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

Julian Brown
Jeffrey Rawlinson
Nod Wallman
Sarah Murison
John Davies
Anthony Peacham
Hazel Boothroyd
Lucy Toynbee
Tania Funston
James Gott
Kerena Crowe
Dawn Pavlitski
Nasser Khakpour
Mair Stephens
Liz Parnell
John Pencott
Elizabeth Ramsden
Andrew Crockett
Charlotte Davis
Abul Monsur
Alistair Cairns
Jenny Ruskin
Mohammed Sohrab
Nazam Azam
Paul Meaney
jonathan pickering
Piers Carter
Terry Lee
John Holloway
M. Harrison
1,903 signatures

Will you sign?

  • Julian Brown
    signed 2018-09-21 09:53:11 +0100
  • Jeffrey Rawlinson
    signed via 2018-09-21 09:39:29 +0100
    Its open democracy every other organizations has so should honorable members of Parliament
  • Nod Wallman
    signed 2018-09-21 09:13:01 +0100
    We need complete, transparent and accessible democracy for the many not the few😎
  • Sarah Murison
    signed 2018-09-21 09:06:15 +0100
    Open Selection: no drama, just democracy.
  • John Davies
    signed 2018-09-21 08:50:01 +0100
  • Anthony Peacham
    signed 2018-09-21 08:30:41 +0100
  • Hazel Boothroyd
    signed 2018-09-21 07:52:23 +0100
  • Lucy Toynbee
    signed 2018-09-21 07:41:19 +0100
    Lucy Toynbee
  • Tania Funston
    signed 2018-09-21 07:41:02 +0100
  • James Gott
    signed 2018-09-21 07:40:33 +0100
  • Kerena Crowe
    signed 2018-09-21 07:21:13 +0100
  • Dawn Pavlitski
    signed 2018-09-21 07:09:58 +0100
  • Nasser Khakpour
    signed 2018-09-21 07:03:48 +0100
    The current system sounds like something the Tories would do. Once you are elected it shouldn’t give you a job for life. Any MP should be held accountable for actions and comments, or inaction in the face of issues they should be trying to fight as a Labour MP. I joined Labour for Corbyn but am fed up with MP who should be in Lib Dem or even the Tory party subverting a Labour win for personal reasons. Give the voters the right to decide WHO they want if you actually care, otherwise you’re just more of the same self serving group and no better than most of the Tory Mps.
  • Mair Stephens
    signed 2018-09-21 06:45:01 +0100
  • Liz Parnell
    signed 2018-09-21 06:40:30 +0100
  • John Pencott
    signed 2018-09-21 05:20:55 +0100
  • Elizabeth Ramsden
    signed 2018-09-21 05:03:49 +0100
  • Andrew Crockett
    signed 2018-09-21 04:46:24 +0100
    The party must become more democratic and that means Open Selection at every election. At the moment the other parties can be said to be far more democratic than us on this matter – that is not acceptable. We must be the party of the people, of democracy, of full representation. This must also therefore include ensuring that a full range of candidates can get onto future leadership ballots, so no more MP vetoes
  • Charlotte Davis
    signed 2018-09-21 04:37:46 +0100
    Charlotte Davis
  • Abul Monsur
    signed 2018-09-21 03:51:03 +0100
  • Alistair Cairns
    signed 2018-09-21 02:16:15 +0100
    Open selection is what we want, don’t stand in the way.
  • Jenny Ruskin
    signed via 2018-09-21 02:09:50 +0100
  • Mohammed Sohrab
    signed 2018-09-21 02:06:35 +0100
    Mohammed Sohrab
  • Nazam Azam
    signed 2018-09-21 01:29:19 +0100
  • Paul Meaney
    signed 2018-09-21 01:05:13 +0100
    It’s essential that we have real mainstream membership democracy in our party, the Labour Party. The position as MP isn’t a position for life. Members who hold the highly imperative talents and genuinely support the express wishes of the mainstream party membership through genuinely fighting for and supporting, upholding the labour party’s manifesto must be allowed to stand for the position of parliamentary candidate of the party. Moreover, it is strongly the view of the mainstream membership that our party is not seen nor to condone supporting racist candidates who’re involved in actively voicing their support for apartheid and ethnic cleansing of palestinians, showing no condemnation for war crimes and human rights abuses. The mainstream membership of the labour party actively support banning the sales of weapons to apartheid regimes intent on using such weapons to destroy human life, maim and murder and destroy UN buildings like palestinian schools, UN hospitals, UN homes as the civilised international community had witnessed extensively being committed against the palestinian population of Gaza and the West Bank in Palestine. The mainstream labour party members want to see and demand deselection of MPs who’re intent on feeding fake news, lies and propaganda, smears, libellous, and slanderously destroying, acting in a disgraceful manner, against the leadership of the labour party, Jeremy Corbyn, using falsehoods of horrendous fake accusations of fake anti semitism intentionally to undermine the leader focusing on a vile witch hunt against him and to discredit the labour party as a whole, hence working on potentially impacting on the party and its leader Jeremy Corbyn from being elected into power. No time is greater than now that the United Kingdom and it’s people, most of whom are suffering appalling levels of poverty and unecessary austerity and attacks on public sector workers and it is with that which the mainstream membership demand genuine socialist parliamentary candidates who are genuinely willing to fight their ground and take on the tories (not side with them against the leader and against the entire labour party membership) and help, with all might and gusto to bring a labour government to power with Jeremy Corbyn as our leader and next Prime Minister. Enough really is enough on troublemakers who have a shocking scandalous record of defending apartheid and the sooner we support the NEC taking this stance in supporting real democracy the better for all of us and indeed this action will help bust our membership even further as it has now done recently with both my 18 yr old son and dear friend joining the labour party for precisely this reason.

    We stand together in a united labour party (not with a minority) but firmly with Jeremy Corbyn and the labour party manifesto, For The Many Not The Few.

    Yours in solidarity for victims of oppression, victims of human rights abuses and all victims of apartheid and ethnic cleansing.

    Paul Meaney
  • jonathan pickering
    signed via 2018-09-21 00:58:26 +0100
  • Piers Carter
    signed 2018-09-21 00:53:51 +0100
  • Terry Lee
    signed 2018-09-20 23:46:02 +0100
  • John Holloway
    signed 2018-09-20 23:42:39 +0100
  • M. Harrison
    signed 2018-09-20 23:31:41 +0100
    I would support the petition but I don’t support exclusive lists. Everybody is an individual in law so nobody should be treated differently from anybody else. And I hate the term ‘positive discrimination’. To discriminate in favour of somebody, actively discriminates against some other body. Stop it!

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