Labour Leadership Election 2016

Candidates and nominations

Jeremy Corbyn
Owen Smith

Timetable and procedures

The Labour Party National Executive Committee has agreed the timetable for the election of the Leader of the Labour Party. The election will conclude with a Leadership Conference on 24 September 2016.

This page will act as a hub for all information throughout the election.

See here for procedural documents relating to the contest.

Leadership debates

For full details of our Leadership debates and to submit a question for consideration please take a look at our Leadership debates page.

Frequently Asked Questions

Who can vote in the leadership election?

Labour Party members

Any eligible Labour Party member who became a member on or before 12 January 2016 will be entitled to a vote.

Registered Supporters

Registered Supporters who signed up between 5pm on Monday 18 July 2016 and 5pm Wednesday 20 July 2016.

Affiliated supporters

Members of affiliated trade unions, socialist societies and other affiliated organisations who individually sign up as an affiliated supporter to the Labour Party. They must have been a member of that organisation on or before the 12 January 2016.

The deadline to sign up as an affiliated supporter is 8 August 2016.

Affiliated supporters already on the Party’s membership system will be eligible to vote, subject to affiliates reconfirming their eligibility and that:

  • They remain a member of the trade union or socialist society (and pay the political levy where appropriate).
  • They remain on the electoral register at the address provided.
  • In all other respects must meet the qualification criteria of membership of the Labour Party.

Become an Affiliated Supporter

If you meet the above criteria, you can sign up as an Affiliated Supporter here.

When will eligible electors get their ballot paper?

Ballot papers will be sent out in the post (Labour Party members only) and by email from the week commencing Monday 22 August.  All ballots must be returned by Wednesday 21 September at midday. Members will have a choice of returning their paper ballot paper or voting online but should use only one method and your vote will only be counted once.

How does the voting work?

Because there are only two candidates in the contest, eligible electors will be asked to place an ‘X’ next to their preferred candidate.
The candidate with the most votes will be the winner.

I am an eligible elector in the Leadership Election. Why am I not receiving emails about the contest?

It might be because you have previously unsubscribed from one or more of our mailing lists. Please click here to resubscribe. You will need to use the email associated with your membership or supporter status.

When will the result be announced?

The result will be announced at a Special Conference on Saturday 24 September in Liverpool. Details of how to register will be posted on this page.

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