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Report calls for more encouragement of gay would-be MPs

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  1. I think electoral reform would help achieve more balanced representation for all groups, not just gay people.

    If a party is running say three or four candidates in a multi-member constituency then they will find it much easier to put up a broad range of candidates.

  2. Dave North 11 Jan 2010, 3:01pm

    Merit Only. No positive discrimination.

  3. Philippa Roberts 11 Jan 2010, 3:45pm

    As an openly gay woman standing as a Labour candidate in the next election, I can only say that I’ve been pleasantly surprised by the level of support I’ve received. My sexuality has never been a problem, or even an issue worth discussion within my local party. But I’m glad to see recognition of the fact that parliament is not yet representative.

  4. I agree with Cyril that electroal reform is the real route to guaranteeing a representative parliament. Countries which have succeeded in getting a sensible number of woment into parliament all have some form of PR, and multi-member constituencies, which overcomes the problems of positive discrimination, exclusion from shortlists, and carping from constituency committees. Amusing though it might be, I can’t see us getting an all gay shortlist anywhere soon, not even in Islington or Vauxhall.

    I hope the article wasn’t suggesting that being able to get ‘married’ in Westminster would actually make anybody seek elected office!

  5. Our country is already being led by the homosexual Mandelson and compatriots, lets have more straight MP’s.

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