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Frequently Asked Questions

How can I vote for the new Labour Leader and Deputy Leader?

Become a party member
Anyone who joins the party before 5pm on Monday 20 January will be able to vote in the Leadership Elections.
You can join the party online or by calling 0345 092 2299. Lapsed members can re-join online too. The fee for a standard membership costs £4.38 per month. Any members who are currently in arrears will need to be fully paid up by Friday 14 February.

Register as a supporter
You can register to be a supporter from 5pm on Tuesday 14 January until 5pm on Thursday 16 January.
Registered supporters can vote in these elections only. To become a registered supporter, applicants must pay a fee of £25 online and be on the electoral register.

Affiliated supporters
Members of a trade union or socialist society that is affiliated to the Labour Party will be able to vote in the contest if their membership is up to date.

Trade Union Socialist Societies
BFAWU Chinese for Labour
Communications Workers Union Christians on the Left
Community Disability Labour
FBU The Fabian Society
GMB Jewish Labour Movement
Musicians Union Labour Animal Welfare Society (LAWS)
TSSA Labour Campaign for International Development
UNISON Labour Housing Group
Unite the Union Labour Movement for Europe
USDAW Labour Party Irish Society
NUM Labour Women’s Network
LGBT Labour
National Union Of Labour and Socialist Clubs
Scientists for Labour
Socialist Educational Association
Socialist Environmental and Resources Assoc. (SERA)
Socialist Health Association
Society of Labour Lawyers


See if your organisation is affiliated.

Who can become a member or supporter of the Labour Party?
Normal “qualification criteria” of membership of the party applies to registered supporters. You must be on the electoral register. Any person who has supported another political organisation in the last two years, or stood against an official Labour candidate won’t be able to vote.

What happens subsequent?
Everyone allowed to vote will receive a ballot by email or post (only for those without a verified email address). This ballot will consist of all candidates’ statements and lists of any nominations.

Who are the candidates standing?
To be validly nominated candidates require the support of at least 10% of MPs/MEPs as well as at least three affiliates – at least two of which must be trade unions – comprising 5% of fully paid up affiliated membership.  Find information on nominations for Leader and Deputy Leader.

Constituency Labour Parties’ nomination meetings will take place between Wednesday 15 January and Friday 14 February.

How do I vote in the Labour Leadership Elections?
Eligible members will receive a ballot by email. If we don’t have an email address on record, the ballot will be sent by post. Registered supporters and affiliated supporters will also receive their ballot by email. If we do not hold an email address for affiliated supporters, we will supply their ballot by post.

Once you’ve received your ballot you can return your paper ballot using the envelope supplied, or vote online following the instructions in the email. All votes must be received by noon on Thursday 2 April.

When will I receive my ballot paper and how will it get to me?
The ballot opens on Monday 24 February and closes at noon on Thursday 2 April.  Eligible members will receive a ballot by email. If we don’t have an email address on record for you, the ballot will be sent by post. Registered supporters and affiliated supporters will also receive their ballot by email. If we do not hold an email address for affiliated supporters, we will supply their ballot by post.

It takes a few days for all ballots to be dispatched so you should not panic if you do not receive your ballot straight away. If you have not received a ballot by Monday 2 March please call 0345 092 22 99, Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm, or email [email protected]

However, if you think we might have the wrong details for you please email us at [email protected]

How does the voting system work?
The voting system works as a one-person one vote, and every vote is equal.  Voting will be by preferential vote.  If no candidate receives more than 50 per cent of the vote in the first round, the lowest scoring candidate will be eliminated and their votes redistributed until a candidate receives more than 50 per cent of the vote.

Who is running the ballot?
The election is being run by Civica (formerly Electoral Reform Services) on behalf of the Labour Party.

When does the ballot close?
The ballot closes at noon on Thursday 2 April. Any votes received after this time will not be counted.

If I request a re-issue, how long will it take to receive it?
It can take up to 10 days to receive a re-issued ballot, we recommend you continue to check your inbox and junk folders within this time.

Why is the address different on the ballot paper and the envelope provided?
Both these addresses work. The simplest thing to do is just return your ballot in the envelope provided. However, if you lose your envelope you can send your ballot back using the address on the ballot. This is because Royal Mail require different addresses for pre-printed envelopes to those that you fill in yourself.

How/when will the winner be announced?
The result will be announced at a Special Conference on Saturday 4 April. The Leadership Conference is open to all delegates and ex-officio members registered for Annual Conference in 2019.

Can I post a picture of my ballot paper online?
To ensure the integrity of the ballot and the security of your details, we strongly advise you do not do this. Each ballot contains codes which are unique to you and can only be used once. By putting these online you risk someone else using your vote.

Where can I attend a Leader or Deputy Leader hustings?
Hustings will take place across the UK. Find a hustings event near you.

Why am I not getting emails from the candidates or the Labour Party?
You may be unsubscribed. You can resubscribe here.

I’ve got a question that’s not answered here, how do I get in touch?
If you want to check your eligibility or request a new ballot, you can do so on this page. However, if you need to get in contact with us directly, please call 0345 092 22 99, Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm, or email [email protected]

We will aim to reply to your email within a week.

Timeline of Labour Leadership Elections

Monday 6 January – NEC Meeting – timetable agreed and published.

Tuesday 7 January – Parliamentary Labour Party (PLP) and European Parliamentary Labour Party (EPLP) nominations open and Leader hustings.

Wednesday 8 January – PLP and EPLP hustings for Deputy Leader.

Monday 13 January – PLP and EPLP nominations close.

Tuesday 14 January – Deadline for validly nominated candidates to consent to nomination and submit statements for circulation to CLPs and affiliates.

Tuesday 14 January, 5pm – Registered supporters applications open.

Thursday 16 January, 5pm – Registered supporters applications close.

Wednesday 15 January – CLP and affiliate nominations open.

Saturday 18 January – Hustings in Liverpool.

Monday 20 January (5pm) – Freeze date for membership and affiliate supporters.

Saturday 25 January – Hustings in Leeds.

Saturday 1 February – Hustings in Bristol.

Sunday 2 February – Hustings in Cardiff.

Monday 3 February – Last day for affiliated organisations to send over new and updated affiliated supporter lists.

Saturday 8 February – Hustings in Nottingham.

Sunday 9 February – Hustings in West Bromwich

Friday 14 February – CLP and affiliate nominations close. Last day for members to be in full compliance (including full payment of arrears).

Saturday 15 February – Hustings in Glasgow.

Sunday 16 February – Hustings in London.

Monday 24 February – Ballot for Leadership voting opens.

Saturday 22 February – Hustings in Bedford.

Sunday 23 February – Hustings in Durham.

Saturday 29 February – Hustings in Brighton.

Friday 27 March – Last date for postal ballot reissues.

Monday 30 March – Last date for email ballot reissues

Thursday 2 April (Noon) – Ballot closes.

Saturday 4 April – Special Conference to announce results.


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