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To: Paddy Lillis (Chair of the Labour NEC) and Iain McNicol (general secretary to the Labour party)

We request a change in the cut off date for members who join labour to vote in NEC elections

We request a change in the cut off date for members who join labour to vote in NEC elections

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We the undersigned do hereby wish to voice our strongest objections to the unreasonable "cut-off date" (24th June 2016), for members joining the Labour party, who would wish to take part in the NEC election. We believe that as this will disqualify up to 20% of the whole Labour party membership (around 100,000 members), and that this is unacceptable and misrepresentational of the democratic Labour membership will.

Further, we question that the given reason of the administration excuse, of being to allow "printing and posting time", is simply disingenuous; there are PLENTY of printing firms who could be employed to aid with the printing and distribution of the ballot papers if necessary - if there were an additional cost, we firmly believe that the members would be happy to pay an additional nominal amount to ensure this. In addition, we would suggest the idea of emailing ballot papers out, to members with a registered email addresses, could potentially save both time and money, by greatly increasing the efficiency of this process. Why can't the voting simply done online, without sending out more ballot papers? Further, as the deadline for returning these ballots is not until August 12th, we consider that it is not in the least bit unreasonable to push the cut-off date, for joining members eligibility to vote in the NEC elections, to no earlier than before 11th July 2016.

We appreciate that members who joined after 24th of June, up until the new cut-off date, will receive their ballot papers much closer to the deadline, and so will have less time to consider their vote and return them, but wave our right to greater time, and do not ask for an extension in the deadline for returning completed ballot papers to you, so this should provide no noticeable inconvenience or knock on effect.

Failure to meet with this very reasonable request of such a huge body of members may possibly suggest that the NEC leadership is, in fact, deliberately trying to block the additional votes of the these 20%, indicating some bias. Further, in light of the fact that has been strongly suggested that the vast majority of these new full Labour party members are backing Jeremy Corbyn, and would vote for an NEC team who would also lean that way, it would suggest this bias is directed against Jeremy Corbyn's leadership. We sincerely hope that this is not the case, as such an action would be entirely undemocratic, and counter the core principals of the Labour party: that its members, and not its elected leadership team, have the largest say in the way the Labour party is run.

Such an admission, indicated by a lack of acceptance of this request, could lead to a huge loss of confidence in the Labour party team, and it could be reasonably expected that this lack of confidence would be reflected in the voting loyalty of those who are currently loyal to Labour.

We look forward to hearing an announcement from you for the inclusion of this body of new full Labour members in the NEC election body, for members who were previously excluded having joined between June 24th and July 11th 2016.

Yours sincerely
Your Labour members.

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Why is this important?

Please note: in light of this petition coverage in The Independent, I need to explain that THIS petition is regarding Labour members being able to vote in the NEC members election (the cut off for which is June 24th, and so would exclude about 100k members). This petition is NOT the Labour Leadership cut off date (January 12th) and fee; that petition is here - click link: https://you.38degrees.org.uk/petitions/all-full-members-of-labour-to-be-allowed-to-vote-in-the-leadership-election-regardless-of-join-date-1

Without this change in the cut off date, members of the Labour party who joined after June 24th, which is thought to be around 100,00 people (making up 20% of the total Labour party membership), will be excluded from being able to vote in the vitally important NEC elections. This is unacceptable and such a vote, without these newer members, would be nonrepresentational of the democratic Labour membership will, so this cut off date must be changed.

For more information about this, and other ways you can help Jeremy Corbyn, and the fight for true democracy with a left wing democratic socialist government, come and join us:
http://www.facebook.com/groups/we.love.trust.and.support.jeremy.corbyns.labour

Here is Jeremy Corbyn - this is why its also vital to sign the petition below! The NEC is FAR MORE important than most people know - heck, most people don't even know what it is! LEARN QUICK - this very short video explains! https://www.facebook.com/JeremyCorbynMP/videos/10154370018703872/


Reasons for signing

  • As a new member I want to be included and my voice to be heard. That's why I joined!
  • Because democracy is the essence of any party. To exclude people is simply unfair and it doesn't allow members to participate in their own part elections!
  • because I believe it would be undemocratic and misrrepresentational to bar new mebers from voting.

Updates

2016-07-14 13:29:09 +0100

10,000 signatures reached

2016-07-13 17:55:40 +0100

If anyone has any feedback on this petition, please let me know on twitter: @timlongson

2016-07-13 15:18:17 +0100

Please note: in light of this petition coverage in The Independent, I need to explain that THIS petition is regarding Labour members being able to vote in the NEC members election (the cut off for which is June 24th, and so would exclude about 100k members). This petition is NOT the Labour Leadership cut off date (January 12th) and fee; that petition is here - click link:
https://you.38degrees.org.uk/petitions/all-full-members-of-labour-to-be-allowed-to-vote-in-the-leadership-election-regardless-of-join-date-1

2016-07-13 14:26:42 +0100

I have had a few emails from people who are mixing up my two separate petitions; let me just clarify - the petition above is about the cut off date for Labour joiners who want to vote in the NEC election, so that we can vote in members who will back Jeremy Corbyn, which has a cut off date in June.

My OTHER, separate, petition is about Labour members being allowed to vote in the LEADERSHIP ELECTION, for which joining members have a NEC imposed cut off date of 12th January. https://you.38degrees.org.uk/petitions/all-full-members-of-labour-to-be-allowed-to-vote-in-the-leadership-election-regardless-of-join-date-1

Please sign both petitions, and remember the dates are not a mistake - they are 2 separate issues. Sorry for any confusion.

Many thanks, Tim

2016-07-13 09:25:42 +0100

5,000 signatures reached

2016-07-12 22:23:03 +0100

There is a sister petition which is to get the NEC to remove the deadline for Labour party members, who joined after February, to be allowed to vote in the Labour leadership election! And also to remove the £25 fee which we feel is a Blairite ploy to stop the poorest party members (who are also the most left wing) from being able to vote, in an attempt to tip the available voters away from Jeremy Corbyn! Please consider signing this petition as well: https://you.38degrees.org.uk/petitions/all-full-members-of-labour-to-be-allowed-to-vote-in-the-leadership-election-regardless-of-join-date-1

2016-07-12 13:55:06 +0100

Jeremy Corbyn talks about the importance of democracy and what the NEC is: https://www.facebook.com/JeremyCorbynMP/videos/10154370018703872/

2016-07-12 13:54:15 +0100

Thanks to everyone who has signed so far, and a special thanks to those are sharing links to this very important petition and actively chasing people they know to sign! Just over 1,600 at the time of this post - a good start but we need a LOT more signatures - we need to go viral; petitions with less than 10,000 are ignored, and if we want to make the news we need 100k plus! So a lot more work todo - PLEASE help promote this petition in any way you can - sharing on Facebook, tweet, email, etc. Remember - we don't just need those who are directly effected to sign - we need EVERYONE to sign as an act of solidarity! If any of you know people who work for newspapers then a mention could be a huge boost! If you want any more information on why this is so important, you can join our united cause on our Facebook group "We trust and support Jeremy Corbyn's Labour" - together we are legion, united WE WILL WIN! www.facebook.com/groups/we.love.trust.and.support.jeremy.corbyns.labour

2016-07-11 20:00:57 +0100

1,000 signatures reached

2016-07-11 11:38:24 +0100

500 signatures reached

2016-07-11 06:01:56 +0100

100 signatures reached

2016-07-11 03:04:10 +0100

50 signatures reached

2016-07-11 02:23:18 +0100

For more information about this, and other ways you can help Jeremy Corbyn, and the fight for true democracy with a left wing democratic socialist government, come and join us: www.facebook.com/groups/we.love.trust.and.support.jeremy.corbyns.labour

2016-07-11 02:22:16 +0100

25 signatures reached

2016-07-11 02:07:56 +0100

10 signatures reached