Elections

The Labour Group holds elections for Group officers and regional representatives every year following the annual election cycle.


Labour Group elections

The Labour Group holds elections for Group officers and Regional Representatives every year following the annual local election cycle. All Labour Groups on LGA member councils have a vote in these elections and any Labour Councillor can stand for a Group Officer role, or to represent their region.

Labour Group role descriptions and requirements for all roles .

The election took place in May 2019, with voting and results announced in June 2019. Three positions in the LGA Labour Group Executive Team and Regional Representatives were contested: Deputy Leader, West Midlands Regional Representative, and East of England Regional Representative. Please see below for the results:

LGA Labour Deputy Leader
Cllr Kevin Frea (Lancaster) 3.8 per cent 
Cllr Michael Payne (Gedling and Notts) 96.2 per cent (Elected)

West Midlands Regional Representative
Cllr Cathryn Bayton (Dudley) 32.1 per cent
Cllr Paulette Hamilton (Birmingham) 67.9 per cent (Elected)

East of England Regional Representative 
Cllr Richard Henry (Stevenage) 59.8 per cent (Elected)
Cllr Shaz Nawaz (Peterborough) 40.2 per cent

All Labour councillors from councils in LGA membership are eligible to self-nominate themselves for these positions, but in accordance with our standing orders, a Labour councillor wishing to be nominated must have the support of their group leader.

Self-nomination form

Nominations to Group Officer positions require supporting nominations from three Labour Groups from at least two different regions.

Supporting nomination  

Labour appointments to LGA member structures

Labour Group appointments to LGA member structures are reviewed each year by the elected group officers. All Labour Councillors on LGA member councils are eligible to nominate for the roles. Applicants must submit a self-nomination form, which will be available on this page when nominations open on 28th May 2019, and needs to be returned by 1st July 2019. Appointments are made by Group Officers in July. 

Labour Group Appointment Principles

Our boards and panels team should:

  • Represent the best that local government has to offer
  • Be representative of local government
  • Be credible both to Labour Councils and to national politicians.  

Labour’s position in local government is changing rapidly. In 2009 Labour controlled just over 30 councils, but Labour is now in control of over 120 councils. In that same time our number of councillors has increased from 4000 to almost 7000.  We must make sure that as a group we are keeping up with the changes that are happening on the ground.

We need to maintain the integrity of the LGA Labour Group at all times. Therefore the process for making appointments needs to be fair and transparent.

These are the principles that the Labour Group officers must apply:  

1. Our team of councillors have to reflect the political realities on the ground and respect local democratic decision making

Our appointments should:

  • Have more councillors in power
  • Particular attention should be given to council leaders
  • Ideally be cabinet members or shadow cabinet members (With exception of Fire Authorities where members need to be senior members of FAs)
  • Reflect the regional balance of our councillors 

2. A commitment to fairer representation

We should at least match the proportion of women and ethnic minority councillors as there amongst all Labour Councillors and should improve on it. 

3. Our appointments should involve as many councils as possible

We should have no more than two councillors per authority.  

4. Our appointments should maintain the reputation of Labour in local government

Our appointments on relevant boards should not come from authorities that services are subjected to restrictions for poor performance or have serious reputation problems on that particular service. 

5. Re-appointments should take into consideration performance and attendance of the councillor over the past year 

6. Appointments should only go to councillors from authorities that are in full membership of the LGA

Councillors from authorities that are on notice to leave the LGA should not receive places. 

Pete Robbins, Head of the LGA Labour Group office, acts as the Returning Officer for LGA Labour elections.  For further details about LGA Labour Group elections and appointments you can contact him by email: peter.robbins@local.gov.uk