Gender and Politics in the media

Gender Politics at Edinburgh

Meryl Kenny (UNSW) and Fiona Mackay (Edinburgh)

In the run-up to the May 2012 local government elections, we argued that the face of local politics in Scotland was decidedly ‘male, pale and stale’, highlighting the fact that less than 1 in 4 council candidates and elected councillors were women. The announcement last week that parties are running yet another all-male candidate slate to contest the upcoming by-election for a seat on Moray Council – following the resignation of councillor Carolle Ralph (SNP) – raises serious questions as to whether the lessons of the 2012 elections have been taken forward, or whether, as the SPICe briefing on the elections notes, ‘little has changed’ in Scottish local politics.

This disappointing news provides an apt opportunity to revisit the results of the 2012 local government elections. We have now completed our full analysis of the election results and give…

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