ELECTION OF NATIONAL DELEGATIONS – LABOUR PARTY WOMEN’S CONFERENCE 2021
The Labour Party will be holding a stand-alone Women’s Conference which will take place on 26th-27th June. The conference will be held online owing to current Covid-19 restrictions and concerns about large gatherings indoors post the 21st June. The conference enables women members to better participate in policy making and will offer the delegates the chance to meet with others and share ideas with delegates from across the movement.
The NEC has agreed the 2021 election arrangements for the National delegations listed above. Accordingly please find attached the Election Regulations, Nomination Forms, Candidates Consent and Biographical Detail Form, and Labour Party Affiliate Delegate Application Form.
Due to the current Covid 19 pandemic there are a number of areas Branches will need to consider:
In respect of seeking nominations branches will need to put in place a robust system and use all reasonable methods at their disposal to publish suitable notification throughout the branch area giving members the opportunity to submit their name for nomination to the position should they choose to do so. Following this the branch would need to put in place arrangements to hold a membership meeting to decide which candidate(s) will receive the branch nomination.
On the basis that no face to face member meetings are currently allowed then this would need to be conducted via a suitable video conference platform such as Zoom or Skype, etc. that provides the opportunity for large numbers of members to take part if required.
Additionally branches will need to allow for members who do not have video conference capability to join the meeting by phone again if they choose to do so.
The timeline for the meeting would need to be agreed in advance and notification provided to members at least 7 days prior to the meeting taking place.
Dispatch and Return of Nomination Forms to CWU HQ
Nomination forms will be sent to branches electronically via an LTB. A dedicated election email address has been set up firstname.lastname@example.org which branches should return all completed nomination forms.
Nomination Forms will need to be returned by the advertised closing date to be included in the list of candidates.
Candidates that are putting themselves forward for this conference must also complete the Labour Party Affiliate Delegate Application form attached. Sections B, C, E, and F must be completed and the form should then be returned to CWU HQ at email@example.com.
The revised system will avoid the necessity to return forms in the post system which of course may be subject to delay during the current Covid-19 crisis.
Dispatch and Return of Voting Papers
The respective constituency based voting papers will be sent by email direct to branches at the email address which we hold on file. Branches should return the completed voting papers by email to the advertised CWU election email address. Notification will be sent to branches confirming receipt of the voting paper, however it will the responsibility of the branch to ensure that voting papers are returned to the correct email address.
To be included in the ballot voting papers will need to have been returned by the advertised closing date and time.
Branch Voting Recommendations
Clearly we are in unique and challenging times and whilst branches would normally arrange mandating meetings to decide which candidates to vote for in the respective elections we do not believe that this is either practical or necessary during the current crisis. Therefore, on this occasion this decision can be made by the Branch Committee and the decision subsequently notified to members of their branch accordingly.
The timetable for the elections is:
Nominations open 26 March 2021
Nominations close 9 April 2021 (14:00)
Dispatch ballot papers 16 April 2021
Ballot closes 30 April 2021 (14:00)
Senior Deputy General Secretary