LWN Elections and AGM 2021


Do you want to join LWN's Management Committee, find out more now!

Every year, eligible Labour Women's Network members elect Management Committee members who are responsible for all the work we do during the year. We are proud that our elections are independently officiated and always conducted positively in a in a spirit of sisterhood and abuse-free.

We have seen many challenges over the last 12 months but are proud of all we have achieved, and feel we have come through them stronger as an organisation. However, we're always on the lookout for fresh talent, so do you have what it takes to join LWN's Management Committee?

LWN believes virutal widens access to politics, so in the spirit of our #KeepTheGoodStuff campaign, LWN has agreed that the majority of our Committee meetings will be held virtually from now on. We hope that this reduces barriers to standing presented by geography, caring responsibilities, or disability.

The next few years are going to be busy ones. We need to ensure LWN remains relevant and impactful in these uncertain times; that our training offer remains right and ready for the next set of Elections; that we work effectively with the Party leadership but campaign candidly when we need to; and continue to grow our membership and raise funds to achieve all this.

As the ONLY organisation affiliated to The Labour Party who dedicates its work (and time) to progress women’s power and agency within the Labour Party, LWN requires a hardworking, dynamic, enthusiastic, dedicated, skilled and diverse committee.

This year we will be holding elections for:

  • Chair (1),
  • Secretary (1), and
  • Four (4) Committee Members

    All full members of Labour Women's Network are invited to nominate themselves, providing you have been a member of LWN for four months prior to the date nominations open (Wednesday, 16th June 2021).

    We actively encourage women from all communities and backgrounds to put themselves forward, and particularly welcome self-nominations from Black, Asian or Minority Ethnic women, women with disabilities, LGBT+ women, working class women, and women from all regions across the UK. Committee members are expected to commit to and strive towards making LWN as inclusive an organisation as possible. 

LWN takes positive action to guarantee that each year at least one of the four members elected to the Management Committee is a Black, Asian or Minority Ethnic women woman. The self-defining Black, Asian or Minority Ethnic woman who receives the highest number of votes, will automatically be elected, so please make sure you tick the relevant part of the nomination form if this applies to you.  You can find out more about this in the FAQs below.

All LWN committee positions are for a two year term.  You can find out more about this in the FAQs below.

Nominations open (and membership freeze date) on Wednesday, 16th June 2021, and
Nominations close on Wednesday, 21st July at noon.  You can find the full timetable further down the page.

Committee members provide strategic oversight over LWN's vision and activities, as well as practical help in ensuring we meet our goals and fulfill responsibilities to a high standard.

Committee members may take on individual responsibility for particular aspects of LWN's work as agreed at Committee Meetings. We aim to use the particular skills and experiences of Committee Members to best capture the value you bring to the organisation. This could be anything from leading on high value fundraising, developing the technology we use, assisting with our training, influencing our campaign direction, supporting our role as an employer, or helping us magnify our reach.

We hold at least four Committee meetings a year and have made a commitment that at least three of these will be virtual meetings.

The fourth meeting is our Strategy Weekend, which we hope will be held in-person in London on the weekend 9th and 10th October.  This gives all committee a chance to meet and dedicate at least two full days to refresh our vision and action plan for the year ahead. Virtual ad hoc meetings are also held as and when needed.

All committee members are expected to attend and support LWN events, from conferences to fundraising dinners. Reasonable expenses are paid for members who need to travel to attend any of our meetings or events, including accommodation for those who need it.

Our major meetings are scheduled for the year ahead and are usually determined at (or shortly after) the October Strategy Weekend, to allow Committee Members maximum opportunity to attend throughout the year.

Posts Being Elected

Chair (1),
Secretary (1), and
Four (4) Committee Members

Members of the LWN committee are expected to take an active role in LWN's work; as a minimum, this includes supporting events through organisation and attendance, participating in committee meetings, and representing LWN at other labour movement events and meetings.

If you wish to nominate yourself for ANY position, apply now...

We want to make our elections as engaging and accessible as possible for our members, so as well as a mandatory personal statement, candidates are now able to submit a short campaigning video (maximum of 2 minutes long) and a photograph with their nomination form should they wish. These will be made available to LWN members with their ballots.

Click here to read our helpful guide to good campaign material and video guidance.

Key dates for our Management Committee Election:
Nominations open (and membership freeze date): Wednesday, 16th June 2021.
Nominations close: Wednesday, 21st July at noon.
Voting opens: Monday, 16th August 2021,  
Eligible voting members will receive an email or letter via UK-Engage with voting details (not LWN). 
Voting closes: Wednesday, 15th September 2021 at noon, and 
Results/ AGM: LWN AGM via Zoom, Tuesday, 21st September 2021 from 8pm.

If you haven’t received your ballot by 1st September 2021, please get in touch here, and we will investigate and reissue if necessary. Please check your junk mail first; the email will come from UK-Engage (not LWN).

Annual General Meeting (AGM)

We aim to practice what we preach, so as part of our #keepthegoodstuff campaign our AGM will now be on a digital platform.  It will be held on Tuesday, 21st September from 8pm, a few days before Labour Party Annual Conference and we hope that by moving it online it will allow as many LWN members at attend as possible.

Important Information to Attend our AGM - In order to verify membership, ensure safety and correct voting rights (should there be any votes), members will need to pre-register to attend, no later than Thursday 16th September 2021 at noon. We will verify membership and contact anyone who isn’t an eligible LWN member that day and give further guidance.  We will send out an email to all eligible members giving the Zoom security codes and joining instructions on Monday, 20th September, so please look out for them.

Click here for more information and to pre-register.

If you wish to know more about the process, below are our Frequently Asked Questions.
Please email [email protected] if you have any other questions or queries which are not answered below.

 


Frequently Asked Questions

I have just nominated myself, what happens now?
Firstly, thank you. Once your nomination has been submitted and after the close of nominations, we will verify that you are eligible to stand. The only reasons you will not be able to stand in our elections are:
a) you are not a full member of LWN,
b) that you have not had four months membership prior to the nominations opening, and/or
c) you fail to validate your nomination on the nomination website.

When you start your nomination form, UK-Engage will ask you to submit an email address and password, so you can stop/ start your application until the close of nominations. Once you have registered, you will receive an email from them to activate your account.

Please be aware that by pressing 'Save' at the end of the nomination form it will automatically be marked complete and submitted. You can amend your application up to close of nominations,

It is extremely important that if you decide not to continue with your application even if you don't finish it and withdraw your nomination that you must email [email protected] making it clear you wish to withdraw.

If you are not eligible to stand in our election for one of the reasons above, we will contact you as soon as possible. For all eligible nominations, we will contact you once nominations close.

How can candidates campaign?
LWN does not (and has never) given out membership list, nor do we promote candidates.  Candidates are now able to submit a 2min video and photograph along with their personal statements that will go out with ballots should you choice to.  We recommend that you have a read of our handy guide on how to produce good campaign material and video guidance. 

The video or photograph are NOT compulsory, so if you prefer not to submit these, that is your choice, however we ask that ALL candidates submit a personal statement of 250 words or less. 

Personal Statement (and video and photography if you choose to submit them) will go on the ballot along with your name and CLP.

While we appreciate its harder by not having a membership list, we encourage you to share your campaign material with your own political networks (obviously legally) specifying only Labour Women’s Network members can vote. 

In previous years, candidates have set up Facebook pages, Twitter accounts or hash tags, used endorsers or have simple websites to promote their candidature.  Remember if you have any of the above or you wish to give out contact details, this must be included in the 250 word personal statement limit.

Who conducts LWN's election process?
LWN are working with UK-Engage. UK-Engage have a track record of running efficient, engaging elections for organisations of all shapes and sizes.

UK-Engage will send out emails or letters to eligible members with voting instructions and a link to candidate campaign material, as well as the actual ballot, please ensure that UK-Engage email address is on your safe list.

I'm a member but don't get emails or have unsubscribed

We do our upmost to contact all LWN Members about the election, however it is important that you keep us up-to-date with all your current contact details and subscribe to all our emails.  It would be very helpful (and cost efficient for LWN) if you could update your preferences so we can email you in the future.  Please let us know your current email here or re-subscribe to our e-news here.

If you haven’t received your ballot by 1st September 2021, please get in touch via email, and we will investigate and reissue if necessary. Please check your junk mail first; the email will come from UK-Engage.

I’ve heard you take positive action to guarantee a Black, Asian or Minority Ethnic woman a place on the Management Committee, how does this work?
Yes, we take positive action to ensure at least one Black, Asian or Minority Ethnic woman is elected to our non-portfolio Management Committee positions each year. On the nomination form, candidates will be asked if they self-define at Black, Asian or Minority Ethnic. Please tick if this applies to you as it cannot be done retrospectively. Complete the nomination form as per the instructions. The self-defining Black, Asian or Minority Ethnic woman who receives the highest number of votes will automatically be elected to the Committee. The election results will be announced at our AGM.

Will I be able to see who else is up for election?
Only once you are issued with a ballot paper.

I’ve decided to withdrawn my nomination, what do I need to do?
It is extremely important that if you decide not to continue with your application even if you don't finish it and withdraw your nomination that you must email [email protected] making it clear you wish to withdraw.

When and how will I find out the results of the election?
We will email all candidates on the day of our AGM with the election results, which will be embargoed until the formal announcement at our AGM. Candidates are encouraged to attend the AGM. Our AGM will this year be held via Zoom. You can find our more below.

What is, and happens at the AGM?
An Annual General Meeting (AGM) is a constitutional yearly gathering of LWN members. Our AGM will take place online on Tuesday, 21st September from 8pm.

In line with our #keepthegoodstuff campaign which came about by changes many organisations and institutions made due to Covid-19 restrictions, LWN have made a commitment that we will always now hold our AGM via a digital platform to maximise participation.

At the AGM, members to hear reports on our work over the last 12 months, see our financial standing, hear the election results for our Management Committee election, and if required vote on any changes to the constitution, plus time dependent ask questions of committee.

Candidates are encouraged to attend the AGM.

Important Information to Attend our AGM - In order to verify membership, ensure safety and correct voting rights (should there be any votes), LWN members will need to pre-register to attend, no later than Thursday 16th September 2021 at noon. We will verify membership and contact anyone who isn’t an eligible LWN member that day.  We will send out an email giving security codes and joining instructions approximately 24 hours before the AGM.  Find out and pre-register for our AGM here.  

We hope this gives you all the information you need, but please get it touch here if you have any further questions.

Nan Sloane, 
Acting Returning Officer 2021 and LWN Trainer Co-ordinator