Further to LTB 008/20 dated 7th January 2020 and following consultation with the President, we can confirm the following democratic process will be undertaken to determine who CWU will nominate for Leader and Deputy Leader of the Labour Party.

  1. The NEC will meet on the 28th January and make our recommendations for the Labour Leadership positions.
  2. On the 30th January the Union will hold a branch decision making forum which will ultimately decide the candidates the CWU will nominate.
  3. The forum is being held at the Bristol Hotel, Prince Street, Bristol, BS1 4QF and will commence at 11:00 and conclude no later than 15:00.
  4. The entitlement for branch delegations to attend the forum will be a maximum of 3 delegates per branch and this should include the Branch Secretary, the Branch Political Officer and at least 1 female delegate. Additionally, the forum will be open to NEC members, Regional Secretaries and Regional Political Leads.

The Voting process at the Forum 

The decision making process will culminate with each branch able to cast a vote for the candidates of their choice based on the voting strengths of their members who pay the political levy.  Only branches in attendance at the forum will be able to cast a vote.

Engagement with the candidates 

Prior to the branch forum, I will be writing to each candidate and asking them to set out their policy position and the future direction they would want the Labour Party to take.  A draft copy of the candidate’s letter is attached.  Their responses will be provided to the NEC and Branches in advance of both the NEC meeting and the Branch Forum.  The full agenda for the day will also ensure that Branches have the opportunity to put forward their views, discuss the NEC recommendation, fully consider CWU policy and the merits or otherwise of each candidate.  A full agenda will be published in due course.

Further consideration is being given to the possibility of a hustings at some point during this process, albeit we are aware this may prove difficult to organise on the day in question.

The process for individual CWU members to vote in the Labour Leadership Elections

Any CWU member who wishes to vote in the Labour leadership election must have opted in to the political levy by 5PM on the 20th January. Those who have opted into the political levy will then have until 5PM on the 3rd February to register as an affiliated supporter via the website Please note that this is not the same as a ‘registered supporter’ and you will not have to pay anything extra to vote. We will be communicating with members over this period to ensure that as many who wish to vote are signed up and registered.


Nominations by MPs and MEPs have now closed and the candidates who have reached the threshold for the position of Leader are:

Rebecca Long-Bailey

Lisa Nandy

Jess Phillips

Keir Starmer

Emily Thornberry

Those who have reached the threshold for the position of Deputy Leader are:

Rosena Allin-Khan

Richard Burgon

Dawn Butler

Ian Murray

Angela Rayner

These candidates must now receive the support of either five per cent of constituency Labour parties, or at least three affiliates (of which at least two of which shall be trade union affiliates) comprising five per cent of affiliated membership.


Within the tight timescales set by the Labour Party NEC, we believe the abovementioned process will maximise democratic debate and engagement and we look forward to seeing all branches in attendance at the forum.

Any enquiries on the above LTB should be addressed to the General Secretary’s office

Yours sincerely

Dave Ward

General Secretary


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