The general election has brought a slight increase in the number of women MPs and the resignation of Ed Milliband and Nigel Farage means there are now four female party leaders.
The percentage of female MPs is up across the board from 22.8% to 28.8% since 2010. It is up for the Conservatives [from 15.8% to 19.4% since 2010], Labour [from 33.7% to 43%] and for the SNP [from 16.7% to 32%]. None of the eight Liberal Democrat MPs are women and the number of female Green MPs is unchanged at one.
Belinda Phipps, Chair of the Fawcett Society, said: “We are really pleased that there has been an increase, albeit a small increase, in women MPs in the House of Commons. We know that when women are part of the legislative and decision-making process better decisions are made.
“We particularly welcome the fact that the parties are turning to women to lead the way, with two new party leaders in Harriet Harman for Labour and Suzanne Evans for UKIP. Together with Nicola Sturgeon and Natalie Bennett that makes women a formidable force in the new political world.”