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LABOUR LIST LEAVES OUT BUSINESS

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Nearly half Labour's candidates for the Welsh Assembly are councillors, while none have a business background. ...
Nearly half Labour's candidates for the Welsh Assembly are councillors, while none have a business background.

Analysis by Kevin Morgan, professor of city and regional planning at Cardiff University, shows that the only private sector experience among the 40 candidates comes from lawyers and PR consultants.

Professor Morgan notes the average age of candidates is 46, against 54 for Welsh Labour MPs. The policy of 'twinning' has ensured 20 of the constituency candidates are women. But he says: 'If Labour scores well on gender and age, allaying fears that the Assembly would be a male-dominated gerontocracy, the bias towards councillors and the public sector means it failed to select candidates from a wide range of professional backgrounds.'

In all, 438 people applied to be Labour Assembly candidates in Wales, of whom 139 were women. Just over 300 were interviewed and 152 names were put onto the approved list from which constituency parties selected their candidate.
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