An industrial tribunal yesterday ruled that Labour's women-only shortlists were illegal, reports the Financial Time...
An industrial tribunal yesterday ruled that Labour's women-only shortlists were illegal, reports the Financial Times (p1) and other nationals.
Party officials said the ruling applied only to two cases concerned and would not affect the 34 seats where candidates had already been selected on the basis of women-only shortlists.
But the FT said the ruling is likely to leave the door open to men to mount challenges in any of the 34 seats.
Tribunal chairman John Prophet said Peter Jepson and Roger Dyas-Elliott's exclusion from shortlists in London and Yorkshire violated the Sex Discrimination Act. Mr Prophet said the principle of increasing the number of women MPs might be regarded 'as a laudable motive but that has no relevance to the issue'.