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Member Spotlight Professor Sarah Childs: Cameron’s broken promises on women MPs mean quotas are essential

Cameron’s broken promises on women MPs mean quotas are essential Telegraph.co.uk It was an audacious commitment: just two minutes into his leadership acceptance speech back in 2005, David Cameron declared that he would transform the make-up of the Conservative parliamentary Party. Cameron’s Conservatives would in future have a female face – and there would be more black and disabled MPs too. Last week it was reported that the party’s flagship policy to achieve this – the Priority or ‘A’ list – had been quietly dropped. Apparently, the representational Rubicon has been crossed. Many would beg to differ.

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