My statement for the Open Labour elections

Open Labour has made a huge contribution to Labour and I want to help us do even more.

Open Labour should lead the argument that the Covid-19 response should put people’s wellbeing first before business. Covid-19 is disproportionately impacting BAME people and, as Open Labour London BAME Officer, I have been leading work on this issue.

After Covid-19 is over, we cannot just go back to business as usual. The right wants more austerity. We need to argue for building back better to a more equitable, closer-knit and green society.

I fully back Open Labour’s support for a more inclusive culture in Labour and to oppose antisemitism, racism, sexism, transphobia and other forms of discrimination.  

My experience includes being vice-chair of the Society of Labour Lawyers, defending human rights and legal aid. Before I became a lawyer, I co-founded the UpRising Leadership Programme for young leaders from diverse backgrounds. I also worked for Emily Thornberry MP, helping her retain her then marginal seat, campaign for more affordable housing and stop plans for 90 days detention for terrorist suspects.

More of my ideas are at If you have any questions, please email me:  

Please give me your 1st vote.

Omar Salem is standing for an open position on the Open Labour National Committee. You can find out more about why he is standing and what he stands for here.

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