Monday, February 19, 2007

Stirring up trouble

Predictably, the proposed all-woman shortlist in Ladywood is causing ructions in the local party - according to the Stirrer.

Couple of points - in the name of accuracy.

Candidates don't need to be on the parliamentary panel even to be selected - local parties can select somebody and then hope that the NEC approves them afterwards. The selection for Ladywood is likely to be in the autumn of this year - but timetables like that are notoriously fluid.

The candidate whose name confuses the Stirrer is Penny Barber, not Brook (she runs the Brook Advisory Centres in Birmingham, which explains his confusion). Penny did indeed stand in South Staffordshire in 2005, but not in the by-election which was caused by the death of the Liberal Democrat candidate during the general election campaign. She couldn't afford any more time off work and another candidate had to be found. Pedantic, I know, but I'm a political anorak - but that much you know already.

This does promise to be an interesting campaign for selection. It could get even more interesting if a get-out clause is found to allow an open selection, rather than the all-woman shortlist that the rules demand.

4 comments:

Praguetory said...

Back to form. I was confused by the mention of two pennies by the Stirrer. Thanks for the explanation.

Simon said...

Even more pedantically, I don't think the South Staffs election of 2005 can be accurately classified a by-election. It was merely a deferred general election contest for that seat.

PoliticalHack said...

Simon - that's just excessive. True, I don't think that a writ was moved for the by-election, so it probably falls on that count.

Andrea said...

"It could get even more interesting if a get-out clause is found to allow an open selection, rather than the all-woman shortlist that the rules demand"

Considering the seat not as a Labour held seat, but as a Clare Short held seat would be enough to bypass the rule requiring an AWS if a female sitting MP stands down?
And in the run up of 2005 didn't the NEC declare Dewsbury an open shortlist (even if a woman was retiring) on the ground to give more chances to select a BME candidate? I suppose the same can be done for Ladywood