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Mr Cameron also unveiled plans to transform the party by ensuring that a tenth of candidates in winnable seats were from ethnic minorities. Addressing parliamentary journalists at Westminster, he made no apologies for setting up a secret group to promote the selection of women by announcing that the new "priority list" of top-quality candidates would have more women than men on it.

The list of up to 150 names had originally been expected to be split evenly between the sexes but Mr Cameron said that "more than 50 per cent will be women".

Can you please post your thoughts, "No more men", on subject.

Galloway is a joke, but unfortunately a joke that some people take seriously.

Hats off to Duncan Crossey for doing the leg work on this. Puts some of our employed CCHQ staffers and assorted hangers on to shame and shows that activists who are tenacious can lead the news agenda.

Yeah, well done Duncan! Top chap.

This isn't strictly on point, but it concerns Tower Hamlets: Galloway's criticism of the Labour council as running a banana republic election seems to be ringing true this time round - my partner and his best friend have both got postal votes for the St Dunstans and Stepney ward (next to Shadwell actually) - only there is no Envelope 'B' there. We think that submitting the vote as it is would probably invalidate it, and the council's response this morning was: I'll speak to my superior and get back to you.


I also raised an eyebrow when i saw that only 2 of the 3 Conservative Party candidates on the ballot paper have the logo by their names. I'm not sure if this is deliberate on one candidate's part, a screw-up on her part or a screw up on the council's part. I shall watch the results with even more interest than I already had...

Editor, apologies for going off topic but I am really hacked off by how poorly our council does anything, including run an election!

My personal feeling is that Labour will suffer calamitous losses on all 3 fronts. And if not for Respect, the Lib dems could spring an absolutely massive victory.

It used to be the Libdem's flagship borough, didn't it? When I lived in Bow they were down to 3 wards - I *think* (but don't know) the liberals were burned by flirting with a "community based" housing policy (a euphemism; but probably not a million miles away from what Frank Field has been discussing re combating discontent).

I find it strange that the RESPECT have failed at attract as much hostile attention as the BNP despite some equally repellant views. The radical Islamic element has views on homosexuals and women quite at odds with the Communist element that wants a violent revolution to overthrow capitalism.

Richard, dont you think it may be because Respect is an absolute joke? And its leader even more so? I cannot get the image of a Cat out of my mind I'm afraid.

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