Is the #manban back on the agenda?

With the news from the Herald that Maryan Street was front and centre in the knifing of Shearer is it possible that the #manban issue could be back on the agenda. The knifing could be revenge for Shearer dumping on the man ban in the first place.

This weekend is the Labour women’s conference so it will be interesting to see who thy look like endorsing as leader.

Members too were annoyed that the policy idea was never able to be at least debated at conference after David Shearer vetoed the proposal.

He is now gone. 

Could we see the membership move, during the leadership contest to reassert themselves by putting the #manban back on the agenda for conference in November, at the very least so the wider membership can look at debating it without the confusion of media jumping all over it?

Might the leadership contest be used to implement the policy for real by putting up a female candidate?

Perhaps if it is a foregone conclusion that David Cunliffe will be leader then the party should look at having Jacinda Ardern, or Sue Moroney, or perhaps Clare Curran as deputy.

It would be a real point of difference from the blokes club over at National.


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As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story. When he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

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