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Miliband: Women should make up 50% of Labour MPs

Ed Miliband has said half of Labour's MPs in the future should be women, as well as half of the party's front bench team.

A group picture of Labour's female MPs outside Parliament in 2007. Credit: Lewis Whyld/PA Archive/Press Association Images

In an interview with Tony Blair's former spin doctor Alastair Campbell for the October edition of Red, he said: "We've got to get to 50% in the future, and we've got to get to 50% of women MPs in parliament for Labour."

He also said it was "right" to seek to raise the number of women in the shadow cabinet from its current level of 40%.

Where would Wright stand without Labour backing?

When I spoke to Shaun Wright this morning he was adamant that he won't be resigning. Speaking to his office this evening, they are equally adamant they are not going to be making any statement tonight, or indeed tomorrow morning. Make of that what you will. They did, however, anticipate the fact that the Labour party HQ will be making a statement on their own account.

Of course, he can't be forced out of office - he is an elected official. If he hasn't committed any criminal offence he can't be forced out.

He can conceivably stay in post as an independent without the backing of the Labour party. But if Shaun Wright does not have the backing of the people of Rotherham, if he does not have the backing of the people of South Yorkshire, you have to wonder exactly what kind of job he could possible do.


Labour to suspend PCC if he hasn't resigned by morning

Labour will suspend South Yorkshire's police and crime commissioner Shaun Wright from the party if he has not resigned by the morning, PA reports citing an unnamed Labour source.

The source is quoted as saying: "We have given Shaun Wright time to reflect. If he has not resigned by morning, we will suspend him from the Labour Party."

Yvette Cooper joins calls for Shaun Wright to resign

Shadow Home Secretary Yvette Cooper has said that South Yorkshire Police Commissioner Shaun Wright ought to stand down, but stressed that reforms were needed too:

1,400 hundred children have been abused, the authorities let them down, that's why the leader of the council was right to resign, and why the Police and Crime Commissioner should also do so.

But this is not just about Rotherham. It's also about Oxfordshire, Rochdale, Jimmy Savile: too many cases where children aren't being listened to and reforms are needed.

– yvette cooper. shadow home secretary

She also called for the "child abuse inquiry to start urgently".

Rotherham MP calls for PCC Shaun Wright to resign

Labour MP for Rotherham, Sarah Champion, has joined calls for Shaun Wright to stand down in light of a report into child sexual exploitation.

Mr Wright, now the Police and Crime Commissioner for South Yorkshire, was chair of child services for Rotherham when some of the abuse detailed in the report was going on.


Boris announcement is 'confirmation of PM's weakness'

Labour has said that Boris Johnson's bid to become a Tory MP is "confirmation of how weak David Cameron is and how out of touch the Tories are".

The party's London spokesman Sadiq Khan accused Conservative politicians of "jockeying for position in a future leadership contest" instead of tackling the "cost of living crisis".

MPs hail 'courageous' Warsi over Gaza resignation

Several MPs have taken to Twitter in support of Baroness Warsi after she resigned from the Government over the crisis in Gaza.

Labour MPs Sadiq Khan and Diane Abbott hailed Lady Warsi's 'courage':

SNP MP Angus Robertson called the move a 'principled resignation':

Former DPP Starmer plans to run for Labour in 2015

Former Director of Public Prosecutions Sir Keir Starmer has confirmed he will put his name forward to stand as a Labour parliamentary candidate.

Sir Keir Starmer pictured at the CPS in 2010. Credit: PA

The human rights lawyer said he will seek selection in the Holborn and St Pancras constituency if the party does not run an all-woman shortlist.

Sir Keir was strongly tipped to fight the seat after former Cabinet minister Frank Dobson last week announced he would stand down at the 2015 general election.

He told the New Journal: "It would be an honour for anyone to succeed Frank Dobson.

"It will now be for the party to agree the process and timetable but if it is an open shortlist I intend to seek selection from members of Holborn and St Pancras, my home for over 15 years."

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