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I haven't found this specific finished regulation with a quick search, but here it is at proposal stage:

`Reselect all Labour MPs' - News - The Independent

Monday, 16 November 1998

ONE OF Tony Blair's most trusted party modernisers last night heightened the row over Labour's "control freakery" with a call for all sitting MPs to be vetted by re-selection panels.

Fraser Kemp, the party's former general election co-ordinator, said even cabinet ministers should be subject to Millbank approval.

Mr Kemp, MP for Houghton and Washington East, said the system would root out members who attacked the Government "every five minutes".

The suggestion, backed by senior officials, is likely to be seen as a "softening-up exercise" ahead of a move to introduce the change at the next party conference. MPs would be interviewed by an NEC panel similar to those set up to vet candidates for councils, the Scottish Parliament, Welsh Assembly and London mayoralty.

Critics say the system has been used to block left-wing candidates in Scotland and Wales and will be used to halt Ken Livingstone in London.



*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.
by DoDo on Fri Jun 5th, 2009 at 04:56:43 PM EST
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I think it was the 2005 elections when they ratcheted this up one more.

*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.
by DoDo on Fri Jun 5th, 2009 at 04:59:28 PM EST
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No, you are right.  Vetting panels select the MP candidates.  This is (one of many reasons) why I would never bother standing since I know I'd not get through the vetting or be put in a winnable seat.

One member, one vote is for Assembly Member candidates from the shortlist (branches nominate candidates to the shortlist).  MEPs are selected by vetting panels.  Then the constituency meetings are asked to approve this.

Would anyone like a diary on the AM selection process we've been going through here?

by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Fri Jun 5th, 2009 at 05:08:32 PM EST
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I may be mistaken, but haven't you diaried just that about a year ago?

*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.
by DoDo on Fri Jun 5th, 2009 at 05:12:39 PM EST
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A year ago would have been the local council elections, the AM selection process is new to all of us and we are still part way through.
by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Fri Jun 5th, 2009 at 05:17:30 PM EST
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Hm... I am not at all certain, but I think it was a different story from your two battling councillors. Or maybe it was a long comment... Anyway, if I can't find it and you don't remember anything like it, and especially if its practice is new stuff for you, of course write about it!

*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.
by DoDo on Fri Jun 5th, 2009 at 05:21:03 PM EST
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