I think that most people accept these shortlists providing that they are used judiciously. However, some people seem to have the quaint notion that they should only be open to people who are women and they are prepared to cancel their party memberships over this issue: Hundreds of women to quit Labour over transgender candidate row 'A draft resignation letter penned by Labour activist group Mayday4Women warns that its supporters “cannot continue to be in a party that takes women for granted”. The letter, sent to The Times, continues: “We are dismayed at the Labour Party’s support for sex as a self-identified characteristic for all-women shortlists. “We now face a situation in which any man can simply claim to be a woman and be included on all-women shortlists. “Sex is not a self-defined characteristic and it is disingenuous for Labour to pretend that it is. Self-identity - ‘I am what I say I am’ - reeks of male authority and male supremacy. “In contrast, women are rarely believed about the sexual violence we face or about harassment on the streets and domestic violence in the home. It is for that reason that we - alongside 300 other women - are resigning from the Labour Party today.”' TheWeek.co.uk, 1st May 2018. @Mayday4Women on Twitter and Mayday4Women 2.0 on Facebook.