Ten local parties selecting new MPs to be told whether open or female-only list of potential candidates
Labour’s National Executive Committee (NEC) has decided whether ten seats being vacated by retiring incumbent MPs will select their replacements from open lists of potential candidates or from all-women shortlists (AWS).
The seats in question and the NEC decision are listed below:
- Ashfield: current MP Gloria de Piero. AWS
- Blyth Valley: current MP Ronnie Campbell. AWS
- City of Durham: current MP Roberta Blackman-Woods. AWS
- Coventry North West: current MP Geoffrey Robinson. Open
- Ealing North: current MP Stephen pound. Open
- Erith & Thamesmead: current MP Teresa Pearce. AWS
- Liverpool West Derby: current MP Stephen Twigg. Open
- Poplar & Limehouse: Current MP Jim Fitzpatrick. AWS
- Rother Valley: current MP Kevin Barron. Open
- Vauxhall: current MP Kate Hoey. Open
Tom Watson, AWOL since Jeremy Corbyn called his bluff last week by inviting MPs of different parties to work with him to prevent a hard Brexit, participated in the NEC vote.
Walthamstow MP Stella Creasy has claimed the list does not “champion equality”. However, while six of the above seats are currently occupied by men, five of the ten have been designated AWS. Even in the unlikely event that male candidates are selected in all of the “open” seats, the number of women MPs will increase.
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