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All-women list a decision for Labour Party.

HAD Kenilworth-based political editor Les Reid been celebrating Christmas a bit early when he penned his amusing feature on the Coventry Labour Party being stuck in a time warp of deals in smoke-filled rooms, resistance to women being selected as candidates, etc? I have been a party member for nearly 40 years - and this certainly isn't my experience in Coventry. We have a very good record of selecting women as our council and Parliamentary candidates.

Names like Alice Arnold, Winnie Lakin, Catherine Miks, Mal Mutton, Christine Oddy and Audrey Wise immediately spring to mind.

He then suggests that Labour HQ could impose an all-women shortlist for Coventry North East to decide who will replace Bob Ainsworth as our candidate.

The key issue is whether women party members want this or not. To date most of them have opposed such shortlists, not least because such shortlists are designed to parachute posh southerners who have only been in the party for five minutes into safe northern seats.

If there is to be an all-women shortlist, then this should only be because the local party wants it and is able to shortlist those sisters who have solid track records of working for the party and Labour movement.Chris Youett, Spencer Avenue, Earlsdon.
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Title Annotation:Letters
Publication:Coventry Evening Telegraph (England)
Date:Jan 1, 2013
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