Labour’s NEC has this evening agreed to put the 33% ‘affirmative ballot‘ system favoured by Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn to Conference as a formal statement for future parliamentary candidate selections. As the SKWAWKBOX described last week, this is a low bar for members wishing to change their MP – not the ‘no bar’ hoped for by ‘open selection’ campaigners, but equally democratic, requiring members to win only one in every three branches in their constituency to force a selection contest. MPs, by contrast, will need to win five out of every six to prevent one.
The NEC statement to conference means that open selection motions are effectively ruled out.
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