Bye: The Last Man

The Labour Party has announced that its candidate for Lewisham Deptford (which covers Brockley) in the next election will be drawn from an all-woman shortlist. This is a very safe Labour seat, meaning that Lewisham Deptford is effectively guaranteed another female MP once Dame Joan Ruddock steps down.

Lewisham Deptford is one of five London seats which will be subject to all-female Labour shortlists. Harriet Harman, Deputy Leader of the Labour Party, said: “I am calling on women to put themselves forward for the All Women Shortlists announced in London."

All-women shortlists are probably the least-worst solution to the challenge of creating a more representative House of Commons.

7 comments:

max doom! said...

 I read somewhere their periods attract bears

Max Dumb said...

Dont be silly, you cant read.

max doom! said...

gah!

Max Dumb Ninja Edit said...

*can't

david said...

Brian K Vaughan reference there, Nick?

Brockley Nick said...

Yep, was torn between Bye: The Last Man or X: The Last Man (as in X to cast your vote). Consulted someone on which would be better and was told that either made me a self-absorbed sexist pig for choosing a headline that focused on the male angle, rather than celebrating the achievements of women. So I went with Bye: The Last Man.

Jim Connell said...

In the 2010 General Election the top three candidates were women: Joan Ruddock (LABOUR) (54% of the votes cast) who was elected, Tam Langley (LIBDEM) 23% and Gillian Townsend (CON) 13%, so 90% of the votes cast were for women. 
It looks as though a woman candidate who is likely to win encourages other parties to also choose women candidates. 

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