Labour will pick St Helens MP candidate from all woman shortlist

St Helens Star: Marie Rimmer could contest to become a Labour candidate Marie Rimmer could contest to become a Labour candidate

THE Labour candidate for the next general election will be selected from an all woman shortlist following a ruling by the party’s national executive.

It is understood the decision went against the wishes of the local Constituency Labour Party which had said they would have preferred the candidate for St Helens South and Whiston to have been chosen from an open selection process.

With the town traditionally being such a strong Labour seat, it is likely that St Helens will get its first woman MP, who will take the seat currently occupied by Shaun Woodward in 2015.

 

A Labour Party spokeswoman explained: "Labour is working to increase the diversity within Parliament and has a proud record of increasing the number of women and ethnic minority MPs. In working to achieve this we believe that members should play a major role in selecting their candidates.

“The National Executive Committee resolved that St Helens South and Whiston would be an all women shortlist. This decision followed a period of consultation with local Labour Party members in St Helens South and Whiston.

"If people want a Parliament that is more open, plural and democratic then we need to make big changes. Labour has the most successful record of women’s representation in comparison to all other political parties and will always have equality as a core value."

The ruling is set to spark the race to become the Labour candidate, with insiders tipping veteran politician Marie Rimmer to push for local party members’ votes.

Rimmer, who was ousted as council leader after a power struggle last year, missed out on the chance to become an MP when Woodward was parachuted into the safe seat in 2001.

It is unclear whether any other contenders from the St Helens political scene will emerge, however, party insiders believe some London-based women with family ties to the town could throw their hat into the ring.

It is understood the grassroots party would favour a candidate who was born and bred in St Helens.

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5:07pm Wed 15 Jan 14

Sankey says...

I have no axe to grind Grunewald or Rimmer would be equally bad.

However this is wrong on so many levels it should be the best candidate for the job irespective of gender or race. You cant eliminate discrimination by creating discrimination.

Also if Marie Rimmer (who was an abject failure in office as leader) gets the job simply because she is a woman then its an utter disgrace and cheating once again the people of st helens in these safe seats.

If it has to be a woman then lets have someone new with fresh ideas the fact they are from st helens is neither here or there ability is.
I have no axe to grind Grunewald or Rimmer would be equally bad. However this is wrong on so many levels it should be the best candidate for the job irespective of gender or race. You cant eliminate discrimination by creating discrimination. Also if Marie Rimmer (who was an abject failure in office as leader) gets the job simply because she is a woman then its an utter disgrace and cheating once again the people of st helens in these safe seats. If it has to be a woman then lets have someone new with fresh ideas the fact they are from st helens is neither here or there ability is. Sankey

5:14pm Wed 15 Jan 14

jumperr says...

The grassroots are the voters in this town lets find out the ideas that they see what is suitable or not!
The grassroots are the voters in this town lets find out the ideas that they see what is suitable or not! jumperr

5:25pm Wed 15 Jan 14

barrie timpson says...

Insanity , utter New Labour insanity.
Insanity , utter New Labour insanity. barrie timpson

5:28pm Wed 15 Jan 14

Sankey says...

Marie Rimmers qualifications

1 - She is a woman

2 - She is from St Helens

Absolutely pathetic
Marie Rimmers qualifications 1 - She is a woman 2 - She is from St Helens Absolutely pathetic Sankey

5:40pm Wed 15 Jan 14

sumnert says...

Discrimination is fine when it suits? Any available job/post should be given to the most competent person for the role.

No wonder people are not voting, what a state this country is in now.

There should be an additional box for the next election that allows ticks for "no confidence in any party" - election voters would rise dramatically.
Discrimination is fine when it suits? Any available job/post should be given to the most competent person for the role. No wonder people are not voting, what a state this country is in now. There should be an additional box for the next election that allows ticks for "no confidence in any party" - election voters would rise dramatically. sumnert

6:04pm Wed 15 Jan 14

barrie timpson says...

sumnert wrote:
Discrimination is fine when it suits? Any available job/post should be given to the most competent person for the role.

No wonder people are not voting, what a state this country is in now.

There should be an additional box for the next election that allows ticks for "no confidence in any party" - election voters would rise dramatically.
Hear hear.

It's appalling the quality we have to choose from. But I still think Labour are the worst of the bunch. Total madmen..... and women sorry.
[quote][p][bold]sumnert[/bold] wrote: Discrimination is fine when it suits? Any available job/post should be given to the most competent person for the role. No wonder people are not voting, what a state this country is in now. There should be an additional box for the next election that allows ticks for "no confidence in any party" - election voters would rise dramatically.[/p][/quote]Hear hear. It's appalling the quality we have to choose from. But I still think Labour are the worst of the bunch. Total madmen..... and women sorry. barrie timpson

6:18pm Wed 15 Jan 14

frankly says...

never.. I would follow the conservatves before agreeing to her
never.. I would follow the conservatves before agreeing to her frankly

6:19pm Wed 15 Jan 14

mummy1 says...

How can this be LEGAL, if I were to employ a person & said it must be Male, all kinds of court cases would open up..
How can this be LEGAL, if I were to employ a person & said it must be Male, all kinds of court cases would open up.. mummy1

6:42pm Wed 15 Jan 14

smith&weston says...

So once again, the disabled , coloured, transgender candidates fail to get a look in....
So once again, the disabled , coloured, transgender candidates fail to get a look in.... smith&weston

7:11pm Wed 15 Jan 14

barrie timpson says...

Jesus Christ you can't say coloured any more !
Jesus Christ you can't say coloured any more ! barrie timpson

7:21pm Wed 15 Jan 14

smith&weston says...

I thought it was black that you couldn't say....
I thought it was black that you couldn't say.... smith&weston

8:27pm Wed 15 Jan 14

Agee says...

Have to say that its pretty shocking that they can have an all woman short list this day in age. Having said that, i'd much rather it be an all woman short list with someone who is actually from St. Helens, than having someone parachuted in?
Have to say that its pretty shocking that they can have an all woman short list this day in age. Having said that, i'd much rather it be an all woman short list with someone who is actually from St. Helens, than having someone parachuted in? Agee

8:31pm Wed 15 Jan 14

barrie timpson says...

No guarantee they will be from St Helens though I don't think. It only says Rammer is considering running?
No guarantee they will be from St Helens though I don't think. It only says Rammer is considering running? barrie timpson

8:41pm Wed 15 Jan 14

starreader says...

Glad I live in the North constituency! ...... but what will Watts be up to at the next election (and he's younger than Rimmer)? In the '90s, he also had to sort out the mess that Thatcher imposed on this town because Rimmer walked away as leader.
Glad I live in the North constituency! ...... but what will Watts be up to at the next election (and he's younger than Rimmer)? In the '90s, he also had to sort out the mess that Thatcher imposed on this town because Rimmer walked away as leader. starreader

8:42pm Wed 15 Jan 14

MrBenggo says...

It amounts to sex discrimination,eithe
r male or female are suitable for the job yet it is declared that only women can apply,suppose it was declared that the age limit was forty,then it would be age discrimination;suppo
se it was declared no gay people can apply,then it would be homophobic.
Any man intending to be put forward for the job should go along the lines of sex discrimination,witho
ut a doubt.
It amounts to sex discrimination,eithe r male or female are suitable for the job yet it is declared that only women can apply,suppose it was declared that the age limit was forty,then it would be age discrimination;suppo se it was declared no gay people can apply,then it would be homophobic. Any man intending to be put forward for the job should go along the lines of sex discrimination,witho ut a doubt. MrBenggo

10:05pm Wed 15 Jan 14

Sankey says...

Why do people think the candidates have better ability if they are from St. Helens? There are some very bright people in St. Helens but would you choose a lesser candidate just because they reside in St. Helens ?

It makes no sense but then nothing from St. Helens labour ever does
Why do people think the candidates have better ability if they are from St. Helens? There are some very bright people in St. Helens but would you choose a lesser candidate just because they reside in St. Helens ? It makes no sense but then nothing from St. Helens labour ever does Sankey

12:12am Thu 16 Jan 14

pudding pie says...

No!!!! Not her hasnt this town suffered enough of the Rimmer woman? Sad thing is it could be a potatoe and the people in this town would vote for it as long as it was a labour potatoe.
No!!!! Not her hasnt this town suffered enough of the Rimmer woman? Sad thing is it could be a potatoe and the people in this town would vote for it as long as it was a labour potatoe. pudding pie

4:02am Thu 16 Jan 14

i5tola says...

What makes you all think that these are not the best for the job. They might just be the best of the worst. You guys in this column will have enough material to last you for years and years. Just think, a woman MP. You'll all o/d on that one. The list is endless. You might just increase the Star circulation. Or you all might end up in therapy.
What makes you all think that these are not the best for the job. They might just be the best of the worst. You guys in this column will have enough material to last you for years and years. Just think, a woman MP. You'll all o/d on that one. The list is endless. You might just increase the Star circulation. Or you all might end up in therapy. i5tola

9:26am Thu 16 Jan 14

jumperr says...

They don't have to be from St. Helens to understand what is needed, because history proves they don't do what the public vote for.
They don't have to be from St. Helens to understand what is needed, because history proves they don't do what the public vote for. jumperr

12:27pm Thu 16 Jan 14

kjd161 says...

barrie timpson wrote:
Jesus Christ you can't say coloured any more !
Hey. What have you got against long haired, bearded, Aramaic speaking Messiahs?
[quote][p][bold]barrie timpson[/bold] wrote: Jesus Christ you can't say coloured any more ![/p][/quote]Hey. What have you got against long haired, bearded, Aramaic speaking Messiahs? kjd161

6:27pm Thu 16 Jan 14

keepitreel says...

so the LABOUR party is using this town for its own devices because they know who ever the put up for election will walk in,this has been going on for years and the sheep who vote for them are to blame,we have a left wing paper as the mouth piece for the party and a list as long as your arm of yes men who NEVER go against the whip,now we are going to get one of MILLIBANDS BABES to fly the flag for thier own benefit,they only money to ever come into this town has come from an EU fund for deprived areas,and all the jobs lost by the cuts were non-jobs created to buy votes for the last lot of shisters,it will not matter who gets in man,woman or pet poodle the results will be the same,a town that is now behond repair run by people with no ideas and no need to change or try and do better because they know they will never be booted out.
so the LABOUR party is using this town for its own devices because they know who ever the put up for election will walk in,this has been going on for years and the sheep who vote for them are to blame,we have a left wing paper as the mouth piece for the party and a list as long as your arm of yes men who NEVER go against the whip,now we are going to get one of MILLIBANDS BABES to fly the flag for thier own benefit,they only money to ever come into this town has come from an EU fund for deprived areas,and all the jobs lost by the cuts were non-jobs created to buy votes for the last lot of shisters,it will not matter who gets in man,woman or pet poodle the results will be the same,a town that is now behond repair run by people with no ideas and no need to change or try and do better because they know they will never be booted out. keepitreel

11:07pm Thu 16 Jan 14

Sankey says...

Keep it reel

Every word bang on the nail
Keep it reel Every word bang on the nail Sankey

8:49am Fri 17 Jan 14

Bill Bradbury says...

I will just repeat I don't like all women short lists which does not mean if a woman is the best for the job so be it. Surprisingly!!!! i agree with Sankey's comment above (apart from the swipe at my party). Is there a better person in St.Helens?

I expect that Central Office has already got someone lined up for the job. Just for the record the all woman short-list in Wigan did produce an MP according to my many contacts in Wigan, a very good MP. Politics!! Bah humbug!!
I will just repeat I don't like all women short lists which does not mean if a woman is the best for the job so be it. Surprisingly!!!! i agree with Sankey's comment above (apart from the swipe at my party). Is there a better person in St.Helens? I expect that Central Office has already got someone lined up for the job. Just for the record the all woman short-list in Wigan did produce an MP according to my many contacts in Wigan, a very good MP. Politics!! Bah humbug!! Bill Bradbury

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