The Labour Party has informed local parties today that they now have permission to hold virtual annual general meetings that have been suspended so far during the coronavirus pandemic.
As noted in Alice Perry’s latest national executive committee (NEC) report for LabourList, the party’s ruling body has discussed plans to allow Constituency Labour Parties to resume their full business online.
Perry wrote: “Members will be able to hold AGMs online. It is unlikely that members will be able to meet in person in 2020 and beyond, so NEC members are keen to allow members to meet virtually to conduct their usual business.”
Labour has now informed local chairs and secretaries via email of this significant development, which means that “as long as the usual notice period is given, AGMs may take place immediately”.
The move will allow constituency parties across the country to organise AGMs that may have been delayed by the pandemic, and it will likely lead to changes in the factional balances of power on a local level.