CFWD research has found that this year there has been a 2% increase in the level of women candidates in the English metropolitan authorities.
At 31.8% it is now (just) the highest it has been since all-out elections in 2004, although given that the low point was 29.6% in 2010 the variation is very small.
Labour has the highest percentage of women candidates (41%) with the Liberal Democrats at 34% and the Conservatives at 28%.
The 36 metropolitan authorities cover many of the the cities in the north and midlands of England and between them have a population of over 22 million.
The full report can be downloaded here.