The English Candidates Committee (ECC) has decided to retain positive action measures to address the under-representation of women in the Parliamentary Party.
Clause 24 in the Westminster Rules for Selection of Parliamentary Candidates stipulates that where the ECC has decided to adopt positive action arrangements which affect a shortlist, those arrangements shall be observed by the Returning Officer and shortlisting committee as if they were contained in this Rule.
The provision is that:
In strategic seats and aspiring strategic seats (those that have ‘opted up’ to the full selection process):
- a shortlist of three candidates must contain a minimum of one woman
- a shortlist of four or five must contain at least two women
- longer shortlists must include at least one-third of women
This was taken out of the main body of the rules following the process that the ECC underwent to comply with the Equality Act 2010, but must be treated as an intrinsic part of these rules. Appendix D of the Selection Rules now features all positive action measures for this electoral cycle.
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