Anger over women-only shortlists

There was anger and dismay today after the Labour Party forced women-only shortlists on both the Wigan and Makerfield seats.

Against the majority of local members’ wishes, a selection panel from the National Executive Committee insisted that positive discrimination was the way forward in the neighbouring constituencies.(…)

One Wigan party member who declined to be named said: “This is scandalous, sexist and a big blow to democracy.

“We should be able to pick from all the available candidates purely on merit, not restrict ourselves because of their gender.”(…)

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