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 Even if many motions are withdrawn or made irrelevant by NEC proposals, this is clearly unrealistic.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

Johnny Milner
Rebecca Burwood
Pam Bromley
Lyn Szczepura
Noel Wheatley
Danny Speight
mike Moore
Peter Brown
Simon Hall
Paul Sandvig
Derek Kelsey
Mark Pryke
Jeff Davies
Barry Nordqvist
Julie Harrington
Andrew Adams
Tim Munton
Belinda Berry
Mark Chapman
Ian Hollingworth
Kathryn Houghton
Paul Thomas-Moore
John A Thatcher
Alan Whittaker
Jon Baird
David Lee #Gtto
zoe allan
Kevin Morrison
David Spratt
466 signatures

Will you sign?

  • Johnny Milner
    signed 2018-09-17 08:13:51 +0100
  • Rebecca Burwood
    signed 2018-09-17 07:56:19 +0100
  • Pam Bromley
    signed 2018-09-17 07:49:13 +0100
    Pam Bromley – These changes are important for democracy and need enough time to be considered carefully.
  • Lyn Szczepura
    signed via 2018-09-17 07:42:39 +0100
  • Noel Wheatley
    signed 2018-09-17 07:35:27 +0100
    Noel Wheatley
  • Danny Speight
    signed 2018-09-17 07:34:16 +0100
  • mike Moore
    signed 2018-09-17 07:33:01 +0100
  • Peter Brown
    signed 2018-09-17 07:29:11 +0100
    Peter Brown
  • Simon Hall
    signed 2018-09-17 07:26:42 +0100
  • Paul Sandvig
    signed 2018-09-17 07:00:30 +0100
  • Derek Kelsey
    signed 2018-09-17 06:58:46 +0100
  • Mark Pryke
    signed 2018-09-17 06:57:56 +0100
  • Jeff Davies
    signed 2018-09-17 06:54:51 +0100
  • Barry Nordqvist
    signed via 2018-09-17 06:49:27 +0100
  • Julie Harrington
    signed 2018-09-17 06:14:30 +0100
  • Andrew Adams
    signed 2018-09-17 05:08:43 +0100
  • Tim Munton
    signed 2018-09-17 03:28:19 +0100
    It is vital that this be given to conference to vote on & that there be 1 and a half hours to debate it ( & indeed a whole morning including the other proposed changes ) –

    as without open selection for mps/would-be mps there is no real or meaningful democratic process.

    Also the wider public electorate need to be respected –

    ie only with open selection can they be sure that a candidate for mp is truly representative of their local Labour party -

    This is important as research has shown the vast majority of votes are cast because voters favour the party not the individual candidate – therefore with open selection they will be reassured that the candidate is solidly backed by the local party

    ( as opposed to being selected by non-local hierarchy or selection almost set in stone from the past or less transparent & democratic procedures etc )

    Kind regards,

    Tim Munton
  • Belinda Berry
    signed via 2018-09-17 03:03:50 +0100
  • Mark Chapman
    signed via 2018-09-17 02:56:42 +0100
    Mark Chapman
  • Ian Hollingworth
    signed 2018-09-17 02:33:33 +0100
  • Kathryn Houghton
    signed 2018-09-17 00:54:49 +0100
  • Paul Thomas-Moore
    signed 2018-09-17 00:14:18 +0100
  • John A Thatcher
    signed via 2018-09-17 00:06:40 +0100
    John A Thatcher
  • Alan Whittaker
    signed 2018-09-17 00:05:42 +0100
  • Jon Baird
    signed 2018-09-17 00:01:35 +0100
  • David Lee #Gtto
    @meteorcurator tweeted link to this page. 2018-09-16 23:45:53 +0100
  • David Lee #Gtto
    signed 2018-09-16 23:45:29 +0100
  • zoe allan
    signed via 2018-09-16 23:21:45 +0100
  • Kevin Morrison
    signed 2018-09-16 23:21:41 +0100
  • David Spratt
    signed 2018-09-16 23:18:39 +0100
    If we are to be a member-led party, then members MUST be given time to debate this crucial issue.

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