Concern over Labour shortlist proposals

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A LABOUR politician in a constituency hit by a rift over an all-women shortlist expressed reservations about plans to boost the number of female Labour candidates.

The executive member of Blaenau Gwent Council spoke out yesterday after the Welsh Labour Party unveiled proposals to increase the number of women selected in winnable seats to 50 per cent at the next council elections – with party conference backing the use of 50:50 shortlists.

A Labour decision to select Maggie Jones for the Blaenau Gwent parliamentary constituency in 2005 from an all-women shortlist imposed on the constituency backfired when they lost the seat to rebel Paul Law, creating a major rift in the area. Labour later lost control of Blaenau Gwent council.

Labour Councillor Haydn Trollope, executive member for work transformation and partnership at Blaenau Gwent Council, said: “I believe it should be the right candidate for the job whatever the gender. I honestly believe that the Labour Party has got to learn from mistakes from the past.”

Mother-of-two Ruth Jones has been selected to fight the Monmouth parliamentary seat at the next general election for Labour through an all-women shortlist.

She said: “You can’t have 50 per cent of the electorate unrepresented in the party. But you have to do it in a way so as not to alienate people."

Labour Councillor for Newport Chris Evans added: “Positive discrimination is broadly a good thing and in principle I welcome it."

A Labour party spokesman said: “We make absolutely no apologies for seeking to ensure fair gender representation. The current state of affairs is not good and women are under-represented with only 26 per cent of councillors in Wales being women."

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6:26pm Mon 21 Apr 14

Cllr Emma Garland says...

I'd love to agree with what was said about open short lists, and it being the best person for the job, but the facts say women do not get selected in open short lists, hence we have such poor representation of women now.
I'd love to agree with what was said about open short lists, and it being the best person for the job, but the facts say women do not get selected in open short lists, hence we have such poor representation of women now. Cllr Emma Garland
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7:16pm Mon 21 Apr 14

Ollie254 says...

Meritocracy is all that counts. If that means that every Councillor, MP, Doctor, Captain of Industry, Astronaut , head cook and bottle washer is female or male then so be it. Positive discrimination is unwelcome and does not best serve the community who councillors are meant to represent.
Meritocracy is all that counts. If that means that every Councillor, MP, Doctor, Captain of Industry, Astronaut , head cook and bottle washer is female or male then so be it. Positive discrimination is unwelcome and does not best serve the community who councillors are meant to represent. Ollie254
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7:24am Tue 22 Apr 14

Llanmartinangel says...

Ollie254 wrote:
Meritocracy is all that counts. If that means that every Councillor, MP, Doctor, Captain of Industry, Astronaut , head cook and bottle washer is female or male then so be it. Positive discrimination is unwelcome and does not best serve the community who councillors are meant to represent.
Entirely agree. Although 'merit' and some of the rum bunch selected by Labour anywhere, let alone Wales, don't sit easily in the same sentence.
[quote][p][bold]Ollie254[/bold] wrote: Meritocracy is all that counts. If that means that every Councillor, MP, Doctor, Captain of Industry, Astronaut , head cook and bottle washer is female or male then so be it. Positive discrimination is unwelcome and does not best serve the community who councillors are meant to represent.[/p][/quote]Entirely agree. Although 'merit' and some of the rum bunch selected by Labour anywhere, let alone Wales, don't sit easily in the same sentence. Llanmartinangel
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10:05am Tue 22 Apr 14

BassalegCountyFan says...

Llanmartinangel wrote:
Ollie254 wrote:
Meritocracy is all that counts. If that means that every Councillor, MP, Doctor, Captain of Industry, Astronaut , head cook and bottle washer is female or male then so be it. Positive discrimination is unwelcome and does not best serve the community who councillors are meant to represent.
Entirely agree. Although 'merit' and some of the rum bunch selected by Labour anywhere, let alone Wales, don't sit easily in the same sentence.
As opposed to William 'traffic is bad' Graham and Mohammad 'which party am I in this week?' Asghar,who were top of the tories' Assembly regional list?

I know they've only (thankfully) got a small pool of personnel to chose from in South Wales, but even still I don't think the tories can criticize the standard of candidates from other parties when that's the best they've got on merit!
[quote][p][bold]Llanmartinangel[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Ollie254[/bold] wrote: Meritocracy is all that counts. If that means that every Councillor, MP, Doctor, Captain of Industry, Astronaut , head cook and bottle washer is female or male then so be it. Positive discrimination is unwelcome and does not best serve the community who councillors are meant to represent.[/p][/quote]Entirely agree. Although 'merit' and some of the rum bunch selected by Labour anywhere, let alone Wales, don't sit easily in the same sentence.[/p][/quote]As opposed to William 'traffic is bad' Graham and Mohammad 'which party am I in this week?' Asghar,who were top of the tories' Assembly regional list? I know they've only (thankfully) got a small pool of personnel to chose from in South Wales, but even still I don't think the tories can criticize the standard of candidates from other parties when that's the best they've got on merit! BassalegCountyFan
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