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Calls for changes to search powers

Labour is calling for an overhaul of Stop and Search powers. It claims the impact the rules have on ethic minorities is shameful and that reform is urgently needed.

The arrest rate from searches has improved in London since 2009, but is still under 17%. Shadow Home Secretary Yvette Cooper also wants current guidance on avoiding race discrimination to be replaced with legislation.

MP fined for jumping red light in central London

An Labour MP, who once served as Minister for Sport, has been fined for jumping a red light in central London. Kate Hoey drove her Mini through a signal on Victoria Embankment last July. The light turned red just over a second before.

Vauxhall MP, Kate Hoey Credit: Press Association

Kate Hoey, who has been MP for Vauxhall since 1989, was fined £240 after admitting going through the red light. She was also given three penalty points.


Londoners to vote in US-style mayoral primaries

Londoners will be able to vote in American presidential-style primaries to choose Labour's next candidate for mayor.

Party members and people who register as Labour supporters can have their say.

The change announced today by Ed Miliband reduces the impact of trade unions on the selection of candidates.

The details now from our Political Correspondent Simon Harris

Londoners to choose 2016 Labour mayoral candidate

Labour leader Ed Miliband announced he has appointed former Labour general secretary and union official Lord (Ray) Collins of Highbury to lead work on the introduction of a new system, which will consider an open primary process for the London mayoral candidate selection.

Lord Collins will also consider how the proposals could be spread to other parts of the country.

  • Under Mr Miliband's proposals, any Londoner registering as a Labour supporter will be eligible to vote in the ballot to choose a candidate to replace Boris Johnson in 2016.
  • A new code of conduct will be drawn up to cover all applicants to be Labour parliamentary candidates.


Miliband to introduce open primary elections for mayor

Ed Miliband who remains locked in an increasingly bitter dispute with Labour's biggest trade union backer. Credit: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire

Ed Miliband has set out a series of reforms designed to reshape Labour's relationship with the trade unions and end the "machine politics" behind the alleged ballot-rigging controversy in Falkirk.

In changes which could provoke a major clash with the union bosses who bankroll his party, Mr Miliband said he would reform the system of affiliating union members to Labour.

He also said he would introduce a code of conduct for would-be election candidates and introduce open primary elections for Labour's next candidate for London Mayor.

Sadiq Khan: Labour 'opening up selection of Mayor'

US-style primaries prompt 'valuable debate' and make 'great strides in engaging the electorate, the shadow justice secretary said today, as Labour announced a new code of conduct over mayoral candidate selection after the Falkirk row.

Sadiq Khan, Shadow Justice Secretary. Credit: Peter Byrne/PA Wire

Sadiq Khan wrote in the Evening Standard today: "Primaries help make politics exciting: for some time I’ve backed calls for such a process in London. So I support Ed Miliband’s landmark announcement today that Labour will use a primary to pick our candidate for London Mayor in 2016.

" All Londoners of voting age who are either a Labour Party member or have registered as a supporter will have a say in who becomes Labour’s candidate".

Labour announces new code for mayoral selection


"We will have a new code of conduct for those seeking parliamentary selection." - EM #betterpolitics


"We will also agree new spending limits for Parliamentary selections to include for the first time spending by outside organisations." - EM


"These changes are about making it possible for us to change Britain for the better." - EM #betterpolitics

Labour unveils how mayoral candidate will be chosen

Ed Miliband will today unveil his plans to change the link between the trade union movement and the Labour party, and a reform of the process through which party candidates are selected. In a speech this morning in London, he will propose the following:

  • Labour's next candidate for mayor of London to be picked through a system of US-style primaries.
  • There is a possibility they could be extended to the selection of parliamentary candidates where the local constituency party is weak.
  • There will also be spending caps in selection contests for Parliament and the European Parliament covering both would-be candidates and any organisation backing them.
  • A new code of conduct will be drawn up for those seeking parliamentary selection, with the prospect of disqualification if they breach the rules.
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