All-women short­lists

The Herald on Sunday - - VOICES -

SCOT­TISH Labour will im­ple­ment all-women short­lists in se­lec­tions for Holy­rood and West­min­ster, leader Richard Leonard has con­firmed.

Speak­ing at the Scot­tish Labour Women’s Con­fer­ence on Sat­ur­day, Mr Leonard said the party needs to have “women in the driv­ing seat”.

There have only been 491 fe­male MPs since women first gained the right to stand for elec­tion to the House of Com­mons 100 years ago.

Two of the party’s seven Scot­tish MPs are women, while 11 of the 23 Scot­tish Labour MSPs at the Scot­tish Par­lia­ment are women. Ad­dress­ing the con­fer­ence, Leonard said: “In­flu­en­tial and in­spir­ing women in our labour move­ment are not just part of our his­tory – you are part of our present and fu­ture as well.”

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