Following Ed Miliband’s comments in the Guardian today, in which he announced a process of reforming Labour’s structures and policy-making mechanisms, Lead for Women have released the following statement:
Ed Miliband should be congratulated for his comments to this paper on the need to reshape Labour’s policies and practices. As grassroots women Labour activists, we called upon all our leadership candidates to end the marginalised role of female voices in our Party, and welcomed Ed Miliband’s commitment to do as our campaign urged and “Lead for Women”. Speaking of his desire to renew the Party, Ed pledged he would ensure that “women’s diverse voices are just as central to that process as men’s”. When too few women are selected, too few women shape our messages, and too few women’s votes are won, the time for reform is now. We encourage Ed to embrace this timely opportunity to follow through on his promise.