Labour Party to “scale-back” leadership announcement conference

Published by Rhys Taylor-Brown on March 15th 2020, 8:00am

The Labour Party has opted to avoid holding a large conference in London on April 4 when it announces the results of its leadership and deputy leadership contests.

A “scaled-back event” to announce the new leader and deputy will be hosted on the day, but the party said it was “considering” its options over “what form” the new event would have.

A party spokesperson said: "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."

Sir Keir Starmer, Lisa Nandy and Rebecca Long-Bailey are in the running to succeed Jeremy Corbyn as leader. Contenders for the position of deputy include Angela Rayner, Dawn Butler, Ian Murray, Richard Burgon and Dr Rosena Allin-Khan. Voting has been open since February.

Shadow chancellor John McDonnell told the Commons on Thursday that Labour would continue to “work with the government to protect our people and contribute to the worldwide effort to overcome the outbreak of this virus".

Meanwhile, Welsh Labour's spring conference has also been called off in the wake of the outbreak.

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