On 4 August Labour Party members in Northern & Leith will gather together to:
- decide whether or not to make a supporting nomination in the Labour Leadership contest
- and if so, to decide which candidate to support - Jeremy Corbyn or Owen Smith
When members receive their ballot papers w/b 22 August, they will be free to vote for the candidate of their choice.
We did not ask for this Leadership election. Throughout the difficult weeks since the Brexit vote, we've adopted a consistent approach, based on the party's rules & procedures:
- communicating clearly with members - those eligible to participate/vote, and those new members who can't
- encouraging comradely debate
- with the intention of emerging as a united, stronger party at local level
- we organised a briefing for new members - 25 of our 170 plus recruits met on 23 July
- we've advised new members about alternative routes to securing a vote - either as an affiliated supporter through their trade union, or as a registered supporter
- we've advised the very few members in arrears what they have to do to rectify matters
- we've ensured our meetings and events can go ahead - no meetings in Northern & Leith have been suspended
Over 200 voters have applied to become registered supporters so they can vote in the election. We hope that they, along with our many affiliated trade union supporters, will eventually join us as individual members too. Taking our membership over the 1000 mark could be an unforeseen bonus from this contest.
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