Labour’s Rule Book

This is my Labour Party Rules Page.

Halfway through 2021, the NEC issued another i.e. a 2nd version of the 2020 rule book, I mirror it here. This also has book marks.

Here is my copy of the most recent i.e. 2020 copy of the Rule Book currently 2020. This became available as a single document again, like the 2019 rules, about 7 months late, at least they now have bookmarks.


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, the Social Media Code of Conduct, Data Protection, London Region Rules, the Collins Review, Standing Orders i.e. meeting procedure and the local LCF.


Here is my copy of the most recent i.e. 2020 copy of the Rule Book currently 2020. This became available as a single document again, like the 2019 rules, about 7 months late.

Other Documents

Guidance for conduct of AGMs

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

BAME Representative on NEC

The Procedure and Timetable, and the Candidate Guidance Procedure and Timetable … Candidate Guidance (Code of Conduct)

NEC By-elections 2020

These are here …  CLP 20 Procedures and Timetable

Leader/Dep. Leader 2020

These are here … LE20 Procedures and Timetable

NEC Terms of Reference

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

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.

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, 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.

Conference Stating Orders

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

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.

Old Rules

Her3e are my copies of the old rules,

  1. A copy of the first version of the 2020 copy of the Rule Book. It was updated at some time during 2021 to include the new GS  veto of Council candidates.
  2. The 2019 Rule Book, a mirror on this site, made available by the Party 1 day short of 7 months after they came into force.
  3. Labour Party 2018 Rule Book, my mirror, for various reasons 
  4. And here’s my old mirror of the 2017 rules just in case.
  5. And now I have the 2016 version, enjoy!
  6. 2014 Rule Book!

Collins Review

And it seems you now need to read the Final report of the Collins Review   although I also have the interim report of the review as part of the rules. My copy is behind the preceding i.e. the first hyperlink. I wonder if this is still true in 2016. If you want to go back beyond Collins, there’s the 2013 Rule Book.

Standing Orders

There is huge demand for the rules about the conduct of meetings; these are held in Chapter 15, here is a 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.

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.


23 thoughts on “Labour’s Rule Book

  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.

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