All women shortlists remain a controversial but effective way to improve women’s representation in politics

February 10, 2015 / No Comments

Rosie Campbell reviews the debates around the use of gender quotas by the Labour Party. She writes that although they are unpopular with many voters (and some sections of the party itself) the evid...

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UKIP Candidates: The Anti-Westminster Outsiders?

February 10, 2015 / No Comments

Much of UKIP’s appeal has arisen from positioning itself as the ‘anti-Westminster party’ but to what extent do UKIP candidates differ from those put forward by the ‘traditional parties’? Sally Symi...

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Guarded and sensible? The problem with UKIP and women

December 2, 2014 / No Comments

Mark Reckless’s win over Conservative candidate Kelly Tolhurst in the Rochester and Strood by-election doubled the number of UKIP MPs in Westminster and reignited speculation as to who would be nex...

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‘The profession I chose was politics’: The new generation of ‘political insiders’

November 27, 2014 / No Comments

The argument that Parliament is more and more unrepresentative of society has been primarily linked to the socio-economic and educational background of MPs. Tim Wigmore, Paul Cairney[i] and Joni Lo...

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The new, younger generation of British political elite: MPs and parliamentary candidates

August 29, 2014 / No Comments

The recent cabinet reshuffle was indicative of two main issues that are dominating the candidate nomination and selection debate in British politics. The first, which has been already widely discus...

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Standing down: Retirement and candidate selection for 2015

July 16, 2014 / No Comments

With less than 10 months to the 2015 General Election, we look at who’s staying, who’s going, and candidate selection in retirement seats. As of the morning of 14 July 2014, 59 MPs had announced th...

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