Monday 23 November 2009

Labour women

When a Labour MP stands down it is normally the party’s National Executive Committee (NEC) that decides how the contest to become the new candidate for the seat works.

But there are so many Labour MPs standing down at the next election that the NEC has had to set up a special sub-committee to deal with the issue.

It will meet tonight to fix which of 14 constituencies should hold open contests, which should hold contests from all woman shortlists and on which they should impose a candidate.

There is a feeling that with Harriet Harman weilding a fair bit of clout on the NEC the majority of the 14 will be all woman shortlists.

The rumour, as well as talk of imposed candidates, is already causing friction at a local level.


Anonymous said...

Come on Baby, let the good times roll

Like ferrets fighting in a sack or a cat fight.


McGonagall said...

"For who can denie but it is repugneth to nature, that the blind shall be appointed to leade and conduct such as do see? That the weake, the sicke and impotent persons shall norishe and kepe the hole and strong? And finallie, that the foolishe, madde and phrenetike shal governe the discrete and give counsel to such as be sober of mind. And such be al women, compared unto man in bearing of authoritie. For their sight in civile regiment is but blindness; their strength, weaknes; their counsel, foolishnes; and judgment, phrensie, if it be rightlie considered."

John Knox 1558

Dean MacKinnon-Thomson said...

I understand the desire to have all women shortlists, and some form of positive descrimination in favour of females. However, that said, it does grate with me- especially as it is implicitly saying women arent capable of competing against men. I do not like this unintended statement.

Free, open and fair without imposed shortlists is preferable [for both Labour and Tory]

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