Joyce Sampson is on the approved list of Conservative Party candidates for both Westminster and Europe, but has never been selected to fight a seat. She had hit a 'glass ceiling' because she was black and female, she told a Westminster news conference.
Miss Sampson, a civil servant for 14 years, has been in such Tory organisations as the Bow and Tory Reform Groups. A member of Ilford South Conservative Association executive committee, she has also spoken at the Tory conference.
With Labour's deputy leader, John Prescott, alongside her, she said of the Conservatives: 'It's a party that I feel is dying and I remember the words of Tony Blair when he said any party which refuses to change, dies.' Attacking the Tories for 'refusing to discuss race', she said: 'I think I had hit what is commonly called a glass ceiling in the party, where I had come up against a lack of progress which probably was because of my gender or race, or both.'Reuse content