What’s the purpose of this campaign? Well, for me (personal opinion), I expect to hear a lot of warm words over the next few weeks about how we need to make the Parliamentary Party look more like wider society, but whenever it comes to putting even relatively modest amounts of money where our politicians’ mouths are, it hasn’t been forthcoming. I’ve spent years sitting on committees arguing for just Â£10 grand extra here and there, only to be told that the money isn’t there (it is) and that I’d bring down the party’s whole campaign strategy if that money was reappropriated.
Frankly, I don’t believe it. More to the point, having seen the quality of candidates that have come through the Gender Balance Task Force‘s mentoring scheme, I think we are cutting our collective nose off to spite our face.
Anyway, I’m busy so I’ll leave it at that for now. But if you want to see the parliamentary party more gender and ethnically balance after the next General Election, please lend the campaign your support, and help promote the website.