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AMs set up petition to change the way Welsh Labour elects its leaders

April 30, 2018 at 10:20 AM

Four women Assembly Members are calling on Welsh Labour to change its electoral college system and adopt 'One Member, One Vote' – including for the election of its new leader in the autumn.

Julie Morgan, Julie James, Jenny Rathbone and Jane Hutt have created a petition for 'One Member, One Vote' (OMOV) for all future elections – find it here: OMOV Petition – and are urging Labour Party members in Wales to sign and share.

The petition has already been signed by more than 1,000 people since it was set up a short time ago. There is also a Facebook page so members can share on their personal newsfeeds – link to the OMOV Facebook page.

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What the One Member, One Vote petition says

** We urgently need OMOV before the autumn when Carwyn Jones steps down.**

You may know that the recent deputy leadership election was conducted using the Electoral College system – so the winner had 7,709 votes but the runner up had 9,110 of all votes cast and 65% of the membership vote.
The Electoral College system means that an MP or AM's vote is worth 400 times that of a member.
OMOV was used to elect Labour's UK leader Jeremy Corbyn and it is the only way, I believe, to give all members – including our many new members – a real say in the future of the party.

Please sign this petition to bring in OMOV and to hold the party Democracy Review as soon as possible – and before we elect Carwyn Jones' successor.