Your last chance to have a say in how the party is run…Polls close in party elections at 23:59 tonight

Voting for the party’s main committees, the Federal Board, Federal Policy Committee and Federal Conference Committee, Federal International Relations Committee, closes at 23:59 tonight.

For the first time, all party members have a vote. Previously the franchise consisted of those who had been elected as Conference representatives by their local parties.

Tim Gordon sent a reminder email to party members:

The ballot for electing the party’s governing committee members is open until 23:59 on December 14th.

You will elect the people who will run our party for the next three years. Also, for the first time, every single member gets to vote in these elections. This is the biggest exercise in internal party democracy in decades.

You will be able to read the candidates’ manifestos and vote online by going to and following the instructions. All you need is your membership number and personal PIN number below.

Each email contains the individual information that you will need to vote. If you don’t have an email address, you will have had a letter with the information enclosed.

Don’t miss your chance to influence the direction of the party over the next 3 years.

If you have any problems accessing the voting site, you can email [email protected].

The results will be available on Saturday.

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  • Matthew Huntbach 15th Dec '16 - 9:32am

    I ended up just putting a few preferences. As ever, most of the candidates’ statements were so bland that it was impossible to make a distinction between them over what they actually stood for, so I didn’t bother.

  • Some candidates included an email address on their election leaflet. I sent about 53 emails to the candidates (some got more than one if they were standing for more than one position). Only 19 people replied and I think only two people sent separate replies for each committee they were standing for.

    @ Andy Hinton

    I asked some these 47 or so candidates what they wanted to achieve and so I did get some answers, especially from the six people who replied who were standing for the Federal Board.

    I wish more had given their email addresses and of course I wish more of those could have made the effort to answer my questions. A response rate of just over 40% isn’t very good. (With some candidates I had a long email conversation, one of the longest was with Irfan Ahmed.)

    Does anyone know when the results will be made public?

  • I gave no preferences to candidates for two or more positions who offered identical manifestos for both. It’s like someone who applies for two different jobs with an organisation and submits two identical application forms.

    I found the online forms reasonably easy to use once I’d sussed out a few points, but it was unhelpful that many manifestos could be read only if you clicked on them to enlarge, whereupon the order of all the candidates on the list was changed. So if you’d been going through the long list reading the manifestos and simply ignoring the ones that didn’t impress you, suddenly these were all mixed up with people you hadn’t looked at yet.

    It will be interesting to see what the “turnout” is.

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