Labour party conference APPROVES rule changes on deselections


Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has been reluctant to support behind growing demands for a second referendum, or People's Vote, but the motion agreed by members after more than five hours of debate may satisfy both sides of the party's divide.

The UK Finance Ministry Spokesman John McDonnell told Sky News on Monday, the Kingdom's opposition Labour Party is likely to keep the option for a second referendum on any final Brexit deal on the table, Reuters reports.

I hope we will agree that the best way of resolving this is a general election.

To cheers he highlighted that people from across the United Kingdom were present, saying: "They are saying squarely to the leadership of the Labour Party "listen to us, hear us, give us a People's Vote".

Corbyn wanted his conference to be an opportunity to sell his alternative vision for Britain's economy, pressing his argument for the renationalization of rail, mail and utilities, and to rally the party for a possible early election.

Britain's Labour Party Leader Jeremy Corbyn speaks at a vigil for peace in Yemen during the annual Labour Party Conference in Liverpool, Britain, September 23, 2018.

Until now, Labour MPs only faced a reselection contest if 50% of a constituency's local branches and affiliated unions voted for it in a so-called "trigger ballot".

After weeks of both European Union and British officials making positive noises about the prospects of clinching a divorce deal and one on a future trading relationship, the mood turned sour on Thursday in Salzburg, Austria when European Union leaders came out, one by one, to criticize "Chequers" as unrealistic.

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Mr Corbyn declined to say which way he would vote in any new in-or-out poll, while pointing out that he backed Remain in the 2016 referendum.

The party leaders would prefer for a general election to be called to give Labour the chance of taking over Brexit negotiations.

Mr McDonnell said the form of such a question would be decided Parliament but it would "be about whether you accept the deal or not, or whether you send people back to negotiate a proper deal".

A Labour spokeswoman said: 'Following the Democracy Review, Conference has passed rule changes to remove barriers to political participation and help transform our Party into a mass movement for the many, not the few.

"And if there is a general election and we are in office we would go straight to the negotiating table".

He described the country as being at a tipping point and faced with a resurgence in the "radical right", adding: "This can not be a Labour Party that allows others to wreck our country and stand with the far right".

"The leadership knows where the members are and they know where their voters are".