by Stephen Tall on November 8, 2009
Three weeks ago, LDV posed the following question – How should the Lib Dems increase their number of female MPs? – in the wake of Nick Clegg’s frank admission to the Speaker’s Conference that the Lib Dem Parliamentary Party is “woefully unrepresentative of modern Britain”.
Here’s what you told us:
- 8% (23 votes) – All women shortlists and/or quotas in ALL seats
- 7% (22) – All women shortlists and/or quotas in winnable and held seats
- 44% (133) – No short-lists and/or quotas, but invest in getting more, better-trained and supported candidates
- 14% (42) – No short-lists and/or quotas: focus instead on electoral reform – until we have that, all our efforts will be limited
- 28% (84) – No short-lists and/or quotas: all candidates should stand or fall on their own merits regardless of gender
Total Votes: 304. Poll ran: 21st – 28th October 2009
There seems to be little support among LDV readers (who may or may not be representative of party members and supporters) for the idea of short-lists or quotas to increase the number of women Lib Dem MPs: just 15% believed they should be used.
A plurality of readers opted for the middle-way option: no all-women short-lists or quotas, but for the party to invest more in training and support. A signifcant minority (28%), though, stood by the position that “all candidates should stand or fall on their own merits regardless of gender”.