We, the undersigned, note that the Labour Party’s constitution states it
is a ‘democratic socialist party’ (Clause IV).
We further note that Keir Starmer stated in February 2020: ‘The selections for
Labour candidates needs to be more democratic, and we should end NEC
impositions of candidates. Local party members should select their
candidates for every election.’
We agree with his statement, and strongly believe that it should be the democratic
right of constituency members to choose their prospective candidates.
With regards to the selection of Parliamentary and other candidates, we note the
growing concern across our movement at the imposition of shortlists
and/or the exclusion of popular local and trade-union backed
candidates in numerous areas.
We therefore call on the NEC to confirm that the selection of candidates is the
democratic right of local Labour Party members and must be upheld.