Democracy arrives as Welsh Labour goes OMOV – full voting breakdown


Welsh Labour has ‘gone OMOV’ (one member one vote) for the election of its leader, after conference delegates in Cardiff voted with an overall 64.1% in favour (weighted percentages). 35.9% voted in favour of a revised ‘electoral college’ (EC) system.

The detailed voting breakdown was as follows:

  • Party units: 43.35% OMOV and 6.75% EC
  • Affiliates: 20.85% OMOV and 29.15%

Based on a 50:50 share between CLPs (constituency Labour parties) and affiliates, this equates to 87% supporting OMOV in party units, slightly more than campaigners hoped.

Congratulations to Welsh Labour members and to National Executive Committee member Darren Williams, who was the key coordinator of an OMOV campaign saw a campaign group of the execs of nearly every CLP is wales meeting regularly for almost a year, joined by Welsh Assembly Members who support OMOV.

The Unite union had announced its support for OMOV some time ago, with GMB, Unison and USDAW ranged against it.

The vote means that left-winger Mark Drakeford is now considered the favourite to become Welsh Labour’s new leader after Carwyn Jones steps down.

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