SNP facing legal action over ‘breach’ of all-female shortlist
Marc Horne in The Times
For Women Scotland (FWS), a feminist campaign group, claims the party has broken the Equality Act by having a “male candidate” on an all-women shortlist. FWS has published a letter which was sent to the SNP on their behalf by Sindi Mules, a partner with the Balfour and Manson legal firm.
Ms Mules wrote that all-women shortlists to address the under-representation of women in parliament were legislated for by the Equality Act, which was “quite clear”.
Meanwhile, the selection process for an SNP candidate to oust Jackie Baillie MSP for Dumbarton is ongoing against a background of deep resentment at the dropping of Cllr Caroline McAllister, deputy leader of West Dunbartonshire Council, from the short leet.
The selection process for Dumbarton has been taken out of the hands of the local constituency association and taken over by the national executive after McAllister was pushed out by WOKE, a party within a party with a special interest in gay and trans gender matters.