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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Ed Miliband has set out a series of reforms designed to end the "machine politics" behind the alleged ballot-rigging controversy in Falkirk. Conservatives asked the police to investigate Labour's candidate selection process in Greater London.