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Bill passed to redress balance of sexes in politics

first_img Comments are closed. Politicalparties are to be allowed to adopt all-female shortlists when selectingelectoral candidates following an amendment to the 1975 Sex Discrimination Act.Despitea record seven women in the Cabinet, fewer than one in five members of theHouse of Commons is female – one of the lowest figures in Europe.Anew section has been included in the 1975 Act, which will enable parties to usepositive measures to reduce inequality.Theuse of women-only shortlists by Labour from 1993 to 1996 resulted in anincrease of female MPs but was ruled unlawful in 1996.StephenByers, Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, wholed the Bill in the Commons, said, “I am pleased that in a packedparliamentary programme time has been found for this measure.”Thisis a practical Bill designed to remove the constraints on political parties whowant to take positive measures to increase the representation of women.www.parliament.the-stationery-office.co.uk Bill passed to redress balance of sexes in politicsOn 30 Oct 2001 in Personnel Today Related posts:No related photos. Previous Article Next Articlelast_img

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