by Cobbler’s apprentice
Labour Party bosses have backed down in the face of a grass roots revolt against the compulsory imposition of women candidates, although the local party involved remains suspended.
All members of Easington Constituency Labour Party are still suspended, but the candidates they chose – 18 men and only four women, in defiance of the national rule that one in every two candidates must be a woman - are to remain in place. The 22 will now go on to contest the elections to the new Durham County Unitary Council on 1st May.
Local executive member Alan Cummings called the original decision “positive discrimination gone mad.” The regional Labour Party has appealed to the suspended Easington party members to canvass for Labour in the elections, despite being excluded from party meetings.