Keir Starmer is pushing for an end to Labor’s one-member-one-vote approach to party leadership elections and a move to an “Electoral College” system dominated by MPs – a move that would keep the party’s left wing from power. will put it out.
Labor’s ruling national executive is expected to hear the plans at a meeting on Friday evening, headed by an intention to make changes to the party’s annual convention next week.
Under this system, the vote for leader would be divided by one-third among MPs, one-third between unions and one-third between constituency Labor parties – unlike now where all party members receive an equal vote.
The change, which critics say is a factional move to permanently disable opponents of the leadership, would revert Labor to a similar system used until 2014, when one-member-one-vote by Ed Miliband. (OMOV) was introduced.
Labor lawmakers, most of whom were on the party’s left, broke ranks on Tuesday for criticizing the proposal – warning it would undermine the party’s democracy.
Shadow Culture Minister Rachel Maskel on Sir Keir’s front bench said: “As a Labor MP, I shouldn’t make a bigger deal in leadership elections than other Labor members.”
“Members are ultimately the party and they should equally elect their leader. OMOV is the most democratic system. Let’s respect our members, let’s respect party democracy.”
Veteran leftist John Trickett said on Tuesday night that any such move was a “misguided backward move that should be rejected” while former shadow chancellor John McDonnell said it was an “important Labor MP to make it clear that They reject this proposal and insist on the right “of the members to choose the leader”.
Keir Starmer’s office and Labor’s press operation declined to comment on the proposals, which have not yet been formally published but which have been widely reported.
No Labor MP has yet publicly supported or argued for the plan, but many moderates support it privately as a way of marginalizing their factional opponents. Some commentators have proposed various justifications for removing votes from members, such as whether MPs represent non-member constituents, that members cannot be trusted, or that the party leader is on good terms with MPs. needed.
The party leadership also plans to change the rules to make it more difficult for party members to challenge unpopular lawmakers with “trigger ballots”. Members of most political parties in the UK choose their candidates for MPs before elections, but Labor sets a high bar for challenges to prevent members from ousting MPs and ruining their careers.
Led by Jeremy Corbyn, the rules were changed so that an MP could be challenged for the party’s nomination if one-third of the party’s branches or affiliated branches in a constituency voted in favor of it. However, the Laborist website reports that the leadership wants to raise the bar to a majority instead of a third.
Sir Keir was elected leader on a left-wing platform in line with Jeremy Corbyn’s 2017 manifesto, but he quickly abandoned many of his campaign promises and appointed Blair to key positions in the party.
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