Rule changes need more than 40 minutes

This year the Labour Party Conference has 32 rule changes on the agenda. Nine of these have to do with the selection of Prospective Parliamentary Candidates (PPCs). 

Last year there were only 6 rule changes, which were taken in 40 minutes. Clearly to discuss over 5 times as many needs at least half a day.

Please sign our petition to the Conference Arrangements Committee (CAC) to allocate more time than last year.



Conference Arrangements Committee (CAC)
Harry Donaldson (Chair), Fiona Wilson, Mick Murphy, Jayne Taylor, Seema Chandwani, Billy Hayes, Lynne Morris

mail: [email protected]

Dear Committee Members,

As supporters of the Open Selection Rule Change being brought to Conference this year by Labour International CLP, we would like to express our concern about the scheduling of debates on this and other constitutional amendments.

Our Open Selection Rule Change seeks to reform the Party’s parliamentary selection process, giving local members a democratic vote for the best Labour candidate in their constituency, every election. It is one of eight constitutional amendments submitted on the selection of parliamentary candidates. Altogether thirty-two constitutional amendments have been submitted by CLPs from across our party. All these CLPs have devoted considerable time and energy to crafting these motions and waited for over a year for them to be debated at conference.

The provisional schedule published in the Conference App currently foresees forty minutes for all thirty-two amendments. Even if many motions are withdrawn or made irrelevant by NEC proposals, this is clearly unrealistic. We have been told that the schedule published to date is merely a placeholder that has been reused from previous Conferences, and that considerably more time will be required this year.

We understand that scheduling Conference is a Herculean task. As our party’s sovereign democratic forum, it is essential that all pending motions are heard and that debates are scheduled realistically. As such, we request that an entire morning be allocated to debate all constitutional amendments before Conference.

Most especially, Open Selection has attracted huge support throughout the membership and is unquestionably the rule change which will most affect our party’s future direction. Unfortunately, the selection of parliamentary candidates was not included in the remit of the Labour Democracy Review. As such, we respectfully request that rule changes on the selection of parliamentary candidates be given their own debate of at least 1 ½ hours.

Of behalf of our supporters, of all CLPs who have submitted constitutional amendments, and of all those who believe in the principle of democratic accountability, we would be very happy to receive a quick and positive answer.

In solidarity,

Who's signing

Andrew Brown
Brian Cocozza
maggi adams
susan cox
Kate Thomson
Anthony Peacham
Andrew Crockett
Joe Hill
Julie Smith
John McDermott
Derek Arnold Dickson
kate wreglesworth
Nita Winters
Pete Firmin
Michael Bowles
Mariatu Conteh
Mark cookson
Lesley Letts
Gerry Dominey
Philip Foxe
Eirene Mitsos
Karen Whelan
Stefan Smith
Peter Bloomer
Martin Walsh
Lisa Morris
Ian Tarbatt
Susan Dellet
Frances McStay
Roseane Barros
466 signatures

Will you sign?

  • Andrew Brown
    signed 2018-09-24 19:44:49 +0100
  • Brian Cocozza
    signed via 2018-09-23 18:24:35 +0100
    I hope this is still not actually finalised yet. We all know about how the outgoing NEC have stitched us up, but surely the CAC could still help us get it onto the floor at some point? One thing’s for sure: if it doesn’t happen, there will be serious uproar. Rightly so.
  • maggi adams
    signed 2018-09-22 23:59:11 +0100
    maggi adams
  • susan cox
    signed 2018-09-21 15:00:43 +0100
    susan cox
  • Kate Thomson
    signed 2018-09-21 09:12:43 +0100
  • Anthony Peacham
    signed 2018-09-21 08:33:44 +0100
    The proposed Rule changes need to be given time for due debate and consideration. Let’s have the authenticity and transparency our growing membership deserves.
  • Andrew Crockett
    signed 2018-09-21 04:50:00 +0100
  • Joe Hill
    signed 2018-09-20 22:22:55 +0100
    Please allow sufficient time – we’re talking an hour or two – to discuss this. As far as I understand it, the last 2 decades are lost decades for British and global politics. The current movement in Labour, to democratise politics and make it work for the people, is perhaps a once in a lifetime opportunity. Let’s not throw it away – we’ll regret it, and our children certainly will…
  • Julie Smith
    signed 2018-09-20 21:29:41 +0100
    40 minutes to debate 32 constitutional amendments goes against every tenet of democracy. The party must be more open to the members….I’m pleading with you to allot more time to this vital resolution
  • John McDermott
    signed via 2018-09-20 13:00:33 +0100
    John McDermott
  • Derek Arnold Dickson
    signed via 2018-09-19 17:25:23 +0100
  • kate wreglesworth
    signed via 2018-09-19 15:31:09 +0100
  • Nita Winters
    signed 2018-09-19 12:55:54 +0100
  • Pete Firmin
    signed via 2018-09-19 12:48:32 +0100
    Pete Firmin
  • Michael Bowles
    signed 2018-09-19 12:08:21 +0100
    Michael Bowles
  • Mariatu Conteh
    signed 2018-09-19 09:39:20 +0100
    It is important CLPs choosing their PLP for every general election. PMs job in not for life. For those NEC who are opposed to open selection may regrets their action if refuse to put this motion to conference, because the right are planning to stand under Labour tickets and after the election them they will resign from Labour and sit as an impending MPs and corbyn will have no choice but to resign.

    So my message to members do not allow this to happen. If you observe for the last few days the right keep quiet plotting with the NEC members to stop open selections. So be aware.
  • Mark cookson
    signed via 2018-09-19 09:35:57 +0100
    Mark cookson
  • Lesley Letts
    signed via 2018-09-19 08:56:02 +0100
  • Gerry Dominey
    signed 2018-09-19 07:55:47 +0100
  • Philip Foxe
    signed 2018-09-19 07:02:26 +0100
  • Eirene Mitsos
    signed via 2018-09-19 06:32:29 +0100
  • Karen Whelan
    signed via 2018-09-18 23:53:31 +0100
    Karen Springer
  • Stefan Smith
    signed via 2018-09-18 23:52:56 +0100
  • Peter Bloomer
    signed via 2018-09-18 23:32:24 +0100
    Birmingham, Selly oak clp
  • Martin Walsh
    signed 2018-09-18 23:01:59 +0100
  • Lisa Morris
    signed via 2018-09-18 21:21:57 +0100
  • Ian Tarbatt
    signed 2018-09-18 20:44:45 +0100
  • Susan Dellet
    signed via 2018-09-18 20:23:56 +0100
    Susan Dellet
  • Frances McStay
    signed via 2018-09-18 20:18:09 +0100
    Frances McStay
  • Roseane Barros
    signed 2018-09-18 19:55:47 +0100

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