LABOUR Party activists will choose a candidate from an all-women shortlist to fight a knife-edge Parliamentary seat.
Colne Valley MP Kali Mountford is standing down at the next election for health reasons.
A Labour spokesman revealed today that the party would pick a woman to fight the highly-marginal seat.
He said: "The National Executive Committee of the Labour Party decide in some instances to have an all-women shortlist to try to increase the number of female MPs."
Nominations are now open and the party will announce a shortlist on May 2 and Labour activists will hold a selection meeting on May 16. The next general election must take place by summer 2010.
The Colne Valley seat covers the Kirklees Council wards of Colne Valley, Crosland Moor and Netherton, Golcar, Holme Valley North, Holme Valley South, and Lindley. It is the 56th most marginal constituency in the country and one of a few dozen seats which could be won by any of the three main parties at the next election.
Full story in Thursday's Examiner.