Only Stand to Win

There are seats that Labour cannot win, but the Tories can lose. Only Stand to Win is a campaign for a small Labour Party rule change to allow local parties to decide whether to stand a candidate or not.

This is all about extending democracy to the grassroots so that local people decide where to stand.

We’ve got a plan, and now we need the power to build support in and around Labour. That’s you.

 

 

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In 2022 we’ve set our eyes on getting the Labour Party a chance to lead a progressive government to make a good society a reality.

To do so, Labour needs to Only Stand to Win.

As it stands Labour contests every seat in the country. In the vast majority of places this makes sense, but in a small number of seats it doesn’t. 

These are the seats in which Labour cannot win but the Tories can lose.  

In 2019, there were more than 60 tragedies where the votes of broadly speaking progressive parties won the majority of votes but lost the seat. 

By always standing everywhere Labour splits the anti-Tory vote and denies scarce resources being deployed nearby where Labour can win.  

Only Stand to Win is a campaign for a small Labour Party rule change to allow local parties to decide whether to stand a candidate or not.

By having the local power to decide whether to stand a candidate or not, Labour parties can, where it is sensible, maximise the anti Tory vote where Labour can’t win and maximise the vote where Labour can. 

This will maximise the anti-Tory vote where Labour can’t win and maximise the vote where Labour can. 

Such a local democratic decision makes a nonsense of the charge of ’stitch ups’. It is our voting system that stitches up votes and rewards candidates on small proportions of the vote – ensuring a government that doesn’t represent the will of the people. 

Because of our voting system, over 70% of votes in 2019 were surplus or went to candidates that weren’t elected. 22 million votes ignored. This has to change.

This is all about extending democracy to the grassroots so that local people decide where to stand – not party bureaucrats doing private deals. 

We simply do not see what the point is of standing candidates in places that only help Tory candidates win.

Lib Dem and Green Party members already have this right. It’s Labour we need to shift. 

We’ve got a plan, and now we need the power to build support in and around Labour. That’s you.

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Join the movement if you’re not a member of the Labour Party

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