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Queen Elizabeth II waves from the balcony of the town hall in Bonn, West Germany, on May 19, 1965. DPA/Picture-Alliance/AP
Friday, September 09, 2022
Queen Elizabeth II, Britain's steadfast monarch, dies
Queen Elizabeth II, the world’s longest-serving head of state who led her subjects for more than seven decades, has died at the age of 96. Her extraordinary reign, which began in 1952, spanned 15 British prime ministers and 14 U.S. presidents. She...
Liz Truss speaks during her first weekly prime minister’s questions session at the House of Commons on Thursday © UK Parliament/AFP/Getty Images
Thursday, September 08, 2022
Liz Truss praised for diverse cabinet
First black chancellor of the exchequer among prime minister’s appointees. Addressing MPs in the House of Commons chamber on Wednesday, former prime minister Theresa May wryly observed that of the UK’s three elected female prime ministers all have...
 Liz Truss inherits a deeply divided party lagging behind in the polls. Photograph: Danny Lawson/PA
Monday, September 05, 2022
Liz Truss wins Tory leadership race to become Britain’s next PM
Liz Truss will become Britain’s next prime minister after winning a resounding victory over Rishi Sunak in the bitterly fought Conservative leadership contest. The foreign secretary, who won 81,326 votes of Tory members, while the former chancellor...
Finally! Top jobs are going to women who have more confidence than ability too (Evening Standard)
Monday, August 08, 2022
Finally! Top jobs are going to women who have more confidence than ability too
According to the polls, the UK is on its way to having its third female Prime Minister. This is good news, and it’s made even better by the fact that Liz Truss (as Theresa May before her) can hardly be described as having all the qualities you’d...
Banning babies from parliament shows just how out of touch Westminster is (Picture: The Guardian)
Friday, July 08, 2022
Banning babies from parliament shows just how out of touch Westminster is
If we want more women with children to become MPs, we need family-friendly policies for parents like me in the Commons. As the Speaker welcomes cats into the chamber, last night his deputy criticised my parenting for bringing my toddler to the...
More than 50% of deputies in Jersey's new government are women (Picture: BBC)
Friday, July 01, 2022
Jersey election 2022: Number of females elected rises from 14 to 21
The 2022 election has seen more women elected to Jersey's government than ever before. A total of 51% of the newly-elected deputies are women, and women now make up 43% of the overall government. Carina Alves, Inna Gardiner, Carolyn Labey, Helen...
Women politicians are subject to significant levels of online abuse. (Photo by Leon Neal/Getty Images)
Thursday, June 30, 2022
If we take abuse of women for granted in politics, our democracy will pay
Online abuse and harassment of women in public life has become a curse on our political landscape. For many, such abuse is simply the cost of doing politics, an unfortunate but largely inevitable factor women have to wrestle with when making the...
Labour MP Stella Creasy is behind the MotheRED project to encourage more mothers to stand for parliament. Photograph: Suki Dhanda/The Guardian
Monday, June 20, 2022
How to get a better class of MP? Help mothers stand for parliament
The first recipients of the grants from Labour MP Stella Creasy’s MotheRED scheme to encourage women into the Commons tell why it could help stop the rot in politics. Sally Ashby’s earliest idea of what it means to be a politician involves feeling...
The Senedd in Cardiff - Picture: Tivy-Side Advertiser
Thursday, June 09, 2022
Welsh Government to press ahead with plans to increase Senedd members
The Welsh Government is to press ahead with plans to increase the number of Senedd members despite opposition from senior Conservatives. The reforms, proposed by Labour and Plaid Cymru as part of a co-operation agreement, would see the number of...
First Minister Nicola Sturgeon being interviewed at Hay Festival (Picture: The Press and Journal)
Wednesday, June 08, 2022
Nicola Sturgeon says social media abuse putting women off political career
Nicola Sturgeon has opened up about the challenges of being a woman in politics and warned social media abuse is starting to put women off. Speaking at the Hay Festival in Hay-On-Wye, Wales, on Friday, the first minister shared some of the double...
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Monday, May 30, 2022
"A proud moment for us," says Dalit body after Midha’s election; she represents the Labour Party
'A proud moment for us,' says Dalit body after Midha's election; she represents the Labour Party. New Delhi: Indian-origin politician Mohinder K Midha from UK’s Opposition Labour Party has become the first woman mayor of a local London council from...
Plan unveiled to add 36 extra Senedd members
Monday, May 23, 2022
Plan unveiled to add 36 extra Senedd members
PLANS to reform Welsh politics hope to see the Senedd expanded to 96 members, with gender quotas and a shake up of constituencies with each selecting multiple members. First Minister Mark Drakeford and Plaid Cymru Leader Adam Price said they want...
Sinn Féin president Mary Lou McDonald (left) and vice president Michelle O'Neill. The party has 12 women among their 27 MLAs. Photo: Liam McBurney
Monday, May 09, 2022
Record number of women MLA’s elected to Stormont
Voters in Northern Ireland have returned a record number of women to the Assembly. Of the 90 MLAs elected to Stormont, 32 are women – an increase from 33pc in 2020 to just over 36pc. The first Assembly formed after the Good Friday Agreement in 1998...
Angela Rayner speaking in the Commons. Almost every female MP has a story of sexism or harassment. Photograph: UK Parliament/Jessica Taylor/PA
Friday, May 06, 2022
Kwarteng’s "bad apples" claim is a rotten excuse for Westminster sexism
Analysis: minister’s response to concerns risks appearing tone deaf, but it does play into war on woke. The “some bad apples” defence deployed by Kwasi Kwarteng in response to concerns about sexism and harassment in Westminster is a tried and tested...
"Some bad apples": senior Tory minister denies institutional misogyny - The Guardian
Thursday, May 05, 2022
"Some bad apples": senior Tory minister denies institutional misogyny
UK government faces growing pressure to tackle sexual misconduct in Westminster as Kwasi Kwarteng rejects idea of inherent sexism. The government faces intense pressure from its own MPs and opposition parties to take action over misogyny and...
Women across British politics slam sexism of ‘Basic Instinct’ slur against lawmaker - PBS
Wednesday, April 27, 2022
Women across British politics slam sexism of ‘Basic Instinct’ slur against lawmaker
LONDON (AP) — Women from across British politics called Monday for action to tackle misogyny after a newspaper ran a story accusing the deputy opposition leader of trying to “distract” the prime minister during debates by crossing and uncrossing her...
Royaume-Uni: Punir les députés sexistes avec une suspension, déclare Harriet Harman / News-24
Tuesday, April 26, 2022
UK: Punish sexist MPs with suspension, says most senior woman in Commons
Basic Instinct’ attack on Angela Rayner condemned by Boris Johnson as ‘misogynistic tripe’ Parliament’s most senior female MP has demanded change to the Commons code of conduct to make misogyny an offence punishable by suspension from the house....
The Western Isles council building in Stornoway on the Isle of Lewis. Photograph: Murdo MacLeod/The Guardian
Monday, April 11, 2022
Only eight women stand in all-male Western Isles council elections
Officials and activists had urged more women to stand after none of the female candidates were elected in 2017. Equalities campaigners are dismayed that only eight women are standing for election to Comhairle nan Eilean Siar (Western Isles council...

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