Job share to make MPs representative The Guardian The House of Commons is not representative of the electorate. The House of Commons has 650 MPs. Of these 650, there are 504 male MPs, so women are seriously underrepresented. There are 27 MPs of black and minority ethnic origin, but there would need to be 55 to 60 MPs to be representative of the black and minority ethnic population. There are a handful of disabled MPs, but there would need to be 65 disabled MPs to be representative of the number of disabled people in the population.
The stereotype of the “young violent male” on the right New Statesman (blog) Online supporters (as a Demos report last year indicated) of populist right parties and movements are largely young and male, while academic research has at times supported the view that young men are more likely to vote for such parties.
Lib Dem conference: Is Jo Swinson the answer to the Lib Dems’ women problem Spectator.co.uk (blog) One can see why so many of those around Nick Clegg view her as the solution to the Lib Dems’women problem. At the moment, all five of the party’s Cabinet ministers are men. Given her qualities as a communicator and her age—she’s 32, one would be …
Yvette Cooper accuses David Cameron of cover-up over Andrew Mitchell police … The Independent David Cameron was today accused of presiding over a “cover-up” over Conservative Chief Whip Andrew Mitchell’s altercation with a Downing Street police officer. After No 10 last night ruled out an official inquiry into the encounter, shadow home secretary Yvette Cooper said the Prime Minister appeared determined to prevent the truth coming out.
Women told to get involved in politics Limerick Post THE importance of women getting involved in politics was highlighted by Cllr Orla McLoughlin, at the Labour Women (Labour Party women’s section) Regional Meeting in Limerick.
Miriam Clegg: Men should spend more time with their children or not become … Daily Mail Miriam Clegg has defended her husband for breaking away from Cabinet meetings to do the school run, saying men who do not spend time with their children should not become fathers. The wife of Nick Clegg, the Deputy Prime Minister, said it was right that Mr Clegg was such a hands-on dad.
EU Strives to Bring More Women into Business, Politics Courthouse News Service Dubbed the “Equal Futures Partnership,” the EU’s multi-pronged effort is aimed at advancing genderequality and empowerment by strengthening political participation at the local level and helping them take an active role in issues involving justice…