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Blackburn Labour Party to pick candidate for 2015 General Election

Lancashire Telegraph: Blackburn with Darwen borough leader Kate Hollern remains the favourite Blackburn with Darwen borough leader Kate Hollern remains the favourite

MORE than 150 members of Blackburn Labour Party will pack the Windsor Suite of King George’s Hall on Sunday to pick their candidate for May 2015’s General Election.

The decision on who replaces Jack Straw, the town’s MP for more than 30 years, has generated a fierce battle between the four shortlisted candidates.

Despite inevitably having built up some enemies over a 19 year-council career, Blackburn with Darwen borough leader Kate Hollern remains the favourite.

In recent weeks, the three other candidates have been working hard to combat her local advantage.

With 220 postal votes already cast, the ballot of activists after tomorrow afternoon’s hustings means two thirds of the local party’s 550 members will have taken part in the process.

Local government report Bill Jacobs profiles the wannabees in only the second such contest since Baroness Castle became Labour MP in 1945.

 

NAHEED ARSHAD-MATHER
Married mother of two children aged 24 and 18.
Born in the Punjab, Pakistan and came to Manchester aged nine.
Lives in Huddersfield.
A Kirklees borough councilllor and expert in developing social enterprises.
PITCH: Experienced local politician who is a councillor in a borough with a similar history, make-up and problems to Blackburn as well as relatives in the town.

She has emphasised her achievements in housing and community affairs for which she received the MBE in 2003. Believed to have strong support in Bastwell ward which accounts for 40 per cent of party membership.

ANN COURTNEY
Aged 51, married mother of four.
Born in Bury, Greater Manchester.
Lives in Middleton, Rochdale.
An environmental scientist and businesswoman with a doctorate from Oxford University.
PITCH: She has stressed her North-West background and the need to encourage new businesses and ‘green’ technology for the future economic growth of Blackburn.

Having worked with senior Labour figures and with US president Obama’s campaign team, she has visited many local Labour members at home making a good impression.

SARA IBRAHIM
Aged 30. Single. No children.
Born in Perivale, West London.
Lives in West London.
Equalities barrister with a practice that covers the North-West. School governor.
PITCH: Highlights her work representing people tackling disadvantage and her commitment to fighting inequalities which she believes is the key to improving Blackburn’s future.

Young and ambitious with an executive role in the Fabian Society, she appeals to members who want another long-serving MP who is a player in the party and nation’s corridors of power.

KATE HOLLERN

Aged 57, divorced mother of two.
Born Dumbarton, Scotland, came to Blackburn 37 years ago.
Lives in Darwen.
Leader of Blackburn and Darwen Borough Council, former manager at Newman’s shoe factory and worker at Blackburn College.
PITCH: The local candidate with extensive experience of Blackburn, its people and its problems and fully involved in the current redevelopment plans.

She has emphasised her long-standing commitment to community cohesion and appeals to members who want an MP steeped in the town and its traditions .

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8:40pm Fri 28 Mar 14

CorkyMac says...

An Immigrant

A Scot

An Outsider

And a Southerner with an Identity crisis.

What a bloody shambles this town has become. UKIP CAN't come quick enough for me In this Country.
An Immigrant A Scot An Outsider And a Southerner with an Identity crisis. What a bloody shambles this town has become. UKIP CAN't come quick enough for me In this Country. CorkyMac
  • Score: 59

8:46pm Fri 28 Mar 14

woolywords says...

Crikey!
Is that the best of what there is available?
Oh well, I'll go for Kate then, only because she is a local and better suited to understanding the locals problems than someone from out of town.
As for the others, I can see them being more concerned with where they live, than having a passionate interest in this borough.
Crikey! Is that the best of what there is available? Oh well, I'll go for Kate then, only because she is a local and better suited to understanding the locals problems than someone from out of town. As for the others, I can see them being more concerned with where they live, than having a passionate interest in this borough. woolywords
  • Score: -16

9:06pm Fri 28 Mar 14

Old Alzheimer says...

None of the above 1
None of the above 1 Old Alzheimer
  • Score: 43

9:09pm Fri 28 Mar 14

East_lancs_lad says...

CorkyMac wrote:
An Immigrant

A Scot

An Outsider

And a Southerner with an Identity crisis.

What a bloody shambles this town has become. UKIP CAN't come quick enough for me In this Country.
That's Blackburn for you
[quote][p][bold]CorkyMac[/bold] wrote: An Immigrant A Scot An Outsider And a Southerner with an Identity crisis. What a bloody shambles this town has become. UKIP CAN't come quick enough for me In this Country.[/p][/quote]That's Blackburn for you East_lancs_lad
  • Score: 41

9:25pm Fri 28 Mar 14

Bluelizzy says...

It's a bit like "would you sooner have a poke in the eye of a kick in the shins" take your pick, the choice is yours.

The winner will be by default only.
It's a bit like "would you sooner have a poke in the eye of a kick in the shins" take your pick, the choice is yours. The winner will be by default only. Bluelizzy
  • Score: 33

9:28pm Fri 28 Mar 14

Bluelizzy says...

OR a kick in the shins....typo.

Point is they are all sh8
OR a kick in the shins....typo. Point is they are all sh8 Bluelizzy
  • Score: 25

9:44pm Fri 28 Mar 14

Saj143 says...

CorkyMac wrote:
An Immigrant

A Scot

An Outsider

And a Southerner with an Identity crisis.

What a bloody shambles this town has become. UKIP CAN't come quick enough for me In this Country.
What a great country this is !
[quote][p][bold]CorkyMac[/bold] wrote: An Immigrant A Scot An Outsider And a Southerner with an Identity crisis. What a bloody shambles this town has become. UKIP CAN't come quick enough for me In this Country.[/p][/quote]What a great country this is ! Saj143
  • Score: -18

9:45pm Fri 28 Mar 14

abetterblackburn says...

Rab C. Nesbitt string vests will soon to be the thing to wear in Blackburn. How embarrassing that will be!
Rab C. Nesbitt string vests will soon to be the thing to wear in Blackburn. How embarrassing that will be! abetterblackburn
  • Score: 28

9:53pm Fri 28 Mar 14

fireonthemountain says...

What a waste of time and effort .

The postal votes have been cast .

Oooh and the winner is ..... Kate .

Works for The Council .

And , let's face it , if that the next General Election , if Labour
promised to torture and murder anybody who voted for them , they would
still get millions of votes .

What a joke .
What a waste of time and effort . The postal votes have been cast . Oooh and the winner is ..... Kate . Works for The Council . And , let's face it , if that the next General Election , if Labour promised to torture and murder anybody who voted for them , they would still get millions of votes . What a joke . fireonthemountain
  • Score: 36

10:51pm Fri 28 Mar 14

davemcb says...

We don't seem to have a candidate with cojones. Blackburn - the emasculated town.
We don't seem to have a candidate with cojones. Blackburn - the emasculated town. davemcb
  • Score: 22

11:20pm Fri 28 Mar 14

Jarisleif5 says...

I know it's only one political party voting for who should represent them in the next General Election but let's face it, Labour aren't going to lose in Blackburn are they, so why not let the people of BwD cast the vote of ALL representatives involved, because this person is going to have to represent them.

Makes sense, doesn't it. Unless you're Kate Hollern, that is.
I know it's only one political party voting for who should represent them in the next General Election but let's face it, Labour aren't going to lose in Blackburn are they, so why not let the people of BwD cast the vote of ALL representatives involved, because this person is going to have to represent them. Makes sense, doesn't it. Unless you're Kate Hollern, that is. Jarisleif5
  • Score: 24

12:28am Sat 29 Mar 14

not too old to care says...

I believe Jack Straw has represented Blackburn well given it's many problems.
So although I haven't always agreed with your politics Jack.
Thanks & Well Done.
Don't like the women candidates only policy and am not inspired by any of the nominees
UKIP could do well at the General Election with Labour being the big loser.
I believe Jack Straw has represented Blackburn well given it's many problems. So although I haven't always agreed with your politics Jack. Thanks & Well Done. Don't like the women candidates only policy and am not inspired by any of the nominees UKIP could do well at the General Election with Labour being the big loser. not too old to care
  • Score: 22

12:55am Sat 29 Mar 14

portolibero says...

Such is the absurdity of the society we live in, an all female short list has been implemented by Miliband & co so they can win a political point for a greater representation of females than Tories.

At no point does anybody consider whether they may be the best candidate on merit?

They all look rubbish. I'm voting UKIP.
Such is the absurdity of the society we live in, an all female short list has been implemented by Miliband & co so they can win a political point for a greater representation of females than Tories. At no point does anybody consider whether they may be the best candidate on merit? They all look rubbish. I'm voting UKIP. portolibero
  • Score: 42

6:22am Sat 29 Mar 14

Excluded again says...

An American politician once said he would rather run against God than against no-one. His point was that people can pour all their hopes and dreams into an imaginary candidate whereas any real candidate has warts and all.

Once all the parties have selected their candidates we will be able see all their strengths and weaknesses and we will be in a better place to judge how good any of these candidates really are.
An American politician once said he would rather run against God than against no-one. His point was that people can pour all their hopes and dreams into an imaginary candidate whereas any real candidate has warts and all. Once all the parties have selected their candidates we will be able see all their strengths and weaknesses and we will be in a better place to judge how good any of these candidates really are. Excluded again
  • Score: 21

8:19am Sat 29 Mar 14

happycyclist says...

If you could combine the strengths of Naheed Arshard-Mather, Anne Courtney and Kate Hollern into one, you might have someone worth voting for.
I can't for the life of me see how Sara Ebrahim imagines she has anything to offer the people of Blackburn though.
If you could combine the strengths of Naheed Arshard-Mather, Anne Courtney and Kate Hollern into one, you might have someone worth voting for. I can't for the life of me see how Sara Ebrahim imagines she has anything to offer the people of Blackburn though. happycyclist
  • Score: 26

8:22am Sat 29 Mar 14

bow1974 says...

Why don't I see Cnsl Carol Walsh's name look at what she has done for Mill Hill, Griffin and galligreaves think of what she could do for the rest of Blackburn given the chance. I'm sorry but non of the above candidates will ever get my vote looks like I'm voting UKIP next elections as well.
Why don't I see Cnsl Carol Walsh's name look at what she has done for Mill Hill, Griffin and galligreaves think of what she could do for the rest of Blackburn given the chance. I'm sorry but non of the above candidates will ever get my vote looks like I'm voting UKIP next elections as well. bow1974
  • Score: 27

8:28am Sat 29 Mar 14

kitchener2 says...

United Kingdom Independence Party.......sounding better with each passing day! Heads out of the sand time.
United Kingdom Independence Party.......sounding better with each passing day! Heads out of the sand time. kitchener2
  • Score: 24

8:31am Sat 29 Mar 14

bow1974 says...

happycyclist wrote:
If you could combine the strengths of Naheed Arshard-Mather, Anne Courtney and Kate Hollern into one, you might have someone worth voting for.
I can't for the life of me see how Sara Ebrahim imagines she has anything to offer the people of Blackburn though.
Yeah Cnslr Carol walsh fits the bill she'd get my vote at least she works for her vote.
[quote][p][bold]happycyclist[/bold] wrote: If you could combine the strengths of Naheed Arshard-Mather, Anne Courtney and Kate Hollern into one, you might have someone worth voting for. I can't for the life of me see how Sara Ebrahim imagines she has anything to offer the people of Blackburn though.[/p][/quote]Yeah Cnslr Carol walsh fits the bill she'd get my vote at least she works for her vote. bow1974
  • Score: 22

9:06am Sat 29 Mar 14

abduls says...

Kate is favourite win?
Has this lady not promised Councillor Mohammed Khan the post of Leader of the Council and various councillors others postiions, if they help win this elections. 40% of labour members live in Bastwell and most are postat voters and registered by Mohammed Khan and his aquaitenances. Do you smell something?
What a mess Blackburn is going to be then!
Kate is favourite win? Has this lady not promised Councillor Mohammed Khan the post of Leader of the Council and various councillors others postiions, if they help win this elections. 40% of labour members live in Bastwell and most are postat voters and registered by Mohammed Khan and his aquaitenances. Do you smell something? What a mess Blackburn is going to be then! abduls
  • Score: 33

9:11am Sat 29 Mar 14

soap opera says...

what are the odds of Kate Hollern being picked (100%) looks like its ukip then for me
what are the odds of Kate Hollern being picked (100%) looks like its ukip then for me soap opera
  • Score: 32

9:41am Sat 29 Mar 14

Mr John says...

Why are there no male candidates. It seems a very sexist line-up to me. Surely this should be challenged under the sexual discrimination act.
Why are there no male candidates. It seems a very sexist line-up to me. Surely this should be challenged under the sexual discrimination act. Mr John
  • Score: 29

10:48am Sat 29 Mar 14

mavrick says...

Who decided an all women's shortlist ?The best candidate for the job may well be a man, So Blackburn will lose out on strong representation. The Labour party seem to have shot their selves in the foot this time.
Who decided an all women's shortlist ?The best candidate for the job may well be a man, So Blackburn will lose out on strong representation. The Labour party seem to have shot their selves in the foot this time. mavrick
  • Score: 23

3:52pm Sat 29 Mar 14

A Darener says...

As long as there are postal votes the rest might as well not bother voting.
As long as there are postal votes the rest might as well not bother voting. A Darener
  • Score: 17

3:54pm Sat 29 Mar 14

Birtrumthegreat says...

I'm so glad I got out of Blackburn, it was a brilliant town up until fifteen years ago. It's now aimed at one population only and should be twinned with Medicine Road Hellman Province. I'm surprised that Hamid Karzai hasn't applied for the post.
I'm so glad I got out of Blackburn, it was a brilliant town up until fifteen years ago. It's now aimed at one population only and should be twinned with Medicine Road Hellman Province. I'm surprised that Hamid Karzai hasn't applied for the post. Birtrumthegreat
  • Score: 23

5:28pm Sat 29 Mar 14

ste.g says...

ukip candidates for blackburn with darwen wards may elections..
sunnyhurst
furnhurst
mill hill
ewood
roe lee

at last a party worth voting for
ukip candidates for blackburn with darwen wards may elections.. sunnyhurst furnhurst mill hill ewood roe lee at last a party worth voting for ste.g
  • Score: 17

5:56pm Sat 29 Mar 14

ste.g says...

Mr John wrote:
Why are there no male candidates. It seems a very sexist line-up to me. Surely this should be challenged under the sexual discrimination act.
they get around it by calling it positive descrimination
[quote][p][bold]Mr John[/bold] wrote: Why are there no male candidates. It seems a very sexist line-up to me. Surely this should be challenged under the sexual discrimination act.[/p][/quote]they get around it by calling it positive descrimination ste.g
  • Score: 10

6:34pm Sat 29 Mar 14

Excluded again says...

ste.g wrote:
Mr John wrote:
Why are there no male candidates. It seems a very sexist line-up to me. Surely this should be challenged under the sexual discrimination act.
they get around it by calling it positive descrimination
Positive discrimination is illegal. Equal opportunities employment law does not apply as this is for selecting candidates not selecting for a job itself. There is nothing to prevent any man in Blackburn standing in the same election.
[quote][p][bold]ste.g[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Mr John[/bold] wrote: Why are there no male candidates. It seems a very sexist line-up to me. Surely this should be challenged under the sexual discrimination act.[/p][/quote]they get around it by calling it positive descrimination[/p][/quote]Positive discrimination is illegal. Equal opportunities employment law does not apply as this is for selecting candidates not selecting for a job itself. There is nothing to prevent any man in Blackburn standing in the same election. Excluded again
  • Score: 13

6:35pm Sat 29 Mar 14

peely says...

What a shower ? Is this honestly the best we can do - not one of them has ever had a proper job , none of them were born and bred in the town and they wonder why people are disillusioned with politics ? Wouldn't give you tuppence for the lot of 'em !
What a shower ? Is this honestly the best we can do - not one of them has ever had a proper job , none of them were born and bred in the town and they wonder why people are disillusioned with politics ? Wouldn't give you tuppence for the lot of 'em ! peely
  • Score: 16

6:38pm Sat 29 Mar 14

ste.g says...

Excluded again wrote:
ste.g wrote:
Mr John wrote:
Why are there no male candidates. It seems a very sexist line-up to me. Surely this should be challenged under the sexual discrimination act.
they get around it by calling it positive descrimination
Positive discrimination is illegal. Equal opportunities employment law does not apply as this is for selecting candidates not selecting for a job itself. There is nothing to prevent any man in Blackburn standing in the same election.
no men are wasting their time standing because the job is going to a woman.thats what the labour party are pushing for
[quote][p][bold]Excluded again[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]ste.g[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Mr John[/bold] wrote: Why are there no male candidates. It seems a very sexist line-up to me. Surely this should be challenged under the sexual discrimination act.[/p][/quote]they get around it by calling it positive descrimination[/p][/quote]Positive discrimination is illegal. Equal opportunities employment law does not apply as this is for selecting candidates not selecting for a job itself. There is nothing to prevent any man in Blackburn standing in the same election.[/p][/quote]no men are wasting their time standing because the job is going to a woman.thats what the labour party are pushing for ste.g
  • Score: 10

7:11pm Sat 29 Mar 14

drunken donut says...

What no gay candidate, I think that it is terrible in this day and age, oh but wait a minute a certain section of the community wouldn't vote for him/her. Only joking! Maybe one of them is a man.
What no gay candidate, I think that it is terrible in this day and age, oh but wait a minute a certain section of the community wouldn't vote for him/her. Only joking! Maybe one of them is a man. drunken donut
  • Score: 15

7:51pm Sat 29 Mar 14

Lancs - pensioner says...

Thank god UKIP is coming!!
Thank god UKIP is coming!! Lancs - pensioner
  • Score: 7

8:58pm Sat 29 Mar 14

Saj143 says...

ste.g wrote:
ukip candidates for blackburn with darwen wards may elections..
sunnyhurst
furnhurst
mill hill
ewood
roe lee

at last a party worth voting for
What none for Audley , Whalley Range , Bastwell,Shear Brow ...... UKIP we represent everyone.

Blind leading the blind .
[quote][p][bold]ste.g[/bold] wrote: ukip candidates for blackburn with darwen wards may elections.. sunnyhurst furnhurst mill hill ewood roe lee at last a party worth voting for[/p][/quote]What none for Audley , Whalley Range , Bastwell,Shear Brow ...... UKIP we represent everyone. Blind leading the blind . Saj143
  • Score: -7

9:30pm Sat 29 Mar 14

Lancs - pensioner says...

Saj143 wrote:
ste.g wrote:
ukip candidates for blackburn with darwen wards may elections..
sunnyhurst
furnhurst
mill hill
ewood
roe lee

at last a party worth voting for
What none for Audley , Whalley Range , Bastwell,Shear Brow ...... UKIP we represent everyone.

Blind leading the blind .
Come on Saj it's just postal votes in those arears isn't it? 44 from number 1 Whalley Range, 53 from number 2 Whalley Range, Lol.
[quote][p][bold]Saj143[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]ste.g[/bold] wrote: ukip candidates for blackburn with darwen wards may elections.. sunnyhurst furnhurst mill hill ewood roe lee at last a party worth voting for[/p][/quote]What none for Audley , Whalley Range , Bastwell,Shear Brow ...... UKIP we represent everyone. Blind leading the blind .[/p][/quote]Come on Saj it's just postal votes in those arears isn't it? 44 from number 1 Whalley Range, 53 from number 2 Whalley Range, Lol. Lancs - pensioner
  • Score: 15

9:57pm Sat 29 Mar 14

abetterblackburn says...

not too old to care wrote:
I believe Jack Straw has represented Blackburn well given it's many problems.
So although I haven't always agreed with your politics Jack.
Thanks & Well Done.
Don't like the women candidates only policy and am not inspired by any of the nominees
UKIP could do well at the General Election with Labour being the big loser.
The biggest problem Blackburn has ever had is Jack Straw. Will someone tell me something that he has done that has improved Blackburn?

. . . That’s a challenge to all those who voted for him!
[quote][p][bold]not too old to care[/bold] wrote: I believe Jack Straw has represented Blackburn well given it's many problems. So although I haven't always agreed with your politics Jack. Thanks & Well Done. Don't like the women candidates only policy and am not inspired by any of the nominees UKIP could do well at the General Election with Labour being the big loser.[/p][/quote]The biggest problem Blackburn has ever had is Jack Straw. Will someone tell me something that he has done that has improved Blackburn? . . . That’s a challenge to all those who voted for him! abetterblackburn
  • Score: 14

9:12am Sun 30 Mar 14

A Darener says...

abetterblackburn wrote:
not too old to care wrote:
I believe Jack Straw has represented Blackburn well given it's many problems.
So although I haven't always agreed with your politics Jack.
Thanks & Well Done.
Don't like the women candidates only policy and am not inspired by any of the nominees
UKIP could do well at the General Election with Labour being the big loser.
The biggest problem Blackburn has ever had is Jack Straw. Will someone tell me something that he has done that has improved Blackburn?

. . . That’s a challenge to all those who voted for him!
Retired!
[quote][p][bold]abetterblackburn[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]not too old to care[/bold] wrote: I believe Jack Straw has represented Blackburn well given it's many problems. So although I haven't always agreed with your politics Jack. Thanks & Well Done. Don't like the women candidates only policy and am not inspired by any of the nominees UKIP could do well at the General Election with Labour being the big loser.[/p][/quote]The biggest problem Blackburn has ever had is Jack Straw. Will someone tell me something that he has done that has improved Blackburn? . . . That’s a challenge to all those who voted for him![/p][/quote]Retired! A Darener
  • Score: 19

10:30am Sun 30 Mar 14

ste.g says...

Saj143 wrote:
ste.g wrote:
ukip candidates for blackburn with darwen wards may elections..
sunnyhurst
furnhurst
mill hill
ewood
roe lee

at last a party worth voting for
What none for Audley , Whalley Range , Bastwell,Shear Brow ...... UKIP we represent everyone.

Blind leading the blind .
sajj143.....forgot to mention bobby anwar is running for mep.
[quote][p][bold]Saj143[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]ste.g[/bold] wrote: ukip candidates for blackburn with darwen wards may elections.. sunnyhurst furnhurst mill hill ewood roe lee at last a party worth voting for[/p][/quote]What none for Audley , Whalley Range , Bastwell,Shear Brow ...... UKIP we represent everyone. Blind leading the blind .[/p][/quote]sajj143.....forgot to mention bobby anwar is running for mep. ste.g
  • Score: 11

10:45am Sun 30 Mar 14

Saj143 says...

Lancs - pensioner wrote:
Saj143 wrote:
ste.g wrote:
ukip candidates for blackburn with darwen wards may elections..
sunnyhurst
furnhurst
mill hill
ewood
roe lee

at last a party worth voting for
What none for Audley , Whalley Range , Bastwell,Shear Brow ...... UKIP we represent everyone.

Blind leading the blind .
Come on Saj it's just postal votes in those arears isn't it? 44 from number 1 Whalley Range, 53 from number 2 Whalley Range, Lol.
U read that in the Dail Mail or some right wing propaganda ?
[quote][p][bold]Lancs - pensioner[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Saj143[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]ste.g[/bold] wrote: ukip candidates for blackburn with darwen wards may elections.. sunnyhurst furnhurst mill hill ewood roe lee at last a party worth voting for[/p][/quote]What none for Audley , Whalley Range , Bastwell,Shear Brow ...... UKIP we represent everyone. Blind leading the blind .[/p][/quote]Come on Saj it's just postal votes in those arears isn't it? 44 from number 1 Whalley Range, 53 from number 2 Whalley Range, Lol.[/p][/quote]U read that in the Dail Mail or some right wing propaganda ? Saj143
  • Score: -6

12:25pm Sun 30 Mar 14

Caspar the ghost says...

Excluded again wrote:
ste.g wrote:
Mr John wrote:
Why are there no male candidates. It seems a very sexist line-up to me. Surely this should be challenged under the sexual discrimination act.
they get around it by calling it positive descrimination
Positive discrimination is illegal. Equal opportunities employment law does not apply as this is for selecting candidates not selecting for a job itself. There is nothing to prevent any man in Blackburn standing in the same election.
Except the Labour Party!
[quote][p][bold]Excluded again[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]ste.g[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Mr John[/bold] wrote: Why are there no male candidates. It seems a very sexist line-up to me. Surely this should be challenged under the sexual discrimination act.[/p][/quote]they get around it by calling it positive descrimination[/p][/quote]Positive discrimination is illegal. Equal opportunities employment law does not apply as this is for selecting candidates not selecting for a job itself. There is nothing to prevent any man in Blackburn standing in the same election.[/p][/quote]Except the Labour Party! Caspar the ghost
  • Score: 11

2:14pm Sun 30 Mar 14

Excluded again says...

Caspar the ghost wrote:
Excluded again wrote:
ste.g wrote:
Mr John wrote:
Why are there no male candidates. It seems a very sexist line-up to me. Surely this should be challenged under the sexual discrimination act.
they get around it by calling it positive descrimination
Positive discrimination is illegal. Equal opportunities employment law does not apply as this is for selecting candidates not selecting for a job itself. There is nothing to prevent any man in Blackburn standing in the same election.
Except the Labour Party!
Assuming you are a man, explain to me exactly how the Labour Party could stop you standing for the Blackburn Parliamentary seat if you wanted to.
[quote][p][bold]Caspar the ghost[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Excluded again[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]ste.g[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Mr John[/bold] wrote: Why are there no male candidates. It seems a very sexist line-up to me. Surely this should be challenged under the sexual discrimination act.[/p][/quote]they get around it by calling it positive descrimination[/p][/quote]Positive discrimination is illegal. Equal opportunities employment law does not apply as this is for selecting candidates not selecting for a job itself. There is nothing to prevent any man in Blackburn standing in the same election.[/p][/quote]Except the Labour Party![/p][/quote]Assuming you are a man, explain to me exactly how the Labour Party could stop you standing for the Blackburn Parliamentary seat if you wanted to. Excluded again
  • Score: 8

2:27pm Sun 30 Mar 14

A Darener says...

He can, but not as an official Labour Party candidate, unless of course he wore a wig and skirt.
He can, but not as an official Labour Party candidate, unless of course he wore a wig and skirt. A Darener
  • Score: 11

3:47pm Sun 30 Mar 14

Lancs - pensioner says...

Saj143 wrote:
Lancs - pensioner wrote:
Saj143 wrote:
ste.g wrote:
ukip candidates for blackburn with darwen wards may elections..
sunnyhurst
furnhurst
mill hill
ewood
roe lee

at last a party worth voting for
What none for Audley , Whalley Range , Bastwell,Shear Brow ...... UKIP we represent everyone.

Blind leading the blind .
Come on Saj it's just postal votes in those arears isn't it? 44 from number 1 Whalley Range, 53 from number 2 Whalley Range, Lol.
U read that in the Dail Mail or some right wing propaganda ?
No just joking this time buddy.
[quote][p][bold]Saj143[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Lancs - pensioner[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Saj143[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]ste.g[/bold] wrote: ukip candidates for blackburn with darwen wards may elections.. sunnyhurst furnhurst mill hill ewood roe lee at last a party worth voting for[/p][/quote]What none for Audley , Whalley Range , Bastwell,Shear Brow ...... UKIP we represent everyone. Blind leading the blind .[/p][/quote]Come on Saj it's just postal votes in those arears isn't it? 44 from number 1 Whalley Range, 53 from number 2 Whalley Range, Lol.[/p][/quote]U read that in the Dail Mail or some right wing propaganda ?[/p][/quote]No just joking this time buddy. Lancs - pensioner
  • Score: 11

1:39pm Mon 31 Mar 14

leyton says...

so based on the turnout this is a minority party candidate..
so based on the turnout this is a minority party candidate.. leyton
  • Score: 8

12:15am Wed 2 Apr 14

Steven11 says...

Birtrumthegreat wrote:
I'm so glad I got out of Blackburn, it was a brilliant town up until fifteen years ago. It's now aimed at one population only and should be twinned with Medicine Road Hellman Province. I'm surprised that Hamid Karzai hasn't applied for the post.
You got out , so did I . I totally agree with your comment . Yes it does go dark very early in Blackburn these days. !
[quote][p][bold]Birtrumthegreat[/bold] wrote: I'm so glad I got out of Blackburn, it was a brilliant town up until fifteen years ago. It's now aimed at one population only and should be twinned with Medicine Road Hellman Province. I'm surprised that Hamid Karzai hasn't applied for the post.[/p][/quote]You got out , so did I . I totally agree with your comment . Yes it does go dark very early in Blackburn these days. ! Steven11
  • Score: 11

12:42am Wed 2 Apr 14

Steven11 says...

Birtrumthegreat wrote:
I'm so glad I got out of Blackburn, it was a brilliant town up until fifteen years ago. It's now aimed at one population only and should be twinned with Medicine Road Hellman Province. I'm surprised that Hamid Karzai hasn't applied for the post.
I totally agree with your comment , but doesn't it go dark early now in Blackburn !
[quote][p][bold]Birtrumthegreat[/bold] wrote: I'm so glad I got out of Blackburn, it was a brilliant town up until fifteen years ago. It's now aimed at one population only and should be twinned with Medicine Road Hellman Province. I'm surprised that Hamid Karzai hasn't applied for the post.[/p][/quote]I totally agree with your comment , but doesn't it go dark early now in Blackburn ! Steven11
  • Score: 10

12:47am Wed 2 Apr 14

Steven11 says...

A Darener wrote:
He can, but not as an official Labour Party candidate, unless of course he wore a wig and skirt.
Or a Burke !
[quote][p][bold]A Darener[/bold] wrote: He can, but not as an official Labour Party candidate, unless of course he wore a wig and skirt.[/p][/quote]Or a Burke ! Steven11
  • Score: 11

3:03pm Wed 2 Apr 14

ConcernedOssy says...

Steven11 wrote:
A Darener wrote:
He can, but not as an official Labour Party candidate, unless of course he wore a wig and skirt.
Or a Burke !
I thought it was a man anyway lol
[quote][p][bold]Steven11[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]A Darener[/bold] wrote: He can, but not as an official Labour Party candidate, unless of course he wore a wig and skirt.[/p][/quote]Or a Burke ![/p][/quote]I thought it was a man anyway lol ConcernedOssy
  • Score: 9

3:05pm Wed 2 Apr 14

ConcernedOssy says...

Steven11 wrote:
Birtrumthegreat wrote:
I'm so glad I got out of Blackburn, it was a brilliant town up until fifteen years ago. It's now aimed at one population only and should be twinned with Medicine Road Hellman Province. I'm surprised that Hamid Karzai hasn't applied for the post.
I totally agree with your comment , but doesn't it go dark early now in Blackburn !
No so bad now best has started !!!
[quote][p][bold]Steven11[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Birtrumthegreat[/bold] wrote: I'm so glad I got out of Blackburn, it was a brilliant town up until fifteen years ago. It's now aimed at one population only and should be twinned with Medicine Road Hellman Province. I'm surprised that Hamid Karzai hasn't applied for the post.[/p][/quote]I totally agree with your comment , but doesn't it go dark early now in Blackburn ![/p][/quote]No so bad now best has started !!! ConcernedOssy
  • Score: 5

3:23pm Wed 2 Apr 14

ConcernedOssy says...

ConcernedOssy wrote:
Steven11 wrote:
Birtrumthegreat wrote:
I'm so glad I got out of Blackburn, it was a brilliant town up until fifteen years ago. It's now aimed at one population only and should be twinned with Medicine Road Hellman Province. I'm surprised that Hamid Karzai hasn't applied for the post.
I totally agree with your comment , but doesn't it go dark early now in Blackburn !
No so bad now best has started !!!
I mean't B.S.T. Sorry
[quote][p][bold]ConcernedOssy[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Steven11[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Birtrumthegreat[/bold] wrote: I'm so glad I got out of Blackburn, it was a brilliant town up until fifteen years ago. It's now aimed at one population only and should be twinned with Medicine Road Hellman Province. I'm surprised that Hamid Karzai hasn't applied for the post.[/p][/quote]I totally agree with your comment , but doesn't it go dark early now in Blackburn ![/p][/quote]No so bad now best has started !!![/p][/quote]I mean't B.S.T. Sorry ConcernedOssy
  • Score: 9

3:24pm Wed 2 Apr 14

ConcernedOssy says...

ConcernedOssy wrote:
Steven11 wrote:
A Darener wrote:
He can, but not as an official Labour Party candidate, unless of course he wore a wig and skirt.
Or a Burke !
I thought it was a man anyway lol
I suppose it does look a bit butch
[quote][p][bold]ConcernedOssy[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Steven11[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]A Darener[/bold] wrote: He can, but not as an official Labour Party candidate, unless of course he wore a wig and skirt.[/p][/quote]Or a Burke ![/p][/quote]I thought it was a man anyway lol[/p][/quote]I suppose it does look a bit butch ConcernedOssy
  • Score: 9

3:26pm Wed 2 Apr 14

ConcernedOssy says...

Lancs - pensioner wrote:
Saj143 wrote:
Lancs - pensioner wrote:
Saj143 wrote:
ste.g wrote:
ukip candidates for blackburn with darwen wards may elections..
sunnyhurst
furnhurst
mill hill
ewood
roe lee

at last a party worth voting for
What none for Audley , Whalley Range , Bastwell,Shear Brow ...... UKIP we represent everyone.

Blind leading the blind .
Come on Saj it's just postal votes in those arears isn't it? 44 from number 1 Whalley Range, 53 from number 2 Whalley Range, Lol.
U read that in the Dail Mail or some right wing propaganda ?
No just joking this time buddy.
Seems a bit of a low turnout for a postal vote!!
[quote][p][bold]Lancs - pensioner[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Saj143[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Lancs - pensioner[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Saj143[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]ste.g[/bold] wrote: ukip candidates for blackburn with darwen wards may elections.. sunnyhurst furnhurst mill hill ewood roe lee at last a party worth voting for[/p][/quote]What none for Audley , Whalley Range , Bastwell,Shear Brow ...... UKIP we represent everyone. Blind leading the blind .[/p][/quote]Come on Saj it's just postal votes in those arears isn't it? 44 from number 1 Whalley Range, 53 from number 2 Whalley Range, Lol.[/p][/quote]U read that in the Dail Mail or some right wing propaganda ?[/p][/quote]No just joking this time buddy.[/p][/quote]Seems a bit of a low turnout for a postal vote!! ConcernedOssy
  • Score: 6

3:28pm Wed 2 Apr 14

ConcernedOssy says...

Steven11 wrote:
A Darener wrote:
He can, but not as an official Labour Party candidate, unless of course he wore a wig and skirt.
Or a Burke !
It is wearing a wig and skirt !!
[quote][p][bold]Steven11[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]A Darener[/bold] wrote: He can, but not as an official Labour Party candidate, unless of course he wore a wig and skirt.[/p][/quote]Or a Burke ![/p][/quote]It is wearing a wig and skirt !! ConcernedOssy
  • Score: 9

3:31pm Wed 2 Apr 14

ConcernedOssy says...

drunken donut wrote:
What no gay candidate, I think that it is terrible in this day and age, oh but wait a minute a certain section of the community wouldn't vote for him/her. Only joking! Maybe one of them is a man.
Could be inbetweeners eh?
[quote][p][bold]drunken donut[/bold] wrote: What no gay candidate, I think that it is terrible in this day and age, oh but wait a minute a certain section of the community wouldn't vote for him/her. Only joking! Maybe one of them is a man.[/p][/quote]Could be inbetweeners eh? ConcernedOssy
  • Score: 9

3:35pm Wed 2 Apr 14

ConcernedOssy says...

mavrick wrote:
Who decided an all women's shortlist ?The best candidate for the job may well be a man, So Blackburn will lose out on strong representation. The Labour party seem to have shot their selves in the foot this time.
Strange quote in the circumstances I think the "best candidate could be a man"
[quote][p][bold]mavrick[/bold] wrote: Who decided an all women's shortlist ?The best candidate for the job may well be a man, So Blackburn will lose out on strong representation. The Labour party seem to have shot their selves in the foot this time.[/p][/quote]Strange quote in the circumstances I think the "best candidate could be a man" ConcernedOssy
  • Score: 9

5:31pm Wed 2 Apr 14

mikebuk says...

CorkyMac wrote:
An Immigrant

A Scot

An Outsider

And a Southerner with an Identity crisis.

What a bloody shambles this town has become. UKIP CAN't come quick enough for me In this Country.
Written by a TOSSER.
[quote][p][bold]CorkyMac[/bold] wrote: An Immigrant A Scot An Outsider And a Southerner with an Identity crisis. What a bloody shambles this town has become. UKIP CAN't come quick enough for me In this Country.[/p][/quote]Written by a TOSSER. mikebuk
  • Score: 6

8:07pm Wed 2 Apr 14

ConcernedOssy says...

Bluelizzy wrote:
It's a bit like "would you sooner have a poke in the eye of a kick in the shins" take your pick, the choice is yours.

The winner will be by default only.
Needles in the eyes are even more painful
[quote][p][bold]Bluelizzy[/bold] wrote: It's a bit like "would you sooner have a poke in the eye of a kick in the shins" take your pick, the choice is yours. The winner will be by default only.[/p][/quote]Needles in the eyes are even more painful ConcernedOssy
  • Score: 9

8:08pm Wed 2 Apr 14

ConcernedOssy says...

abetterblackburn wrote:
Rab C. Nesbitt string vests will soon to be the thing to wear in Blackburn. How embarrassing that will be!
Collect yours at the town hall now
[quote][p][bold]abetterblackburn[/bold] wrote: Rab C. Nesbitt string vests will soon to be the thing to wear in Blackburn. How embarrassing that will be![/p][/quote]Collect yours at the town hall now ConcernedOssy
  • Score: 9

8:09pm Wed 2 Apr 14

ConcernedOssy says...

davemcb wrote:
We don't seem to have a candidate with cojones. Blackburn - the emasculated town.
You never know have you checked
[quote][p][bold]davemcb[/bold] wrote: We don't seem to have a candidate with cojones. Blackburn - the emasculated town.[/p][/quote]You never know have you checked ConcernedOssy
  • Score: 6

8:14pm Wed 2 Apr 14

ConcernedOssy says...

A Darener wrote:
He can, but not as an official Labour Party candidate, unless of course he wore a wig and skirt.
Wot she look like in them there becoming the norm in parliament
[quote][p][bold]A Darener[/bold] wrote: He can, but not as an official Labour Party candidate, unless of course he wore a wig and skirt.[/p][/quote]Wot she look like in them there becoming the norm in parliament ConcernedOssy
  • Score: 9

7:54pm Mon 7 Apr 14

ConcernedOssy says...

drunken donut wrote:
What no gay candidate, I think that it is terrible in this day and age, oh but wait a minute a certain section of the community wouldn't vote for him/her. Only joking! Maybe one of them is a man.
Problem was all the gay candidates were busy BENDING the rule or something L O L
[quote][p][bold]drunken donut[/bold] wrote: What no gay candidate, I think that it is terrible in this day and age, oh but wait a minute a certain section of the community wouldn't vote for him/her. Only joking! Maybe one of them is a man.[/p][/quote]Problem was all the gay candidates were busy BENDING the rule or something L O L ConcernedOssy
  • Score: 5

7:54pm Mon 7 Apr 14

ConcernedOssy says...

drunken donut wrote:
What no gay candidate, I think that it is terrible in this day and age, oh but wait a minute a certain section of the community wouldn't vote for him/her. Only joking! Maybe one of them is a man.
Problem was all the gay candidates were busy BENDING the rule or something L O L
[quote][p][bold]drunken donut[/bold] wrote: What no gay candidate, I think that it is terrible in this day and age, oh but wait a minute a certain section of the community wouldn't vote for him/her. Only joking! Maybe one of them is a man.[/p][/quote]Problem was all the gay candidates were busy BENDING the rule or something L O L ConcernedOssy
  • Score: 7

7:20pm Wed 9 Apr 14

ConcernedOssy says...

Think it was Straw and Hollern who did the original modelling for the WONGA T v Ad (even that's failed now) Lol
Think it was Straw and Hollern who did the original modelling for the WONGA T v Ad (even that's failed now) Lol ConcernedOssy
  • Score: 7

9:58pm Mon 21 Apr 14

ConcernedOssy says...

happycyclist wrote:
If you could combine the strengths of Naheed Arshard-Mather, Anne Courtney and Kate Hollern into one, you might have someone worth voting for.
I can't for the life of me see how Sara Ebrahim imagines she has anything to offer the people of Blackburn though.
Think she makes a Fuc**g Good curry !!
[quote][p][bold]happycyclist[/bold] wrote: If you could combine the strengths of Naheed Arshard-Mather, Anne Courtney and Kate Hollern into one, you might have someone worth voting for. I can't for the life of me see how Sara Ebrahim imagines she has anything to offer the people of Blackburn though.[/p][/quote]Think she makes a Fuc**g Good curry !! ConcernedOssy
  • Score: 4

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