Sarah Cope, 36, and Clare Phipps, 26, wanted to stand jointly for the role of MP for the town 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 it was two people seeking the one seat…
With law firm Leigh Day acting on their behalf, they are contending that the decision to prevent them standing jointly for office amounts to a disproportionate and unjustifiable interference with their legal rights.
This legal action will be of particular interest to the Liberal Democrats who also support making it possible for MPs to job share.