There are 648 elected MPs in the British Parliament
Women sitting in the House of Commons.
At the General Election of May 2010 143 women, 22% of the total, were elected as Members of Parliament, the highest number ever with one in five MPs now a woman.
Of these MPs:
49 are Conservative;
7 Liberal Democrats;
1 Green Party;
1Scottish National Party;
1 Social Democrat & Labour Party;
1 Sinn Fein;
1 Alliance and1 Independent
Of the three main parties:
Labour has the highest proportion of women MPs, 31%;
the Conservatives have 16%
and Liberal Democrats 12%.
(Source House of Commons Information fact-sheets)
Will a male dominated government ever truly challenge the status quo? Will we see quotas for women on company boards introduced in UK?
Why so few women in parliament? Well, if you’re a regular reader you’ll know my response to that. Men designed how our parliament works and it works well for men. It doesn’t work well for women; it was designed with only one half of the population in mind.
My personal view is that until we do introduce quotas, little will change. It’s a conclusion I come to reluctantly.
Read what one of my favourite feminist journalists, Suzanne Moore has to say on the topic here.
What do YOU think?
Photo Credit: Ben G
Posted on May 2nd, 2011 by Jane