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 Even if many motions are withdrawn or made irrelevant by NEC proposals, this is clearly unrealistic.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

Kate Varnfield
Beverley Sinton
Craig Walsh
Greg Ryan
Roger Luffman
Andrew Kennedy
Alan Conway
Paul Johnson
Wayne Thompson
Gwyn Pendry
Bill Haylock
Dawn Hanif
Yvonne Deeney
Tony Squires
Debbie Litchfield
Carolyn Redfern
Gary Holding
Christine Miller
Kirk Williams
Jan Cole
Richard Hoffmann
richard hick
Adrian Barker
Heber David Martin
Andrew White
Nicky Davis
Denver Johnson
Frederick Gent
Sebastian Spence
466 signatures

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  • Kate Varnfield
    signed via 2018-09-17 21:31:40 +0100
  • Beverley Sinton
    signed via 2018-09-17 21:30:58 +0100
  • Craig Walsh
    signed 2018-09-17 21:24:13 +0100
    Craig Walsh
  • Greg Ryan
    signed 2018-09-17 20:54:21 +0100
  • Roger Luffman
    signed 2018-09-17 20:39:25 +0100
  • Andrew Kennedy
    signed 2018-09-17 20:28:32 +0100
  • Alan Conway
    signed 2018-09-17 20:26:33 +0100
  • Paul Johnson
    signed 2018-09-17 20:16:51 +0100
  • Wayne Thompson
    signed 2018-09-17 20:14:58 +0100
  • Gwyn Pendry
    signed via 2018-09-17 19:57:17 +0100
    Gwyn & John Pendry
  • Bill Haylock
    signed 2018-09-17 19:48:03 +0100
  • Dawn Hanif
    signed 2018-09-17 19:40:34 +0100
  • Yvonne Deeney
    signed via 2018-09-17 19:39:44 +0100
  • Tony Squires
    signed 2018-09-17 18:46:20 +0100
  • Debbie Litchfield
    signed 2018-09-17 18:44:00 +0100
  • Carolyn Redfern
    signed via 2018-09-17 18:42:46 +0100
    I feel it is ESSENTIAL for real democracy that Labour Party Members are able to choose their own candidates.
  • Gary Holding
    signed 2018-09-17 18:09:55 +0100
  • Christine Miller
    signed 2018-09-17 18:08:47 +0100
  • Kirk Williams
    @kirkdwilliams tweeted link to this page. 2018-09-17 18:04:21 +0100
  • Kirk Williams
    signed 2018-09-17 18:04:11 +0100
    Party democracy is critical to our future and presentation/debate needs to be given the platform and time needed
  • Jan Cole
    signed 2018-09-17 17:52:19 +0100
  • Richard Hoffmann
    signed 2018-09-17 17:51:40 +0100
    Richard Hoffmann
  • richard hick
    signed 2018-09-17 17:38:59 +0100
  • Adrian Barker
    signed 2018-09-17 17:26:43 +0100
  • Heber David Martin
    signed 2018-09-17 16:14:12 +0100
  • Andrew White
    signed 2018-09-17 16:13:09 +0100
  • Nicky Davis
    signed 2018-09-17 16:10:11 +0100
  • Denver Johnson
    signed 2018-09-17 16:09:56 +0100
    More amendments means more time is needed…..
  • Frederick Gent
    signed 2018-09-17 15:57:54 +0100
    Frederick Gent
  • Sebastian Spence
    signed 2018-09-17 15:32:00 +0100
    Sebastian Spence

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