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Political Representation

Volume 450: debated on Thursday 19 October 2006

22. To ask the Minister for Women and Equality what steps she is taking to encourage women’s representation in politics. (95026)

In 2002 we introduced the Sex Discrimination (Election Candidates) Act allowing positive measures towards women’s increased participation. This legislation is having an impact and the numbers are rising particularly in the parties that made use of these measures. 27 per cent. of Labour MPs are now women. Overall, 20 per cent. of MPs are now women compared with 9 per cent. before 1997.