Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Why the Labour Party Must Hold Primaries - eGov monitor

eGov monitor - A Policy Dialogue Platform | Promoting Better Governance:

Labour should hold primaries to choose their parliamentary candidates says Jessica Asato from Progress. She articulates the benefits of holding primaries and argues these could be the catalyst to improve the trust between voters and politicians.

Primaries officially came of age in 2009. In early August the Conservative Party adopted a primary in its parliamentary selection in Totnes, following the resignation of expenses pariah, Sir Anthony Steen. Over 20,000 voters, around 23.9% according to the Conservatives, turned out to select a local GP in what has been seen as the most successful use of a primary yet, albeit at a £20,000 cost to the party.


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