Thursday, November 21, 2019


Milt ... a point of information.     I have been looking at the Green Party Constitution.     I note that clause 8.8(e) requires that there should be a strong emphasis on gender balance in the selection of delegates to attend the Party Annual Conference.     I had in the back of my mind that this also applied to the ranking of the Green Party List but clearly as the 2017 election returned only two male MPs (out of 8) that has gone by the board.

Are you in a position to confirm that gender balance no longer applies in determining List ranking and, if so, how does that square with clause 8.8(e)?

Looking at the 2017 Green Party List and were that to be repeated in 2020 it is entirely possible that James Shaw could end up being the only male Green Party MP. 


Psycho Milt said...

I'm not a Green Party member so don't have much idea of its internal workings, but on thinking about it I can't see how a gender balance requirement for the party list would be feasible, given that the list rankings are based on members' votes.

They do an initial list compiled by delegates and candidates at the party conference, and then that list is sent out for members to vote on using STV. The rankings are based on those member votes. There's no obvious way to do that and enforce gender balance, without willfully distorting the ballot results.

In any case, the demand for gender balance is based on there being disproportionately few women on most party lists (and leadership positions in general). I can't see anyone in the Green Party getting bent out of shape over disproportionately many women on their list.

The Veteran said...

Thanx Milt ... appreciated.