With polling day less than a week away, it was a case of no rest for the wicked this weekend as politicians took part in some last minute campaigning. While Ed Miliband dreamt about erecting an 8ft 6in stone in Number 10, other members of the Labour party attended a campaign event. Organised by councillor Ansar Ali Khan, Labour members including Tom Watson, Liam Byrne and Jack Dromey joined supporters in Birmingham for a rally:
— Jack Dromey (@JackDromeyMP) May 1, 2015
However, at the event women in the audience were segregated from men. This issue did not go unnoticed by the party’s critics, with many taking to Twitter to ask why Labour, which claims to be a party for equality, would support segregated audiences.
What the hell! Gender segregation at Birmingham Labour Party hustings! Was it choice or was it pressure? pic.twitter.com/NvgfmuZF77
— Shaista Gohir (@ShaistaGohir) May 3, 2015
Wonder what all those professional feminists think of the segregation meeting Labour held?
— Drog Bizkit (@Shatner_Handbag) May 3, 2015
With so many complaints, Mr S would have thought that the party would be keen to comment and set the record straight over their policy on gender segregation. After all, Chuka Umunna has been vocal in the past about his opposition to such a division.
Alas the party is staying quiet. Mr S contacted a party spokesman on Saturday night and asked them to clarify their policy on gender segregation. They are yet to respond.