Can Labour Break The BAME Deficit In Parliament?

All -Women shortlists where introduced into the Labour party in 1993. After it’s introduction the number of women Labour MPs increased to 101 in the 1997 general election a massive increase from the 37 women Labour MPs elected in 1992 . Though there was criticism around the democratic validity of such a move it greatly re-addressed the gender balance within the party. Labour party member, Martin Edobor a Junior Doctor and Chair of the Young Fabians, the under-31 section of the Fabian Society, a UK, centre-left think tank, sees all-BAME shortlists as an imperative to increasing BAME representation in Parliament: “We have seen the positive impact of all- women shortlists on transforming the parliamentary Labour party. In order to improve ethnic minority political representation from a Labour party perspective we need to implement ethnic minority shortlists for parliamentary selection”.

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