Labour’s NEC have now agreed on a timetable for the leadership election. Prospective candidates must first secure the backing of a minimum of 21 MPs plus at least 5% of constituency Labour groups or 5% of affiliated Labour groups but the affiliated groups must include at least 2 unions. Deadline for this is this coming Monday (13th January) so any other prospective candidates will be expected to announce very soon.
The deadline for people to join the Labour party and still be able to vote in the leadership election is 20th January and affiliate members have a short window (14th to 16th January) within which to register as a Labour supporter in order to vote. Registered voters will also have to pay a £25 fee.
LABOUR LEADERSHIP 2020 ELECTION TIMETABLE
Tuesday 7 January – MP/MEP nominations open
Monday 13 January – MP/MEP noms close (2.30pm)
Tuesday 14 January – Registered supporters window opens (5pm)
Wednesday 15 January – CLP/affiliate nominations open
Thursday 16 January – Registered supporters window closes (5pm)
Monday 20 January – Freeze date for new members and affiliated supporters (5pm)
Friday 14 February – CLP/affiliate nominations close
Friday 21 February – Ballot opens
Thursday 2 April – Ballot closes (12pm)
Saturday 4 April – Result announced at special conference