more than once, and maximum speaking time for each member is 3 minutes.
· It is vital that meetings are run in a friendly and orderly manner and that individual members conduct themselves appropriately. Party rules (Chapter 15, Model Procedural Rules Section O) state that:
“Harassment or intimidation of any member is un-acceptable as is any form of discrimination on the basis of gender, age, sexual orientation and gender identity, disability or race.”
“Any member acting in an unruly or disruptive manner, in contravention of the standing orders, may be removed from the meeting by action of the Chair. The Chair shall put such a motion to the meeting, which to be carried shall require the support of two-thirds of those present and voting.”
Any instances of inappropriate behaviour by members should be reported immediately to the Regional Office so we can ensure the matter is handled appropriately.
Supporting nomination ballot
· The ballot is by single round preferential voting. As there are only 2 candidates, this is much more straightforward.
· Members should rank candidates in order of preference, using 1 and 2. Members are also able to only express one preference, and to do so using an ‘X’. The use of two Xs would mean that the ballot is spoilt.
· The candidate with the most number of 1st preferences is deemed to have won the supporting nomination.
· In the event of a tie, the ballot should be rerun. Should a tie take place a second time, the CLP will not make a supporting nomination.
· As the ballot is a paper ballot, it is run as a secret ballot.
· Ballots by show of hands are not to take place.
· A minimum of four tellers (more if required) should be elected to undertake the count.