Labour Democracy Review

The Labour Party Democracy Review represents an unprecedented opportunity for party members and trade union affiliates to fundamentally remake the party so that it is equipped to provide deep and meaningful representation to millions of people, and to implement a socialist programme to transform the country. It will address the following issues:

  • The method of electing the Party Leader, including the role of registered supporters and the issue of nominating thresholds.

  • The composition of the NEC and the procedures for elections to it in its various elements.

  • Developing democratic policy-making procedures, including strengthening the role of Constituency Labour Parties (CLPs) and of Party Conference and the development of local and regional plans

  • The role, accountability and transparency of regional structures.

  • The democratic functioning of associated bodies like BAME Labour, Young Labour etc

  • Strengthening the involvement and participation of our hundreds of thousands of new members in constituency parties and other aspects of the Party’s work.

  • Recruitment of members to further develop a mass party

  • The composition of CLP Executives

  • Strengthening the links between the Party and its trade union affiliates locally and nationally, and engaging more of their members in the Party’s life.

  • Developing the accountability of Labour local authority representatives.

  • Gender representation throughout the Party, and the role of Labour women’s conference.

  • Harnessing the potential of social media across all aspects of Labour’s democracy and political work



November 1st


Submissions open


January 12th 2018 (Track 1)


Deadline for Bame Labour, YL, and Women’s Conference submissions (Wave 1)


March 23rd 2018 (Track 2)


Deadline for submissions on CLP governance, Strengthening the involvement and participation of members, building mass movement, social media, the role of socialist societies, diversity and gender representation (Wave 2)


June 29th 2018 (Track 3)


Rules for leadership elections, local government, regional structures, NEC composition, freeze dates, policymaking structures, local and national links with trade unions (Wave 3)




NEC Meeting where Review may be released


 Late September


Party Conference where Review may be voted through

How will Momentum members be able to have have the greatest contribution possible to the Review?

We want as many members as possible to input into the review, and Momentum will implement a full democratic process that enables groups and individual members to generate ideas, debate and vote on key proposals that will make up Momentum's submission to the review.


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While this process is still being finalised, it will involve providing groups and individual members with opportunities to generate ideas, debate and vote on key proposals in order to influence the content of our organisation’s submissions to the Review through an online digital democracy platform, a specially convened Members’ Council and the National Coordinating Group.


For a brief explanation of the forums Momentum will establish to allow our members to have the maximum contribution possible to the review, please see Momentum and the Democracy Review: A Brief Explainer.

For an idea of the types of proposals which grassroots Labour Party and Momentum activists have been making for some years now, please see Democracy Review: Ideas from Grassroots Activists.

Not sure how to hold a meeting to debate proposals? Have a look at out top tips for group facilitators.



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