It will come as no surprise to those who have been following my Democracy Roadshow that I am bitterly disappointed that our 2018 conference missed a historic opportunity to adopt Open Selections. Despite 90% of Constituency Labour party delegates wishing to debate open selections, other delegations took a different view.
It would be easy to dismiss out of hand the changes to the trigger ballot system for parliamentary selections that were approved. But that would be to make the mistake of seeing this improved outcome as the enemy of the best one.
Under the reformed system, it will be easier for grassroots members and affiliated trade union branches to trigger an open selection, which is a significant advance. Under these rules MPs who previously believed they had carte blanche to act as they pleased in parliament will now be required to pay much more attention to local members and trade unionists.