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.