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LABOUR PARTYRULE BOOK 2020

CONTENTSChapter 1 Constitutional rulesClause I.Name and objectsChapter 7 Rules for CLPs38Clause I.Name381Clause II.Aims and values381Clause III.Affiliated organisations38Clause IV.Affiliation fees38Clause II.Party structure and affiliatedorganisations1Clause V.Individual membership39Clause III.The Party’s financial scheme2Clause VI.Method of organisation39Clause IV.Aims and values3Clause VII. Management41Clause V.Party programme3Clause VIII. Officers41Clause VI.Labour Party Conference4Clause IX.The General Meeting42Clause VII. Party officers and statutory officers4Clause X.The Party Conference43Clause VIII. The National Executive Committee5Clause XI.Duties of the General Meeting43Clause IX.Clause X.The National ConstitutionalCommitteeScope of rulesChapter 2 Membership rules91012Clause I.Conditions of membership12Clause II.Charter of Members Rights14Clause III.Membership procedures14Clause IV.Membership subscriptions15Chapter 3 Party Conference17Clause I.DelegationsClause II.Conference ArrangementsCommittee18Procedural rules for PartyConference18Clause III.Clause IV.National Annual Women’sConferenceChapter 4 Elections of national officers of theParty and national committeesClause I.General principlesClause II.Procedural rules for elections fornational officers of the PartyClause III.Procedural rules for elections fornational committees172021212124Chapter 5 Selections, rights and responsibilitiesof candidates for elected publicoffice28Clause XII. Disciplinary44Clause XIII. Parliamentary candidates44Clause XIV. Local government candidates44Clause XV. Amendment to rules44Chapter 8 Rules for Branches45Clause I.Name45Clause II.Objects45Clause III.Membership45Clause IV.Officers and Executive Committee45Clause V.Meetings45Clause VI.Local government candidates46Clause VII. MiscellaneousChapter 9 (A) General Rules for RegionalStructuresClause I.Rules for Regional StructuresChapter 9 (B) Rules for Regional ExecutiveCommittees and RegionalConferences46474748Clause I.Name48Clause II.Aims and values48Clause III.Affiliated Organisations48Clause IV.Affiliation Fees48Clause V.Membership of the Regional ExecutiveCommittee49Clause VI.Regional ConferenceChapter 10 Rules for Women’s Branches5052Clause I.General rules for selections for publicoffice28Clause I.Name52Clause II.Rights and responsibilities of electedmembers29Clause II.Objects52Clause III.Membership52Clause III.Selection of local governmentcandidatesClause IV.Officers and Executive Committee52Clause V.Meetings52Clause VI.Activities5330Clause IV.Selection of Westminster parliamentarycandidates31Clause V.Selection of European parliamentarycandidates32Clause VI.Selection of Candidates for devolvedinstitutions33Chapter 6 Disciplinary rules34Clause I.National action by the Party34Clause II.Action by CLPs35Clause VII. Relationship with constituencyparties53Clause VIII. Miscellaneous53Chapter 11 Rules for Young Labour55Clause I.Establishment55Clause II.Aims and values55Clause III.Membership55

Clause IV.Structure55Clause V.Group officers68Clause V.Amendment to rules55Clause VI.Group executive68Chapter 11 (A) Young Labour Local Branches56Clause VII. Casual vacancies6868Clause I.Name56Clause II.Aims and values56Clause VIII. Determination of group policy andactionClause IX.Selection of nominations for civicoffices, council leadership and othercouncil appointments69Clause X.Arrangements with other parties69Clause XI.Action by individual members69Clause III.Membership56Clause IV.Establishing a Branch56Clause V.Meetings56Clause VI.Officers57Clause VII. Finance57Clause VIII. Relationship with constituencyparties57Clause IX.General relations57Clause X.Dissolution57Chapter 11 (B) Regional/Welsh/Scottish YoungLabour Groups58Clause I.Name58Clause II.Aims and values58Clause III.Membership58Clause IV.Officers and Executive Committee58Clause V.Meetings58Clause VI.Amendment to rulesChapter 11 (C) Young Labour NationalCommitteeClause XII. Groups on committees69Clause XIII. Breach of rule70Clause XIV. Reporting to and consulting with theParty70Clause XV. Group standing orders71Clause XVI. Compliance with PPERA71Clause XVII. Miscellaneous71Chapter 14 Rules for BAME Branches72Clause I.Name72Clause II.Objects72Clause III.Membership7258Clause IV.Officers and Executive Committee72Clause V.Meetings7259Clause VI.Activities73Clause VII. Relationship with constituencyparties73Clause VIII. Miscellaneous74Clause I.Aims and values59Clause II.Membership59Clause III.Chair59Clause IV.National Policy ForumRepresentativesClause V.Clause VI.Chapter 15 Rules for LGBT Branches7560Clause I.Name75Meetings60Clause II.Objects75Finance60Clause III.Membership7560Clause IV.Officers and Executive Committee75Clause VII. ConferenceChapter 12 Rules for Labour Party LocalGovernment CommitteesClause V.Meetings7561Clause VI.Activities76Clause I.Name61Clause II.Objects61Clause VII. Relationship with constituencyparties76Clause VIII. Miscellaneous76Clause III.General Principles61Clause IV.Membership61Clause V.Officers and Executive Committee62Clause VI.Meetings62Clause VII. Finance63Clause VIII. General63Clause IX.Candidates63Clause X.Relations with the Labour group63Clause XI.Miscellaneous63Chapter 13 Rules for Local Government LabourGroups on principal authorities65Clause I.General rules and provisions forLabour groups on local authorities65Clause II.Aims and Values65Clause III.Membership of the group67Clause IV.Group meetings68Chapter 16 Rules for Disabled Members’Branches78Clause I.Name78Clause II.Objects78Clause III.Membership78Clause IV.Officers and Executive Committee78Clause V.Meetings78Clause VI.Activities79Clause VII. Relationship with constituencyparties79Clause VIII. Miscellaneous80Chapter 17 Model procedural rulesClause I.Model Standing Orders for PartyUnits8282

Appendix 1 NEC statement on the importance ofour members87Appendix 2 NEC procedural guidelines onmembership recruitment andretentionAppendix 7 Procedural guidelines for the generalorganisation of Constituency LabourParties116Clause I.General11688Clause II.Delegate Organisation116Guidelines on membership recruitmentand retention88Clause III.Basis of representation116Appendix 3 NEC procedures for the selection ofParliamentary Candidates followingthe boundary review commenced201693Clause IV.Conditions for appointment ofdelegates to this CLP116Clause V.Non Delegate Organisation117Clause VI.Other Methods of Organisation117Appendix 8 NEC statement - A minimumguarantee of support to CLPs118Clause I.Clause I.Introduction & Background93Clause II.Trigger ballots of sitting MPs93Clause III.Timetable for parliamentary selectionsamong sitting MPs95Clause IV.Freeze dates95Appendix 4 NEC Procedures for the selection oflocal government Candidates96Appendix 5 NEC Advice Note – Interviewingsitting councillors or recentcandidates104Appendix 6 Procedural guidelines in disciplinarycases brought before the NCC106Clause I.Clause I.Introduction118Clause II.The minimum guarantee will:118Clause III.The detail of the proposal118Clause IV.The aim of each fund is as follows: 119Appendix 9 NEC Codes of Conduct1. Code of Conduct: Sexual Harassment andGender Discrimination.1201202. Code of Conduct: Antisemitism and other formsof racism1203. Code of Conduct: Social Media Policy1204. Code of Conduct: Member’s Pledge122Appendix 10 Standing Orders for PartyConference123Introduction, interpretation andoverriding objective106Clause II.Presentation of charges106Clause III.Pre-hearing procedure107Clause IV.The Hearing111Clause V.Determination without a hearing112Clause VI.Commencement and transitionalprovisionsAppendix 11 Rule changes approved at annualconference 2019126112Contacts and glossaryAnnex A: Model Hearing Agenda A112Annex B: Model Hearing Agenda B for sexualharassment cases113Clause I.Standing Orders for PartyConference123156

Chapter 1Constitutional rulesClause I.Name and objects1. This organisation shall be known as ‘The LabourParty’ (hereinafter referred to as ‘the Party’).2. Its purpose is to organise and maintain inParliament and in the country a political LabourParty3. The Party shall bring together members andsupporters who share its values to developpolicies, make communities stronger throughcollective action and support, and promote theelection of Labour Party representatives at alllevels of the democratic process.4. The Party shall give effect, as far as may bepracticable, to the principles from time to timeapproved by Party conference.Clause II.Party structure and affiliatedorganisations1. There shall be a National Executive Committee ofthe Party (the ‘NEC’) which shall, subject to thecontrol and directions of Party conference, be theadministrative authority of the Party.2. The Party shall be organised on the followingbasis:A. Where the NEC so determines there shall beestablished in any Westminster parliamentaryconstituency, Welsh Assembly constituency, orScottish Parliamentary constituency a unit ofthe Party, to be known as a ‘ConstituencyLabour Party’ or ‘CLP’. Any Westminsterparliamentary constituencies, Welsh Assemblyconstituencies, or Scottish Parliamentaryconstituencies may be arranged as ‘Multipleconstituency CLPs’ with the approval of theNEC.’’B. Where practicable within each CLP, membersshall be organised in branches, the numberand area covered by such branches to beagreed by the CLP and the NECC. A Women’s Branch may be established in eachCLP, consisting of all individual womenmembers within that CLP. A BAME Branchmay be established consisting of all individualBlack, Asian, Minority Ethnic (BAME) individualmembers within that CLP. Other forums maybe established as appropriate with theapproval of the NEC.D. In Scotland, Wales and each of the Englishregions there shall be established: a ScottishLabour, Wales Labour or regional Party office;a Scottish executive, Welsh executive orRegional Executive Committee; and aEuropean Constituency Labour Party. Theremay also be established a Scottish, Welsh orregional women’s committee and a regionalBAME members’ section.E. Members on local authorities shall beorganised locally in Labour groups andnationally in the Association of LabourCouncillors (ALC). The ALC, together withelected mayors and Police Commissioners,shall enjoy rights in respect of:i.Annual Conferenceii. Regional, Welsh and Scottish Conferencesiii. Leadership electionsF. All individual members of the Party agedbetween 14 and 26 years inclusive shall bemembers of Young Labour and may establishlocal Young Labour groups throughoutEngland, Scotland and Wales. Young Labourshall enjoy rights in respect of:i.Annual Conferenceii. Regional, Welsh and Scottish Conferencesiii. Nominations for Leadership electionsG. Student members of the Party shall beorganised nationally as Labour StudentsH. A National Trade Union and Labour PartyLiaison Organisation shall be established toinvolve affiliated unions in Party organisation,which shall include a National Trade Unionand Labour Party Liaison Committee andRegional Liaison Committees in Scotland,Wales and each of the English regionsI.Labour Party Properties Limited and LabourParty Nominees Limited shall be maintainedas companies holding Party assets, eitheroutright or on trust for the benefit of theParty.3. Organisations may, subject to the decision of theNEC, which shall be final and binding, affiliate tothe Party if they fall within the followingcategories:Chapter 1Constitutional rulesPage 1

A. trade unions affiliated to the Trades UnionCongress or are considered by the NEC to bebona fide trade unionsi.B. co-operative societiesii. Of that affiliation fee, 10p shall beallocated to the Party’s national electionfund as provided by clause VIII.3.k. ofthese rules.C. socialist societiesD. other organisations which, in the opinion ofthe NEC, have interests consistent with thoseof the Party.4. Each affiliated organisation must:A. accept the programme, policy and principlesof the PartyB. agree to conform to the constitution andstanding orders of the PartyC. submit its political rules to the NEC.5. Other organisationsA. Political organisations not affiliated orassociated under a national agreement withthe Party, having their own programme,principles and policy, or distinctive andseparate propaganda, or possessing branchesin the constituencies, or engaged in thepromotion of parliamentary or localgovernment candidates, or having allegianceto any political organisation situated abroad,shall be ineligible for affiliation to the Party.B. The panel of the NEC responsible forassessing applications from socialist societiesto affiliate to the Party shall have regard toprocedural guidelines determined by the NEC,which are available from the Governance andLegal Unit.6. Affiliations FeesA. Trade Unionsi.Each affiliated trade union shall pay anaffiliation fee per member of 3.00.ii. After consultation with affiliatedorganisations, the NEC will determineaffiliation fees as and when necessary forAnnual Conference to approve.iii. Of that affiliation fee, a proportion shall beallocated to the Party’s national electionfund as provided by clause VIII.3.k of theserules.iv. Affiliation fees shall be payable on aquarterly basis on the first days of January,April, July and October each year and musthave been paid in full not later than 31December of the relevant year.B. Socialist SocietiesChapter 1Constitutional rulesEach affiliated socialist society or otherorganisation shall pay an affiliation fee permember of 1.25.iii. All affiliation fees shall be paid not laterthan 31 December of the relevant year.C. Affiliation fees and the allocation thereof maybe varied by Party conference and sub-clauses6.A.i to 6.B.iii above modified accordingly.7. Membership fees and insuranceA. Membership fees for each individual membershall be collected by, or on behalf of, theParty’s Head Office and shall be dividedbetween Head Office, the relevant regionaloffice, or Scottish/ Welsh office as the casemay be, and the relevant CLP, as laid down inthe membership rules.B. The NEC shall arrange on behalf of all CLPs aninsurance scheme to cover a by-electionpremium, public liability, and such other legalrisks as the NEC considers appropriate. Theestimated cost of such insurance for thefollowing year shall be advised to the annualsession of Party conference and each CLPshall be notified of its share of the cost whichmust be paid by 15 April of the following year;wherever possible this shall be deducted froma CLP’s share of membership subscriptionsduring the first quarter of each year.8. There shall be a Women’s representativestructure, including a national Women’sCommittee and a national Women’s Conference.Which shall operate on procedural guidelinesissued by the NEC9. There shall be a BAME Members’ representativestructure which shall operate on proceduralguidelines issued by the NEC.10. There shall be a Disabled Member’srepresentative structure which shall operate onprocedural guidelines issued by the NEC.Clause III.The Party’s financial scheme1. The Party shall maintain a financial schemeapproved by the Electoral Commission and shallconsist of a central organisation with accountingunits2. The following may, subject to the approval of theNEC, be registered as accounting units under theParty’s financial scheme:Page 2

A. CLPsB. the Scottish Labour PartyC. Wales LabourD. Labour StudentsE. the Association of Labour Councillors (‘ALC’)F. the Trade Union and Labour Party LiaisonCommittee and the National and RegionalTrade Union Liaison CommitteesG. the Parliamentary Labour Party (‘PLP’)H. such other Party units as shall from time totime be agreed by the NEC to be eligible forregistration.3. All accounting units will comply with their legalobligations under PPERA 2000, including using 1January to 31 December as the financial year,maintaining adequate financial records,identifying and reporting donations and loans,producing an annual statement of accounts bythe end of the first quarter of the following yearand providing all relevant information asrequested to the Party. Failure to meet theseobligations may lead to the NEC takingdisciplinary action against individual members,the suspension of the appropriate Party unit orboth.4. The financial year for all units of the Party shallbe 1st January to 31st December.Clause IV.Aims and values1. The Labour Party is a democratic socialist Party. Itbelieves that by the strength of our commonendeavour we achieve more than we achievealone, so as to create for each of us the means torealise our true potential and for all of us acommunity in which power, wealth andopportunity are in the hands of the many not thefew; where the rights we enjoy reflect the dutieswe owe and where we live together freely, in aspirit of solidarity, tolerance and respect.2. To these ends we work for:A. A DYNAMIC ECONOMY, serving the publicinterest, in which the enterprise of the marketand the rigour of competition are joined withthe forces of partnership and co-operation toproduce the wealth the nation needs and theopportunity for all to work and prosper with athriving private sector and high-quality publicservices where those undertakings essentialto the common good are either owned by thepublic or accountable to themChapter 1Constitutional rulesB. A JUST SOCIETY, which judges its strength bythe condition of the weak as much as thestrong, provides security against fear, andjustice at work; which nurtures families,promotes equality of opportunity, anddelivers people from the tyranny of poverty,prejudice and the abuse of powerC. AN OPEN DEMOCRACY, in which governmentis held to account by the people, decisions aretaken as far as practicable by thecommunities they affect and wherefundamental human rights are guaranteedD. A HEALTHY ENVIRONMENT, which we protect,enhance and hold in trust for futuregenerations.3. Labour is committed to the defence and securityof the British people and to co-operating inEuropean institutions, the United Nations, theCommonwealth and other international bodies tosecure peace, freedom, democracy, economicsecurity and environmental protection for all.4. Labour shall work in pursuit of these aims withtrade unions and co-operative societies and alsowith voluntary organisations, consumer groupsand other representative bodies.5. On the basis of these principles, Labour seeks thetrust of the people to govern.Clause V.Party programme1. At all levels the Party will ensure that members,elected representatives, affiliated organisationsand, where practicable, the wider community areable to participate in the process of policyconsideration and formulation.2. Party conference shall decide from time to timewhat specific proposals of legislative, financial oradministrative reform shall be included in theParty programme. This shall be based on therolling programme of work of the National PolicyForum. No proposal shall be included in the finalParty programme unless it has been adopted bythe Party conference by a majority of not lessthan two-thirds of the votes recorded on a cardvote.Page 3

3. When in Government the NEC, the sevenbackbench members of the ParliamentaryCommittee of the Parliamentary Labour Party(‘PLP’) plus the Chair of the PLP, the Cabinet, theLeaders of the Scottish and Welsh Labour Parties,the Chair and three vice Chairs of the NPF, twoCLP members of the NPF to be elected by CLPdelegates to the NPF, and eight Trade Unionmembers of the TULO Contact Group, shalldecide which items from the Party programmeshall be included in the manifesto which shall beissued by the NEC prior to every general election.The joint meeting shall also define the attitude ofthe Party to the principal issues raised by theelection which are not covered by the manifesto.4. When not in Government the NEC, the ShadowCabinet, the Parliamentary Committee of theParliamentary Labour Party (‘PLP’), the Leaders ofthe Scottish and Welsh Labour Parties, and theChair and three vice Chairs of the NPF and eightTrade Union members of the TULO Con

RULE BOOK 2020 . CONTENTS Chapter 1 Constitutional rules Clause II.1 Clause I. Name and objects 1 Clause II. Party structure and affiliated organisations 1 Clause III. The Party’s financial scheme 2 Clause IV. Aims and values 3 Clause V. Party programme 3 Clause VI. Labour Party Conference 4 Clause VII. Party officers and statutory officers 4 Clause VIII. The National Executive Committee 5 .

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