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

Kay Arthur
Liz Howard
Mary Simcox
Alison Whitney
Johanna Boal
Angela Chadwick
jonathan Russell
Francis Duff
Danny Nicol
Richard Bridge
Diane Allen
Valerie Quinn
Kayleigh Milson
Tony Gothard
Adrian Barker
Tony Troughton-Smith
Rod Thompson
Alex Coppock-Bunce
June Simmons
Colin Gill
John Ivor Lewis
Richard Fisher
Kate Linnegar
Ben Bruges #BlackLivesMatter #LabourParty #ally
Teresa Mohamed
Ann Comper
Denis Doody
Carole Atkinson
avola lancaster
alan short
1,903 signatures

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  • Kay Arthur
    signed 2018-09-20 19:27:28 +0100
  • Liz Howard
    signed 2018-09-20 19:26:04 +0100
  • Mary Simcox
    signed 2018-09-20 19:25:52 +0100
  • Alison Whitney
    signed 2018-09-20 19:15:58 +0100
    Alison Whitney
  • Johanna Boal
    signed via 2018-09-20 19:11:17 +0100
  • Angela Chadwick
    signed 2018-09-20 18:58:52 +0100
    A job for life should never be guaranteed to an MP regardless of performance and confidence of their constituents who are firced to vote for an unworthy candidate due to allegiance to the Party.
  • jonathan Russell
    signed 2018-09-20 18:51:09 +0100
    We need more accountability within the Labour Party
  • Francis Duff
    signed via 2018-09-20 18:43:50 +0100
  • Danny Nicol
    signed 2018-09-20 18:41:36 +0100
  • Richard Bridge
    signed via 2018-09-20 18:40:59 +0100
  • Diane Allen
    signed 2018-09-20 18:38:20 +0100
    I joined the Party for the first time because Jeremy Corbyn had become the Party leader for the first time. I was outraged that the members of the PLP would not accept the will of the members and chose childish acts of refusing to honour the outcome of a perfectly democratic vote. The then NEC started to make changes about who could vote in the new election, and had a cut offdate. This meant I, along with thousandsof new members could not vote.

    Following this the NEC decided that if new members paid £25 to the Party then they would be able to cast their vote. I never was sure whether this was a bona fida charge or whether it was put in to place to prevent many members who supported Jeremy from voting because of the fee.

    The result of the 2nd election was the same, Jeremy won but with a much increased majority. Democracy has been the major reason for my continuing membership. People should have a proper means of voting, not one where those who do not support Jeremy can change the rules so that the system becomes corrupt.

    Open selection is a means of insuring that those who would sabotage any election likely to be won by those who genuinely work hard for their constituents, were unable to to do so. Open selection and One member one vote will bring the Labour Party into the 21st Century and together with the determination to deliver a manifesto which truly is ‘for the many and not the few”.

    To not support the changes in internal elections will be a major indication that the MP”s do not support Jeremy and his shadow cabinet which is a travesty with an outcome of the Party never being able to form a government. That missed opportunity will totally fracture the Party and many members will leave as they will be unable to see how the Party can mend the rifts caused by selfish MP’s who cannot abide change.
  • Valerie Quinn
    signed 2018-09-20 18:33:08 +0100
    Valerie Quinn
  • Kayleigh Milson
    signed 2018-09-20 18:30:55 +0100
  • Tony Gothard
    signed 2018-09-20 18:26:25 +0100
  • Adrian Barker
    signed 2018-09-20 18:24:31 +0100
  • Tony Troughton-Smith
    signed 2018-09-20 18:22:48 +0100
  • Rod Thompson
    signed 2018-09-20 18:12:10 +0100
  • Alex Coppock-Bunce
    signed 2018-09-20 18:10:43 +0100
  • June Simmons
    signed 2018-09-20 18:07:48 +0100
    YES, signed by me, June Simmons 20.0.18 and shared – Pointing Out there are Two Issues, 1) potential watering down Open Selection locally, and also 2) 5age of votes required by candidates in a national Leadership contest. Both of these changes would effectively push back democratisation of the Labour Party.
  • Colin Gill
    signed 2018-09-20 18:04:57 +0100
    If M.P.s do the job they should have no problem with open selection.
  • John Ivor Lewis
    signed 2018-09-20 17:33:31 +0100
    Absolutely essential for the sake of democractic change in the LP
  • Richard Fisher
    signed 2018-09-20 17:25:49 +0100
    The membership have made the Labour Party the largest in Western Europe please don’t waste this valuable resource.
  • Kate Linnegar
    signed 2018-09-20 17:08:18 +0100
  • Ben Bruges #BlackLivesMatter #LabourParty #ally
    signed 2018-09-20 17:07:16 +0100
  • Teresa Mohamed
    signed 2018-09-20 17:00:48 +0100
    Teresa Mohamed
  • Ann Comper
    signed 2018-09-20 16:59:50 +0100
    Open selection gives local members a say in who represents them and will encourage enthusiasm in canvassing.
  • Denis Doody
    signed 2018-09-20 16:55:07 +0100
  • Carole Atkinson
    signed 2018-09-20 16:47:56 +0100
    Actively canvassing to deselect an NP is corrosive and gives a negative vibe however bad a sitting MP.may have been. If an MP is worth his salt no one will be put up against him/her. There would only be an election if another candidate was recommended to stand. No MP doing a good job would have anything to fear.
  • avola lancaster
    signed 2018-09-20 16:40:48 +0100
    This is the only way for all MPs to be accountable to the party membership and needs to be in place before the next election
  • alan short
    signed 2018-09-20 16:35:51 +0100
    for a just and moral right, if we are a peoples party then let the people decide otherwise this is not a party of the people.

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