10 November 2009

Labour’s leadership election – The rules

Having asked the question of John Rentoul to which the answer is no, a simple Google search (Tory party members in Norfolk please note) finds Leadership Elections: Labour Party:

4B.2e Procedure in a vacancy

(i) When the party is in government and the party leader is prime minister and the party leader, for whatever reason, becomes permanently unavailable, the cabinet shall, in consultation with the NEC, appoint one of its members to serve as party leader until a ballot under these rules can be carried out.

Therefore, either Miliband or Johnson could be appointed on a temporary basis and a ballot postponed until after the general election.

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