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(England) Party Re-Organisation Cover Letter 2012 20July2012

(England) Party Re-Organisation Cover Letter 2012 20July2012

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To: all CLP Chairs, Secretaries and Treasurers and MPs in England
20 July 2012Dear Colleague,As you will be aware, the Parliamentary Boundary Commission for England (BCE) hascommenced the reviews which are required under the terms of the Parliamentary VotingSystem and Constituencies Act. This introduced a fixed size of parliament of 600 seatsand a stipulation that all constituency electorates shall be within five per cent of thenational electoral quota.The Initial Proposals of the BCE were published in September 2011. The Labour Partymade submissions to the consultation, including counter proposals, based on thediscussions at consensus meetings in all regions of England. We also made presentationsto the public hearings which the Commissions organised.The Commissions are expected to publish their revised proposals in the autumn, which inmost cases will form their final recommendations. As CLPs must be reorganised in the wakeof the boundary changes, a considerable amount of work will need to be done beforereselections may take place.In particular, it will be necessary to establish membership lists based on the proposed newboundaries as the basis for reforming CLPs, which will then need to appoint new officers.Only when this process is completed may selections begin.Given the electoral importance of having candidates in place as early as possible, the NECresolved last July that the reorganisation of CLPs shall commence on 1 January 2013 on thebasis of the Revised Proposals of the Boundary Commissions. This followed a fullconsultation with the party which showed overwhelming support for this timetable.Although no action is needed at this time, to prepare the party for the changes which lieahead the attached CLP Reorganisation Pack provides details about the process which willbe followed. We will provide further details in due course.Finally, we are aware that internal divisions within the Coalition Government over House ofLords reform have created uncertainty about the ultimate implementation of the boundaryreview. We have therefore put in place contingency plans should the reorganisation ofCLPs need to be halted or reversed.

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