Leadership election timetable, and Julian Priestley’s view

The timetable for the leadership election has been announced:

  • 24 May: PLP nominations open
  • 9 June: PLP nominations close
  • 10 June: Supporting nominations open
  • 26 July: Close of nominations (hustings will take place from 10 June to 26 July)
  • 16 August to 22 September: Ballot of all members
  • 8 September: ‘Freeze date’ for new members to participate
  • 25 September: Result announced, just before conference

Here is Julian Priestley’s take on the leadership election:


The more leisurely timetable for electing Labour’s new leader affords the opportunity for a full debate about the party’s future orientation. A few years ago to have suggested that Europe be part of the discussion would have been to invite a reopening of old schisms. But the party has moved on- its rather tepidly pro-European 2010 manifesto provoked no internal schism. Continue reading Leadership election timetable, and Julian Priestley’s view

General election – thank you!

Many thanks to all who helped with the General Election Campaign, whether phone canvassing or on the campaign weekends in London and Hastings.

Labour is now facing a period of opposition, but we came out of the elections with our heads held high. We lost power at the national level but we won it back in many local councils. And while many good Labour MPs lost their seats, including a number with special links to our Branch such as Michael Foster and Gwyn Prosser, others, such as Emma Reynolds, former BL Treasurer, are elected for the first time. And Glenda Jackson was re-elected by the narrowest of margins – we like to think the visit by Brussels Labour made all the difference! A big thank you to Brussels Labour members for all they did during the election.