What does the London Regional Board do?
One of the most important ways that Labour Party members can drive the democratic transformation of the Labour Party is via regional boards. Regional Boards are the elected bodies tasked with ensuring fairness and due process in key internal procedures such as appeals on local government selections, disciplinary cases, in the case of London the shortlisting of candidates to the Great London Assembly (GLA), and Parliamentary selections. More broadly, the Regional Board has the responsibility of holding the regional office to account and making sure that the development of the regional party is representative of the views of members.
The London Board is comprised of representatives of CLPs, trade unions, socialist societies, Young Labour, the Co-Operative Party, London Councils Labour Group, and the Parliamentary Labour Party. The London Region has its Conference every year, and re-elects the board every two years. This year the London Regional Conference will be on Saturday March 2nd and Sunday March 3rd, and will re-elect the regional board.
What are the rules of the London Regional Board?
To date, each region has had its own standing orders, which are only amendable at regional Conferences, although these rules will be standardised as part of the Democracy Review. The most recent version of the Standing Orders for the London Region are here.
How often does the Regional Board meet?
The London regional board meets 4-6 times per year, although CLP representatives may be required to attend other meetings as well, including appeal panels, subcommittee meetings, and selection committee meetings.
Motions and rule changes
Each CLP is entitled to submit one motion, which must relate to London issues. Motions should be a maximum of 250 words. The deadline for submission of motions is 12 noon on Friday 1 February. To submit a motion please email email@example.com.
If you wish to submit rule changes to this year’s Conference you are encouraged to do so in the context of the Democracy Review and the changes that will be implemented as a consequence.
There will be a priority ballot to select the topics of motions debated at conference. This will be an online ballot that will open on Tuesday 5 February and close at 12 noon on Friday 15 February. There will be one vote per delegation. Your delegation should agree who will vote in all ballots relating to regional conference, by nominating a lead delegate on registration.
If your motion topic is chosen for debate you will be entitled to send a delegate to a compositing meeting on the evening of Monday 18 February.
The deadline for receipt of Emergency Motions is 12 noon Tuesday 26 February. Emergency motions should be emailed to London2019@labour.org.uk.
Electing Delegates to Regional Conference from CLPs
The deadline for delegates to be registered is 12 noon, January 7th 2019, which is an unreasonably tight timeframe which the Region should extend.
CLP Secretaries have already been notified of their delegate entitlements. Delegations must be gender balanced, and CLPs who only send one delegate have to alternate between men and women each year. As with card votes at the Annual Conference, CLP delegates’ votes are weighted according to their membership.
Already elected your delegates?
For those of you who have already elected their delegates, we have prepared a survey for collecting delegate information, allowing us to communicate with left-wing delegates at the conference. Click this link to complete this survey – This is particularly important if you are a delegate and would like to be contacted by us before and during Party Conference. Please also make sure your CLP Secretary registers the delegates before the January 7th deadline at www.labevents.org/london2019.
Nominations for the Regional Board
CLPs have until February 1st 2019 to make nominations for the Regional Board. They will be invited to make nominations for two CLP representatives (at least one of whom has to be a woman) from their own division, who will be elected by the CLP delegates from the same division at the London Conference. The divisions are as follows:
- Division 1 – London Assembly constituencies of South-West (Hounslow, Kingston, Richmond) and Ealing & Hillingdon
- Division 2 – London Assembly constituencies of West Central (Hammersmith & Fulham, Kensington & Chelsea, Westminster) and Merton & Wandsworth
- Division 3 – London Assembly constituencies of Lambeth & Southwark and Croydon & Sutton
- Division 4 – London Assembly constituencies of Greenwich & Lewisham and Bexley & Bromley
- Division 5 – London Assembly constituencies of City & East (City, Newham, Tower Hamlets, Barking & Dagenham) and Havering & Redbridge
- Division 6 – London Assembly constituencies of North-East (Hackney, Islington, Waltham Forest and Enfield and Haringey
- Division 7 – London Assembly constituencies of Barnet & Camden and Brent & Harrow
In addition, CLPs can also make nominations for the positions of Chair, Vice-Chair, Women’s Officer, Disabilities Officer, Ethnic Minorities Officer, LGBT Officer, as well as two representatives on the National Policy Forum. These positions will be elected by an electoral college, of which CLP delegates will hold 50% and affiliates will hold the other 50%.
What are the Responsibilities of CLP Representatives on the Regional Board?
Members’ representatives on regional boards have the following responsibilities:
- Attending all meetings and potentially any relevant subcommittees and panels.
- Reporting back to party members on the work of the board.
- Feed issues into the Board from CLPs.
- Sitting on panels hearing appeals on disciplinary affairs relating to both individuals and CLPs, as well as appeals from local government selections.
- Ensuring the regional office fulfils the range of functions outlined in its standing orders on behalf of members.
- Ensuring the regional office allocates resources into areas where there is potential to expand support for Labour.
- Being available to represent the National Executive Committee on selection committees of Parliamentary candidate selections.
- Deciding shortlists for candidates for the Greater London Assembly, who have a key responsibility in scrutinising the elected Mayor of London.
How will Momentum decide who stands on the left slate for the regional board?
Momentum will work with other progressive organisations and stakeholders to build a slate which is fully capable of effectively representing the members of the London and transforming the regional Labour Party. In order to decide who we will promote in those discussions, we would like to invite any members who wish to represent representatives on the Regional Board as one of the 14 CLP representatives from one of the seven divisions to apply. Interviews will be conducted shortly after the applications deadline by a panel representing Momentum’s National Coordinating Group, and applicants will be chosen on the basis of who best meets the person specification, as well as ensuring the final slate is as representative of the diversity of the London as possible. Because the final slate will involve discussions with other organisations, passing through Momentum’s process does not guarantee getting on the final slate.
In addition, Momentum will also be recommending candidates for the positions of Chair and Vice-Chair and the Equalities positions. Because these positions are decided at the Regional Conference by a 50/50 electoral college of affiliates’ and CLP representatives, rather than exclusively from the CLP section, these will be decided following discussions with key stakeholders in the affiliates’ section. If you wish to apply for one of these positions, please indicate on your application form, but please be aware that if you only indicate an intention of standing for one of these positions rather than a CLP position, there is less chance of you being considered for an interview.
How do Momentum members apply to be on the slate?
Before applying, please read this explainer fully, as well as the Standing Orders for the London Region, and the person specification for applicants. You may also wish to consult fellow Momentum and Labour Party members before doing so. People can apply by completing an application form and sending it into firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line ‘London Regional Board Slate Application’ before midnight on Wednesday November 28th, 2018.