Petition to NEC: Make Open Selection an NEC Motion!

Before Conference the NEC meets to discuss its response to the Party Democracy Review. This is a golden opportunity for Party Members to ask the NEC to make Open Selection their own. Let's not miss this opportunity!

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To the National Executive Committee

Andy Kerr (Chair), Wendy Nichols (Vice Chair), Jeremy Corbyn MP, Tom Watson MP, Diana Holland, Jon Trickett MP, Rebecca Long-Bailey MP, Kate Osamor MP, Richard Leonard MSP, Alun Davies AM, Richard Corbett MEP, Lara McNeill, Keith Vaz MP, Keith Birch (Unison), Jim Kennedy (Unite), Andi Fox (TSSA), Pauline McCarthy (Bakers), Paddy Lillis (Usdaw), Wendy Nichols (Unison), Andy Kerr (CWU), Sarah Owen (GMB), Cath Speight (GMB), Ian Murray (FBU), Mick Whelan (ASLEF), Joanne Cairns (USDAW), James Asser, Ann Black, Yasmin Dar, Rachel Garnham, Jon Lansman, Eddie Izzard, Claudia Webbe, Darren Williams, Pete Willsman, Rhea Wolfson, Nick Forbes, Alice Perry, George Howarth MP, Margaret Beckett MP, Shabana Mahmood MP

Open Letter: Open Selection

Dear NEC members,

Democracy and accountability are core principles of Labour’s manifesto For The Many, Not The Few. They are central to our proposals for taking back control of our major utilities. They are the principal concerns of our Democracy Review. But as a party, we lack  democracy and accountability when it comes to the selection and reselection of our parliamentary candidates.

Labour International CLP has proposed an Open Selection constitutional amendment for this year’s Conference which would remedy this situation by automatically giving all Labour members a democratic vote to chose the best Labour candidate for their seat, every election.

This Open Selection proposal would abolish the trigger ballot, which forces local members to campaign actively to ‘deselect’ their sitting MP: an antagonistic process which is currently fomenting division in the party at a time when we urgently need more unity.

In its place, Open Selection would extend the principle of one member one vote throughout the party. OMOV has brought huge positive changes to Labour. It commands overwhelming support amongst members and has been responsible for an astronomic rise in party membership. Extending OMOV to the selection of parliamentary candidates will make Labour membership even more meaningful and attractive.

Open Selection would open up opportunities for the hugely expanded pool of talent within our party to stand as MPs - bringing us into line with parties around the world for whom primaries are a welcome democratic fact of life. Importantly, Open Selection would NOT limit the use of All-Women or All-BAME shortlists.

Lastly, Open Selection will bring Labour MPs closer and more accountable to their CLPs, and help them stay in tune with their local members whose campaigning, canvassing and membership dues are so vital in getting them elected.

We understand that the NEC will be making a raft of recommendations to Conference. Given the huge support for Open Selection throughout the membership, we urge the NEC to include Labour International’s Open Selection motion within these proposals.

We all want a society that is fairer and more democratic - one where everyone has a say. It’s vital that Labour set the example here in its own internal processes. Please include Open Selection in your recommendations to Labour Conference - as the next step in developing a democratic party that is genuinely for the many, not the few.

In solidarity,



Who's signing

Sara Lennon
Giovanna Dunmall
Cllr Ben Bellamy
Cristina Parker
simon brelsford
Paul Raftery
William Lewis
Marky Mark
Jez MacDonald
David Stevens
Paul Rees
George S Davies
John Malone
William Tabarn
Steve Greenwood
Norman Biddlecombe
Jimmy Sutherland
Doug James
Mustaque Rahman
Matthew Park
David Smith
David Moloney
Margaret Howard
James Edwards
John A Thatcher
Gulusan Senik
Roger Silverman
Terry Conway
Paul Sparks
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  • Sara Lennon
    signed 2018-09-18 16:07:15 +0100
  • Giovanna Dunmall
    signed 2018-09-18 16:06:41 +0100
  • Cllr Ben Bellamy
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  • Cristina Parker
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  • simon brelsford
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  • Paul Raftery
    signed 2018-09-18 16:02:38 +0100
  • William Lewis
    signed 2018-09-18 16:01:39 +0100
  • Marky Mark
    signed 2018-09-18 16:01:28 +0100
    To provide an open and transparent and more importantly a democratic choice of local MPs and to get the few who only see beyond an MP as a money tree and not a vocation to help society
  • Jez MacDonald
    signed 2018-09-18 15:55:12 +0100
  • David Stevens
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    David Stevens
  • Paul Rees
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  • George S Davies
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  • John Malone
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  • William Tabarn
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  • Steve Greenwood
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    Steve Greenwood
  • Norman Biddlecombe
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  • Jimmy Sutherland
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  • Doug James
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    Doug James
  • Mustaque Rahman
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  • Anonymous
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  • Matthew Park
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  • David Smith
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  • David Moloney
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    David Moloney
  • Margaret Howard
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  • James Edwards
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  • John A Thatcher
    signed 2018-09-18 15:44:12 +0100
    It is essential ,if the reforms we need are to happen to make open selection the method for choosing candidates for election
  • Gulusan Senik
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  • Roger Silverman
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  • Terry Conway
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  • Paul Sparks
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