The Cabinet Office, which oversees the honours process, has told Whitehall departments submitting nominations to ensure that their lists include more female and non-white candidates.
In her letter, sent to John Ransford, the chief executive of the Local Government Association, Mrs Harris also made clear that there should be more candidates from two specific ethnic groups, "Black African" and "Chinese", which had allegedly been "under represented" in the past.
Oh ffs! If the Chinese or Africans want gongs than can damn well donate to the Labour Party like everyone else. Is there really a urgent shortage of Chinese OBEs anyway?