Progress aims to shine a light on the processes by which parliamentary and local government candidates are selected. We understand that putting yourself forward for selections can be daunting, difficult and time-consuming. But with good preparation, the barriers which put off too many people are not insurmountable.
What Progress provides:
- Training on the process
Progress has therefore developed a workshop for those who are interested in getting selected. The workshop covers campaign planning, messaging and organising a campaign team.
To attend the workshop you must be a Progress member on the day of the training session.
The training is led by Richard Angell. Richard is the former chair of Young Labour and is currently deputy director of Progress. He helped with a number of successful selection campaigns in the last parliament, including those of Stephen Twigg, Emma Reynolds, Jonathan Reynolds, Gloria De Piero and Tom Blenkinsop, all now members of parliament.
Following the training, Richard is able to provide advice and help on leaflets, speeches and campaign packs to Progress members going for selection who request it.
What Progress doesn’t provide:
Progress cannot support candidates financially or provide additional assistance with contacting members or visits.
The role of the Progress strategy board:
Progress’ advice, training and guidance on selections is provided by Richard Angell, deputy director. Please email him on richard[at]progressonline.org.uk.
If any Progress member has any concerns or issues they wish to raise, please contact Robert Philpot, director. You can email him on robert[at]progressonline.org.uk.
The work of Progress in and around selections remains primarily to help people to understand Labour’s complicated and ever-changing selection regime. This work is, however, overseen by the Progress strategy board, who have nominated Alison McGovern MP, Claire Reynolds and Hopi Sen to oversee this work. They can be contacted on selections[at]progressonline.org.uk.
The next training event is scheduled for:
We currently have no selection training events scheduled. Get in touch if you wish to suggest one in your area.
Selections currently taking place include:
Applications Close: Fri 17 May 2013;
Shortlisting Interviews: Sat 29 Jun 2013;
Final Hustings and Count: Sat 20 Jul 2013
Procedure Secretary: Sally Marthaler;
Candidates who have submitted applications may purchase membership lists from South East Regional Office on 0118 923 9400
Applications Close: 24 May 2013, 5 PM;
Shortlisting interviews: 29 Jun 2013;
Final hustings and count: 27 Jul 2013;
Procedure secretary: Alan Slomson;
Candidates who have submitted applications may purchase membership lists from Yorkshire & the Humber Regional Office on 0192 429 1221
HAMPSTEAD AND KILBURN
Applications close: 27 May 2013;
Shortlisting interviews: 23 Jun 2013;
Final hustings and count: 14 Jul 2013;
Procedure secretary: David Queen;
Candidates who have submitted applications may purchase membership lists from London Regional Office on 0207 783 1170
Applications close: 28 May 2013, 12 PM;
Shortlisting interviews: 15 Jun 2013;
Final hustings and count: 20 Jul 2013;
Procedure secretary: Charlie Sarell;
Candidates who have submitted applications may purchase membership lists from East Midlands Regional Office on 0115 943 1777
APPLICATIONS CLOSED – SELECTION UNDER WAY
City of Chester
Check out the latest open parliamentary selections on MembersNet. More about these seats can be found here on Membersnet.
The list of recent open/all-women shortlist seats is here.
Articles on selection:
- What is happening with the Euro selections, Jon Worth, 10 April 2013
- Selective memory, Richard Angell, 4 March 2013
- City selectors, Richard Angell, 4 April 2012
- No-women shortlists, Sarah Hayward, 3 August 2011
- Making the most of primaries, Richard Angell, 16 June 2011
- Our island story, Richard Angell, 30 April 2011
- The tortoise and the hare, Jack Storry, 8 April 2011
- No closed shop, Luke Akehurst, 23 March 2011
- Closed shop, Richard Angell, 15 March 2011