New plan means local Labour members will have a chance to choose election candidates

All smiles: Jennie Formby and Jeremy Corbyn know the plan to give local Labour members greater control over the selection of Parliamentary candidates will be hugely popular.

This is interesting, from Skwawkbox:

[A Labour] NEC source has told the SKWAWKBOX that the NEC has made a statement of intent – and of the party’s preparedness for a new general election – by authorising Labour general secretary Jennie Formby to prepare a plan to ensure that CLPs have the opportunity to call a selection process if they so wish, even if Theresa May calls a new ‘snap’, short-campaign general election.

On the face of it, this is excellent news. It means constituency Labour Party members will be able to end the cronyism that corrupted New Labour, when candidates were parachuted into safe seats because it suited the leadership of the time.

But there’s no plan yet, and rumours are circulating that an election may take place as early as February 28.

If she was minded to do so, it would be in Theresa May’s interest to call an election before Labour can put candidates in place who will command the support of the general public, rather than just party loyalists.

And Labour’s NEC cannot meet to approve any plan that Ms Formby concocts until March.

I’m not saying Mrs May will call an election – just that she would be wise to do it before Labour is prepared.

But then, who could ever accuse Theresa May of wisdom?

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  1. Growing Flame January 26, 2019 at 11:11 am - Reply

    This sounds good, though,at the last election, in our Constituency in the South we had a reasonable local candidate selected by the NEC as we had no time to choose our own. Since then , we have had a local selection process already and chose a very good candidate. I was really impressed by the procedures and the handling of the final hustings. Hundreds of Labour members attending to choose the preferred candidate. But it was a long, slow, if exciting process. I must have assumed that this was the normal situation and that our NEC-selected candidate for the snap election had been “imposed” because there was no time for anything else. Were we unusually favoured recently in being able to choose our own candidate? What happens elsewhere?

  2. Tony January 26, 2019 at 11:31 am - Reply

    I certainly hope that Tom Watson, Theresa May’s pro-nuclear war pal, will face a challenge in his constituency:

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