In 2017 Labour International agreed on a Rule Change motion to introduce a simple and regular selection mechanism for all parliamentary candidates, regardless of whether they are sitting MPs or not. That motion was debated at the 2018 Labour Party Conference. Virtually all of the CLPs voted for it.

The groundswell for this motion is still growing. Momentum shifted its position and now supports Open Selection.

Here is the Rule Change Motion.

If you are a Member of the Labour Party or of an affiliated trade union, you can help us by proposing a motion in line with this policy to your branch or CLP.

Here is the model support motion



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  • Rod Livesey
    commented 2018-09-10 19:30:03 +0100
    I’m not a dog – just one of those “hard left Momentum thugs” as the Fail and Chucky call us! I’m a cat man myself (cheetah).
    My worries are 1: avoid spurious reselection meetings over 1 or 2 parliamentary votes some people disapproved of 2: keep MPs on track, but don’t hound them over little things.
    Our MP comes to CLP meetings every time and we get a report. That is better than the threat of too many selections.
    Once a king always a king – once a night is enough!
    No, not a job for life: but it is a job for the duration of the parliament.
  • Geof Hughes
    commented 2018-09-10 18:50:13 +0100
    I’m one of those ‘Dogs’ Rod! And proud of it too. Re-selection appears to be required on an annual basis. Most people get an appraisal at work to see how they are progressing. Why not MP’s? Most voters vote for the party representative, not the applicant. They should be easily replaceable if necessary, although Parliament is a daunting place at first. Mauri Black said it all in her inaugural speech. The place needs an overhaul.
  • Rod Livesey
    commented 2018-09-10 17:16:10 +0100
    “Call off the dogs” Geoff? From one of the ones who has been whining for the last 3 years? 😂
    There is one problem we need to solve:
    Elections are (nominally) every 5 years and we can’t remove an MP: only deselect for next election. So reselection could be after say 3 years.
    But snap elections can still be called (as we know!), so we need a new candidate ‘up our sleeves’ ready for that.
    Is annual mandatory reselection the answer? But if we deselect, what effect will that have for the remainder of the Parliament?
  • Geof Hughes
    commented 2018-09-10 16:02:13 +0100
    Call off the dogs? This dog is on a war footing now! Get rid of them if they are unaccountable to the party, before they can stand again.
  • Jean Jones
    commented 2018-09-10 15:40:40 +0100
    Quite agree Geoff sooner the better
    We are now a party going places and can’t allow these upstart trouble MP’S to remain
  • Geof Hughes
    commented 2018-09-10 15:24:13 +0100
    Jean. It needs to be done very soon. If these people get elected under a Labour flag, with all the help from their constituents and party members, they can just announce they are ‘Independent’ whatever that means, and there is no way to shift them. Unaccountable until the next election!
  • Jean Jones
    commented 2018-09-10 15:00:42 +0100
    I agree with the above . But can we make it an annual selection process . Being an MP isn’t a job for life they must remain accountable to the Leader and the members
  • Trevor Greenwood
    followed this page 2018-08-19 10:15:12 +0100
  • Ann-Marie Westran
    commented 2018-08-01 20:08:25 +0100
    Strikes me that the wording here is the last stand of the anti-corbyn blu-labour bunch. Defining re-selection as a POST election procedure potentially guarantees the current sneaky infiltrators their maximum chance to undermine many positive results that are otherwise guaranteed to a wholeheartedly leftwing UK parliament.

    We need shot of the false-flaggers BEFORE we will get a proper chance to set things right.
  • Rod Livesey
    commented 2018-07-28 11:57:12 +0100
    I totally agree that MP selection should take place before every election (as we do for Councillors).
    It should be automatic to stop it being seen as combative.
    BUT… in the words of Mr Spock “This is illogical Captain”.
    “Following an election … the procedure for selection of Candidates shall be…”
    Following =after. Selection must come before.
    The wording needs to be … “Prior to every Parliamentary election…”
  • Geof Hughes
    commented 2018-07-15 13:48:00 +0100
    It’s about time MPs were more accountable to their voters.
  • Gerry McDonagh
    commented 2018-06-19 07:05:21 +0100
    I agree with the above.
  • David Quinn
    published this page 2018-06-09 22:12:02 +0100

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