Readers' letters - June 8

Elect the right person '“ male or female

Friday, 8th June 2018, 6:36 pm
Updated Tuesday, 19th June 2018, 11:29 am
A reader doesn't agree with all-women shortlists. What do you think?

Re: All-women shortlists (Labour recruits to close gender gap, LP June 6). When I read about the all-women shortlists for South Ribble Council elections next May, as a woman, I cringed. Surely this is sexist and patronising? I couldn’t care less if my local MP or councillor or Prime Minister was male, female, black, white, brown or any other label deemed appropriate.What if we leave the little tick-boxes aside and consider this and this only: are they the right candidate? It seems to me, whether male or female, we so rarely get politicians of a high quality. Now if only we had shortlists for politicians who will fight for the NHS, people’s mental and physical wellbeing, public transport and the countryside and aim to combat poverty, crime, and environmental destruction. If we had shortlists for politicians who were both compassionate and sensible, I would be all for it.Disillusioned Female voter

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