Wednesday, 27 April 2011

Lib Dem Women MPs "Face Electoral Wipeout"

The Liberal Democrats face the prospect of having no female MPs after the next election if their current poll ratings continue, the Fabian Society says.

Only seven of the 57 Lib Dem MPs are female, including five in the party's 10 most vulnerable seats. There are no women in the party's 20 safest seats – those with the largest majorities.

The report authors Katwala and Malhotra suggest that "If the current polls were even half right, not a single Lib Dem woman MP would survive" and that the prospect of an all male parliamentary party is now very real.

In his speech to the Lib Dems' spring conference in March, Nick Clegg told his audience "Our party is too male and too pale. I wish it wasn't the case, but it is."

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