This is my Labour Party Rules Page. It contains links to various Labour Party rules, policies and guidelines. This page has a bitly alias . …

Here’s the 2024 rule book [http/pdf], and my mirror copy


I collect and mirror a number of resources related the Labour Party’s rules. It was first posted in Jan 2015 and it’s scope has been expanded. In the late winter of 2017/18, I introduced sub-headings to, I hope, make its use easier.  It deals with the Rules, Selections and Triggers, the Social Media Code of Conduct,  Data Protection, London Region Rules, the Collins Review, Standing Orders i.e. meeting procedure and the local LCF.

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Other Documents

2022 Rules

In 2022,  they issued two versions, the second version is here as my mirror, and also the LP link. The first version was issued relatively early in the year i.e. 2022, it also is available here. I have used pdf24 to do  diff in the files. and then used diffchecker.

They have different page sizes, which causes some page boundary changes, they had failed to renumber the appendices and have lost an appendix 8 and have now renumbered so version1, app 9 becomes version 2 app 8. Also a number of the equality branches rules give them permission to modify some rules i.e. those pertaining to their own governance;  these now have an explicit cross reference to the rules they can change.

2022 Trigger Ballots & Selections

The advice has been given on running the 2022 trigger ballots. Here are Rules for seats with a vacancy , for seats without a vacancy i.e. Labour held seats and the Code of Conduct which governs acceptable and unacceptable behaviour.

Guidance for conduct of AGM

Issued in 2021, while under lockdown, some useful advice and at least one stitch up, CLP AGM Guide Online v2

Guidance for Online Meetings (2020)

These were issued during the national lockdown in 2020. Advice and rules in running online decision making meetings.  Online meetings guidance Local government selections NEC nomination meeting … .pdf …v4or v2

Standing Orders

There is huge demand for the rules about the conduct of meetings; these are now held in Chapter 16 , I made a copy. of Chapter 16.

Here is an old copy, LP Rules 2014 Meetings, Ch 15, as it says based on the 2014 version of the rules but I don’t think they’ve changed since then. Extracting Chapter 15 from the rules is not easy, I expect I’ll do it again some time. See also “Chairing a debate”.

Conference Stating Orders

The Standing Orders for Party Conference, this copy made by me from CAC5 2019.

Social Media Code of Conduct

I found the NEC’s new Social Media Code of Conduct, which was published on Labour List and have posted here, >> Labour Online Code of Conduct, also my mirror is available via a short code: and I created a version from the text in the 2018 rules here … This is now part of the Appendices in the Rule Book.

Complaints Policy

On Labour’s site , or my mirror … Date 21 July 2021, this is meant to guide the conduct of the NEC and staff in complaints handling.

NEC Terms of Reference

Includes the standing orders, posted and hosted at the Skwakbox, here …

Data Protection

I have now found the Data Protection guidelines  and form used to commit users to data protection policy. These are pre DPA 2018. I found this web form, the current Organise Data Protection disclaimer in 2021; one hopes they’ll keep it up to date although it still dates the relevant act as 1998.

Chakrabarti Report

Here’s the  Chakrabarti Inquiry Report

London Region

I now have found the Party’s ,  London Region Rules dated 2016, which is the date of its last Conference.

Labour Group Standing Orders

Here are the Labour group model standing orders 2016

Lewisham LCF 2012

And now I have found the Lewisham LCF Rule Book dated 2012.

Transition to LGCs

The LGU advice note, on transition from LCF to LGC.

Old Rules

Here are my copies of the old rules, I posted some of them to the wikipedia, but they decided that they lacked sgnificance because they weren’t cited enough, so wikipedia considers this to be original research

    1. 2023 Rules [http/pdf] and my mirror copy (.pdf)
    2. 2022 Rule Book, my mirror
    3. There was no conference and thus no rule changes at the ’20 conference and thus no 2021 Rule Book.
    4. 2020 Rule Book V2, issued later in 2021.
    5. 2020 Rule Book V1.. It was updated at some time during 2021 to include the new GS  veto of Council candidates.
    6. 2019 Rule Book, my mirror
      1. this is the Democracy Review output and
      2. it was made available by the Party 1 day short of 7 months after they came into force.
    7. 2018 Rule Book, my mirror
    8. 2017 Rule Book
    9. 2016 Rule Book
    10. 2015 Rule Book
    11. Collins Review & its interim report
    12. 2014 Rule Book
    13. 2013 Rule Book

I have some notes and documents on the 2020 elections, use the button to review them.


23 Replies

  1. I have uploaded the 2014 version of the Meeting Standing Orders. I don’t think they’ve changed since then. In actual fact the LP only publish their rules in a very odd .pdf version; it makes mining and indexing them very hard.

    I wonder if diigo could be used?

  2. I have put tool tips on all the hyperlinks to ensure the page is easier to use. NB There are two copies of the rules, one link to my cache, one to membersnet should you prefer or need the LP’s hosted copy. The latter needs a login/password pair.

    The Collins Report is held in my web space.

  3. I have added subheadings to make finding stuff easier. I added the picture. There are some slight text changes to reflect the site’s age, for instance the need for the Collins Review text is less than it was.

  4. I added the 2016 rules, looking to see the old councillor selection rules in Appendix 4, and also added the Chakrabarti report.

  5. I got hold of the 2019 rules yesterday and updated the page. I cannot find the Labour Party’s posted copy.

    I retired these words, “The 2018 rules are also hidden in member’s net; this latter link requires a login and the search engines have difficulty in finding it. I have also created a short name for the LP’s version, This copy of the rules is the 2018 rules, presumably authorised by lab17.”

  6. are you aware of any copies of the rulebook older than 2010? I am trying to find out how long ago the union affiliation fee to CLPs was set at six pence per member.

    1. Not sure, but pretty certain it must be post decimalisation as 6p makes no sense in pre-decimal currency, I have calculated that if it was set in 1971, then it would be worth 84p member with 100 minimum. That’d be worth having and stop people taking the piss.

  7. I had reason to check the rules on Woman’s branch quorum. It was in the 2019 rules (10) but not the 2020 rules. I need to check if they put it back in in 2021.

  8. I retired the following comments from the wiki, “Westminster Candidate Selections 2017-2019, this is what I have been given, allegedly dated Sept 2017. These are supplemented with a Code of Conduct Parliamentary Candidates. The 2019 selections require a trigger ballot; this has been documented in England with procedural guidelines, that I do not have, but have been summarised by Momentum in their Momentum Open Selections Guide. This focuses on the branch rules, and not the Trade Union & Affiliates which will basically cast their votes at Regional level.

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