41% of MEPs elected this weekend were women – an increase of 8% on 2009.
30 of the UK’s 73 MEPs are now women, and two parties – the Green Party and Labour – have in excess of 50% female Members of the European Parliament. Both parties use some form of positive action to select and/or rank their candidate lists.
UKIP’s percentage of women MEPs has jumped from 15% in 2009 to 29% in 2014, whilst the Conservative European Parliamentary group is now 32% female.
The Liberal Democrats lost all their MEPs except one of their women.
CFWD’s full report on the 2014 European elections in the UK is available here.
CFWD will be publishing a detailed report on the elections in Europe as a whole when information from all 28 member states becomes available.