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Green would-be MPs lose Westminster job share test case at High Court

Published 28/07/2015

The pair wanted to stand jointly for the role of MP for Basingstoke in the general election
The pair wanted to stand jointly for the role of MP for Basingstoke in the general election

Two Green Party candidates have been refused permission to fight a High Court test case in their battle to become job-share MPs.

Sarah Cope, 36, and Clare Phipps, 26, attempted to stand jointly for the role of MP for Basingstoke, Hampshire, in the May 2015 general election.

They planned to share an MP's responsibilities as Ms Cope is the main carer for two young children and Ms Phipps suffers from a disability.

Their nomination was rejected as invalid by the acting returning officer for the Basingstoke parliamentary constituency because they were two people seeking the one seat.

Ms Cope and Ms Phipps both applied for permission to seek judicial review at London's High Court, arguing their human rights had been breached.

But a judge ruled the returning officer's decision was "unarguably correct" and dismissed their application.

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