Mischievously, Waugh asks:
‘Will Labour insist on all-women shortlist? And if not, why not?’
Why not indeed? Perhaps Joanne Cash could complete her volte face and stand for Labour. What strikes me most about Waugh’s list is that all of the candidates are ‘career politicians’. Remember Sarah Wollaston, winner of the Totnes primary? She was victorious precisely because she had no previous connection with politics.
Now, I don’t have a pathological objection to career politicians - more variety is needed among MPs but I don’t see why political experience is less valuable than other experience. But with public confidence in political cliques at the nadir Labour could be making an error by offering an all political shortlist. It shouldn’t matter though: Ashfield is as safe as they come.