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At an EC meeting on 18 January 2016, a Selection Committee of two men and two women (who are not putting their names forward for election) was set up to advise the EC on selection of candidates and the selection procedure and criteria. They recommended the following schedule, which was ratified by a special EC meeting on 29 January 2016.

 

Labour Party in Northern Ireland Procedure for Selection of Candidates in Northern Ireland Constituencies for Assembly Elections in May 2016

 The Labour Party has not yet endorsed candidates standing in Northern Ireland Elections.

This is a contingency procedure without prejudice that is anticipating that the Labour Party will endorse the standing of candidates in the forthcoming Assembly elections in Northern Ireland in May 2016

 

1st February 2016: Call for further nominations to be made with extended deadline. Email to members. Procedure and dates available on website.

12th February 2016: Final deadline for candidate nominations.

15/16th February 2016:  Sub-committee draws up proposed shortlist for interview.

18th February 2016: Special EC meeting to confirm shortlist.

19th February 2016: Nominated candidates informed of result. Additional information requested from those selected for interview.

26th and 27th February 2016:  Interviews, including presentations from potential candidates. Availability may require time on 27th February 2016. Final selection recommendations.

29th February or 1st March 2016: Special EC meeting to confirm candidates selected and constituencies involved. Candidates informed.

From 1st March 2016: Training initiated for candidates selected and briefings.

March 2016: Launch campaign with candidates.

7th March: Last day to register the Labour Party in Northern Ireland as a political party in the NI Assembly elections with the Electoral Office.

30th March 2016: Notice of election.

12th April 2016: Final date for delivery of nomination papers.

5th May 2016: Polling day.

6th May 2016: Results announced.

For further information and to obtain a candidate application form, please contact the Selection Committee at annamcaleavy@googlemail.com

Procedure for Selection of Candidates

  At an EC meeting on 18 January 2016, a Selection Committee of two men and two women (who are not putting their names forward for election) was set up...

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The Tribune asked: ‘Which gift should Jeremy Corbyn present to his supporters and the country this Christmas, and what would you like to give to him in return?’

Northern Ireland CLP, with 1,700 party members and supporters, wants Jeremy to give the people of Northern Ireland the democratic political right to vote for Labour Party candidates in our elections.

Maintaining the principle of consent, this will end Labour’s highly discriminatory “separate political development” approach here and enable us to break out of our sectarian party political structures.

How can we effectively campaign on issues such as a woman’s right to an abortion, for equal marriage, for integrated schools and for a proper Living Wage, when the NEC denies us the right to vote for Labour Party candidates in elections? Our hands are bound.

The Northern Ireland public is crying out for change.

Jeremy has said he is prepared to discuss this. We are waiting for that meeting.

In return for Labour Party candidates, we will give Jeremy a people up for anti-sectarian peaceful transformation that will demonstrate to the country that Labour is fit for government.

Boyd Black, Secretary, Northern Ireland CLP

 

First published as part of an article in the Tribune on 21 December 2015 at http://www.tribunemagazine.org/2015/12/tidings-of-comfort-and-joy-all-we-want-for-christmas/

All we want for Christmas

The Tribune asked: ‘Which gift should Jeremy Corbyn present to his supporters and the country this Christmas, and what would you like to give to him in return?’

 General Members Meeting

At a packed meeting in the Holiday Inn Express University Street Belfast, Labour Party in Northern Ireland (LPNI) debated a motion on contesting Northern Ireland elections.

The motion, which was passed unanimously by the 100 or so delegates attending, reads as follows:

This motion was unanimously supported by the Executive Committee at a meeting on 30 November 2015,

The NI Constituency Labour Party (CLP) noting: that the intentions of those who join the Party is to secure Labour representation at every level of government and political decision making affecting the people of Northern Ireland; and recognising that the influx of new members and supporters is a further sign of the disillusion of the Northern Ireland electorate with the dysfunctional political structures of Northern Ireland and the political parties that populate them; instructs our Executive Committee (EC) to ensure that the Party is equipped to engage in elections at the earliest date at which it is appropriate to do so.

Accordingly the CLP instructs our EC to:

Prepare and train members who would be suitable candidates; Establish a fighting fund to pay for offices and staff; Prepare a political programme to put to the electorate; Alert the National Executive (NEC) and the Party leadership to the evolving political situation in Northern Ireland and engage with them in the process of promoting Labour’s challenge to the sectarian status quo.

Furthermore the CLP instructs the EC to circulate a strategy to the Party membership no later than 7 days before the next General Members Meeting on 29 January 2016 to give effect to this motion.

Boyd Black, Secretary of the Constituency Labour Party (CLP) of the LPNI, said 'The overwhelming feeling of the members of LPNI was that the people of Northern Ireland are crying out for a credible alternative to the sectarian silos of Northern Ireland politics.  

'We are asking all members who have an interest in being considered by a candidates' panel to submit their details in writing as soon as possible.'

'Time is short, but it is always the right time to do the right thing; in this case, to let the voice of Labour be heard. Our 1700 members and supporters made it clear last night that they are fed up accepting the things they cannot change and that they want to start changing the things they cannot accept.'

 

For further information, please contact Boyd Black on 07715045985

LPNI prepare to fight elections

  At a packed meeting in the Holiday Inn Express University Street Belfast, Labour Party in Northern Ireland (LPNI) debated a motion on contesting Northern Ireland elections.

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