A Labour activist has failed in a last-ditch attempt to prevent the contest to be the party’s parliamentary candidate in Hove from being a men only selection.
Greg Hadfield, formerly the party’s agent in the Brighton Pavilion constituency, urged Labour to suspend the process so that the shortlist could include at least two women in line with party rules.
His plea was rejected and the selection is scheduled to take place tomorrow morning (Saturday 15 June) at All Saints Church Hall in Hove.
Mr Hadfield said: “It is shameful that the officers of Brighton, Hove and District Labour Party compiled an initial long list of 16 men and no women.
“In large part, this was because they decided – without any discussion with members – to synchronise the Hove ‘open’ selection with the all-women contest in Brighton Kemptown.
“Despite the party’s own rules, which explicitly require a gender-balanced shortlist, members in Hove now have to choose from a shortlist comprising three men.
“And it is not because there is a shortage of excellent women candidates.
“We have outstanding applicants in the all-women selections in Kemptown and in Brighton Pavilion.
“In the whole history of British democracy, Labour in Brighton and Hove has never chosen a woman candidate except in all-women selections.
“Indeed, since 2010, in the whole of this Parliament, there have been 19 ‘open’ selections in Labour’s target seats.
“Hove will be the 19th of these to be won by a man.”
The candidates are former Brighton and Hove City Council leader Simon Burgess, hospital boss Adrian Twyning and charity chief Peter Kyle.