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Labour Conference 2018 Labour Delegates vote in favour of selection reforms

DELEGATES at Labour conference have supported plans to reform the selection process for MP candidates and for leadership elections.

Changes to parliamentary candidate selection were approved by 65.32 per cent of delegates. 

This means that the threshold to force sitting MPs to fight open selection battles will be cut from 50 per cent to 33 per cent of local branches or affiliated unions.

A spokesman for Momentum said: “Although it stops short of open selections, the changes to how parliamentary candidates are selected will give members far more say in who represents them and help open the door to a new generation of MPs.”

Changes to the leadership contest rules were approved by 63.94 per cent of delegates.

A candidate would still need 10 per cent of MPs to nominate them but would now also need the backing of 5 per cent of constituency parties or 5 per cent of members of trade unions or affiliated organisations.

Momentum’s spokesman added that the change is “deeply disappointing,” but at least it is not the “dramatic increase … proposed earlier in the week which would have stopped a socialist candidate getting on the ballot in a future leadership contest.”

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