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More of the same? Study finds low level of women candidates in Scotland

19 Apr, 2012

'More of the Same?', a study of women candidates in the Scottish local elections by Dr Meryl Kenny and Dr Fiona Mackay at Edinburgh University, found that less than a quarter of candidates in May will be women.

This is slightly better than 2007, but below the 28% level achieved in 2003.

In 56 of 353 multi-member wards, there are actually no women candidates at all, and there is even one authority - Inverclyde - which is currently an all-male council, yet has only one woman standing out of a total of 38 candidates.

The authors make a number of recommendations for how things could be improved; you can read the full report here on the Gender Politics at Edinburgh blog.

CFWD will be publishing a series of short reports on the English local and mayoral elections; the first of these, on Mayoral candidates and women candidates for the London Assembly, are already available.