Women only as process begins to replace Meg Munn

The Labour Party’s selection procession has started for a candidate to replace Heeley MP Meg Munn - and only women are being allowed to apply.

An all-female shortlist will be drawn up for the constituency, which Labour has held for 40 years.

Labour is using positive discrimination to try to break the domination of male MPs, looking at each constituency on a case by case basis as vacancies arise.

The National Executive Committee has decided that is appropriate in finding a replacement for Ms Munn, who is stepping down at the next general election after 14 years “to take on new challenges.”

A final decision will be taken by Heeley Constituency Labour Party on May 10.

Already applications are coming in with a view to taking over a seat that commanded a 5,807 majority over the Liberal Democrats at the 2010 general election.

A Heeley selection committee will compile a long list from which branches can make nominations before a shortlist is drawn up.