The strategy board meets three times each year to approve Progress’ political strategy. It is made up of 12 elected members in four sections. In the first, members of Progress elect four representatives; in the second, parliamentarians (defined as members of the House of Commons, House of Lords, European parliament, Scottish assembly or Welsh assembly) who are members of Progress elect four representatives; in the third, councillors who are members of Progress elect four representatives; and in the newly-created fourth section, young members (defined as Progress members 23 and under) elect two representatives. In addition, there are up to three coopted members plus the honorary president, chair and vice-chairs.
Members of the strategy board will be elected for a two-year term and in each section, at least half of the elected positions must be filled by women.
The process is being conducted by independent scrutineers on behalf of Progress. Electoral Reform Services is accredited to run elections of this kind. A dedicated website for the strategy board election will be established by Electoral Reform Services.
To be eligible to stand for election in any of the four sections, candidates must have been a member of Progress for at least one year, with fully up-to-date membership at the close of nominations. Candidates must also be required to confirm that they are both a member of the Labour party and that they support the aims and objective of Progress.
To be eligible to vote in any of the four sections, members must have joined Progress before midnight on 26 September 2016 and be in possession of fully up-to-date membership at the correct rate by close of nominations. Those in arrears after the 17 October 2016 will not be eligible to vote. Members can only vote in one of the three sections. Young members will be able to vote in their section and one other.
If you are a member of Progress and a councillor, please let us know by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org as soon as possible, so we can ensure you are eligible to stand or vote in the councillors’ section.
All nominated candidates will be able to place a 250 word statement and picture on the strategy board election website outlining why they are standing and any relevant experience they wish to advertise to those voting. A dedicated email will be sent out by Progress three times during the course of the election, containing links to all of the candidates’ statements. On the strategy board election website, a discussion forum will be established and members will be able to ask questions to the candidates. All nominated candidates will be allowed up to two articles on any subject published on the Progress website during the course of the campaign.
Please note: Progress staff who are members of Progress will have the right to vote in strategy board elections. They will, however, be ineligible to stand and must not campaign or advocate the election of any candidate in the strategy board elections.
As in elections to Labour’s National Executive Committee, multi-member first past the post will apply.
The timeline for Progress strategy board elections is as follows:
– Nominations close: 17 October
– Name of candidates announced: 18 October
– Voting begins: 24 October
– Ballot closes: 16 November
– Results announced: 18 November
Strategy board terms of reference
The strategy board will:
- – meet three times each year;
- – approve Progress’ overall political strategy;
- – approve the appointment of Progress’ chair, vice-chair and honorary president for a full parliamentary term;
- – approve any endorsements made by Progress in internal party elections;
- – have a representative on any interview panel constituted to appoint a new director of Progress;
- – have the right to co-opt up to three additional members.
Once approved, the honorary president, chair, and vice-chairs. The director of Progress will be the secretary to the board. Staff nominated by the director will also be able to attend meetings, as will the directors of Progress Ltd.
For information on those who served on the Progress strategy board in 2014-2016, click here.
For information on those who served on the Progress strategy board in 2012-2014, click here.
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