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Debating political diversity

Yesterday's programme looks at how the parties are performing

BBC’s London Politics Show debated the performance of the main parties in selecting a diverse range of candidates.

You can watch the programme here.

The segment starts on 41 minutes, if you want to jump there.

Reporter Jennifer Conway finds that an extraordinary amount of MPs are retiring from Westminster, and that creates an unprecedented opportunity for change.

Operation Black Vote’ director, Simon Woolley, says that true diversity involves more BME and women MPs, but also more politicians from different social backgrounds.

John Lehal, managing director of the think-tank Insight Public Affairs, which published data on how the three parties are doing on gender representation, said that Labour were having more success in this area.

But Woolley commended the recent progress of parties that had previously lagged behind, such as having BME MPs, who were now catching up fast.

Presenter Tim Donovan than has a studio debate with three aspiring candidates: Labour’s Sonia Klein, George Lee from the Conservatives, and Lib Dem Naomi Smith.

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