Presentation on theme: "How do different parties elect their leaders? Labour – OMOV Conservatives – Series ballot Liberal Democrats – Alternative Vote."— Presentation transcript:
How do different parties elect their leaders? Labour – OMOV Conservatives – Series ballot Liberal Democrats – Alternative Vote
Labour Nominations are supported by 12.5% of Parliamentary Labour Party If no vacancy then nominations must be supported by 20% of PLP Voting takes place consecutively in three sections: each section having a third of vote –1 st Labour MPs and MEPs –2 nd Individuals in Labour Party (OMOV) –3 rd Affiliated members TUs and Socialist Societies If no candidate receives more than half the vote, further votes held on elimination basis – votes are distributed accordingly
Conservatives In case of a vacancy, candidates need to be nominated by two MPs Where there is no vacancy a leadership contest can be initiated by parliamentary party passing the vote of no confidence to the leader 15% of Conservative MPs write to Chairman of 1922 Committee (Conservative Backbenchers) If more than two candidates stand, MPs hold a series of ballots to reduce the numbers to 2. On each round the candidate with the fewest numbers is eliminated. Then a ballot of all party members elects the leader. All paid-up party, members are then eligible to vote for one of the two remaining candidates. The poll winner is leader.
Liberal Democrats Candidates for leadership of the Liberal Democrats must be supported by 10% of the parliamentary party plus 200 party members drawn from at least 20 constituencies. There is no limit to the number of candidates and MPs can nominate more than one candidate The election is decided by all individual members of the Liberal Democrats in a postal ballot Voting is conducted on the Alternative Vote: Electors vote preferentially and lower placed candidates drop out in succession with their vote being redistributed until one candidate gains 50%.