News | Published March 15 2020

Labour party cancel special conference to announce Corbyn’s successor

The special conference, due to be held on 4 April has been cancelled in favour of holding a “scaled-back event”.

Jeremy Corbyn’s succession is currently between three candidates – Rebecca Long-Bailey, Lisa Nandy and Sir Keir Starmer.

Spring conferences, due to be held by Plaid Cymru, Welsh Labour and the Green Party, in addition to the Liberal Democrats, have all been cancelled due to the outbreak.

A Labour spokesperson has said they are currently "considering options for what form" the replacement event would be.

They continued: "This is not a decision we have taken lightly. Our priority is the wellbeing of our members and staff, and ensuring we fully contribute to the collective effort to protect public health.

"We are considering whether upcoming constituency meetings should go ahead and will keep our members fully informed."

The vote for the new Labour leader began in Late February and will continue until midday on 2 April.

Corbyn has said that he would not seek re-election following the party’s worst defeat since 1935 in December’s election. He has occupied the position for the past four years and seen two general elections.

Shadow chancellor, John McDonnell, said that the party will "work with the government to protect our people and contribute to the worldwide effort to overcome the outbreak of this virus".

The party have voiced their support for the May elections to be delayed in line with the advice offered from the Electoral Commission watchdog.

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Alice Jaspars
Culture Editor
March 15 2020

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