What is Labour’s general election reselection process?

July 8th, 2019

This is a fairly complicated process to get your heads around. But with the possibility of an election around the corner, Labour MPs have had to notify the NEC whether they intend to stand or not in the next election. It’s possible that more will be deselected:

2 weeks ago, in a surprise move, the NEC (Labour's decision making body) gave MPs two weeks to decide whether they would stand for reelection or not in the next general election. The deadline closed at 6pm on 8th July.    For the MPs who have put themselves up for reselection, the journey doesn't end there! They will then have to face a vote in order to be reselected. Each branch and associated branch (e.g. supporting local unions) in each constituency that participates will have to vote by simple majority to keep that MP or not.    If one-third of the constituency branches or one-third of the associates vote ‘no’ to retaining the current MP, then a selection process will begin. This percentage was lowered in September from one-half to one-third.    The current MP can then choose whether to stand in the reselection process against other candidates.
2 weeks ago, in a surprise move, the NEC (Labour's decision making body) gave MPs two weeks to decide whether they would stand for reelection or not in the next general election. The deadline closed at 6pm on 8th July. For the MPs who have put themselves up for reselection, the journey doesn't end there! They will then have to face a vote in order to be reselected. Each branch and associated branch (e.g. supporting local unions) in each constituency that participates will have to vote by simple majority to keep that MP or not. If one-third of the constituency branches or one-third of the associates vote ‘no’ to retaining the current MP, then a selection process will begin. This percentage was lowered in September from one-half to one-third. The current MP can then choose whether to stand in the reselection process against other candidates.

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