As the SKWAWKBOX covered last week, Labour’s NEC (National Executive Committee) has signed off on a change of procedure for the selection of parliamentary candidates in eighty key target seats the party aims to win in the next General Election.
Previously for many years the NEC has appointed a panel of NEC members to run selections – which many members feel has resulted in the selection of too many ‘parachuted-in’ candidates or who align with the usually right-wing views of selectors.
But for these eighty seats, local members will elect the selection panel before voting on a shortlist of candidates selected by that panel – a hugely welcome improvement to the party’s internal democracy and a massive opportunity to bring the make-up of the parliamentary Labour Party (PLP) more into line with the party’s membership.
Below is a list (taken from here) of the 80 seats, along with the…
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