A FORMER police equalities champion is quitting the Labour Party amid claims that ethnic minorities are being sidelined by nepotism, vote-fixing and all-women shortlists.
Retired inspector Tom McInally, who was once in charge of Lothian and Borders Police’s recruitment policy and stood as a council candidate for Labour in Corstorphine/Murrayfield in 2012, said he was “disgusted” by the party’s “discriminatory” selection procedures.
He claimed all-women shortlists were often under-subscribed, meaning “a total incompetent idiot would be guaranteed a seat” if she was the only one standing.
He spoke out after the selection contest in the Edinburgh Western and Edinburgh Pentlands constituencies, earmarked as a “one woman, one man” pair, where the victors were Blair Heary, 27, a parliament aide to leader Johann Lamont, and solicitor Cat Headley, 29.
Former Edinburgh councillor Shami Khan said he withdrew because he “knew that both seats are fixed by the Labour Party’s big leaders”.
Mr McInally said: “I have no interest in the Labour Party any more because it talks equality but it doesn’t serve equality.”
Labour said it had a robust selection process and a strong record on promoting ethnic minorities.