It’s not all bad news for Sir Keir Starmer here at Labour conference in Brighton. At the weekend, the Labour leader narrowly won the backing of conference for reforms to how leaders are elected. It’s a win in his battle bid to reclaim the party from the radical left.
The overhaul – which was passed by a margin of 54 to 46 thanks in part to the last-minute backing of Unison – will double the threshold of MP nominations to run in leadership elections to 20 per cent. If the system were in place during the 2020 race, Starmer would have been the only candidate to have qualified.
In another victory for moderates, the threshold for triggering by-elections was increased to stop local associations from taking over selection processes. A new independent complaints process for anti-Semitism was also passed.