Islington LBC's Labour group, will be the first in London to give all party members the chance to vote for a new le...
Islington LBC's Labour group, will be the first in London to give all party members the chance to vote for a new leader, reported The Highbury and Islington Express (11 February, p7).
The party will abandon its tradition of allowing only councillors a vote, instead opening the ballot all party members as it chooses a replacement for its current leader Derek Sawyer.
It is only the second time a regional Labour Party group has chosen this method of voting in a new leader, according to the paper. The first party to do so was in Liverpool last April, when the Labour administration was ousted from power following a surprise defeat by the Liberal Democrats.
Liverpool's Labour group leader, Gideon Ben-Tovim, welcomed the decision by Islington's Labour group. 'I'm proud to be the first leader voted in by party members rather than just group members. It is a democratic way of voting in a new leader,' he said.