As predicted by this Blog in June of this year the Labour party in Ashton will choose it's next MP from a Women only short-list. If it had been announced that the MP would be chosen from an all-Male list the uproar would have been heard the length of Britain, but all female......hardly a sound.
How this discriminatory act is justified is beyond the understanding of this writer. The Muslim community with it's conservative (with a small 'c') outlook on women's position in society will no doubt have some reservations. Indeed it is interesting to note that by having a 'women only' short list it has guaranteed that no Muslim will appear on the short list. An interesting thought.
So there it is, sexism is rampant in the local Labour party and no one cares. Perhaps the voters should rebel by voting for some other party. As it is, such is the overwhelming Labour majority in Ashton, that the selection process for the candidate will be the real contest for the MP and not the ballot next year.
For the record, the short list is;-
Angela Rayner; Stockport Unison Branch Secretary
Jean Stretton; Oldham councillor
Julie Reid Manchester councillor (Gorton South)
Catherine Hynes Trafford Councillor (Urmston)
Victoria Desmond Civil Servant (who lists Cllrs Bill Fairfoull and John wag Taylor (sic) as Facebook friends
Ann Courtney Labour activist in Rochdale