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Two out of five mayoral contests have no women standing

29 Apr, 2014

Ballot papers in mayoral elections in Tower Hamlets and Lewisham on 22 May will have no women on them, and the overall percentage of women candidates for the five mayoral contests is just 18%.

Only in Watford, where two of the four candidates is female, is there partity.

The full picture is included in CFWD's 2014 Local Elections Briefing, which is published today.

The Briefing also includes information about the local elections, although details about the gender breakdown of candidates in the large number of local elections being held in May will not be available until later in the summer, when CFWD will be publishing a major report on women and local government.

Women currently consitute just over 30% of local councillors; this level has been static for over a decade. Despite attempts by both political parties and local authorities to increase the numbers of women candidates there has been very little progress, and the face of local political office - whether as councillor or mayor - remains predominatly male.

Lask of available data (caused by the absence of proper monitoring procedures) makes it impossible to produce accurate figures for candidates from other under-represented groups, but it is probable that, overall, there is a relatively low level of diversity in any sense amongst either male or female candidates.

CFWD will also be publishing a report on the local government reorganisation in Northern Ireland.

You can download the full Briefing here.