We're sending the open letter below to all NEC candidates in this election and we'll be publishing their responses.
So far we've received responses from Luke Akehurst, Ann Black, Johanna Baxter, Crispin Flintoff, Florence Nosegbe, Kate Osamor, Kev Peel, Ellie Reeves, Christine Shawcroft, Darren Williams, Peter Willsman.
Dear NEC candidate,
We at the Labour Women’s Network are committed to working together the equal representation of women in politics. Of the many tools the Labour Party has sought to use in the pursuit of gender equality – training, reserved places on shortlists, and more – all women shortlists are the only method that has been effective in increasing women’s representation at Westminster.
If you are elected to the NEC you will make a decision soon after the election about the party’s policy on All Women Shortlists (AWS). Will you commit to continuing to support AWS, at least until the parliamentary Labour Party reaches 50:50 gender parity?
We will be publishing this letter and all responses we receive.
NEC candidates, please send your response to firstname.lastname@example.org.