Improving the Labour Party’s democratic arrangements is a vital step forward in renewing the Party’s ability to form a radical government. Nowhere is this more necessary than in the process for MP selection. We do not think this should be a process of angst and acrimony. Rather it should simply be a normal regular part of the Party’s democratic processes.
We believe the best chance of securing this is to support the Constitutional Change motion from Labour International due to be discussed at this year’s Labour Party conference.
The text of the motion can be found here. A piece published in the LI newsletter explaining the need for Open Selection can be found here. Support for the motion from Chris Williamson MP can be seen below.
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Endorsement by Chris Williamson
Chris Williamson, MP, writes that he is “more than happy to endorse the resolution”, and sent the following statement:
“Tony Benn once said that “democracy is the most revolutionary thing in the world.” Maybe that’s why some people resist the basic democratic principle that members of our party should be entitled to select the candidate they want to represent them. But it’s grassroots members who do the hard work to elect Members of Parliament, and they should therefore have the right to choose who their candidate should be. Any MPs who think they’re above having to be endorsed by their members in open selection contests prior to general elections have the option of standing as independents.”
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