Open letter supporting Ed Miliband on trying primaries for Labour selections

Published in The Guardian, Saturday 13 July 2013 []

We welcome Ed Miliband's bold speech setting out reforms to ensure that Labour politics is more open and that machine politics is consigned to history. Organisations like Pragmatic Radicalism, through its Top of the Policies events, are pioneering new ways to encourage the participation of the broadest possible range of people in Labour policy-making.

We support Ed Miliband's view that Labour must “reach out to others outside our Party” in order “to genuinely build a movement again”, and agree that primaries may help this process. While no panacea, experimenting with primaries between now and the next election will show the British public that we are an outward-looking party that aspires to bring in a wider range of people as our candidates, not just a narrow elite.


Promoted by John Slinger []


John Slinger - Chair, Pragmatic Radicalism
Cllr Mike Harris - International officer, Pragmatic Radicalism
Jonathan Todd - Vice-chair, Pragmatic Radicalism
Amanda Ramsay - Vice-chair, Pragmatic Radicalism
John Mann MP
Gisela Stuart MP
Steve Reed MP
Jenny Chapman MP
Graham Jones MP
David Lammy MP
Ann Clwyd MP
John Woodcock MP
Kevin Barron MP
Lord Rogers of Riverside
Cllr Theo Blackwell - London Borough of Camden
Cllr Simon Hogg - London Borough of Wandsworth
Cllr Rachel Rogers- Chair, Labour Group, Weymouth and Portland Borough Council
Robert Philpot - Director, Progress
Joe Dancey - Acting director, Progress
Peter Watt - Former general secretary of the Labour Party
James Bloodworth - Editor, Left Foot Forward
Hopi Sen - Former head of campaigns, parliamentary Labour party
Cllr Mike Le-Surf - Leader, Labour group, Brentwood Borough Council
Anthony Painter - Author, Left without a future?
Cllr Stephen Cowan - Leader, Labour group, London Borough of Hammersmith & Fulham
David Goodhart
Jess Asato - Labour PPC for Norwich North
Alex Smith - Former Ed Miliband adviser/ Editor LabourList
Jonny Medland - Secretary, Battersea Labour party
Atul Hatwal - Editor, Labour Uncut
Lord Turnberg
Vijay Singh Riyait
Cllr Phil Jones
Maureen & Richard Ramsay
Rana Nisar
David Peters
Sam Dowling - PragRad & Labour Party Member
Mark Hendrick MP

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