Tessa Jowell: Labour needs a new open politics

In her first speech since being appointed Minister for the Cabinet Office, Rt Hon Tessa Jowell MP will  tonight call for an end to the 'political closed shop' and for Labour to embrace a new 'open, pluralist politics'.  

At the Demos event ‘Power to the People: A Prospectus on the Future of Labour’ Jowell will  outline her vision of 'progressive Labourism' and call for power to 'rest with people and not institutions'. She will say:

'That means our political parties should be open to those who share our values but do not wish to join; companies should be open to the involvement of their employees; and public services should be owned by the people through a new conception of public ownership That is the very essence of progressive Labourism.'

Jowell will  announce her support for the selection of parliamentary candidates through US-style ‘open primaries’ , call for Labour to build 'an asset-owning democracy' and offer 'a more pluralistic notion of public service ownership built around the notion of public service mutualism'.   

This speech will be included in, and comes the day before Demos publishes, What Next for Labour? a collection of expert opinions on how Labour can emerge from its recent crisis of leadership and identity.


Notes to Editors:

The event will take place at Porticullis House, Grimond Room, London SW1A 2LW.

Please note that spaces are limited. Contact events@demos.co.uk or 020 7367 6333 to RSVP, request additional information or to inform us of any access requirements.