Last year we nominated Jeremy Corbyn after a poll in which 143 members voted.

We attempted a similar rather low security poll last week, and it was hijacked after the password was leaked – and there were more votes than we have members.

We have now run the poll again, in  a much more secure fashion, and we are confident that everyone who voted is a member of the Association, and that none have voted more than once.  The voting records are with our auditors.

642 members were entitled to vote.  412 voted – 64% of those eligible.


Owen Smith: 209

Jeremy Corbyn: 174

Neither: 29

We have therefore submitted a supporting nomination for Owen Smith.


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  1. A. McCamley says:


    1. Martin Rathfelder says:

      This is democracy

  2. M Holmes says:

    Were we still the first society to issue a supporting nomination, as you’d hoped, Martin?

    I agree that “a democratic socialist organisation does what its members want” – I only wish the PLP would see that, which is particularly ironic considering the praise of some MPs for our result whilst backing Owen Smith.

    1. Martin Rathfelder says:

      as far as I know we are the first. Most societies didn’t nominate anyone last time.

  3. Paul says:

    Would help IG you got the headline date right? 2106?

  4. from the Association which failed to campaign against PFI and section 75 / privatisation this is not a huge surprise.

  5. Eric says:

    I have just returned from 10 days annual leave and started to catch up on my emails. I am very disappointed to learn that there has been some attempts at cheating going on & very disappointed that a vote that I thought I had cast before I went on leave has not been counted because I missed the 2nd ballot. For ‘the record’ Martin I would have voted for Mr Corbyn and although the SHA have nominated Mr Smith I am pleased that 174 SHA members voted for Mr Corbyn. I now just hope that Mr Corbyn wins the actual leadership election (again). Have a good week everyone.

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