Lewisham Deptford seat - all women Labour shortlist to be announced

Joan Ruddock is standing down

Joan Ruddock is standing down

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A WOMAN will definitely be the next MP for Lewisham Deptford if Labour retains the seat at the next election.

Following the news that Joan Ruddock is standing down, her party has announced that the candidate shortlist for her seat will be all-female.

Deputy Labour leader Harriet Harman, who announced plans for four other all-woman lists for London seats, said: "Equality is not just an important principle - a balanced team works better in practice.

"Women MPs speak up for women, championing issues in Parliament like domestic violence, equal pay and childcare."

Among those people expected to feature on the shortlist are Councillor Vicky Foxcroft from Brockley ward and Councillor Janet Daby who currently represents Whitefoot.

Florence Nosegbe, a councillor in neighbouring Lambeth who represents Brixton Hill, is also expected to enter the contest.

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5:12pm Tue 26 Feb 13

j.j. says...

Equality is a good thing, but i'm not sure if the right way to achieve this is to parashute just female candidates into safe seats like this where most people live off the state. There is a risk that they will be seen as Harman's puppets as opposed to true representatives of the people.
Equality is a good thing, but i'm not sure if the right way to achieve this is to parashute just female candidates into safe seats like this where most people live off the state. There is a risk that they will be seen as Harman's puppets as opposed to true representatives of the people. j.j.
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2:25pm Wed 27 Feb 13

goldenbroomboy says...

Of course Labour will retain the seat, it was Tory once in living memory when Polly "Filla" Toynbee stood for the SDP & split the anti Tory vote.
Of course Labour will retain the seat, it was Tory once in living memory when Polly "Filla" Toynbee stood for the SDP & split the anti Tory vote. goldenbroomboy
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