Labour candidate for Blackburn is set to be a woman

This Is Lancashire: The current MP for Blackburn, Jack Straw The current MP for Blackburn, Jack Straw

BLACKBURN’S Labour candidate at next year’s general election will be a woman.

The party’s national executive yesterday chose an all-female shortlist for the seat held by Jack Straw with a majority of 9,856 at the 2010 general election.

It makes Blackburn with Darwen council leader Kate Hollern early favourite to win Labour’s nomination for the May vote.

However, it’s bad news for her council colleague and Mr Straw’s constituency secretary Damian Talbot, plus Burnley-born former Dewsbury MP Shahid Malik.

Both men had expressed an interest in fighting the seat, held by Labour for more than 60 years.

The only other female in the frame so far is Hyndburn Council deputy leader Clare Pritchard.

Coun Hollern said: “I would rather have had an open shortlist but I understand the executive’s decision. I am going to consider whether to put my name forward over the next couple of days.”

Mr Straw said: “I think it is the right decision. If we want a general policy of more women MPs we have to have particular policies as well.

“I shall campaign for whoever wins the nomination and will be there to offer them advice.”

A North West Labour Party spokesman said: “Labour is working to increase the diversity and representativeness of Parliament. The National Executive Committee resolved Blackburn would be an all-women shortlist.”

Labour party secretary Phil Riley said: “I look forward to a strong list of female candidates.”

Coun Talbot said: “I am a little disappointed but will work for whoever is chosen.”

The candidates will be whittled down to a shortlist for a vote of all party members in March.

Burnley council leader Julie Cooper was chosen as Labour candidate for the town. Mr Straw’s son Will was chosen for Rossendale and Darwen, and Nelson county councillor Azhar Ali for Pendle. Chorley MP Lindsay Hoyle and Hyndburn MP Graham Jones will stand again next year. Labour has yet to start selection in Ribble Valley.

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11:09pm Wed 15 Jan 14

Lancs - pensioner says...

Straw, Hollern, Barbara Castle it makes no difference, it's Labours safest seat in the UK, now we need to ask the question why, starters for ten?
Straw, Hollern, Barbara Castle it makes no difference, it's Labours safest seat in the UK, now we need to ask the question why, starters for ten? Lancs - pensioner

11:32pm Wed 15 Jan 14

ToffeeGuy says...

Great news.

I hope she proves an inspiration for women from all cultures and communities in the town to show they are the equal of any man.
Great news. I hope she proves an inspiration for women from all cultures and communities in the town to show they are the equal of any man. ToffeeGuy

11:37pm Wed 15 Jan 14

Jerzei Balowski says...

Woman, man, giraffe, amoeba - they'd all be better than Straw, so who cares ?
Woman, man, giraffe, amoeba - they'd all be better than Straw, so who cares ? Jerzei Balowski

11:49pm Wed 15 Jan 14

Lancs - pensioner says...

ToffeeGuy wrote:
Great news.

I hope she proves an inspiration for women from all cultures and communities in the town to show they are the equal of any man.
At least if it's Hollern we will be able to see her face!!!!!!
[quote][p][bold]ToffeeGuy[/bold] wrote: Great news. I hope she proves an inspiration for women from all cultures and communities in the town to show they are the equal of any man.[/p][/quote]At least if it's Hollern we will be able to see her face!!!!!! Lancs - pensioner

12:47am Thu 16 Jan 14

english rose 1 says...

Lancs - pensioner wrote:
Straw, Hollern, Barbara Castle it makes no difference, it's Labours safest seat in the UK, now we need to ask the question why, starters for ten?
No, it is by no means Labours safest seat in the UK. C'mon Lancs - pensioner do a bit of basic research before you make daft comments !
*
The reason it is a safe Labour seat, however, is the same reason as every other safe Labour seat. It has a lot of ordinary working class folk in it. Now tell me (bonus for 5!) why safe Tory seats are thus ? Could it be they have a greater proportion of wealthy folk ??
[quote][p][bold]Lancs - pensioner[/bold] wrote: Straw, Hollern, Barbara Castle it makes no difference, it's Labours safest seat in the UK, now we need to ask the question why, starters for ten?[/p][/quote]No, it is by no means Labours safest seat in the UK. C'mon Lancs - pensioner do a bit of basic research before you make daft comments ! * The reason it is a safe Labour seat, however, is the same reason as every other safe Labour seat. It has a lot of ordinary working class folk in it. Now tell me (bonus for 5!) why safe Tory seats are thus ? Could it be they have a greater proportion of wealthy folk ?? english rose 1

1:35am Thu 16 Jan 14

doylerf says...

Any Councillor that supported a benefit fraudster to become Mayor isn't fit to become an MP.
Any Councillor that supported a benefit fraudster to become Mayor isn't fit to become an MP. doylerf

3:09am Thu 16 Jan 14

woolywords says...

Whoa there! Whoa, and hold them horses!
It is supposed to be illegal in the UK to preferentially select women over men, for the same job, isn't?
Steady Neddy...
Time for a re-think, I think!
Whoa there! Whoa, and hold them horses! It is supposed to be illegal in the UK to preferentially select women over men, for the same job, isn't? Steady Neddy... Time for a re-think, I think! woolywords

6:36am Thu 16 Jan 14

Lurid67 says...

Hollern lmao one of a few women that can keep flies from a bucket of 5h1t yuk. Another waste of rations , trough time
Hollern lmao one of a few women that can keep flies from a bucket of 5h1t yuk. Another waste of rations , trough time Lurid67

6:56am Thu 16 Jan 14

caballo says...

I shudder at the thought of Hollern, she doesn't have sufficent wit to keep Mulla in check, they'd run rings around her in Parlaiment.
I shudder at the thought of Hollern, she doesn't have sufficent wit to keep Mulla in check, they'd run rings around her in Parlaiment. caballo

7:38am Thu 16 Jan 14

Sue Lee says...

Dreamed up in London, served up in Blackburn!
Dreamed up in London, served up in Blackburn! Sue Lee

8:26am Thu 16 Jan 14

Excluded again says...

On 4 December, the LT reported that:-

'More than a dozen Labour politicians have expressed an interest in taking over from Jack Straw as the party’s candidate for Blackburn at the next election.

They include borough council leader Kate Hollern, Burnley-born former Dewsbury MP Shahid Malik, Hyndburn Council deputy leader Clare Pritchard, and Pendle’s Labour group leader Mohammed Iqbal.'

I said at the time that expressing an interest was not the same as being the candidate. Some fo these names have now found themselves out of the contest.

And whoever is selected has to actually win the election - not as easy as people think.
On 4 December, the LT reported that:- 'More than a dozen Labour politicians have expressed an interest in taking over from Jack Straw as the party’s candidate for Blackburn at the next election. They include borough council leader Kate Hollern, Burnley-born former Dewsbury MP Shahid Malik, Hyndburn Council deputy leader Clare Pritchard, and Pendle’s Labour group leader Mohammed Iqbal.' I said at the time that expressing an interest was not the same as being the candidate. Some fo these names have now found themselves out of the contest. And whoever is selected has to actually win the election - not as easy as people think. Excluded again

8:29am Thu 16 Jan 14

A Darener says...

And whoever is selected has to actually win the election - not as easy as people think."
As long as the Asian community approve the candidate they will be a shoe in.
And whoever is selected has to actually win the election - not as easy as people think." As long as the Asian community approve the candidate they will be a shoe in. A Darener

8:36am Thu 16 Jan 14

Jackson Bollox says...

I do hope it doesn't go horribly wrong and she sprouts penis genitals.
I do hope it doesn't go horribly wrong and she sprouts penis genitals. Jackson Bollox

8:58am Thu 16 Jan 14

bow1974 says...

We don't want kate we want cnclr CAROL WALSH vote CAROL
We don't want kate we want cnclr CAROL WALSH vote CAROL bow1974

10:17am Thu 16 Jan 14

doylerf says...

A Darener wrote:
And whoever is selected has to actually win the election - not as easy as people think."
As long as the Asian community approve the candidate they will be a shoe in.
Not if lazy moaning people get off their arse and vote
[quote][p][bold]A Darener[/bold] wrote: And whoever is selected has to actually win the election - not as easy as people think." As long as the Asian community approve the candidate they will be a shoe in.[/p][/quote]Not if lazy moaning people get off their arse and vote doylerf

10:18am Thu 16 Jan 14

doylerf says...

bow1974 wrote:
We don't want kate we want cnclr CAROL WALSH vote CAROL
I totally agree.........
[quote][p][bold]bow1974[/bold] wrote: We don't want kate we want cnclr CAROL WALSH vote CAROL[/p][/quote]I totally agree......... doylerf

10:23am Thu 16 Jan 14

Izanears says...

I see that Neil Kinnock's son is wanting to be an MP. Straw, Prescott, Kinnock. Is there no end to these political dynasties?
I see that Neil Kinnock's son is wanting to be an MP. Straw, Prescott, Kinnock. Is there no end to these political dynasties? Izanears

10:41am Thu 16 Jan 14

bow1974 says...

doylerf wrote:
bow1974 wrote:
We don't want kate we want cnclr CAROL WALSH vote CAROL
I totally agree.........
the job she dose for her ward is outstanding think what she could do for Blackburn given the chance.
[quote][p][bold]doylerf[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]bow1974[/bold] wrote: We don't want kate we want cnclr CAROL WALSH vote CAROL[/p][/quote]I totally agree.........[/p][/quote]the job she dose for her ward is outstanding think what she could do for Blackburn given the chance. bow1974

10:45am Thu 16 Jan 14

bow1974 says...

doylerf wrote:
bow1974 wrote:
We don't want kate we want cnclr CAROL WALSH vote CAROL
I totally agree.........
lol someone out there aint happy votes are goin down oooooooo someones scared of carol lol
[quote][p][bold]doylerf[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]bow1974[/bold] wrote: We don't want kate we want cnclr CAROL WALSH vote CAROL[/p][/quote]I totally agree.........[/p][/quote]lol someone out there aint happy votes are goin down oooooooo someones scared of carol lol bow1974

12:15pm Thu 16 Jan 14

Shadowfaxuk says...

Carol, Carol, Carol, Carol Walsh MP !!!!!!
Carol, Carol, Carol, Carol Walsh MP !!!!!! Shadowfaxuk

12:17pm Thu 16 Jan 14

doylerf says...

I'm not a labourite, but Carol Walsh is the only Labour Councillor with integrity. She reminds me of Mo Mowlam, she takes no **** and is honest with you even if you don't support labour.
I think Hollern will find she is despised by the electorate. Blackburn isn't a safe seat anymore btw.
I'm not a labourite, but Carol Walsh is the only Labour Councillor with integrity. She reminds me of Mo Mowlam, she takes no **** and is honest with you even if you don't support labour. I think Hollern will find she is despised by the electorate. Blackburn isn't a safe seat anymore btw. doylerf

12:20pm Thu 16 Jan 14

A Darener says...

doylerf wrote:
I'm not a labourite, but Carol Walsh is the only Labour Councillor with integrity. She reminds me of Mo Mowlam, she takes no **** and is honest with you even if you don't support labour.
I think Hollern will find she is despised by the electorate. Blackburn isn't a safe seat anymore btw.
Let's hope she gets the nod then!
[quote][p][bold]doylerf[/bold] wrote: I'm not a labourite, but Carol Walsh is the only Labour Councillor with integrity. She reminds me of Mo Mowlam, she takes no **** and is honest with you even if you don't support labour. I think Hollern will find she is despised by the electorate. Blackburn isn't a safe seat anymore btw.[/p][/quote]Let's hope she gets the nod then! A Darener

12:27pm Thu 16 Jan 14

BlackburnEyes says...

ha ha if she is nominated i will definately vote tory in protest....there are many on the now defunct shortlist and on the female list that are more able and qualified than Kate Hollern who in my opinion has overseen the destruction of our council services to protect the upper eschelons of the town hall and slithers away when challenged!...I for one do not want her to speak on my behalf or represent my town....having said that if she does get s-elected then her nose is made for the trough in Parliament....second home paid for....or is third or even fourth kate!
ha ha if she is nominated i will definately vote tory in protest....there are many on the now defunct shortlist and on the female list that are more able and qualified than Kate Hollern who in my opinion has overseen the destruction of our council services to protect the upper eschelons of the town hall and slithers away when challenged!...I for one do not want her to speak on my behalf or represent my town....having said that if she does get s-elected then her nose is made for the trough in Parliament....second home paid for....or is third or even fourth kate! BlackburnEyes

12:36pm Thu 16 Jan 14

vicn1956 says...

What would be said if a constituency said it will select only male candidates?
What would be said if a constituency said it will select only male candidates? vicn1956

12:38pm Thu 16 Jan 14

BlackburnEyes says...

A Darener wrote:
And whoever is selected has to actually win the election - not as easy as people think." As long as the Asian community approve the candidate they will be a shoe in.
you really think the asian community can vote in someone like Kate Hollern or any woman in fact? like it or not Jack Straw had the ability to unite warring factions of the blackburn labour party with the carrot of possible selection for many many many years but now given that the asian community will find it difficult to vote for her will marginalise the vote...i hope this is the effect at least then we can begin proper political engagment rather than hearing ...blah...blah...bla
h...who care what the voters think...i got my safe seat....blah blah blah...
[quote][p][bold]A Darener[/bold] wrote: And whoever is selected has to actually win the election - not as easy as people think." As long as the Asian community approve the candidate they will be a shoe in.[/p][/quote]you really think the asian community can vote in someone like Kate Hollern or any woman in fact? like it or not Jack Straw had the ability to unite warring factions of the blackburn labour party with the carrot of possible selection for many many many years but now given that the asian community will find it difficult to vote for her will marginalise the vote...i hope this is the effect at least then we can begin proper political engagment rather than hearing ...blah...blah...bla h...who care what the voters think...i got my safe seat....blah blah blah... BlackburnEyes

12:41pm Thu 16 Jan 14

BlackburnEyes says...

vicn1956 wrote:
What would be said if a constituency said it will select only male candidates?
sit back pull up a pew....pour yourself one and now watch the Blackburn Labour party's true colours....ha ha ha
[quote][p][bold]vicn1956[/bold] wrote: What would be said if a constituency said it will select only male candidates?[/p][/quote]sit back pull up a pew....pour yourself one and now watch the Blackburn Labour party's true colours....ha ha ha BlackburnEyes

1:14pm Thu 16 Jan 14

Casper's mum says...

I think it is completely wrong to draw up an entirely female shortlist based purely on gender. IF it turned out the shortlist was all female due to those particular candidates being best for the job were female, then fair enough. Blackburn could well miss out on appointing the best candidate because of this.
I think it is completely wrong to draw up an entirely female shortlist based purely on gender. IF it turned out the shortlist was all female due to those particular candidates being best for the job were female, then fair enough. Blackburn could well miss out on appointing the best candidate because of this. Casper's mum

1:32pm Thu 16 Jan 14

mmickk says...

Izanears wrote:
I see that Neil Kinnock's son is wanting to be an MP. Straw, Prescott, Kinnock. Is there no end to these political dynasties?
Same as benefit scroungers I want to do what my dad does otherwise I will have to get off my backside and work for a living!!!!
[quote][p][bold]Izanears[/bold] wrote: I see that Neil Kinnock's son is wanting to be an MP. Straw, Prescott, Kinnock. Is there no end to these political dynasties?[/p][/quote]Same as benefit scroungers I want to do what my dad does otherwise I will have to get off my backside and work for a living!!!! mmickk

1:47pm Thu 16 Jan 14

blackburnwithdarwen says...

“Held by Labour for more than 60 years“ - 60 Years sat in Blackburn’s Labour/New Labour Safe Seat. Even a donkey would have stood as much of a chance it has already been said many times. A Safe Seat where nobody seems to care!

“Coun Hollern said: “I would rather have had an open shortlist but I understand the executive’s decision. I am going to consider whether to put my name forward over the next couple of days.” - Fingers crossed you make the right decision for us all Coun Hollern. But please remind us, is the Blackburn red light district not within your councillor territory of which no progress has been made while you’ve been there. Another Safe Seat in Blackburn where nobody seems to care!

But the Blackburn Faulty Towers Safe Seat as an MP will soon be vacant. My guess is the Labour Councillor women from Birmingham will be parachuted in like Jack Straw was all of those years ago. But whoever gets it will have a job for life without the worry of losing the position whatever they do. You could even make wars on a lie and nobody would care!

Another Safe Seat in Blackburn where nobody seems to care!
“Held by Labour for more than 60 years“ - 60 Years sat in Blackburn’s Labour/New Labour Safe Seat. Even a donkey would have stood as much of a chance it has already been said many times. A Safe Seat where nobody seems to care! “Coun Hollern said: “I would rather have had an open shortlist but I understand the executive’s decision. I am going to consider whether to put my name forward over the next couple of days.” - Fingers crossed you make the right decision for us all Coun Hollern. But please remind us, is the Blackburn red light district not within your councillor territory of which no progress has been made while you’ve been there. Another Safe Seat in Blackburn where nobody seems to care! But the Blackburn Faulty Towers Safe Seat as an MP will soon be vacant. My guess is the Labour Councillor women from Birmingham will be parachuted in like Jack Straw was all of those years ago. But whoever gets it will have a job for life without the worry of losing the position whatever they do. You could even make wars on a lie and nobody would care! Another Safe Seat in Blackburn where nobody seems to care! blackburnwithdarwen

2:04pm Thu 16 Jan 14

Lancs - pensioner says...

doylerf wrote:
I'm not a labourite, but Carol Walsh is the only Labour Councillor with integrity. She reminds me of Mo Mowlam, she takes no **** and is honest with you even if you don't support labour.
I think Hollern will find she is despised by the electorate. Blackburn isn't a safe seat anymore btw.
With 30,000 plus votes up front this is the safest seat ever for Labour, if people actually look at what Blackburn has achieved over the last 50 years Labour should never get in there ever again, it was an old lovely Mill town years ago now it's more like a town in Pakistan.
Religious marches through the town with people beating there bare chests in the street, children growing beards at school, Hibabs all over the town, no it's the safest seat because labour looks after the Asian community more than any other.
[quote][p][bold]doylerf[/bold] wrote: I'm not a labourite, but Carol Walsh is the only Labour Councillor with integrity. She reminds me of Mo Mowlam, she takes no **** and is honest with you even if you don't support labour. I think Hollern will find she is despised by the electorate. Blackburn isn't a safe seat anymore btw.[/p][/quote]With 30,000 plus votes up front this is the safest seat ever for Labour, if people actually look at what Blackburn has achieved over the last 50 years Labour should never get in there ever again, it was an old lovely Mill town years ago now it's more like a town in Pakistan. Religious marches through the town with people beating there bare chests in the street, children growing beards at school, Hibabs all over the town, no it's the safest seat because labour looks after the Asian community more than any other. Lancs - pensioner

5:22pm Thu 16 Jan 14

Michael@ClitheroeSince58 says...

I'm backing Coun Clare Pritchard she knows a tosser when she sees one :)
I'm backing Coun Clare Pritchard she knows a tosser when she sees one :) Michael@ClitheroeSince58

7:58pm Thu 16 Jan 14

burner says...

woolywords wrote:
Whoa there! Whoa, and hold them horses!
It is supposed to be illegal in the UK to preferentially select women over men, for the same job, isn't?
Steady Neddy...
Time for a re-think, I think!
Surely this is against the law ?
[quote][p][bold]woolywords[/bold] wrote: Whoa there! Whoa, and hold them horses! It is supposed to be illegal in the UK to preferentially select women over men, for the same job, isn't? Steady Neddy... Time for a re-think, I think![/p][/quote]Surely this is against the law ? burner

11:47pm Thu 16 Jan 14

shirtbox2003 says...

why do we not have a muslim woman standing for the job.or is that being too sexist or racist,?
why do we not have a muslim woman standing for the job.or is that being too sexist or racist,? shirtbox2003

11:53pm Thu 16 Jan 14

Lancs - pensioner says...

shirtbox2003 wrote:
why do we not have a muslim woman standing for the job.or is that being too sexist or racist,?
I think the voters would like to see her face for a start!!!!
[quote][p][bold]shirtbox2003[/bold] wrote: why do we not have a muslim woman standing for the job.or is that being too sexist or racist,?[/p][/quote]I think the voters would like to see her face for a start!!!! Lancs - pensioner

12:19pm Fri 17 Jan 14

BlackburnEyes says...

Lancs - pensioner wrote:
shirtbox2003 wrote: why do we not have a muslim woman standing for the job.or is that being too sexist or racist,?
I think the voters would like to see her face for a start!!!!
not all muslim women wear the veil mate in fact its a very very small proportion...
[quote][p][bold]Lancs - pensioner[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]shirtbox2003[/bold] wrote: why do we not have a muslim woman standing for the job.or is that being too sexist or racist,?[/p][/quote]I think the voters would like to see her face for a start!!!![/p][/quote]not all muslim women wear the veil mate in fact its a very very small proportion... BlackburnEyes

4:43pm Fri 17 Jan 14

raggedtrouseredphilanthropist says...

It is said that you can pin a red Labour rosette on any old cow in Blackburn and it would still get elected to Parliament!

Hollern says " I am going to consider whether to put my name forward over the next couple of days". None of us will be surprised when she does!

Labour no longer attempts to hide the fact that it puts the interests of the middle class before the poor. It is a Party that represents the interests of imperialism. Look how much blood was spilt when Straw was Foreign Secretary!

Break with Labour!
It is said that you can pin a red Labour rosette on any old cow in Blackburn and it would still get elected to Parliament! Hollern says " I am going to consider whether to put my name forward over the next couple of days". None of us will be surprised when she does! Labour no longer attempts to hide the fact that it puts the interests of the middle class before the poor. It is a Party that represents the interests of imperialism. Look how much blood was spilt when Straw was Foreign Secretary! Break with Labour! raggedtrouseredphilanthropist

7:12pm Fri 17 Jan 14

Lancs - pensioner says...

BlackburnEyes wrote:
Lancs - pensioner wrote:
shirtbox2003 wrote: why do we not have a muslim woman standing for the job.or is that being too sexist or racist,?
I think the voters would like to see her face for a start!!!!
not all muslim women wear the veil mate in fact its a very very small proportion...
I agree but I'm old enough to remember when you never so one, it's just the thin end of the wedge, Shari law is 30 years away max, unless UKIP can stop it all happening.
[quote][p][bold]BlackburnEyes[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Lancs - pensioner[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]shirtbox2003[/bold] wrote: why do we not have a muslim woman standing for the job.or is that being too sexist or racist,?[/p][/quote]I think the voters would like to see her face for a start!!!![/p][/quote]not all muslim women wear the veil mate in fact its a very very small proportion...[/p][/quote]I agree but I'm old enough to remember when you never so one, it's just the thin end of the wedge, Shari law is 30 years away max, unless UKIP can stop it all happening. Lancs - pensioner

12:02pm Mon 20 Jan 14

BlackburnEyes says...

Lancs - pensioner wrote:
BlackburnEyes wrote:
Lancs - pensioner wrote:
shirtbox2003 wrote: why do we not have a muslim woman standing for the job.or is that being too sexist or racist,?
I think the voters would like to see her face for a start!!!!
not all muslim women wear the veil mate in fact its a very very small proportion...
I agree but I'm old enough to remember when you never so one, it's just the thin end of the wedge, Shari law is 30 years away max, unless UKIP can stop it all happening.
UKIP dont have enough Votes for a single MP never mind stopping anything...and supporting UKIP politically is a vote completely wasted!
[quote][p][bold]Lancs - pensioner[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]BlackburnEyes[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Lancs - pensioner[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]shirtbox2003[/bold] wrote: why do we not have a muslim woman standing for the job.or is that being too sexist or racist,?[/p][/quote]I think the voters would like to see her face for a start!!!![/p][/quote]not all muslim women wear the veil mate in fact its a very very small proportion...[/p][/quote]I agree but I'm old enough to remember when you never so one, it's just the thin end of the wedge, Shari law is 30 years away max, unless UKIP can stop it all happening.[/p][/quote]UKIP dont have enough Votes for a single MP never mind stopping anything...and supporting UKIP politically is a vote completely wasted! BlackburnEyes

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