Theresa May today mocked the Labour Party for their all women shortlists.
During her first PMQs as Prime Minister, after being congratulated for “trouncing the men” in the Tory leadership election, she joked that the Tories had come up with an all women shortlist “without being required to do so”.
Labour is the only party to operate all women shortlists, which allow only women to stand in particular constituencies. But the party has so far failed to appoint a single female leader, while the Tories are on their second.
Labour has just ruled another woman out of their current leadership race, after Angela Eagle MP pulled out on Tuesday, a move which caused consternation among some of the party members.
Labour women have consistently polled behind men in leadership elections. Yvette Cooper and Liz Kendall finished in third and fourth places in the contest last year, behind two men, and Diane Abbott was beaten by four men in 2010.