A quarter of the female Tory MPs elected in 2010 could stand down in 2015

A lengthy but interesting article by Andrew Gimson for ConservativeHome:

http://www.conservativehome.com/thetorydiary/2013/11/a-quarter-of-the-tories-new-women-mps-could-stand-down-in-2015.html

We know that most of the people wishing to become MPs are men. It seems that a disproportionate number of the MPs who leave after just one term are women. For all Andrew Gimson’s rambling  commentary on the latter ‘problem’, the reality can be summarised as this:

Family responsibilities and the pressures and frustrations of being an MP deter more women than men from becoming or remaining MPs.

So what solutions are proposed for this ‘problem’? Parliament long ago adjusted its hours to suit female MPs with family responsibilities, the taxpayer is funding crèches, but nothing is ever enough, is it? Now there’s serious talk about having part-time MPs, where two people (invariably women, we can be very sure) will share the responsibilities of the role. Do women not look at what Margaret Thatcher achieved before and during three terms as prime minister, from 1979, and see women as the ‘problem’? Women who are as capable and hard-working as men – such as Mrs T – will always do as well as them in politics as in other fields. That’s been the case for several decades.

About Mike Buchanan

I'm a men's human rights advocate, writer, and publisher. My primary focus is leading the political party I launched in 2013, Justice for Men & Boys (and the women who love them). I still work actively on two campaigns I launched in early 2012, Campaign for Merit in Business and the Anti-Feminism League. In 2014 I launched The Alternative Sexism Project, aiming to raise public understanding that the sexism faced by men and boys has far more grievous consequences than the sexism faced by women and girls.
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