Labour's NEC agrees timetable for the election of next Leader of the Labour Party

Harriet HarmanLabour’s National Executive Committee has today agreed on a timetable for the election of the next leader of the Labour Party.

Acting Leader of the Labour Party, Harriet Harman MP, said:

“Over the next few months, up to 4 million people will have the chance to help shape Britain’s progressive future by choosing the next leader of the Labour Party.

"The new leader will be unveiled at the start of this year’s annual conference on Saturday September 25th.

“This leadership election is an important opportunity for the Labour Party to reflect, renew itself and re-engage with the people of Britain.

"The timetable agreed today will ensure the contest is open, engaging and energising.  We will reach out to Labour Party members, to supporters in affiliated organisations and most importantly to the voters. Over the coming months, the candidates will meet thousands of people at meetings across the country, including events organised in workplaces and take part in innovative online discussions and campaigns.

“This leadership contest is Labour’s opportunity to re-engage with the British people, to be a constructive and powerful opposition to the new government and take forward the rebuilding of our party for the future challenges ahead.”

The timetable for the election of the next Leader of the Labour Party:


Monday 24th May: Opening of PLP nominations.

Thursday 27th May: Close of PLP nominations.

Friday 28th May: Deadline of acceptance of nomination by nominated candidates. Supporting nominations open.

June/July: Hustings will take place. The Labour Party will work with a range of organisations to ensure regional balance and encourage affiliates and third party organisations to organise workplace hustings involving members and supporters. We will explore new media hustings to ensure the public are able to take part in the process.

Monday 26th July: Close of supporting nominations.

Monday 16th August to Wednesday 22nd September: Balloting takes place.

Wednesday 8th September: Freeze date for new members to join.

Saturday 25th September: Announcement of ballot result.