Letter: MPs' secret voting

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Sir: Back in the 1980s Ken Livingstone and I agreed that open ballots were an essential element of keeping MPs accountable to Labour's membership.

Today it seems that he and his supporters are arguing that MPs' votes in internal party elections should be recorded.

When we were members of the Campaign for Labour Party Democracy some time ago, Ken would not have argued for such secrecy, and I think that we on the left of the party require an explanation for his sudden change of mind.


(Lab, Tottenham)

House of Commons, London W1