Tony Lloyd’s letter to the PLP on the future of the shadow cabinet


Dear Colleague

You will see from Margaret Beckett’s letter that the working group on the PLP Standing Orders is proposing that we proceed with a meeting to discuss how we choose our Shadow Cabinet at a special PLP meeting on Tuesday 7 September at 12 noon, followed by a ballot of the PLP on Wednesday 8 September from 10am-5pm.

It is important that we agree this approach as a parliamentary party, as well as thinking about how we amend any element of this if we decide that is the right thing to do.

So I will propose the following procedure at the ‘normal’ PLP meeting on Monday 6 September at 6pm:

“The PLP agrees that we hold special meeting of PLP on Tuesday 7 September at 12 noon to discuss the 5 choices put forward by Margaret Beckett and her Working Group.

“After this meeting, the agreed range of choices will be put to the PLP in an AV ballot in the PLP Office between 10am and 5pm on Wednesday 8 September.

“Extra choices and any other amendments can be discussed, provided they are sent to Martin O’Donovan, PLP Secretary, by 10am on Tuesday 7 September.”

If that statement is agreed we will then proceed as set out in Margaret’s letter.

Apologies if this is a little bureaucratic but this is an important decision and we need to get the details of this right.

Best wishes

Tony Lloyd

PLP Chair

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