Gender and Politics in the media

UK Labour: All-women list for Stockton South seat, Pleased with domestic abuse law results, Croydon stalwart ousted in selection battle.

Labour unveils all-women list for Stockton South seat Gazette Live The women shortlisted to fight a hotly-contested Teesside parliamentary seat for Labour have been unveiled. The decision on who will stand for Labour in the marginal Stockton South seat will be made next month. The party has now announced the name of …

Michael Brown, the father of murdered Clare Wood with Labour MP Hazel Blears last year Credit: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire

Labour MP pleased with domestic abuse law results ITV News Hazel Blears, the Labour MP for Salford and Eccles said she campaigned for Clare’s Law because it could have “empowered [Clare] to end the relationship at an early stage”. Today Greater Manchester Police said a number of women had taken advantage of the scheme in its first year.

Croydon Labour stalwart ousted in party selection battle This is Croydon Voted in by ward members in her place was 37-year-old Hamida Ali, who is also one of ten women seeking the nomination for the Croydon Central Parliamentary seat. The two other sitting councillors in the ward, Labour leader Tony Newman and planning …

East Anglia/UK: MP Therese Coffey leads call for firms to do more to boost the …  East Anglian Daily  Times The study, published by the Conservative Women’s Forum, says the number of women in senior executive roles at FTSE 100 companies has fallen since 2007, despite the robust business case for gender diversity at all levels. Suffolk Coastal MP Therese …

Inside Track: Nationalists and women voters Herald Scotland WHY does Alex Salmond have a problem with women? asked a female friend the other day. I paused, raised an eyebrow and gave my best politician’s reply. “Why do you think Alex Salmond has a problem with women?”

My friend, who, incidentally, is an English mum-of-three, said she thought the First Minister always came across as too macho and too divisive for most women. It was an interesting observation and one, I have to admit, I have heard before, mainly from Mr Salmond’s political opponents. No surprise there.

The issue of Scotland’s female vote is an interesting one given that it could well be that it is Scottish women who hold the key to whether or not the United Kingdom is ultimately broken up.

Ming Campbell – one of the seven Lib Dem knights. Photograph: Getty Images.

The Lib Dems: the party with as many knights as women MPs New Statesman Following the knighting of Lib Dem MP Andrew Stunnell last week, shadow leader of the House Angela Eagle made a sharp observation at today’s business statement: the party now has more knights on its benches than women.

Eagle slightly overstated matters; there are in fact as many knights (seven) as women, but the stat is still striking. Here are the knights (one for “every day of the week”, noted Bob Russell)

1. Sir Alan Beith 2. Sir Malcolm Bruce 3. Sir Menzies Campbell 4. Sir Nicholas Harvey 5. Sir Bob Russell 6. Sir Robert Smith 7. Sir Andrew Stunnell

And here are the women: 1. Lorely Burt 2. Annette Brooke 3. Lynne Featherstone 4. Tessa Munt 5. Jo Swinson 6. Sarah Teather 7. Jenny Willott

Just 12.3 per cent of the party’s 57 MPs are female, compared with 31 per cent of Labour MPs (the only party to use all-women shortlists) and 16 per cent of Tories. And the situation could be even worse after the next election.

Opinion: The week after the Morrissey Report – what will you do?  Liberal Democrat Voice As a collective of interested individuals, Liberal Democrat Women is in an ideal position to assist the party as it works to implement the Morrissey findings. The group is open to men and women. Representing the grassroots membership, this group takes …

Gove’s exams ‘unfair to sex pupils, pregnant girls and Muslims’ because … Daily Mail Last year Prime Minister David Cameron declared that equality assessments were ‘bureaucratic nonsense’ and civil servants should employ common sense. But exam regulator Ofqual said it carried out the exercise to comply with the Equality Act 2010.

Government urged to improve female representation in science Phys.Org A new report published today, Thursday 20 June 2013, from MPs on the Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) Select Committee, urges the Government to “take concerted action to improve female representation in science, technology, engineering and maths.

Female votes put the brake on 80mph speed limit The Times (subscription) Ministers have abandoned plans to raise the motorway speed limit to 80mph because of fears that the change would alienate women voters. The decision will anger many drivers, most of whom want higher speeds, but will be welcomed by road safety …

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