Monday, March 21, 2005

Labour to Consider All-SPAD Shortlists

Following the early retirement of several Labour MPs recently, attention has fallen on the usually twilight world of Labour Parliamentary selections. Having successfully addressed the question of minority representation, including women (who only stand at 51% of the overall population) and ethnic minorities (got a calculator?), the party now intends to turn its attention to the pressing issue of under-representation of former Special Advisers in safe seats.

Welcoming the move, one SPAD, who did not wish to be named, said: "It's a step in the right direction, I suppose. I mean, you have these people like Patrick Diamond, Richard Olszewski and Liz Lloyd, whose names come up time and time again every time an MP announces they are to stand down and where do they get? Nowhere. It's a disgrace!"

A party spokesman told that it acknowledged the scale of the problem and was doing everything it could to address it.


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