Welsh Labour chiefs say they won't back down in the row over all-women shortlists with activists in the Cynon Valley. I reported yesterday that the party's NEC insisted that members must choose a woman to succeed Ann Clwyd despite representations from the local party.
Now a Welsh Labour spokesperson has also defended the decision, explaining why it's considered to be so important:
Welsh Labour leads the way on fair representation in Parliament, the Senedd and council chambers up and down Wales. This is something that we are very proud of, but know there's more we can do. We make absolutely no apologies for seeking to ensure fair gender representation.
The current state of affairs is not acceptable; women are vastly under-represented in parliament with Wales having just seven women MPs compared with thirty-three men.
The Labour MP Ann Clwyd, who has represented the constituency of Cynon Valley since 1984, says she is "proud" to have been elected, after announcing that she will stand down at the next general election.
I am particularly proud to have been elected in the constituency of Keir Hardie and the first woman to be elected in an industrial seat in Wales.
The miners who always gave me their backing I hope would not be disappointed.
I will continue to speak out on domestic and international affairs,especially on human rights.