With the resignation of Kez Dugdale, the planned SEC away day was abandoned. Instead the SEC primarily focused on the procedures for the leadership election.
The Chair started the meeting by thanking Kez and referenced the two excellent by-election results. There was plenty of support from members in both campaigns and a 10% increase in the Labour vote shows the party is in good shape for the campaigns ahead.
Kevin Lindsay resigned his place on the SEC and therefore as Vice-Chair. Cathy Peattie was elected as Vice-Chair. The resulting vacancy as Treasurer was filled by Ian Miller.
Alex Rowley gave the Interim Leader’s report. He covered the very positive (despite the daft media coverage) elected members away day. The planned campaigns will continue despite the leadership election and arrangements are being put in place to strengthen campaign support to council groups. The Scottish Government’s new programme had no less than ten of Labour’s manifesto pledges in it.
There was a detailed discussion around all aspects of the procedures for the leadership election, although mostly around administrative practicalities like email systems. The detailed procedures are set out here.
Monday 11 September – Nominations open for Leader
Saturday 16 September – Nomination Hustings for MSPs, MPs and MEPs
Sunday 17 September – Nominations close. Validly nominated candidates for Leadership to be published
Monday 18 September – Supporting nominations open. Scottsh Labour Party hustings period opens.
Monday 9 October – Last date to join as member, affiliated supporter, or registered supporter, in order to vote in the Leadership ballot.
Friday 13 October – Supporting nominations close
Friday 27 October – Ballot opens. Scottish Labour Party hustings period closes
Friday 17 November at 12noon – Ballot closes
Saturday 18 November – Result announced
Key points to note are the freeze dates as above and that CLP nominations must come from all member meetings. Registered supporters will pay a £12 fee. A ‘Build to Win’ recruitment pack will be going out to party units.
Procedures were also agreed for the election of young members and councillor seats on the SEC.
Scottish conference next year will be held in Dundee on 9-11 March.