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The Big Debate: All-women lists for Tory MPs?
Conservative leader David Cameron has said his party could introduce women-only shortlists of election candidates. Do you agree with this idea?
Conservative leader David Cameron has said his party could introduce women-only shortlists of election candidates.
He believesunder-representationofwomenandethnic minoritiesis ‘a real problem for Parliament and it’s been an even greater problem for my party’.
Currently, there are19 female Tory MPsbut Mr Cameron wants there to be60 female Tory MPsif the Conservatives win the next election. But that still does not compare withLabour‘s record – currently they have125 female MPs– which may be why Cameron is considering all-women shortlists, so a woman is guaranteed to represent the Conservatives if they win that seat.
All-women shortlists are not new.Labourintroduced them 14 years ago, to boost the number of woman MPs in the party, and have been using them again during the current round of selection ofparliamentarycandidates.
But for the Conservatives, this is something new and controversial, and Cameron’s plans have not found favour with his entire party. Tory MPAnn Widdecombesaid they were an ‘appalling’ ideaand would make women MPs ‘second class citizens‘.
But what do you think? Should women be given the chance to fast-track into the House of Commons, via girls only lists? Or should women fight for their place in parliament, via mixed-sex lists?
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