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Labour Leadership Elections – Who Can Vote And How

The Labour Party has confirmed who can vote in the upcoming Labour leadership elections.

The Labour Party has confirmed who can vote in the upcoming Labour leadership elections. The rules are different depending on when you joined the Musicians’ Union (MU), and if you contribute to the MU’s political fund.

Please note, if you live in England, Wales or Scotland, you will be paying into the political fund unless you have specifically opted out of doing so. If you live in Northern Ireland, you would have had to specifically opt in to paying into the political fund.

MU members who currently pay into the political fund and who joined the MU ON OR BEFORE 12 January 2016

If you registered as an affiliated supporter of the Labour Party and therefore received a vote during the leadership election last year, you do not need to do anything else and you will receive a vote in this one.

If you did not register as an affiliated supporter last year you can still do this now and you will receive a vote as long as you register with the Labour party before 12 noon on Monday 8 August. Registering as an affiliated supporter is FREE and can be done here: support.labour.org.uk

Please do make sure that the MU has your up to date email and postal address or you may not receive your vote.

MU members who have opted out of the political fund and who joined the MU ON OR BEFORE 12 January 2016

As things stand you will not be entitled to a vote. If you opt back in to the political fund before 8 August we will try our best to have you included, but this cannot be guaranteed.

In the meantime please follow the instructions above to register as an affiliated supporter and let your Regional Office know as soon as possible that you wish to opt back in to the political fund.

MU members who joined the MU AFTER 12 January 2016

You will not get a vote in the upcoming leadership contest unless you are entitled to receive one through another affiliated organisation or through Labour party membership.

MU members who are also Labour Party members

If you joined the Labour Party ON or BEFORE the 12 January, you can vote regardless of your MU membership. 


Published: 14/07/2016
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