Labour leadership elections 2016

Labour leadership 2016

The Labour Party is holding an election for the leadership of the party.

To register to vote, UNISON members must meet the following two criteria:
  • Be a member of the union before 12 January 2016
  • Be a member of the affiliated political fund. This is an opt-in when you join where you agree part of your subscriptions can go into the fund.

If they meet both these criteria, they can register with the Labour party as an affiliated union member. UNISON has produced a quick tool to allow members to check whether they are eligible to vote and to register as an affiliated supporter if they are eligible.

UNISON Labour Affiliated Supporter registration tool

The Labour party will be conducting the election. Queries about the ballot or members wishing to check if their applications have been accepted by the Labour Party should contact the Labour Party.

UNISON’s nomination process

UNISON Labour Link, which represents those members who pay into the affiliated political fund, will follow standard procedures for agreeing any nomination.

This will mean:

  • that all candidates have an opportunity to outline their policy agenda and leadership credentials;
  • regional Labour Link committees are consulted;
  • the UNISON Labour Link Committee, consisting of 23 elected members,  agrees which candidate to support.

A consultation of members of the Affiliated Political Fund is underway.

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FAQs

Labour Leadership

  • Can I join UNISON and get a vote?

    No. To be eligible to vote you have to be a UNISON member before 12 January 2016.

    You also have to be a member of our affiliated political fund, and you need to register as an affiliated supporter of the Labour Party.

    If you work in public services, there are many good reasons why you should join a union now, and urge colleagues and friends to do the same.


  • I’m a UNISON member, can I vote in the Labour Leadership election?

    To be eligible to vote you need to be a UNISON member before 12 January 2016.

    You also have to be an existing member of our affiliated political fund, and you need to register as an affiliated supporter of the Labour Party.

    UNISON has produced a quick tool to allow members to check whether they are eligible to vote and to register as an affiliated supporter if they are eligible.

    UNISON Labour Affiliated Supporter registration tool

  • Am I a member of the affiliated political fund (APF)?

    UNISON has produced a quick tool to allow members to check whether they are in the affiliated political fund, whether they are eligible to vote and to register as an affiliated supporter if they are eligible.

    UNISON Labour Affiliated Supporter registration tool

  • I voted in the 2015 Labour leadership election as an affiliated supporter, do I get a vote this time automatically?

    Yes. As long as your UNISON membership status remains the same. UNISON will be confirming with the Labour Party that all existing registered supporters are still members today and are a member of the affiliated political und. Lapsed members will not get a vote.

    UNISON has produced a quick tool to allow members to check whether they are eligible to vote and to register as an affiliated supporter if they are eligible. You can use this even if you registered last time to be absolutely certain you get a vote.

    UNISON Labour Affiliated Supporter registration tool

     

  • I am a UNISON member, can I join the APF and become an affiliated supporter?

    No. You need to be a UNISON member before 12 January 2016 and currently paying in to the affiliated political fund.

  • What’s the deadline for signing up as an affiliated supporter?

    You must register as an affiliated supporter of the Labour Party by noon on Monday 8 August

    Your details will then be checked to make sure you are eligible to vote. Voting closes on Wednesday 21 September.

  • I’m already a Labour member should I sign up as an affiliated supporter too?

    You only get one vote. If you were a Labour member before 12 January 2016, you will receive a vote as a Labour member. If you were not a Labour member, but you were a UNISON member before 12 January and are currently a member of the affiliated political fund – you should register as an affiliated supporter.

  • I’m a retired UNISON member. Can I vote?

    Retired members who were in affiliated political fund (APF) when they retired can continue if you pay five pounds per year to your region.

    You cannot join or transfer to the APF after retirement.

    UNISON has produced a quick tool to allow members to check whether they are eligible to vote and to register as an affiliated supporter if they are eligible.

    UNISON Labour Affiliated Supporter registration tool

  • How will I receive my vote?

    The Labour party will contact those eligible to vote in the Leadership contest when the ballot opens.

  • Will UNISON be taking a position in the Labour leadership election?

    The National Labour Link committee will consider whether they wish to make a supporting nomination. At this stage, consultation processes are being decided.

    However, the principle for the Labour leadership ballot is on one member one vote, and any position is a preference suggested by the national committee. Members are free to vote for whoever is their preferred candidate.

  • When does the vote close?

    Wednesday 21 September.

  • When will the result be announced?

    Saturday 24 September