So today Jeremy Corbyn lost a vote of no confidence in his leadership but vowed to fight on….
After the drama of the resignation from his Shadow Cabinet over the last 48 hours, Jeremey Corbyn faced the vote of No Confidence today. He lost and lost badly. Most people in such circumstances would do the honourable thing and step down. But Corbyn has insisted it changes nothing and he will carry on.
So what happens now? The ‘process’ is set you below, but these are the formalities. What happens now politically is what will be interesting. The Corbynites will fall back on their belief that the new Labour party membership (including all those £3 members) will back him in the same numbers as before, if the PLP is able to force a formal leadership challenge, given that he is making it clear he is going nowhere.
You know my views – I wouldn’t have had to resign from the front bench because I don’t think I could have served honestly when asked if I thought Jeremy had the skills to be a successful leader and take the party into government as our Prime Minister. I kept quiet over the last few months to allow him to show us that I and others were wrong. Unfortunately the situation has not improved. As everybody says Jeremy is a lovely guy – unlike many of those who surround him – but he is simply not up to the job of being an effective leader of a modern political party who can communicate with the voters we need to win over to win a general election. I see nothing that convinces me otherwise. I know he enthuses the small band of the electorate that have joined Labour… but that is not the same as winning over voters who seem to be leaving in even larger numbers.
In the past I have remained loyal to political leaders because that is what we do in the Labour Party. But I am now convinced we don’t have the luxury of backing an electoral liability. It is time for a new leader.
The Process from here:-
Labour Leadership – Process
The Party’s constitution* includes official measures for the Parliamentary Labour Party (PLP) to call an ‘extraordinary conference’ to choose a new leader if they pass a vote of no confidence in the current one.
In such a case, 20 per cent of the PLP would have to agree on a new candidate before the conference could take place. At 25 percent of the PLP, such a move would force a leadership contest.
To elect a new leader, nomination papers would be provided for all Members of Parliament (Westminster). The closing date of PLP nominations would be set out in a timetable.
Individual members of the Commons PLP may nominate themselves or one other member of the Commons PLP for the position of leader and themselves or one other member of the Commons PLP for the position of deputy leader.
Nominees who achieve 15 per cent support of the Commons members of the PLP will be declared validly nominated and go through to the One Person One Vote (OPOV) ballot of contested positions.
John Cryer MP is currently the chair of the PLP, elected unopposed in 2015.
However, recent party legal advice has suggested that the need to have 20 per cent of MPs or MEPs’ nominations only applies to challengers, not to the ‘incumbent’. It also suggests the incumbent does not require to be nominated in order to appear on the ballot paper”.
The conflicting legal opinions could see the party’s general secretary Iain McNicol come to a decision, though the party’s ruling NEC may also decide that the current advice was sufficient to allow Corbyn an unhindered shot at getting on the ballot.
All members are awarded a single vote, as well as affiliated organizations (trade unions and socialist societies) and temporary registered supporters. The party uses an alternative voting system – each voter had to place the candidates in order of preference.
If no candidate wins more than 50 per cent of the vote in the first round, the candidate that got the least first preferences get eliminated and their supporters’ second preferences votes are redistributed until one candidate achieves an overall majority.
The voting system for the deputy leadership works in the same way as the main leadership race.
Of the 553,954 people who were given a say in the election in 2015:
54 per cent were full-party members
26 per cent were trade union members
20 per cent are people were registered supporters who paid £3 to get a vote