It has been reported that Keir Starmer will abandon proposed reforms to the Electoral College of Labor.
Deputy Labor leader Angela Rayner brushed aside the perceived turnaround in an interview with BBC Radio 5 Live this morning, saying such debates are part of the “normal buzz” of the conference, adding: “We [Labour] like a good argy bargy about a rule amendment “and that” That’s what we [Labour] to do”.
She suggested there was “no deviation” as the plans were still open to debate.
A spokesperson for the Labor leadership said this morning: “Keir Starmer will come up with a package of party reforms in the NEC that will put us better in contact with the workers and redirect us to the voters who can bring us to power. “
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Earlier this week, former shadow chancellor John McDonnell told BBC Radio 4 he believed the Labor leader’s plans were “a huge mistake”.
He said focusing on “internal factional conflict” was not what people expected at Starmer’s inaugural conference, the first in-person conference since the pandemic.
Labor MP John Spellar expressed his support for the proposals earlier this week, responding to a tweet noting that “Tony Benn and CLPD supported the Electoral College”.
The plans were to propose to abolish the one-person, one-vote leadership system used by the party since Ed Miliband’s reforms in 2015, and would have restored the Parliamentary Labor Party’s (PLP) right to a thirds of the vote, with party members and unions receiving the remaining two-thirds of the votes.
It was also planned to increase the obstacles preventing local parties from deselecting MPs.
The Labor Party conference will start tomorrow in Brighton.