Sometimes I feel sorry for some of the Labour women who were selected via all-women shortlists. Everyone knows who they are.
Now here's Nadine Dorries today on twitter:
How many women are their in Gordon Browns cabinet who were selected via an all woman shortlist? And, who are they? Anyone know?
Yes - everyone does, Nadine. Everyone.
Especially since Nadine's claim that "everyone knows who they are" was approvingly quoted with great gustos of agreement by Amanda Platell in the Daily Mail on Friday, albeit while unfortunately proving that "everyone" did not include Platell herself, as she attacked Caroline Flint and Ruth Kelly for being selected on all women shortlists.
But, since we are crowd-sourcing here, I am perfectly happy to play the phone a friend role for Nadine.
Indeed, as I wrote on the shortlists debate just before Dorries' first ConservativeHome post was published, "After all, 35 of Labour's new women MPs in 1997 were selected on all women shortlists and 30 were not. (You can find the list in the appendix of the Nuffield study, but I guarantee that you would simply be guessing if you tried to separate them by means of selection)".
If you don't have the book to hand, why not try this link to the House of Commons library paper, so helpfully updated last Monday.
After all, anybody who reads that would be able to find out what it seems that everyone already knows.
UPDATE: Tuesday. Nadine Dorries sent a further tweet on Monday night suggesting her twitter question was intended to be rhetorical, having stated that there were no AWS women in the Cabinet on Any Questions last weekend? See my comment in the thread for more on this. The idea that everybody knows which women were selected on AWS remains, in my view, absurd.