Women in the House of Commons after the 2020 election Contents


Terms of Reference


1 Introduction

Representation of women in the House of Commons

Our inquiry

Who is this report aimed at?

2 The role of Parliament in women’s inclusion and representation

The benefits of a more representative Parliament

Sustainable Development Goal 5

Parliament’s institutional responsibility to be representative and inclusive

Experiences of women in Parliament

3 Promoting women parliamentary candidates

Women parliamentary candidates in the General Election

The Boundary Review and selection of parliamentary candidates

Statutory measures to increase the number of women parliamentary candidates

Publication of parliamentary candidate diversity data

4 The role of political parties in improving women’s representation in the House of Commons

The responsibility of political parties

Representation of women in the House of Commons by political party

Conservative Party

Labour Party

Scottish National Party

Liberal Democrats

Other political parties

Strategies used by political parties to increase the number of women in the House of Commons and elected office and their effectiveness

Voluntary approaches

Institutional initiatives

Are political parties taking their responsibility seriously enough?

Women candidates in winnable seats

5 Conclusion

Conclusions and recommendations

Annex: Terms of Reference

Formal Minutes


Published written evidence

List of Reports from the Committee during the current Parliament

22 December 2016