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Number of Female MP's Expected to Rise

Number of Female MP's Expected to be Highest Ever After General Election

Analysis has revealed that regardless of whether the Conservatives gain an overwhelming majority, or whether Labour surprise in the general election, Britain will have its highest ever amount of female MP's in the House of Commons.

It is expected that upwards of 200 female MP's could receive a mandate in the June election. In the 2015 election, 191 women were elected. If Labour were to do what some see as the impossible then the figure could end up as high as 212.

Recent opinion polls have seen the gap narrow after the Labour manifesto was revealed by 9 points in a week, leaving the Conservatives just 9 points up. Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn will be hoping that his pledge to get rid of university fees will be enough to tap into a large youth vote.
If 200 women are elected into parliament it will mean that roughly 1 in 3 politicians in the UK is female, with around 92 of those being Conservative.
However, Labour would have around 82 female MP's, down from the all-time high of 101 in 1997.

Chief executive of the Electoral Reform Society Katie Ghose saw as pleasing the rise in female MPs, but described the increase on 2015 as 'glacial'.
'It shows there is much more to be done to achieve gender equality in politics and public life,' she said.
'Whatever the result on June 8 - and it looks like there will be a small rise in the proportion of women elected - parties need to up their game, not just for the next Parliamentary elections but for our local councils, metro mayor roles and institutions across the UK.
'We cannot settle for incremental change. It's time for some real momentum on women's representation in politics.'

If the election were to play out the same way as 2015 then there would be 206 female MP's, an increase of 15.Leader of the Women's Equality Party, Sophie Walker, said the figures were reason for optimism, but emphasised that the election of 200 female MPs would still place Britain behind countries such as Zimbabwe, Uganda, Spain and Mexico in terms of female representation in parliament.

She said: 'This is particularly worrying as we move towards Brexit and the drafting of the Great Repeal Bill: government must be closely scrutinised to ensure the continuation of women's rights to equal pay, pregnancy protection and part-time workers' rights.
'Women's Equality support proportional representation, which is shown to work better for women and minorities and bring the diversity of experience that Westminster needs.'

 


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