Keir Starmer mitigates overhaul of labor regulations as he drops Electoral College proposal


Sir Keir Starmer has abandoned plans to revise Labor Party rules by changing the way future leaders are elected in a major retirement as the party’s annual conference kicks off.

The turnaround comes after the Labor leader suffered a “car accident” meeting with union leaders on Friday afternoon in which he failed to mobilize support for the reintroduction of the electoral college system.

The opposition leader had wanted to rewrite his party’s internal election rules – a measure critics said was an attempt to “gerrymander” future leadership elections to the detriment of the left.

A high profile source said The independent, however, that the proposal to revert to the electoral college system – giving MPs a greater voice in leadership contests – had been dropped.

Angela Rayner, deputy party leader, who reportedly expressed her opposition to the changes proposed by Sir Keir, also said: “I understand the Electoral College is not coming to the NEC, so it would not be. [voted on]”.

Despite dropping his key change in Labor rules amid a harsh backlash, Sir Keir, however, proposed revised changes to the party’s governing body – the National Executive Committee (NEC) – which brought them down. approved at a meeting on Saturday.

“I am very happy that these party reforms have the support of our NEC,” Sir Keir said in Brighton on Saturday afternoon.

“These proposals put us in a better position to win the next general election and I hope the district stewards and shop stewards will support them when they come to the boardroom.”

The revised rule changes include increasing the threshold for MP nominations to 20 percent for leadership elections (from 10 percent), dropping the participation of registered supporters and introducing a membership freeze date before the start of a competition.

Sir Keir also wants to make the deselection of MPs more difficult by raising the threshold for triggering a selection competition, with 50% of the constituency Labor Party (CLP) locals and affiliated labor and socialist groups having to support such a decision.

Under the current rules, a race for the selection of deputies can be launched if only a third of the branches or affiliated groups of the CLP are in favor.

“Keir said on Tuesday that it was not a take it or leave it deal,” a party source added. “That’s how we approached it and we’re happy with where we’ve come to. “

Mish Rahman, member of Labor’s NEC and also sits on Momentum’s national coordinating group, said: “The central measure of Keir Starmer’s attack on democracy has completely failed. The electoral college is dead.

Reacting to the revised changes, Mr. Rahman later added: “Such a change in the threshold will destroy the right of ordinary people to shape the future of the party. If this rule change is passed, Labor will be on its way to becoming the party of Westminster’s elite.

“If the 20% threshold applied to the 2020 leadership election, it would have been a competition between Sir Keir Starmer QC and Sir Keir Starmer QC.”

Ahead of Friday’s meeting, Unison, the country’s largest union, appeared to oppose the plan after a majority of members of its Labor Link committee, which governs its relations with the party, released a statement claiming that they opposed the change.

Sir Keir usually has a majority in the party’s NEC as long as he has the support of the unions led by moderates, but he failed to get their support for the proposals on this occasion.


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