A new campaign has been launched to promote awareness of a vital rule-change that has been proposed by Labour International (LI) CLP (constituency Labour party) for a vote at Labour’s annual conference this autumn in Liverpool.
The Open Selection site describes its aims:
A VITAL STEP FOR LABOUR DEMOCRACY
This campaign is being organised by a group of Labour Party members to support the motion on candidate selection put forward by Labour International. It’s due for discussion at the Labour Party Annual Conference in Liverpool from 23rd to 26th September 2018.
If passed, this rule-change motion will provide for regular open democratic selection of all Labour Party parliamentary candidates by the members of their Constituency Labour Parties, regardless of whether they are sitting MPs or not. This will be on a One Member One Vote basis.
Improving the Labour Party’s democratic arrangements is a vital step forward in renewing the Party’s ability to form a radical government. Nowhere is this more necessary than in the process for MP selection. We do not think this should be a process of angst and acrimony. Rather it should simply be a normal regular part of the Party’s democratic processes.
We believe the best chance of securing this is to support this motion from Labour International.
The solution to the issue of CLPs stuck with MPs they disagree with, don’t trust or find themselves fighting against is a common one, with a rump of around fifty MPs who represent the intransigent remnant of the Labour right that still can’t reconcile itself to the popularity of Jeremy Corbyn’s leadership and the party’s policies under him.
The ‘trigger ballot’ system for removing an MP is unfit for purpose and far too easy for local right-wingers to rig. Some MPs have stacked CLP structures with their supporters, often including family members, making it difficult for left-wing members to challenge them. Questionable union branch affiliations are a phenomenon the SKWAWKBOX hears about frequently and appear primarily aimed at overwhelming potential trigger ballots in favour of incumbents unpopular with their members.
The LI motion will resolve those problems and make MPs genuinely accountable again to their local members. The SKWAWKBOX asks every member to familiarise her/himself with the motion and the campaign – and to ask your local CLP/Momentum and/or your union to mandate its conference delegates to support it.
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