Women get labour vote

Labour Party bosses are 'unlikely' to overturn plans to impose women-only candidates on Wigan's two parliamentary seats.

According to a national party source such an about-face would be very unusual.

He said: "The National Executive Committee will always listen to the views of constituency parties but it would be highly, highly unusual for such a decision to be overturned at this stage.

"In fact I have only known it once in the last 10 years."

Members of the Makerfield party have voted to reject the female shortlists three days after the Wigan party took the same decision.

The two MPs, Ian McCartney and Neil Turner, have both announced they will stand down at the next election.

A special constituency meeting attacked the party's national hierarchy for imposing the diktat designed to usher more women into the Commons.

More than 60 members attended the Makerfield meeting – three times the usual turnout.

Although there is no formal appeal procedure against the "no men" ban, members will be lobbying the NEC in the hope that they can persuade it to change its recommendation.

Full story in today's (Wednesday) Wigan Evening Post ...